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Is there any fee to pay to be listed on this platform?

No, there is absolutely no cost for joining the platform. This is an initiative that is 100% financed by the Government of Lebanon through IDAL.

Can a company of any size be listed on this platform?

Yes, our criteria are clear:
  1. the company needs to be operating in one of IDAL’s main priority sectors (Industry, Agro-Industry, Agriculture, Tourism, information, Technology or ICT services) which we call them the productive sectors,
  2. it needs to be registered as SAL (including Holding and Offshore)or SARL to be able to raise capital and
  3. it needs to have a valid business plan. There are no criteria on number of years of operations, or number of employees or minimum revenues generated or capital

I have a business idea or investment project in my mind; can I apply to this platform to find an investor or partner to help me implement this idea?

Yes, this platform is also open to idea-stage start-ups and companies. If you have an investment project in mind or a startup idea and you would like to find a strategic partner to help you develop it further, this platform is also for you. All you need to do is submit an application form and supporting documents such a business plan or feasibility study in order for us to review it and assess your eligibility to be on the platform.

I do not have a business plan but I would like to list my company on the platform, can I do that?

No, unfortunately this platform is open to companies that have already a business plan in place and know already their financing needs and for which purposes they need them (to recruit new employees, to purchase new equipment, to enter specific new markets…). In case you do not have one, we are happy to assist you by suggesting organizations than can help you in formulating a viable business plan.

Do you provide certain guidelines for a business plan or you accept any kind of business plan?

Yes, the Business Support Unit at IDAL developed a template business plan to guide companies on what information needs to be included in a business plan. Companies are encouraged to follow this template as a base and develop it further.

Will you publish automatically my business plan when I share it with you during the registration process?

No, the business plan remains confidential and will only be used to determine the eligibility of the company to be on the platform or no. The business plan is not shared with any third-party including other government agencies. The business plan will only be shared internally with IDAL’s advisors and consultants working with us on the due diligence process as part of the Business Matchmaking Platform. Please review our Privacy Policy section to know more how and when we use your personal information.

If a company application is rejected, can it re-apply when it fulfills your criteria?

Yes, you can re-apply when the company is ready. In fact, we encourage it as we want to support as many companies as possible.

Can the companies and investors directly get in contact with each other through the platform?

No, initial communication between the investors and the companies will be managed by IDAL. This helps reducing time wasted by companies/investors responding to irrelevant queries. However, once a meeting has been scheduled between an investor and a company, they can directly get in contact with each other and they are free to continue negotiations without the direct support of IDAL.

What if the company discloses wrong financial information on the platform?

The companies on the platform need to agree on specific terms and conditions before joining our platform. In those terms and conditions, they need to agree to disclose only true and correct financial statements. Moreover, the platform partnered with investment bankers to assist in high-level financial due diligence to make sure company financial information is correct and not misleading.
However, if companies disclose incorrect numbers, there is high chance it cannot be detected by the platform team but it will be sooner or later detected by the investors when they are undergoing their valuation or their own due-diligence for the company. So, it is in the benefit for the company to disclose only correct information to protect its credibility to potential investors and partners.

I am a company that is ready to offer equity shares in my firm, but I have never done a valuation exercise before to determine the share price of my firm, can you help me in this?

Yes, the platform can help in connecting companies to financial advisory firms that can conduct a full detailed valuation study for their business.
Here’s a list of companies.

I am an investor interested to invest in a company on your platform; can you help in the valuation of the company?

Yes, the platform can help in connecting individual and ‘angel’ investors to financial advisory firms that can conduct a full detailed valuation study for their target business.

How can I be sure that the financial statements I provide you will not become public or shared with third-party?

Investors registered on the platform are the only people who can access the companies’ financials and other related important information. In order to be registered on the platform, they need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and undergo a thorough background check by the platform team before they are accepted on our platform. In case of breach of the terms and conditions, legal action will be taken against investors. Please refer to our terms and conditions page for further information.

I am a person who is interested to invest in Lebanese companies (startups and SMEs) but don’t know how to assess the companies or the risk associated with each one, can you help me in understanding more how to invest?

Yes, the platform will organize workshops and master classes in partnership with other stakeholders from the entrepreneurship community for companies, start-ups and “angel” investors to provide them training on how to invest, the process, how to read financial statements etc.

How long does it take to find an investor?

It depends on each company and how much ready it is for investment. Some companies in a particular high-growth industry might attract more interest from investors than others. In addition, the company’s achievements to date will play a key role in attracting more investors.

Can I send you my company profile or investment deck to help me find investors without being listed on the platform?

Yes, you can but creating an online profile explaining your business and its potential will make it visible to a large pool of vetted investors. By deciding to opt out of being listed on the platform, it might take longer to find the right investors and partners for your business. This is why we highly encourage companies to work on their company profile and list it on the platform to make the process of raising capital faster and more efficient.

Can I list my company on the platform but still work on my own to find investors for my company?

Of course, you can but you need to keep the platform team updated in case of any agreement made in order to update your profile accordingly.

Does the platform support debt financing options or any other form of investment other than equity?

Yes, the company can raise funds be it equity, debt, convertible bonds… through our platform.

Can I raise money through this platform to finance working capital?

Yes, you can use this platform to find investors for your business that meet your various needs.

Can I use this platform to raise money for my subsidiaries abroad?

No, this platform is open to companies registered in Lebanon only.

Can I keep my company profile for as long as I want on the platform?

Yes, the profile can be visible for as long as needed. The company profile will be removed once the amount raised is reached.

Are there any guarantees for investment in Lebanon?

Yes, the Lebanese Constitution guarantees and protects individual property. Several institutions national and international exist to safeguard investments such as, the National Institution for Investment Guarantee (NIGC), the Inter-Arab Investment Guarantee Corporation (IAIGC), the French company to guarantee Foreign Trade (COFACE), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and other secure investments against non-commercial risks. Note that the National Investments Guarantee Corporation (NIGC) is a state-owned company that covers non-commercial risks.

Is there any dispute resolution mechanism in Lebanon?

Yes, Lebanon provides a legal framework to secure the rights of Lebanese and non-Lebanese investors including arbitration and mediation regulations that are in conformity with international conventions including the New York convention of 1958. Moreover, the Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center belonging to the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture in Beirut and Mount-Lebanon was established in 1995 and its rules and regulations are in conformity with the best international practices.

Is there any particular sector foreign investors cannot invest in?

Restrictions on foreign investment are very few; all economic sectors are open to foreign investments, except those related to weapons and media and in some cases real estate ownership and activities related to national security.

What are the restrictions for foreign ownership of Real Estate?

A foreigner whether an entity or an individual cannot own a real estate right in the territory of Lebanon without obtaining a prior authorization granted by virtue of a decree issued by the Council of ministers upon the request of the Minister of Finance (the “Decree”).
According to the law, is exempted from the Decree, the ownership by a foreigner of up to 3000 square meters in the whole territory of Lebanon.
Notwithstanding the Decree, the ownership of lands by foreigners cannot exceed 3% of the total area of Lebanon in addition to 3% of the total area of each province (Caza).
However with respect to Beirut the total area owned by foreigners should not exceed 10 % of its total area.
Normal lease right for more than 10 years needs the Decree.
The Decree shall be ineffective if the real estate right is not registered within a one year period as of its publishing in the Official Gazette.
When approval is granted, the building on the real estate should be constructed within a period of five years as of the date of registration before the Land registry (renewable once by the government).

How to protect an idea or sensitive information concerning your business?

Whether you wish to protect confidential information that is made known to a third party for business or marketing or other purposes, or protect a business idea in general there are adequate legal measures to consider.
In the first case, a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement may be signed between the related parties. These types of agreement are well known and commonly used for business transaction in Lebanon.
In the second case, the Lebanese law provide for intellectual property (IP) protection. However it is less the idea and more the expression of it that is legally protected. In other terms, the idea should be tangible. Here we talk about copyright, trademark and Patent protection.

What is IP and Confidentiality Agreement?

Whether you wish to protect confidential information that is made known to a third party for business or marketing or other purposes, or protect a business idea in general there are adequate legal measures to consider.
In the first case, a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement may be signed between the related parties. This type of agreement is well known and commonly used for business transaction in Lebanon.
In the second case, the Lebanese law provide for intellectual property (IP) protection. However it is less the idea and more the expression of it that is legally protected. In other terms, the idea should be tangible. Here we talk about copyright, trademark and Patent protection.

Why and when to execute a Shareholders Agreement?

The motives to prepare a Shareholders Agreement are diverse. A Shareholders Agreement can deal with management issues that are not regulated by the law or even by the bylaws. Moreover it can be used to agree on specific or complex matters between shareholders. For example a shareholders agreement usually covers the following topics: governance and constitution of Board and committees in a joint-stock company, granting additional rights to minority shareholders over reserved matters, regulating the distribution of dividends and the transfer of shares, identifying events of default that would result in termination, stipulating an exit strategy for an investor including tag and drag along rights.