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Elias R. Chedid

Elias R. Chedid is the managing partner of Chedid Law Offices in Beirut. He has a diverse practice, which draws on a strong experience gained abroad. He has indeed spent 10 years working in New York, Paris, and Dubai with international law firms such as Paul Hastings and Freshfields. He focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, banking and finance (including Islamic Finance), real estate, telecom, and commercial arbitration.

Elias received an LL.B. degree in French law and Lebanese law from the Saint-Joseph University Law School of Lebanon in 1997, where he ranked first throughout his four years of study and was awarded the Dean's highest distinction (the “Lauréat”). After having been awarded a Scholarship from the French government to pursue legal studies in France, he received a Master degree in Private Law from the University of Paris I – Sorbonne, with honors, in 1998. He also received his LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from Harvard University Law School in 2000, where he was a staff member of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Elias is a dual Lebanese and French citizen and has been a member of the Beirut Bar since 1998, the New York State Bar since 2001, and the Paris Bar since 2002.

He is a former President (2006-2008) of the Harvard Club of France and currently sits on the Club’s Honorary Board. He was also appointed by the President of the Beirut Bar Association a member of the Committee for International Affairs and Relations of the Beirut Bar Association.

He is equally fluent in French, English, and Arabic.

Conferences and Publications:

"La cause dans l’enrichissement sans cause" ("What Justifies Unjust Enrichment"), 1998, Proche-Orient Études Juridiques, Law Review of Saint-Joseph University, N° 53, Beirut.

"Wrongful behavior in pre-contractual negotiation: a US perspective on the state of French Law", 2000, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Real estate investment laws and regulations in Lebanon", 2006, Paul Hastings Real Estate Practice Group Convention, Washington DC.

"Gauche ou droite? Mésaventures des idéologies et état des forces politiques au Liban", 2008, Les Cahiers de l'Orient No. 93, Paris.

"Real Estate Investment in Dubai; Seizing New Opportunities and Mitigating Risks in a Complex Regulatory Environment: Regulating the Palm Islands", 2008, Strafford Publications.

"Islamic Finance and Islamic Banking in Lebanon: Legal and Regulatory framework", April 21st, 2010, Conference held at the Beirut Bar Association.

"Lebanon’s Real Estate Boom Isn’t a Bubble", June 6, 2010, The Gulf Intelligence Dubai-Beirut Forum, Roundtable held at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

"Conflicts of law and Sharia: The impact of the Blom Bank vs. Dar Al-Istithmar case for the Islamic Finance industry", November 4, 2010, Conference given at The 1st Beirut Islamic Financial Institutions Forum, Intercontinental Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon.

"Islamic Finance in Lebanon", December 1st, 2010, Islamic Finance News, Vol. 7, Issue 48, p. 12, Red Money Publications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"Lebanon Update, Middle East: Year In Review", The International Lawyer, Vol. 45, No.1, Spring 2011.

"Cultural exchanges between France and Lebanon: a perspective", May 24, 2011, Conference given at Mâcon, France, upon the invitation of the Muncipality of Mâcon.

Elias R. Chedid

Managing Partner

elias.chedid@chedidlaw.com

Badaro St, Khoury Blg, 3rd floor 
Court House District
Beirut 
Lebanon 
P.O. Box 16-5193 
Tel: +961 1 615 850
Cell: +961 70 079 179