Chakib Cortbaoui

Co-Founder and Partner

Chakib Cortbaoui | Co-Founder and Partner

Chakib Cortbaoui is a co-Founder and Partner at the Firm.

As a former Minister of Justice and President of the Beirut Bar Association, he brings forth his vast experience as an influencer of corporate and commercial law. He has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Lebanese legal system throughout his 50 years of experience, which have built his reputation as a reference in all matters related to corporate/commercial law, legislation drafting, as well as being a strong litigator before the Lebanese courts and arbitration panels. 

He has been leading major negotiations, involving multiple stakeholders which have led to successful closings and benefits to the firm’s clients. 

Throughout his career, Chakib has actively participated in the enactment of Lebanese laws and regulations. He has been consulted by the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the public entity which was formed to manage and control petroleum activities in Lebanon, to review and comment on the proposed Petroleum Register Decree which will keep track of all the data and activities concerning reconnaissance, petroleum rights, operators, area (block) coordinates, mortgaging assignment and forced sale activities involved in the oil and gas industry.

He holds a Licence en Droit in French and Lebanese Laws from Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He has served as President of the Beirut Bar Association from 1995 to 1997, and as Minister of Justice from June 2011 until February 2014. He is a former member of the Legal Commission to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and a former member of the Legal Commission for the Modernization and Unification of Laws at the Ministry of Justice. He has also been a Chief Editor of Hatem Law Review since 1973.


Arabic, French and English

Bar Admission

Beirut (1967)