Commercial, corporate and M&A in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm advises on a number of high-value and cross-border transactions, and has established a strong reputation in the market for advising blue-chip companies and working alongside international law firms. Other areas of specialism include corporate governance, restructurings, turnarounds and investment fund transactions. Practice head Ayman Nada covers all aspects of corporate law and has recently advised on major property and aircraft transactions. Senior associate Mohammad Ramadan, who focuses on incorporations and M&A, is a promising name at the junior level, as is associate Zafar Iqbal, who assists Nada on most matters and is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Other key lawyers:

Mohammad Ramadan, Zafar Iqbal

Testimonials

‘The team I’ve had the pleasure of working with at this firm were responsive and offered solutions to issues as well as deep expertise. They were also diligent about meeting deadlines or provided alternatives (and sound instructions) where such deadlines may conflict with other commitments.’

‘They are very good at understanding a complex corporate situation in the Kuwaiti context.’

‘We worked with Ayman Nada and Zafar Iqbal who are highly competent and conscientious.’

‘Zafar Iqbal is very good.’

‘We were generally pleased with their judgement and care in taking into consideration a full range of relevant considerations.’

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company occupies a unique position as the only regional law firm in the market; the team is highly skilled in advising clients across the Gulf region on their investments in Kuwait. In a recent highlight, the team advised on the Kuwait aspects of the merger between Middle Eastern banks Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Union National Bank. The merger also illustrates the team’s strong focus on the financial services sector, where it acts for clients from the Gulf, Asia and Europe. Practice head Alex Saleh is highly skilled in M&A and private equity. He leads the team alongside Philip Kotsis, who is also highly experienced in cross-border corporate transactions and is well known for advising on major infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Alex Saleh; Philip Kotsis; Yaqoub Al Munayae; Omar Handoush

Key clients

KAPP

Fluor

National Bank of Kuwait

Commercial Bank of Kuwait

Kuwait Resources House

Vectrus Systems Corporation

KIPCO Group

ADCB

Work highlights

  • Advising Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on the Kuwaiti aspects of its merger of the Kuwait assets of Union National Bank.
  • Advised Al Aman Investment Company on its purchase of four K-12 schools in the State of Kuwait from Ajyal Holding Company.
  • Advised Kuwait Life Sciences Company (KLSC) and Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) on its joint venture with US partners to become Newbridge Pharmaceuticals.

Meysan Partners

Advising local and international clients, Meysan Partners is highly skilled in M&A, joint ventures and capital markets, and is particularly active in deals in the telecoms, hospitality and education sectors. Senior partner Bader El-Jeaan is a respected name in the market, having worked on high-value transactions. Of counsel Michel George Ghanem, who focuses on cross-border M&A, private equity and joint ventures, is also noted.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates has expertise in commercial, corporate, M&A, capital markets and commercial agreements. Managing partner Abdullah Al-Ayoub leads the practice and has been particularly active in the oil and gas, technology and hospitality sectors. Assistant managing partner Waleed Al-Ayoub, who has a strong track record in corporate transactions, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al-Ayoub; Waleed Al-Ayoub

Work highlights

  • Advised a global shipping company regarding claims arising out of a charter party agreement.
  • Advised a US company regarding an asset sale transaction in Kuwait.
  • Advised a US-based client on a defence contracting matter in Kuwait.

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

A respected name in the market, Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners) is particularly active in industries such as technology, financial services, agriculture and construction. Sanabil Jafar leads the practice and is an expert in M&A and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Sanabil Jafar; Fayez Al Dosari

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘Proactive and provide practical advice as opposed to theoretical approach; helps in getting the deal done. ’

‘Al Oula Team stands out in their complete commitment to delivery of the preferred and fair outcome needed by the client through their very unique dedicated, prompt and professional approach to building a personal relationship of partnership with the objective of protecting and servicing their client’s interest 24/7.’

Key clients

Helios Dermatology Clinic

Aljawda AlKuwaitia for Food Stuff & Vegetables and Fruits

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) (L.L.C)

Yiaco Medical Company

Ador Welding Limited Company

Green Carbon Company

Hasibat Communications Company

Boyua & Aamal for General Trading and Contracting Company

Eastern National Oilfield Services (ENOS)

Gulf International General Trading and Contracting Company (GIGTC)

Satco Engineering for General Trading & Contracting

Satco Food Trading Company

Kuwaiti Union of Farmers Market

Work highlights

  • Advised an international law firm on insurance law and the regulatory framework in Kuwait.
  • Advised China State Construction Engineering Corporation on the process of capital increase.
  • Advised Aljawda AlKuwaitia for Food Stuff & Vegetables and Fruits on the acquisition of an industrial plant.

Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif

Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif is highly skilled in M&A, restructuring, private equity and equity capital markets, with broad experience in advising local and international clients. Name partner Nader Al Awadhi is a key contact and is best known for restructuring and insolvency work. The firm no longer works in partnership with DLA Piper.

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is experienced in M&A, privatisations, IPOs and general corporate work. Senior partner Sam Habbas has extensive experience in the oil and gas sector; he leads the team alongside managing partner Ahmed Barakat, who advises on corporate, government procurement and employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Sam Habbas; Ahmed Barakat

Key clients

Kuwait International Bank

Microsoft

Raytheon

Abercrombie & Fitch

Gulf Investment Corporation

National Industries Group

Alghanim Industries

Global Investment House

Lockheed Martin

HSBC Bank Middle East

Gulf Bank

National Bank of Kuwait

KIPCO Asset Management Co. (KAMCO)

JP Morgan

M. H. Alshaya Co. WLL

Kuwait Danish Dairy (KDD)

DHL Worldwide

Bukhamseen Group Holding Company

Al Sayer Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Advised The Kuwait Capital Markets Authority on the privatisation of the country’s stock exchange.
  • Advised Global Investment House as the sellers in a 60% stake in Jassim Transport and Stevedoring Co KSCC to Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company KSCP.
  • Advised Kuwait Life Sciences Company on the sale of a 51% stake to TouGas Oilfiled Solutions GmbH.

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG) is a key name in the construction sector and has advised on hospitality, healthcare and recreational development projects. Founding partner Khalid Alkhateeb has strong experience in commercial and corporate governance work; fellow practice head Fawaz Alkhateeb specialises in assisting international clients with corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Fawaz Alkhateeb; Khalid Alkhateeb

Testimonials

‘The founders themselves are what makes the practice unique especially due to the vast exposure and experience in the field of law from the pre-oil era till date. ‘

‘The advice what we get from them is exceptional in comparison to other firms Online web consultations and sms alerts on case updates. The team’s approach to the issue is more pragmatic with a view to all the pros and cons.’

‘They are well versed with risk management which eliminates disputes to a large extent. Their strengths are that they are prepared and cannot be cornered. Glad to have them on our side. ‘

Key clients

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

M/S Stadium Al Oula for General Trade

Marafie Group

Hilton Kuwait Resorts

Ci-net (Credit Information Networks)

Hadi Hospital Company

Hilton Garden Inn

Seeds Economic Financial Marketing Consultancy (Seedskw)

Work highlights

  • Advised Stadium Al Oula on employment issues.
  • Advised Commercial Real Estate Company on a share subscription agreement.
  • Advised Al-Khonaini General Trading & Contracting Company on various issues relating to the sub-contract for employer Ministry of Public Works.

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

Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG)'s workload has a particular emphasis on growing sectors in Kuwait, such as TMT, leisure and hospitality, and pharmaceuticals. The department's client roster includes corporates, SMEs and start-ups and the team is particularly active in handling commercial and franchising agreements. Managing partner Khalifah AlYaqout leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Khalif AlYaquot

Key clients

Robusta Company

Tatayab Company

Al Arfaj Group

Rawahel Al Kuwait Transport Co.

Postaplus

Al Hayathem

Hyosung Corporation

Dietsmann Company

Gulf Projects Company

National Contracting Company – Rezayat Group

KMC Holding

Al Muthanna Insurance Company

Athman Investment Company

Al Tanmiya International Investment Company

Al Soor Investment Company

Carriage Logistics

Eriell GmbH

Maharat General Trading and Construction

Shore International (Mashkor)

Hadlaan

Work highlights

  • Advised Robusta Company (owners of the Toby’s Estate franchise) with regards to setting up a joint venture company with a major Saudi conglomerate.
  • Advised Basic Box Trading Co with regards to opening an Indoor Sky Diving Facility in Kuwait.
  • Advised Robusta Company on the license agreement with Toby’s Estate (Australian franchisor) with regards to setting up cafes in New York City as well as engaging in B2B sales.

Dr. Faisal Alfahad & Partners

Dr. Faisal Alfahad & Partners is active in the local market, often advising on M&A, IPOs and privatisations. Faisal Alfahad leads the practice and is highly skilled in the aforementioned areas, and with a strong background in public law in his former roles as board member at the Kuwait Capital Market Authority and legal counsel at the Central Bank of Kuwait.

Practice head(s):

Faisal Alfahad

Key clients

Kamco Investment Company K.S.C.P

Wataniya Telecom Co. (Ooredoo)

Gulf Investment House Co

Arkan Al Kuwait Real Estate Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Kamco Invest on the Boursa Kuwait IPO deal for $33m.
  • Advised Ooredoo on electronic payment regulations.
  • Advised Gulf Investment Co on a mandatory acquisition offered by a third party.