About Us

Drawing on the family's renowned legacy, Chakib Cortbaoui and Wadih Cortbaoui joined forces with Rawi Kanaan, to form Cortbaoui & Kanaan, to offer a wide range of legal services.

Cortbaoui & Kanaan is one of Lebanon's leading law firms, advising its clients on all matters related to commercial and corporate law, banking and finance, capital markets and securities regulations, civil law, privatization and PPP law, real estate law, construction law, public and administrative law, insurance law, telecommunications law and labor law.

The Firm currently is composed of four partners and ten associates, reflecting a fast pace in its growth. The partners and associates are graduates from top universities in Lebanon, France, the USA and the UK, some of which have gained expertise in top firms from these countries. Fluent in Arabic, English and French and with the required knowledge to be able to operate in both the common and civil law systems, they are fully in touch with various legal traditions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

The Firm ensures that its clients' expectations and needs are effectively addressed and catered to in the most optimal manner.







The Firm’s practice is diverse. We regularly represent preeminent local and foreign clients in large and complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We provide services on the local and international levels, with regard to inbound investment by foreign entities and outbound investment by Lebanese entities.

We are also selected on a regular basis by top tier global firms to act as local counsel when it comes to complex transactions in various sectors, including project finance, private equity, capital markets and corporate restructurings.

The Firm is also recognized for its litigation and arbitration practice. Our lawyers represent clients before all State courts and arbitration panels in Lebanon and abroad, in high profile civil, commercial, business, banking, labor, real estate and expropriation disputes. The Firm advises companies and individuals at all stages of the proceedings and focuses on developing an optimal strategy for each case after conducting a thorough review of the facts and assessment of the merits. Chakib Cortbaoui also acts as sole arbitrator or as a member of arbitration panels in domestic and international arbitration cases.

In addition to its involvement in landmark transactions and disputes, the Firm has been instrumental in the drafting, enactment and modernization of numerous laws and regulations, mostly through the efforts of its Partner Chakib Cortbaoui who is consulted on a regular basis by various government bodies, the Beirut Bar Association and other stakeholders, to draft, review and opine on proposed laws and legislation.

The Firm serves a large client base which includes banks (local, regional and international), financial institutions, insurance companies, venture capital funds, conglomerates with diversified activities, a regional event management and hospitality group, a port management company, renewable energy producers, energy distributors, contracting companies, catering companies, hotels, wholesale distributors, commercial agents, entrepreneurs, real estate companies, a leading postal company, industrial groups, high net worth individuals, etc.

Cortbaoui and Kanaan is committed to providing the best quality legal services with dedication, passion and integrity.