Tarek El-Khoury

Of Counsel

[email protected]

T (703) 590-1234 | F (703) 590-0366
1751 Pinnacle Drive, 10th Floor Tysons, VA 22102


Tarek El-Khoury works as Of Counsel at FH+H, bringing 18 years of experience in corporate and commercial law across the Middle East. Prior to that, he spent four years in sales and brand management capacities working for commercial conglomerates on market segmentation and marketing of new products.

Mr. El-Khoury is a senior associate with a leading local law firm in the UAE with 8 years of experience in the GCC. His main area of expertise is advising on corporate and commercial law matters, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and partnerships, capital market, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, commercial contracts, and related regulatory matters with extensive experience on education and environmental law matters.

Mr. El-Khoury holds a Masters in International Private Law from the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, and he attended international financial law seminars at Churchill College - Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Mr. El-Khoury is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and was admitted to the Beirut Bar in 2003.

  • Advising on company law, company administration, corporate governance and transactions, corporate finance (equity), equity markets, and regulation. Developments in related practice areas such as employment, competition, and intellectual property are covered to the extent that they have a significant impact on corporate transactions. Advising on infringement related matters in addition to managing and supervising court litigation.
  • Carrying out company formation, mergers and acquisitions, branch and representative offices of foreign entities, joint ventures and partnerships, and handling management issues. Advised and represented local and foreign companies on the incorporation of various legal entities. Drafting agency and distribution contracts, partnerships, joint venture agreements, MOUs, and shareholders agreements.
  • Establishing the legal framework governing private placements and IPO prospectus preparation in the UAE, and counselling clients on all legal aspects related to public offerings. Providing legal advice and incorporating joint stock companies and listing public joint stock companies with the securities markets in the UAE. Advising on brokerage related issues and compliance with the laws governing the securities markets in the UAE.
  • Advising on and preparing contracts for local and international transactions covering a diverse range of areas including asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, distribution and commercial agency arrangements, procurement, construction, franchising, and taxation. Preparing agreements related to patent copyright, trademark law, and practice as well as advising on infringement related matters in addition to managing and supervising court litigation.
  • Advising in the oil and gas practice area and assisting major clients such as the consortium of Totalfinaelf and Tractebel S.A. in connection with the Taweelah A1 Desalination/ Power Project regarding UAE regulatory, company and corporate matters as well as project finance issues, Suez Energy ME in relation to project carried on by GTTP, and Dolphin Energy Limited.
  • Advising on banking and finance issues, including corporate and project finance, restructuring (for a large Beirut-based commercial conglomerate encompassing several large international brand name products), privatisation and other transactional matters. Advising on Islamic finance and banking and various structured finance transactions such as loan/credit facility agreements and corporate finance facilities, banking regulatory and compliance issues, and in dealing with the UAE Central Bank. Representing a major UAE investment group on the acquisition of a bank in France and the Middle East.
  • Advising major insurance carriers on healthcare insurance, Islamic (Takaful) insurance laws, and commercial structuring of Takaful Fund Management.
  • Advising major US and other foreign healthcare providers on regulatory, compliance, and licensing matters including establishing a major healthcare facility (affiliate of and operated by a major US healthcare provider) in Abu Dhabi. Advising foreign clients on regulations in the pharmaceutical industry and telemedicine.
  • Providing counsel in the telecommunications sector in the UAE to the TRA on various regulatory matters, to a major UAE based investor on the acquisition of shares in Orascom Telecom Algeria and to Reuters on data distribution over a UAE telecom network.
  • Advising major development companies on real estate projects and the acquisition of real properties in the region and Europe.
  • Providing advice on compliance with governmental regulations.
  • Assisting on, managing, and supervising court litigation.
  • Senior Legal Consultant, Hadef & Partners
  • Associate, Richard Khalife Law Office
  • Legal Advisor - In-house, Kettaneh Group
  • Université Saint Joseph, Bachelor's Degree of Law
  • Cambridge University, International Financial Law
  • Membership of the Beirut Bar Association
  • Post-graduate Certificate of Specialization in International Private Law, Université Saint Joseph, Beirut