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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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  • New requirement for all issuers operating on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

    On 10 August 2017 the Luxembourg Stock Exchange announced that all domestic and foreign issuers operating on the regulated market (Bourse de Luxembourg) or on the multilateral trading facility (Euro MTF) of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange must provide their legal entity identifier (“LEI ”) codes to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange before 15 September 2017.
  • Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

    The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world.
  • VAT in the GCC – Q&A updates from the UAE Ministry of Finance

    On 9 July the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Finance (MOF) published an update of the Value Added Tax (VAT) FAQ section of its website.
  • PRIIPs KID: The final pieces of the puzzle

    The pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place. The long-awaited level 3 and 4 measures have been published earlier this week, half a year before the PRIIPs KID becomes compulsory.
  • MiFID II: Further guidance on product governance requirements

    Amongst the numerous topics covered by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to provide further guidance on the requirements regarding product governance through its guidelines dated 2 June 2017 which focus on the target market assessment by manufacturers and distributors of financial products.     
  • Arendt & Medernach is again the “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year”

    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
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    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.

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