Expertise in GCC legal matters


BackManaging Director


Beirut, 1999




Arabic, English, French



Fouad El Haddad joined LALIVE IN QATAR LLC in 2013 and he is now the Chairman and Managing Director.  He is a Lebanese-qualified lawyer with more than seventeen years of experience practicing in Middle Eastern jurisdictions and in-depth knowledge of Qatari law and the Qatari regulatory landscape. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, including corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, and commercial contracts, as well as in banking and finance and employment law.


Fouad El Haddad regularly advises private companies, government agencies, developers, lenders, borrowers, suppliers, and engineering and construction firms on projects and transactions in Qatar. In particular, he has extensive experience advising local and international companies on the establishment and structuring of Qatari joint ventures, corporate acquisitions, and on a wide range of regulatory matters, and established the first wholly foreign-owned companies in Qatar. He is a member of the Beirut Bar Association, the International Bar Association and of Insol International.


Before joining LALIVE IN QATAR LLC, Fouad El Haddad trained and practiced corporate law with two leading Lebanese law firms in Beirut (1998-2002), and then practiced with Clyde & Co in Doha (2007-2013). He also served as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Actel Middle East and IFP Group, a group of companies operating across the MENA region (2002-2007). Fouad El Haddad holds a law degree from La Sagesse University in Beirut (1998) and a Masters degree in Business Law (DEA) from the Lebanese University (1999). In 2011, he completed a workshop on Islamic finance structuring (capital market products and Sukuk documentation) in Qatar (Redmoney).


QatarFouad El HADDAD, 2013

In: Doing business 2013: Smarter Regulations for Small-Medium Size Enterprises, The World Bank / IFC - International Finance Corporation

QatarFouad El HADDAD, 2012

In: Doing business 2012: Doing Business in a More Transparent World, The World Bank / IFC - International Finance Corporation

Small and Medium Enterprises in QatarFouad El HADDAD, 2012

Asian - Mena Counsel Weekly Briefing, 2012, Vol. 10, No. 2

An overview of the new Qatari tourism lawFouad El HADDAD, Feras AL KASAB, 2012

The Edge - Qatar's Business Magazine, October 2012

Is your Liability Really LimitedFouad El HADDAD, 2012

Private Sector Monthly Magazine, CPI Media Group, Doha, August 2012

SMES in Qatar and Listing on QE Venture MarketFouad El HADDAD, 2012

The Edge - Qatar's Business Magazine, March 2012, Vol. 4, No. 3

Proxy Business - The RisksFouad El HADDAD, 2011

The Edge- Qatar's Business Magazine, April 2011

Qatar's e-commerce regulationsFouad El HADDAD, 2011

Gulf Times, Doha, 5 January 2011

Legal Developments For Directors And Officers In QatarFouad El HADDAD, David SALT, 2010

In: Executive Risks: a Boardroom Guide 2010/11, White & Page Ltd / Willis, 2010, pp. 120-125

Protective composition vs insolvency in QatarFouad El HADDAD, 2010

Gulf Times, Doha, 5 September 2010

Company capitalisation and the risk to shareholders when trading losses erode capital valueFouad El HADDAD, 2010

Qatar Construction Sites Monthly Newsletter, March 2010

Voluntary Liquidation of Limited Liability CompaniesFouad El HADDAD, 2010

Qatar Construction Sites Monthly Newsletter, March 2010

Insolvency in QatarFouad El HADDAD, 2009

INSOL World (INSOL International Quarterly Jounal), Fourth Quarter 2009


Doha-based corporate and commercial specialist Fouad El Haddad recently advised Mall of Qatar on various aspects of its corporate restructuring. Haddad is also notable for his strong regulatory practice.
Legal 500, Qatar, Foreign Firms, 2015