Banking and finance in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm's enviable client base includes global financial institutions, and the team is often instructed as local counsel alongside international law firms. Moreover, the team acts for commercial and Islamic banks, as well as investment funds. The team’s recent workload included corporate finance, property finance and aviation finance mandates. Cross-border mandates are another key specialism, with recent deals involving jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Ayman Nada leads the practice and is highly skilled in Islamic finance, debt restructuring and project finance. Another key name is senior associate Nadyn Saleh, who also has a strong focus on project finance.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Other key lawyers:

Nadyn Saleh

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners advises multinational financial institutions and other clients on the largest deals in the market, with experience advising on high-value transactions alongside Magic Circle firms. The team’s workload includes corporate, acquisition and project finance, with expertise in both conventional and Shari’ah-compliant structures. The team is also highly skilled in capital markets work and counts Kuwait’s Capital Markets Authority as a key client. Senior partner Sam Habbas leads the practice and is strong in aviation and shipping finance. He leads the team alongside managing partner Ahmed Barakat, who has experience in both banking and restructuring work. Ibrahim Sattout is another key name, with expertise in both conventional and Islamic finance, as well as in capital markets.

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)' core areas of strength are in project finance and investment banking, where the team acts for a range of local banks and private investors. Fayez Al Dosari leads the practice and has a good reputation for project finance; prior to his role at the firm, he was a member of the legal committee of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. Director Sanabil Jafar, who is 'very experienced in banking and finance matters and international law issues' is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Fayez Al Dosari

Other key lawyers:

Sanabil Jafar


‘Professional law firm, extremely reliable with strong expertise in the commercial and financial sectors. I am a client with the firm for years now and I have always been satisfied. The team understands the business needs of the client and it tailors solutions to the best interest of the client.’

‘Sanabil Jafar has a strong expertise in the commercial and financial matters and is a trustworthy lawyer. ’

‘I am very pleased with my experience with Al Oula Law. The firm is very responsive, honest, capable to simplify banking matters.’

‘Sanabil Jafar is great lawyer, well experienced in banking and finance matters and international law issues and capable to simplify complicated legal matters.’

Key clients

Yiaco Medical Company

Ador Welding Limited Company

Green Carbon Company

Boyua & Aamal for General Trading & Contracting Company

Rou’a Al Hayat for General Trading Company

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in banking litigation related to lending facilities.
  • Advising a client in negotiations with a bank and reaching a settlement agreement.
  • Advising a client in negotiations with a bank and reaching a settlement agreement.

Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif

Advising a range of international and domestic clients, Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif is primarily known for its work in debt restructuring. Practice head Nader Al Awadhi has a strong reputation in this field, advising on recoveries, investigations and litigation. The firm is no longer associated with DLA Piper.