Mr Alaa Zeineddine

Alaa Zeineddine

Lawyer biography

Alaa Zeineddine is an Attorney at Law, a Lecturer & an author to several published articles. He is the Founder & Managing Partner of EMEA LEGAL COUNSELS.

Alaa is strongly committed to attaining the highest levels of professional qualifications. After graduating from Law school, he then completed a Master’s degree in Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and alongside advising an impressive resume of clients, he works on obtaining specialty certifications from prestigious international boards.

To solidify and share his expertise, he is frequently participating in various international conferences and legal seminars, as well as being engaged in teaching at major universities in the country and abroad such as the Lebanese American University in Beirut, the IE Business School in Madrid, and the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also a regular contributor to the World Bank surveys.

An overview of his portfolio includes advising the NASCO Insurance Group under different International jurisdictions. Alaa Zeineddine successfully handled cases for the group in Amman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Georgia, Latvia and Moscow. He represented Mourabet Engineering with an 8.4 million Euros case dispute resolution in Equatorial Guinea in 2016 and recently acted for UTM on a $700 K transaction in Lebanon. Alaa also worked with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Arabtec in 2015 advising on legal matters regarding the Abu Dhabi Plaza project in Astana, Kazakhstan and worked closely with Honeywell in the UAE on the new CCB & HMI upgrade project for the Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company in 2014. He advised on several projects and legal matters in Kuwait including substation divisions and Clean Fuel Project in 2015 and 2016.

Alaa is also an active member of niche legal associations, and continues to author numerous editorial activities of domestic and international law reviews.

One important reason for Alaa Zeineddine’s steady career progress is that he combines successful consultancy work with an outstanding litigation practice.

SPECIALTIES
  • Cross border litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Engineering procurement and construction
  • Contract law
  • Insurance and reinsurance law
  • Media, franchising, intellectual property and business law
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Advising the NASCO Insurance Group in different International jurisdictions. He successfully handled cases for the group in Amman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Moscow.
  • Representing Mourabet Engineering in an 8.4 million Euros case dispute resolution in Equatorial Guinea in 2016.
  • Acting for Universal Travel & Management Network on a $700 K transaction in Lebanon.
  • Working with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Arabtec in 2015, advising on legal matters regarding the Abu Dhabi Plaza project in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Working with Honeywell in the UAE on the new CCB & HMI upgrade project for the Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company in 2014.
  • Advising on several projects and legal matters in Kuwait including substation divisions and Clean Fuel Project in 2015 and 2016.
  • Lecturing at higher education institutions, such as IE Business School and the Lebanese American University
LANGUAGES
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
 
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Beirut Bar Association (BBA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Union International des Avocats (UIA)
  • International Association of Lawyers
  • Academic & Professional Development Committee
  • European Regional Forum
EDUCATION
  • LL.B of Laws from the Saint-Joseph University (USJ)
  • B.A. in Administrative & Political Sciences from the Saint-Joseph University (USJ)
  • LL.M in Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
  • Certified in International Contract Law from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.

Updates

Arbitration & ADR

Arbitration clauses in EPC contracts
International | 01 September 2016

Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular choice for engineering, procurement and construction contracts, particularly when international entities are involved or parties are engaging in cross-border transactions. The form and forum of dispute resolution are of great importance and must be given careful consideration at the outset of any transnational deal and in the course of drafting contracts.

Company & Commercial

Can a court adjust your liquidated damages assessment?
Lebanon | 27 June 2016

Whether parties in a contractual dispute can apply for a liquidated damages adjustment to reflect actual damages is a hot topic. If the contract does not stipulate a pre-designated liquidated damages amount, courts can increase or decrease the amount of damages being sought. However, the inclusion of such a pre-designated amount acts as an upper limit and limits the courts' power to lowering the amount of damages recoverable by the claimant.

Construction

Delay liquidated damages and performance liquidated damages: what you should know
International | 09 May 2016

Given the margins with which construction firms operate, the increasing number of claims filed and the growing influence of international organisations, one of the points often raised during construction contract negotiations is the inclusion of clauses limiting financial liability. Liquidated damages provisions for delays and performance provide a much-needed degree of certainty for both parties, although careful drafting is essential.

Limiting financial liability for contractors
International | 21 March 2016

Due to certain restrictions on indemnity insurance cover, contractors cannot simply rely on their insurance to limit risks; they must also actively manage liability through other means. Consequently, contractual caps on liability are common in international projects. The first thing to consider is the basis on which the cap applies and what exclusions should apply.

Liquidated damages in EPC contracts
International | 14 March 2016

Liquidated damages play an important role in ensuring that engineering, procurement and construction contracts are bankable. It is therefore vital to ensure that they are properly drafted so that contractors cannot avoid their liquidated damages liability on a legal technicality. It is also important to distinguish between the different types of performance liquidated damages to protect against allegations that they constitute a penalty.