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The firm

Located in the heart of Kuwait City’s business hub, Al Markaz is a leading law firm recognised for its elite team of highly experienced and multilingual international and local attorneys. Al Markaz Law Firm is well known for its ability to combine its significant global knowledge and standards to provide clients with a full range of innovative legal solutions in key corporate and commercial practice areas.

Al Markaz Law Firm was founded in 1983 by Mr Fawwaz Abd-Allah Al Saeed, a prominent attorney and former President of the Kuwait Bar Association. Since its establishment, the firm has experienced sustained growth, working closely with clients throughout the ground-breaking legal and commercial developments over the years. Al Markaz’s client base includes large publicly held corporations, investment banks, brokerage firms, investment funds, private equity firms and institutional investors, offering premium legal services in a wide range of jurisdictions.

Areas of practice

Corporate advisory: this team offers the full range of corporate and commercial law services in Kuwait. In conjunction with its affiliates in the Gulf region, the firm’s services include advising on: the establishment of corporate and investment entities; rules and regulations; stock portfolio management; taxation; intellectual property; agency agreements and outsourcing; due diligence; and M&A transactions.

Litigation: the firm aims to provide the best legal protection to clients, offering a range of services in: proceedings before courts of first instance and appeals, and the Supreme Court of Kuwait; corporate and commercial litigation; construction disputes; administrative litigation; and litigation support.

Arbitration and dispute resolution: services include arbitration in the Kuwaiti Arbitration Court; mediation and ADR by negotiation and agreement; and arbitration undertaken before the London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court and Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).

Banking and finance: the firm’s strategy to tackle change in the financial and regulatory market involves keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in this practice area globally. Adapting to such changes is key to achieving business objectives, from which the firm can predict the changes in the market direction/trend.

Islamic finance: Al Markaz has expertise advising on the structuring and documentation of Islamic financing transactions. The firm’s areas of expertise include: financial, partnership and sale structures, such as the Murabaha, Musharaka and Mudaraba; lease arrangements; conditional sale contracts; and project finance.

Construction: Al Markaz advises on: EPC contracts; BOT and PPP projects; procurement management; tender management; probity issues; traditional turnkey and construction contracts, and associated sub-contracting arrangements; project management agreements; insurance arrangements; services contracts; and dispute resolution.

Oil and gas: Al Markaz provides advice from consenting and planning, to the construction, financing, operation, maintenance and refinancing or sale. Its work includes advising sellers and acquirers (on M&A transactions), sponsors, corporations, active/passive investors, suppliers, manufacturers, governments and debt funders.

Employment: Al Markaz covers a broad spectrum of employment issues, including those relating to litigation, general and strategic employment, HR advisory board reorganisations and executive remuneration schemes.

Energy: the team covers the lifecycle of energy projects, from the pre-qualification stage and the consenting and planning process, to developing contractual arrangements covering the construction, financing, operation, maintenance and their transfer, sale, refinancing and restructuring.

Real estate: the team advises on financing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and workouts of troubled loans, project developments, commercial and residential leases, litigation and dispute resolution, and construction.


International groupingsKuwait Bar Association
Egyptian Bar Association
International Bar Association
American Business Counsel
Arab-American Bar Association
The Law Society of England and Wales
Jordanian Lawyers Bar Association
Intellectual Properties Association
Arab Bar Association

Number of lawyers 34

Above material supplied by Al Markaz Law Firm.

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