Hall Of Fame

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm's well-regarded practice is led by Ayman Nada, who has an excellent track record in handling local and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, group restructurings, refinancing and acquisition structures. Turning to the senior associates, Zafar Iqbal and Mohammad Ramadan are key names, with particular expertise in advising on Shariah-compliant contracts, foreign direct investment, corporate structuring, and franchise and distributorship matters.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Ramadan; Zafar Iqbal


‘The whole team is very passionate, engaged and knowledgeable.’

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners' corporate practice is home to a team of 'seasoned professionals with deep knowledge of the local market'. The group stands out for its strength in handling M&A transactions and corporate governance matters. Rob Little and Sam Habbas have extensive experience in M&A and restructuring, and Paul Day advises domestic and international clients on franchise and distribution matters and establishing operations in Kuwait. Recent instructions include John Cunha and Luis Cunha advising Saudi Arabian company Jadwa Investment on its acquisition of a 35%  stake in the Gissah Perfumes Company. Ezekiel Tuma is well versed in handling commercial and corporate transactions in Kuwait, and Ibrahim Sattout stands out for providing 'excellent, clear and useful advice'.

Practice head(s):

Sam Habbas; Rob Little; Paul Day; Ibrahim Sattout; Ezekiel Tuma

Other key lawyers:

Luis Cunha; John Cunha


‘ASAR is the largest, best resourced firm in Kuwait. It is able to provide the resources needed to deal with complex cases on time and in full.’

‘They are seasoned professionals with deep knowledge of the local market, a good commercial sense, ability to communicate with non-legal professionals, and a great sense of customer service.’

‘Sam Habbas is a stand out partner.’

‘Ibrahim Sattout is exceptionally responsive and provides excellent, clear and useful advice.’

‘Always available. Pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Excellent firm in Kuwait with strong, deep client relationships.’

‘Luis Cunha is a very strong corporate lawyer with a strong understanding of transactional challenges and a very astute business sense. He is always amiable and professional and very easy to work with.’

‘ASAR has impressed me with regard to both their local market knowledge and also their commercial nous. They have been effective in helping us to understand the intricacies of Kuwaiti law while also matching those requirements to our commercial needs. They have also worked to achieve tight deadlines when needed.’

Key clients

Americana Restaurants


Sama Educational Company

Kuwait Cement Co.


General Electric

Gulf Bank

Johnson & Johnson

British Petroleum

Taken Seat Holding Co.

National Bank of Kuwait

Jadwa Investments Group

Kuwait Danish Dairy

Air Liquide

Al Rashed Holdings


Al Dhow Engineering

Al Rifai Group

Alkhorayef Petroleum

Jubail Energy Services

Atos Information Technology


JebCo International

Kuwait International Bank

Mustafa Karam Motors

National Industries Group

Reckitt Benckiser

Rimini Street


Sumitomo Mitsui



Work highlights

  • Advised ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company KSCP on the acquisition of a portfolio of assets worth US$ 2.21 billion by Macquarie Airfinance Group.
  • Advised Ahli United Bank B.S.C on a cross-border sale of the client’s entire share capital to Kuwait Finance House K.S.C.P.

Meysan Partners

The corporate practice at Meysan Partners garners praise for its 'deep understanding of the Kuwaiti legal landscape, paired with deep industry expertise'. Bader El-Jeaan is a highly regarded practitioner in Kuwait, with an excellent reputation in the M&A space, and co-heads the team with Abdulwahab Sadeq and Tarek Yehya. Abdul Aziz Al Yaqout advises on acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Senior associate Hassan Elsayed is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Bader El-Jeaan; Tarek Yehya; Abdulwahab Sadeq

Other key lawyers:

Abdul Aziz Al Yaqout; Hassan Elsayed


‘Very high reactivity and ability to mobilise entire team quickly. Very strong at bringing concrete and tailor-made solutions.’

‘A focus on problem-solving and concrete solutions.’

‘Deep understanding of the Kuwaiti legal landscape, paired with deep industry expertise.’

Key clients

Ali Alghanim Sons Automotive Company K.S.C.C (“AAG”)

National Aviation Services (NAS) – Agility Logistics

Kuwait Telecommunications Company (“STC”)

Kuwait English School (“KES”)

Jadwa Investment

A consortium comprised of Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company, and Al Safy Automotive Company


Al Bayan Medical Company

Investcorp Holding BSC (Closed)

Work highlights

  • Advised National Aviation Services on its acquisition by Menzies Aviation.
  • Advised UPayments on the sale of a 51% stake to NBK.

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)‘s commercial and corporate practice is instructed by international clients in a range of matters, including transactions, acquisitions and restructuring issues. Sanabil Jafar and Fayez Al Dosari co-lead the team, in which associate Dolly Sleem is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sanabil Jafar; Fayez Al Dosari

Other key lawyers:

Dolly Sleem


‘Excellent practice.’

Key clients

Al-Eid International Logistics Company (AILCO)

Velath Engineering International FZC

Yiaco Medical Company

Kana Group for General Trading & Contracting

Aljawda AlKuwaitia for Food Stuff & Vegetables and Fruits

Satco Food Trading Company

Green Carbon Company

Boyua & Aamal for General Trading and Contracting Company

Black Boushiya Company

Kuwaiti Union of Farmers Market

Work highlights

  • Advising a Kuwaiti company on regulatory matters regarding increasing the company’s capital by 45% as preparation for the client’s conversion into a public joint stock company.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company's team is active in advising companies on establishing their presence in Kuwait, as well as assisting with corporate structuring, commercial agreements, distribution and franchise agreements and corporate and regulatory compliance issues. Practice head Ola Saab and Aaron Dikos are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ola Saab

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Dikos


‘Great local experience.’

Key clients

Burberry Kuwait

Airways International Limited

LVMH Moet Hennessy

Kone Corporation

Johnson & Johnson


Unilever Gulf

Nord Anglia Education Limited

Linde Group

Uula International Technology

The Kuwait Styrene Company KSCC

Majid Al Futtaim



Virgin Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Ikarus Petroleum Industries Company on its US$ 33 million acquisition of a controlling stake in GOFSCO.
  • Advised fashion company Steve Madden on its joint venture agreement with the Apparel Group.

Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG)

Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG)'s practice advises local and international public and private companies on a wide spectrum of commercial and corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and regulatory issues. The department is jointly led by Waleed Al Daraawi and Nadyn Saleh, who is very experienced in handling commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Waleed Al Daraawi; Nadyn Saleh


Their team reflects a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which enriches their problem-solving capabilities.’

‘Collaboration is at the heart of their practice.’

‘Their professionals bring extensive industry-specific expertise to the table, ensuring a thorough understanding of our sector’s dynamics. Their track record speaks to their commitment to excellence.’

‘They are extremely efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Nadyn Saleh is an excellent lawyer and we enjoy working with her.’

Key clients

Dar Al Shifa

Al Ansari Exchange

Health Assurance Company (DHAMAN) and Ribera Salud

J3 Project Company for Management and Development of Lands and Real Estate WLL.

CPF Int Limited

Cavendish Maxwell


Jahez International Whole & Retail Sale Company

NAGA markets Europe ltd



Work highlights

  • Advised Al Ansari Exchange Co on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Oman Exchange Co.
  • Advised CPF Int Limited on an international franchising agreement with Al Khashab International as part of its global expansion plan.

GLA & Company

M&A is a key pillar of strength for GLA & Company‘s corporate team, which is adept at advising on large local and cross-border M&A transactions. Senior partner Nader Al Awadhi and managing partner Alex Saleh have a solid track record in the M&A space, while Yousef Al Amly is well versed in handling joint ventures, franchising and distribution agreements, and corporate governance and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Nader Al Awadhi; Alex Saleh; Yousef Al Amly


‘US-style advice in the Gulf.’

‘Alex Saleh is recommended.’


Key clients

Cognita Middle East Holdings Limited

National Technology Enterprises Company, KSC

Gatehouse Bank PLC

Bashar Al-Ameer; and Bait Al Aseel Group for General Trading and Contracting

Automak Automotive Company KSC

Emirates NBD Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (“Dhaman”)

A’ayan Leasing and Investment Co. K.S.C.P.

Kuwait Food Company KSC (Americana)

KFH Capital

FDH (Fluor, Daewoo, Hyundai consortium)


Maire Tecnimont


Emerson Electric Company

Silver Lake Technology Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Cognita Middle East Holdings on the acquisition of a stake in Universe Education Company KSCC.
  • Advised Gatehouse Bank, a Sharia-compliant UK-based bank, on the divestment of its Kuwait investment company.
  • Advised Automak Automotive Company KSCC on restructuring its ownership, involving a third-party buyer purchasing a 35% stake, worth approximately US$ 24 million, in the client.

HFW in association with Attorney Rula Dajani

HFW in association with Attorney Rula Dajani‘s corporate practice focuses on assisting foreign investors with establishing a presence in Kuwait, and is adept at advising on joint ventures, shareholder and distribution agreements, licensing and a broad range of commercial contracts. Practice head Rula Dajani divides her time between Dubai and Kuwait, and is a key name for handling M&A and corporate restructuring. Senior associate Tarek Abu Mariam is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Rula Dajani

Other key lawyers:

Tarek Abu Mariam

Key clients

Commercial Bank of Kuwait

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics LLC

Kuwait Airways

SMBC Aviation Capital Ltd

Umm Al Hayman for Wastewater Treatment Company (KSPC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hellmann Worldwide Logistics on the restructuring of its operations in the Middle East.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

At Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates, the firm's founding partner Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub works alongside Waleed Al-Ayoub in order to assist a client base of predominantly US-based entities on Kuwaiti laws regarding transactional mandates involving the sale of assets. The practice also assists foreign clients on setting up operations in Kuwait.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub

Other key lawyers:

Waleed Alayoub

Alfahad & Partners (Consultants and Attorneys)

At Alfahad & Partners (Consultants and Attorneys), the team acts for domestic and international clients in a wide spectrum of matters, including M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, corporate governance, licensing and cross-border transactions. Name partner Faisal Alfahad and Shamoil Ranijiwala are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Faisal Alfahad; Shamoil Ranijiwala


‘Very practical legal advisors.’

‘Faisal Al Fahad provides solid and reliable legal advice in a practical context.’

‘Dedicated and detail oriented.’


Key clients

KFH Capital Investment Company

Ahli United Bank

ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co. KSCP

Prime one Group General Trading and Contracting

Jazeera Airways

Flame Energy Company

Rexel Middle East

Jasim Adbulwahab and Partner Co WLL

Kepler Wolf LLP

Naqel Express


Work highlights

  • Acted for ALAFCO during the acquisition of the client’s assets, worth more than US$ 2,200,000,000, by Macquarie Group.
  • Advised Naqel Express on establishing a new company and acquiring licenses in Kuwait.