Dispute resolution in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm's team represents clients in litigation at the courts of first instance and appeal courts, as well as before the Supreme Court of Kuwait. It also acts for clients in arbitration proceedings and assists with resolving disputes through mediation. Fawwaz Al Saeed, who founded the firm, has over 30 years of experience handling litigation and investigations for major international clients and their senior officers. His work covers a wide ambit of commercial, corporate and regulatory cases. Qutaiba Al Saeed, who is the head of litigation, is active in cases involving corporate governance, employment and pension law issues. He is also active in criminal litigation and cases involving corporate crimes. Elsewhere, the group handles a steady stream of contentious energy disputes, particularly for large oil and gas companies. Ayman Nada is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada; Fawwaz Alsaeed; Qutaiba Al Saeed

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

At Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners), the dispute resolution practice is led by Adel Abdulhadi, who has a strong track record in high-profile cases involving national security and human rights issues. In addition, white-collar crime cases are another cornerstone of his practice. Clients turning to Abdulhadi for advice include public figures from the political arena, as well as media sector entities. He is supported by counsel Mohammad Shaaban, who specialises in criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Adel Abdulhadi

Other key lawyers:

Mohammad Shaaban

Key clients

EY Law – Dubai

Gulf Inspection International Co.

Mytheresa.com GmbH

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Black Boushiya Company

Yiaco Medical Company

Satco Food Trading Company

Green Carbon Company

Boyua & Aamal for General Trading and Contracting Company

Eastern National Oilfield Services (ENOS)

Gulf International General Trading and Contracting Company (GIGTC)

Kuwaiti Union of Farmers Market

Dr. Abdullah Al Nefisi

Obaid Al Wasmi

Yaqoub Boshehri

Dr. Mariam Al Yaseen

Mr. Mustafa E. A. Al Saleh

Dr. Mahmoud Abdulhadi

Adel Al Yehya

Work highlights

  • Representing China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) (CSCEC) in the litigation with the main contractor in respect of the construction of the National Bank ofKuwait (NBK) new headquarter.
  • Representing Gulf Inspection International Co. in a tender contract litigation.
  • Defending client in a bribery wide national case involving Kuwaiti judges, lawyers and public officers.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

At Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates, the ‘well coordinated‘ dispute resolution practice excels in handling large international arbitration proceedings and domestic litigation for a client base including several multinational companies. Practice head and managing partner Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub has experience of acting for clients in contentious matters connected with industries such as oil and gs, technology and hospitality. Waleed Al-Ayoub is also a key name in the group, as is associate Chetan Sharma.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub; Waleed Al Ayoub;

Other key lawyers:

Chetan Sharma

Testimonials

‘Abdullah KH Al-Ayoub & Associates provide clear, concise, yet detailed advice, which is to the point and helpful for the legal team to translate to business. They go in and fight for their clients, providing high quality service while being cost-conscious.’

‘I have worked with the team at Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub, notably Waleed Al-Alayoub and Chetan Sharma. In spite of the difficulties of COVID-19, they have worked in a very coordinated way which allowed us to complete all deadlines and to conduct a complex international arbitration by Zoom procedures, with the tribunal and witnesses in many different locations. The team was well versed in technical procedures, and the Zoom hearing went forward without difficulty.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a global shipping company in an arbitration proceedings in the US, conducted as per the rules of the International Court of Arbitration for claims arising out of a charter party agreement amounting in excess to $40m.
  • Successfully defended a client before the Kuwait High Court of Appeal. The case pertains to a lending transaction amounting to approximately $48m between the client and one of its partners.
  • Successfully represented a client before the Kuwait Court of First Instance. The case involves an invalid transaction of sale of shares of a listed airlines company amounting approximately $150m.

Meysan Partners

Waleed Al Tattan leads the litigation team at Meysan Partners, which distinguishes itself in disputes with an international component. The firm is highly reputed for advising foreign companies on disputes in Kuwait. In addition to attracting work in its own right, the firm generates a steady stream of referrals from international firms. Areas of activity include contentious matters arising from the automotive, financial services, consumer goods, telecommunications and insurance industries. Ahmed Awni is active in cross-border commercial arbitration and litigation. Senior counsel Tarek Diab and Abdulwahab Sadeq (who was promoted to senior associate in 2021) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Waleed Al Tattan

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Awni; Tarek Diab; Abdulwahab Sadeq

Key clients

Aetna

Agility

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company – BMW

Boodai Enterprises Company

Daimler

Hyundai

KIPIC

KNPC

Mabanee Company KSCP

Mobile Telecommunication Company “Zain”

National Energy Company KSCC

Work highlights

  • Represented Daimler AG in the termination of a commercial agency agreement with a former agent.
  • Representing Mobile Telecommunication Company (“Zain”) in a dispute with the Iraq Ministry of Finance.
  • Represented Mabanee in their complex and multi-faceted cross-border dispute with local and international development companies.

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)

The dispute resolution group at Taher Group Law Firm (TAG) is able to leverage its regional presence to handle large cross-border arbitrations. Its sector strengths include areas such as banking and finance, hospitality and construction. The international practice within the department is now led by Fawaz Alkhateeb following the departure of former head Vinson Vaz for NEN InternationalAbdulaziz Alkhateeb is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Fawaz Alkhateeb; Abdulaziz Alkhateeb

Key clients

M/S Elite Company

World Group General Trading and Contracting Company

Marubeni-Itochu Steel Pte Ltd, Singapore

Kuwait Medical International

Al Salaam Hospital

Assaquib & Alhusseini General Trdg & Contracting Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Marubeni Itochu in a claim against a Kuwait-based company for unpaid monies in relation to the supply of steel while the company remains absconding with its offices closed and not operating out of its premises.
  • Representing Al-Salaam Hospital in a non-compliance in the supply of an internal software program which would facilitate the hospital in its financial, technical and administrative systems management and integration due to which the client suffered huge monetary losses.
  • Defending Kuwait Medical International in a claim against Dr. Suaad clinic investment agreement due to violations of the terms due to which the client suffered irreparable damages, as well as financial losses.

HFW in association with Attorney Rula Dajani

Construction disputes are a core area of strength at HFW in association with Attorney Rula Dajani, which acts for international EPC contractors in local litigation and international arbitration proceedings. The firm has a stand out reputation in contentious matters arising from oil and gas and infrastructure projects. Elsewhere, other key areas of activity include shipping, insurance and aviation disputes. The team is led by recently promoted partner James Plant, whose practice is split between the Kuwait and Dubai offices. Another key figure is senior associate Tarek Abu Mariam, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company in January 2021. Yaman Al Hawamdeh, who heads up the shipping practice in the Middle East, also leads the Arabic shipping litigation team.

Practice head(s):

James Plant

Other key lawyers:

Tarek Abu Mariam; Yaman Al Hawamdeh

Key clients

Kuwait Oil Company

GS Engineering and Construction

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Turkish EPC Contractor in a $100m dispute relating to the construction of the new airport terminal.

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

Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG) is active in contentious matters that are heard before the Kuwaiti courts, as well as arbitration proceedings at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In addition, it works with foreign law firms to advise Kuwaiti entities and investors on global matters. Khalifah Al Yaqout has a strong track record of securing favourable outcomes for clients at trial, and also successfully negotiating out-of-court settlements. Practice head Abdelrazzaq Al Rozouqi is licensed to practice before the Constitutional Court and the Court of Cassation.

Practice head(s):

Abdelrazzaq Al Rozouqi

Other key lawyers:

Khalifah Al Yaqout

Testimonials

‘Great for Kuwaiti law plus very good English skills.’

Key clients

Gulf Bridge International

STFA Group

Careem

Warba Bank

Hyosung Corporation

Promise Med

National Contracting Company

Kuwait Star Telecom

Work highlights

  • Acting for STFA Group (a Turkish holding company specialising in construction, energy and equipment) in 15 claims brought by subcontractors in the Kuwait Oil Company’s Small Boats Harbour Project.
  • Successfully assisted Hyusong Corporation with dismissing case before the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal in relation to a claim brought by Granada Petroleum Equipment and Supply Co.
  • Successfully negotiated and acted on behalf of Khaled Al Yaqout heirs with regards to their inheritance dispute involving properties worth KWD 66 million