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ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners’highly responsive and diligent’ disputes practice has a strong reputation for handling tax litigation, particularly for international clients. In a standout case, the firm represented a multinational company in a tax dispute concerning a petrochemicals plant. Other active areas for the team include insurance, trade mark, construction and Islamic finance. Managing partner and team leader Ahmed Barakat has ‘great depth of knowledge’.

International Counsel Bureau has a strong reputation for both civil and criminal cases, and has an extensive track record in landmark financial and human rights cases. In 2016, the firm acted as counsel to the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay in the US Supreme Court case Alodah v United States; the firm successfully repatriated all 12 Kuwaiti citizens. Commercial clients include Kuwait Oil Tankers, YIACO Medical Company and Aref Investment Group. Fathi Abdurabou heads the team and Abdul Rahman Al Haroun is also recommended.

Al Markaz Law Firm’s disputes workload encompasses capital markets, real estate, financial crime and construction matters. Highlights included successfully defending Al Madar Finance and Investment against claims that it had manipulated shares and engaged in false trading on the Kuwait Stock Exchange. Fawwaz Abd-Allah Al Saeed, Baker Alenezi and Qutaiba Al Saeed jointly head the team.

Adel Abdulhadi heads the disputes group at Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners), which is acting for a Kuwaiti citizen in a plea to prevent the government from demolishing a mosque.

Alex Saleh and Philip Kotsis lead the disputes team at Al Tamimi & Company, which handles a range commercial disputes, from aviation and shipping matters, to large-scale financial disputes. Recent work includes representing Qatar National Bank in a case against a shipping company concerning a loan agreement. Other clients include Harry Winston and Kuwait Transcontinental Shipping.

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association with (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif houses locally and internationally qualified disputes lawyers. Recent commercial disputes include representing Air Arabia in a dispute in the Dubai courts against Abyaar Real Estate Development, and representing A’ayan Leasing and Investment in disputes arising from the client’s restructuring. In an illustration of the rise in employment disputes, senior associate Zara Merali is acting in one of the largest employment disputes in Kuwait. Locally qualified lawyer Nader Al Awadhi and Dubai-based Henry Quinlan head the team.

Menwer & Associates’ well-respected disputes team is representing Kuwait-based telecoms company Viva in its challenge before the Supreme Court of the Ministry of Communication’s decision to introduce costs-per-line for mobile network operators. Other clients include Kuwait International Bank and China Overseas Engineering. Mohammad Menwer heads the department.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates’ disputes team is headed by Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub and is experienced in acting for domestic and international companies. Recent clients include large hotel chains, real estate companies and international aviation companies.

Al-Twaijri & Partners Law Firm (TLF) acts for local businesses in administrative and commercial disputes. Mohammed Al-Twaijri is the name to note.

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