Ziad Obeid, partner at Obeid Law Firm, is a dual-qualified lawyer with a civil engineering background, having extensive cross-border experience gained through legal practice in Europe and the Middle East.
Ziad has notable expertise in international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution proceedings. His experience covers cases brought under bilateral investment treaties, international legal instruments and contractual provisions across the real estate, reinsurance, construction, oil and gas, nuclear, power generation and telecoms sectors. He also advises on diverse public international law issues and regularly acts as counsel, chairman, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in multifaceted international arbitrations conducted in Arabic, French and English.
On the transactional front, Ziad has extensive experience advising on the structuring of adequate investment vehicles in Lebanon and the drafting of complex contractual arrangements. He has also led teams at Obeid Law Firm, handling sophisticated cross-border M&A transactions and all aspects of their implementation in Lebanon. Ziad is at the forefront of advising various stakeholders on the emerging Lebanese offshore oil and gas industry.
Author of numerous publications on the oil and gas sector, Ziad is also a frequent lecturer in various fora on best practices in the field. His articles cover topics ranging from local content regulations in Lebanon to issues arising from the model EPA and salient considerations for international investors in Lebanese industries.
Ziad is a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, a member of the Task Force charged with proposing amendments for the revision of the ADR, Expertise and Dispute Board Rules issued by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Bulletin and Co-chair of SIAC’s Users Council Committee for the Middle East.
Identified by the ‘Who’s Who Legal Guide’ as being among the world’s leading business lawyers Ziad is also described by Global Chambers as “very, very intelligent and exceptionally gifted,” and a “rising star” in his field.