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Al Tamimi & Company

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Alex Saleh

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Al Tamimi & Company


Partner, Co Head of Kuwait Office, Head of Private Equity & Cross Border Transactions


Alex Saleh is a Partner and the Co - Head of Office of Al Tamimi & Company's Kuwait office.  With over 20 years of both MENA and US experience, he has accumulated sizable expertise in the areas of banking & finance, mergers & acquisitions and large-scale infrastructure projects.  Establishing the Kuwait office of Al Tamimi & Co in the fall of 2009 with only 3 lawyers, Alex has since grown the office to over 20 lawyers.

He represents the majority of the financial institutions based in the State of Kuwait in all facets, including basic bilateral facility agreements, syndicated loan transactions (conventional and Sharia-compliant) and project finance.  Within the banking arena, he has developed strong and professional relationships with most of the lenders he represents as well as the relevant banking and investment regulatory bodies.   In addition, since the financial crisis of 2008, Alex and his team have advised both foreign and local creditors on most of the debt restructurings occurring in Kuwait with respect to investment and related type companies.

In the corporate arena, Alex has closed on a significant number of MENA-based merger & acquisition deals in various industries including energy, pharmaceuticals, finance, communications and aviation.  He has also represented many private equity groups in many of these acquisitions developing and building a good relationship with them over the years.

In addition, Alex has also been involved in most of Kuwait’s large infrastructure projects such as power generation plants, water desalination plants and wastewater projects, in the context of both public private partnerships and more traditional structures.  On various transactions, he has alternatively represented the State of Kuwait, private sponsors and project lenders depending on the particular deal.


English, Arabic


  • Commonwealth of Virginia Bar (USA);
  • State of Michigan Bar (USA);
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia;
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan;
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and
  • United States Tax Court .


Georgetown Law School – Washington D.C. USA, Juris Doctor

Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan USA, Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude)


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Alex Saleh - Al Tamimi & Company

Within: Banking and finance

Al Tamimi & Company is regularly instructed in Islamic and conventional finance transactions spanning trade, real estate and M&A financing. Headed by Omar Handoush, the department also has expertise in financial regulatory analyses and the structuring of investment funds. Also recommended is Alex Saleh, who has experience of Islamic and conventional syndicated loan transactions and also handles project finance.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Al Tamimi & Company advises on joint ventures and distribution agreements, shareholder agreements, M&A and transactional due diligence. The practice is jointly headed by Philip Kotsis and Alex Saleh. Senior associate Aaron Dikos is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Al Tamimi & Company handles disputes in the fields of transportation, banking, employment and IP. The Kuwait-based practice is jointly headed by Philip Kotsis and Alex Saleh, and includes Yaqoub Yousef Al-Munayee, who has experience advocating before the Court of Cassation and is regularly engaged in arbitration.

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Privatisation and projects

Within: Privatisation and projects

Al Tamimi & Company is jointly headed by Philip Kotsis and Alex Saleh, who have experience of infrastructure, power generation, water desalinisation and wastewater projects. Highlights included advising the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects on the commissioning, financing, design and construction of the Umm Al Hayman wastewater project.

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United Arab Emirates

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Al Tamimi & Company has a reputation for handling the technical points of onshore UAE law and is frequently sought out to handle this aspect of agenda-setting global deals. James MacCallum spearheaded a multi-office team made up of practitioners from across the the region, working with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, to advise on General Electric's sale of its global water business; MacCullum also assisted the same referring law firm and lay client with the sale of its industrial solutions business to ABB. Other work for MacCallum included acting as main transaction counsel to Star Satellite Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Yahsat, on purchasing satellite phone business Thuraya. Alex Saleh advised Shuaa Capital on a part-purchase of Amwal Investment. Dubai office managing partner Husam Hourani acted for Emaar on the spin-off of its development arm, which was subsequently listed on the Dubai Financial Market. Izabella Szadkowska, who is qualified in New Zealand, is a key contact for restructuring mandates. Samer Qudah is the firm's head of corporate structuring. Other key contacts include corporate and commercial head Gary Watts and Ali Bachrouch, who heads the firm's Northern Emirates corporate practice from Sharjah. The firm also has an office in Ras Al Khaimah. Abdullah Mutawi is a new hire from Baker Botts L.L.P..

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