Commercial, corporate and M&A in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm's 'technically strong' team advises clients on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, and it has participated in many of the most significant deals seen in the Kuwaiti market. It also has expertise in corporate governance, restructurings and investment fund transactions. Ayman Nada, who is a 'go-to partner', has more than 20 years of experience of the corporate arena. He has notable expertise in sectors such as energy, infrastructure, oil and gas, and real estate and construction. Nadyn Saleh is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Testimonials

Al Markaz is my firm of choice for Kuwait work. I have worked alongside them on a number of matters over the years and find their work to be technically strong, commercial and reliable.’

Ayman Nada is the go-to partner for all Kuwait work. He is very knowledgable and manages his teams and matters well. I have also worked with Nadine Saleh, Nazih Hameed and Bisher Alboukai – all of whom are reliable and technically strong.’

Key clients

ABB Utililties GmbH

Adidas Emerging Markets

Al Bassam Engineering

Al Dar Money Market Fund

Aston Martin

British Telecom

Copenhagen Group

Goldman Sachs

Halliburton

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised Huawei on the provision of public cloud services in Kuwait under Kuwaiti law.
  • Advised GHP International AB on the incorporation of a company in Kuwait.
  • Advised Weatherford International on the acquisition of the Weatherford (Kuwait) laboratory business in Kuwait by CSL Capital.

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif is a major player in the Kuwaiti market, as is evidenced by its involvement in first-of-their-kind projects in the country. Regional managing partner Peter Somekh, who co-heads the practice with Nader Al Awadhi, has particular expertise in the non-contentious aspects of corporate insolvency and restructuring. Another notable individual in the group is recently promoted legal director Kashif Syed. Rami Zayat, who is based in Dubai, regularly acts for Kuwaiti clients and advises on Kuwaiti law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Somekh; Nader Al Awadhi

Key clients

Vectrus Systems

Hyatt International

TWMA

Work highlights

  • Advised Vectrus Systems on the proposed restructuring of its operations in Kuwait.
  • Assisted Hyatt International with entering into a major business transaction with a major real estate Kuwaiti company.
  • Assisted TWMA with the aquisition of business operations of a Norwegian company in Kuwait.

Meysan Partners

Meysan Partners' client roster includes the largest Kuwaiti and Middle Eastern blue-chip companies, multinational corporates and international financial institutions. Senior partner Bader El-Jeaan has 'unique strength' acting for corporates, investment banks and sovereign governments in cross-border M&A. El-Jeaan works with Michel George Ghanem, who was promoted to counsel.

Practice head(s):

Bader El-Jeaan

Testimonials

Meysan Partners has an outstanding understanding and experience of local and international issues, and can offer a rounded solution for any matter. Having a strong commercial sense and understanding of our business has made them the go-to adviser for all our projects globally.’

Meysan is the most sophisticated, capable and aggressive firm in the market, hands down. Notwithstanding its Kuwait headquarters, Meysan operates as if it is competing with the top law firms in New York and London, delivering smart, assertive advice and knowledge of the Middle East with a global mindset.’

Key clients

Government of Kuwait

National Real Estate Company of Kuwait

Agility

Integrated Holding Company

Massaleh Real Estate Company

UPAC

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of Kuwait on a landmark $130bn project to build a massive new city, Madinat Al Hareer.
  • Advised the winning consortium on its acquisition of a 44% equity stake in Boursa Kuwait, the Kuwait stock exchange.
  • Advised Agility on a potential strategic merger with Panalpina.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates has a strong track record in complex and high-profile transactions. Its presence in the Kuwaiti market sees it act for clients based in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, CIS and Middle East. The team covers all areas of corporate and commercial law, and has expertise in sectors such as maritime and oil and gas, among others. Lead partner Abdullah Kh. Al-AyoubWaleed Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub and Chetan Sharma are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub

Testimonials

They produce very high quality work in a timely manner.’

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners) acts for Kuwaiti and international companies on a full range of operational and transactional matters. Its varied workload includes company incorporations, M&A, corporate restructurings and regulatory advice. Sanabil Jafar and Fayez Al Dosari are recommended.

Testimonials

Al Oula Law Firm is a law firm that truly understands the full breadth of the law. What I experienced with them is that even when a matter seems difficult or closed, the team has a way to find creative legal solutions using the full understanding of the law and the legal system. The international law department of the firm is top-notch and a gem in Kuwait. Very capable team, full dedication to client and impressive on-time delivery.’

Sanabil Jafar, the director of the international law department, is an experienced lawyer, intelligent, well aware of the local and international business practice, provides excellent legal advice and super keen on on-time delivery.’

The legal team at Al Oula Law Firm possesses tremendous experience. Each member of the team has decades of working experience in the legal practice in Kuwait. They truly work on cases as team. They do not give false promises just to please. They simply deliver results. For me, they have won all cases raised on my behalf as well as in defense in cases raised against me.’

Al Oula Law Firm was able to assign a team to our matter with relevant expertise. They were responsive to queries and provided clear, strategic advice at each stage. They had a good commercial approach and were sensitive to our business interests.

The team is very effective and responsive to all submitted requests. They provide a quick response relating legal issue locally and potential exposures. Very friendly and very responsive.’

Key clients

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Yiaco Medical Company

Ador Welding Limited Company

Green Carbon Company

Synergy Services Company

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the biggest specialised contracting companies to handle structural steel works on a new project valued at $11.5m.
  • Advised a Kuwaiti company operating in the energy sector on the construction of a production factory, valued at $6.5m.
  • Advised Eastern National Oilfields Services Company on business agreements with local and foreign entities.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company advises on joint ventures, shareholder agreements, M&A and distribution agreements in Kuwait. Philip Kotsis and Alex Saleh jointly lead the team, which also includes senior associate Aaron Dikos. Kotsis primarily focuses on local and transnational commercial and corporate transactions. Saleh handles M&A for clients operating in industries such as education, healthcare, and finance.

Practice head(s):

Philip Kotsis; Alex Saleh

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners advises on a number of core areas, including M&A, franchise and distribution agreements, corporate structuring and commercial regulations. David Walker, Paul DayRob LittleJohn CunhaLuis Cunha and Ezekiel Tuma are recommended.

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG) is praised by clients for its 'unique, consistent services'. It advises clients in the hospitality, healthcare and service industries, among others. Abdulaziz Alkhateeb and Khalid Alkhateeb are the joint heads of the team, which advises on company formation, joint ventures, commercial contracts, and other transactional and general corporate law advisory work. In addition to advising Kuwaiti companies on their outbound activities, the group assists international corporates with Kuwaiti law issues.

Testimonials

The management and the team have a ton of experience and exposure to matters related to the commercial and corporate matters. They have answers to all our issues and it does not require them much time to delve into the matter.’

The team is also multilingual, which is very handy when we bring in our clients who immediately feel very comfortable. Their services have been very consistent and timely which perfectly allows us to meet our commitments especially in terms of consultations or contract negotiations. Taher Group Law Firm surely stands out in comparison with other law firms and we are proud to know they have our back!

Key clients

Al-Khonaini General Trading & Contracting Company W.L.L.

Assaquib& Alhusseini General Trading & Contracting Company

Hilton Kuwait Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Commercial Real Estate Company on a subscription agreement related to an offering of $55m shariah-compliant short-term liquidity certificates offered by Venture Capital Bank and issued by Liquidity Finco Ltd.
  • Advised Auto Car, a company engaged in the activity of buying, selling, renting and leasing luxury cars.