Charbel Maakaron is the managing partner of the firm’s Doha office. Charbel specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters. Cited by Construction Week Online as “one of eight people to know in Qatar,” Charbel draws from his commercial and business law experience to advise clients on commercial transactions, corporate structuring, finance and securities, commercial litigation and capital markets. In addition, Charbel focuses his practice on regulatory and compliance matters and advises government clients on legislative projects.

    Charbel has a diverse legal practice with a broad mix of prominent local and international clients. His specialization in international commercial law, coupled with a practical understanding of local laws, allows him to efficiently guide clients through the legal complexities of commercial transactions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

    Before joining us, Charbel worked for four years in one of Beirut’s top law firms, where he handled complex litigation matters in civil and commercial law and gained considerable experience in corporate and business matters.

    Charbel is a Chevening scholar and is fluent in English and Arabic and is also conversational in French.

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    • Advising a high-net-worth client on all aspects relating to the acquisition of a landmark plot in the Pearl Island in Qatar for the development of a large-scale mixed-use real estate project comprising prominent residential, high-end retail and luxury hospitality communities, with an estimated overall value of around US$500 million.
    • Standing as Qatari law expert in a multibillion US dollar ICC arbitration in London relating to a mega infrastructure development project in the State of Qatar.
    • Acting as lead outside counsel for a Qatar government agency in drafting implementing regulations for the agency to operate as a market regulator.
    • Advising a global energy company on a tender for the construction and operation of a power and desalination plant as a PPP project.
    • Acting as lead counsel for a major company listed on the Qatar Exchange in connection with its simultaneous acquisition of two companies and advising on all related regulatory issues.
    • Representing one of the largest food companies in the world and listed in two major stock exchange markets in connection with a major asset acquisition in Qatar. Estimated value of transaction is US$150 million.
    • Representing a company in connection with the proposed sale of a fleet of chemical tankers and an acquisition of an offshore entity. Transaction value estimate is US$225 million.
    • Advising a major airline on a strategic joint-venture project for its duty free business, involving the establishment of retail and food and beverage operations at a new airport. Estimated value of the business is more than US$190 million.
    • Representing a major Norwegian company in connection with a US$70 million industrial venture project in Qatar.
    • Advising a Qatari real estate company on the development, sale and management of a mega construction project involving ten towers in the commercial district of Doha.
    • Representing the State of Qatar in a US$25 billion joint-venture project for designing, building and operating a passenger and freight rail network in Qatar.
    • Advising large-scale banks and financial institutions with setting up investments funds in Qatar and other GCC countries.
    • Acting as lead counsel in connection with a Qatar-based multimillion dollar real estate investment trust (REIT) to be listed in a foreign stock exchange.
    • Representing Qatari and foreign businesses in major commercial transactions including acquisitions, corporate restructuring and joint-venture projects in Qatar.
    • Acting as local counsel for a consolidation of 10 banks in connection with a US$850 million Islamic finance and conventional facility syndicated loan.
    • Acting as local counsel for an international bank in connection with a US$83 million Commodity Murabaha Syndicated Loan Facility.
    • Acting as local counsel for a group of international banks in connection with US$225 million Master Murabaha Facility Agreement.
    • Assisting banks and financial institutions with structuring private placements and equity based offerings in Qatar and the MENA region.
    • Advising Qatari governmental bodies on various issues including legislative matters and legal strategy.
    • Assisting an internationally renowned auction house on setting up the first art auction in the State of Qatar.
    • Advising foreign companies on setting up large scale industrial projects in Qatar.
    • Advising a government regulator on a host of legal matters, ranging from corporate structuring and third party agreements, Qatar law compliance and regulatory issues, development of various internal processes and procedures and development of draft laws and regulations.
    • Representing a major European developer in connection with managing a heavy volume of claims filed in various Qatar courts and departments in relation to multiple construction projects.
    • Representing a high net worth client in connection with the structuring and development of a mixed-use real estate project in Qatar with an estimated value of US$550 million.

    Education

    • University of Bristol, LL.M., International Commercial Law, 2003

    Admissions

    • Beirut
    • Doha, Qatar

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Chairman of ICC Qatar Arbitration Commission
    • British Lebanese Business Group
    • Qatar Australia New Zealand Business Association
    • American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar
    • Qatar Chamber of Commerce Advisory Group
    • German Business Council Qatar (GBCQ), Arbitration Committee Member
    • Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in Qatar

    Languages

    • English
    • Arabic
    • French
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 in foreign firms, Qatar
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 Edition
    • Recommended in Chambers Global 2016 Edition for Corporate/Commercial in Qatar
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Edition

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    • Speaker, “Qatar Chamber 2nd SMEs Conference,” Doha, Qatar, January 2017.
    • Speaker, “Cybercrime & Data Protection,” Qatar Business Law Forum, Doha, Qatar, November 2016.
    • Speaker, "Cybercrime Law," Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Doha, Qatar, April 2016.
    • Contributor, “Commercial Companies Law,” Qatar Today, Doha, Qatar, July 2015.
    • Co-author, “Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review – Qatar Chapter, 2015.
    • Co-author, “Acquiring Qatari LLCs,” Zawya MENA M&A Insight Newsletter, March 2015.
    • Speaker, “Qatar Cybercrime Law − What You Need to Know”, Doha International Center For Interfaith Dialogue, Doha, Qatar, February 2015.
    • Speaker, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Doha, Qatar, November 2013.
    • Speaker, 8th World Chambers Congress, Doha, Qatar, April 2013.
    • Speaker, MEED Banking Summit, Doha, Qatar, October 2012.
    • Speaker, ICC Arbitration Summit, Doha, Qatar, March 2012.
    • Speaker, Construction Week Qatar, Doha, Qatar, June 2009.

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