Souraya Machnouk is a partner at Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm, and lends her specialised knowledge and experience to several practice groups including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and finance.

Relying on in-depth specialisation and a sharp understanding of the financial aspects of deals, she provides strategic tax planning advice and representation on a variety of complex local and cross-border transactions, such as acquisitions, equity offerings, joint ventures and tax-advantaged investments.

She advises diverse forms of entities and corporations on tax-efficient structures, and assists individuals and closely held companies in their corporatisation endeavours. Ms Machnouk has considerable experience advising multinational companies in the reduction of overall tax costs inherent in operating in multiple jurisdictions, and in developing tax-efficient investment and operating structures.

She holds a JD with a double major in private and public law from Saint Joseph University, Beirut, a master’s degree (DEA) in banking and financial markets law from Saint Joseph University in partnership with the University of Paris II-Assas in Paris and a joint master’s of law degree (LLM) from Georgetown and George Washington Universities. Ms Machnouk is recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in Lebanon.

She is admitted to the Beirut Bar Association and the International Bar Association, and is fluent in Arabic, French and English.