Dispute resolution in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm acts for many of the world's largest corporates and financial institutions in complex, high-value and reputationally-sensitive multijurisdictional disputes. Its practice is particularly strong in contentious matters involving energy, infrastructure, capital markets, franchising, construction and M&A. Fawwaz Al Saeed (who is a former president of the Kuwaiti Bar Association) handles cases across a wide variety of areas, with a special emphasis on corporate, commercial and regulatory disputes. Qutaiba Al Saeed is active in a wide range of corporate disputes, such as those involving issues over governance, employment and pension laws, capital markets laws, criminal litigation and corporate crimes. Ayman Nada is also recommended.

Testimonials

They spend time in discussing the required information needed for the best outcome. The firm is upfront with clients on the merits of the case and how strong or weak the matter under dispute is.’

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)'s seasoned team of lawyers and legal consultants has a wealth of experience of civil, commercial, criminal, constitutional and administrative disputes. It is well known for its role in filing direct and indirect challenges before constitutional courts against laws and regulations that contain violations of the constitution. Founder and managing partner of the firm, Adel Abdulhadi handles high-profile arbitration cases before all Kuwaiti courts. Fayez Al Dosari is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adel Abdulhadi; Fayez Al Dousari

Testimonials

Al Oula Law is a very specialised law firm in Kuwait in the field of criminal law. It has the best legal team providing top legal representation to clients in criminal cases and has deep knowledge in the intricacies of criminal law and its diverse branches. The firm has an amazing winning record in Kuwaiti courts.’

Al Oula Law 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, with full dedication to the client and impressive on-time delivery.’

The firm provides trusted legal consultancy, outstanding legal representation and is highly capable to advocate on behalf of its clients in situations involving governmental authorities and win. A fearless and competent team. Lawyers and legal consultants are characterised by strong personalities, deep knowledge of the law, expertise and compassion where needed.’

Key clients

Yiaco Medical Company

Ador Welding Limited Company

Green Carbon Company

Hasibat Communications Company

Satco Food Trading Company

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners' strong dispute resolution capabilities are evidenced in commercial litigation and arbitration. Senior partner Sam Habbas acts as lead counsel on a wide range of contentious corporate law matters. Also recommended is Ahmed Barakat, who possesses 'a wealth of knowledge' of the international arbitration sphere. Hisham Al Qura’an is another name to note. In a notable development, Laurent Levac made partner. In addition, Waleed Elzubeir joined from Meshari Al Osaimi Attorneys and Legal Consultants, while Emile Helou was hired from Deloitte Legal.

Practice head(s):

Sam Habbas; Ahmed Barakat

Testimonials

ASAR is extremely well-versed in the law and yet also very practical and commercial. Great experience coupled with their involvement in most major projects in Kuwait gives the team strong insights into how to advance matters with government agencies and how to deal with the other parties to a transaction. No other firm in Kuwait has this depth of expertise. Few other lawyers of this quality.’

ASAR is able to draw on its experience in the market to provide a full service offering to clients which is in line with the requirements of international clients. They are responsive; able to discuss issues at length; and good at collaborating with international counsel to successfully drive matters past the post.

One of the leading firms in Kuwait, offering Kuwaiti law advice but with the level of service associated with a Western law firm.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Abercrombie & Fitch

Work highlights

  • Representing a Japanese motor company in arbitration proceedings in Japan under JCAA rules.
  • Acted for M. H. Alshaya Co. WLL in tax litigation.
  • Representing an international investment company based in the US  and a local investment company acted as an administrator in a case filed by one of the investors.

Meysan Partners

Meysan Partners' highly regarded litigation team is active in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration. It has experience of handling disputes connected with industries such as automotive, logistics and transport, telecoms and consumer goods. Senior partner Waleed Al Tattan, who is the head of the dispute resolution practice, has advised on a number of significant cases in Kuwait. Also recommended is Abdulaziz Al Bisher, who was promoted to senior counsel, is another key figure. In recent developments, the group was strengthened by the arrivals of three counsels and two new associates.

Practice head(s):

Waleed Al Tattan

Testimonials

During my last 15 years in investment banking and telecommunication on many deals, Meysan Partners showed a high level of professionalism including high level of expertises in the M&A and legal DD, legal consultation and handling legal negotiation and complicated agreements. Meysan are based in Kuwait but they have significant international experience.’

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)'s team garners praise from clients for its 'core knowledge' of Kuwaiti law and 'personal touch'. Its dispute resolution work covers areas such as capital markets and M&A, among others. The 'elite' and 'professionalAbdulaziz Alkhateeb has been active in banking and finance dispute resolution since the 1960s and is the first registered arbitrator in Kuwait. Known for his 'quality advice', Khalid Alkhateeb is equally strong in litigation and arbitration. Jamal Alkhateeb recently joined the firm from his private practice and has experience of family law, inheritance, endowments and criminal medical malpractice.

Testimonials

Taher Group Law Firm has been our long-standing legal advisers. The firm has core knowledge of various practice areas of law. The founders of the firm have been our backbone since their association with the founder of our foundation. They have been delivering sound advice and have taken extra care to guarantee and safeguard our interests. Their key capabilities are well-informed, with up to date legal knowledge. We can always turn to members of the firm whenever we have an issue or something we legally cannot understand.

Taher Group Law Firm provides a thorough review of the matter, and they do read the fine print! This is the uniqueness of the firm. The International department is excellent, which involves due diligence and risk management which saves us the trouble of avoiding dispute. The firm by itself is known for being one of the oldest law firms in Kuwait and is in their fiftieth (50th) year of existence. In comparison to other firms, I would say they have a leverage of their own in terms of their professional services.’

Key clients

Maribeni-Itouchu Steel

Agora For Trading & Contracting Company

Wara Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Maribeni-Itouchu Steel in proceedings before the court of first instance over the non-payment of a supply of construction steel to a local company.
  • Acted for Agora For Trading & Contracting Company in a complex claim against Khalifa Duaij Al-Dabbous & Bros Co. W.L.L (KDDB) over non-payment of contracted works.
  • Represented Wara Construction Company in a claim against an investment company over non-payment in connection with the construction of a commercial complex.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates has a varied portfolio of work, which includes disputes connected with banking and finance, oil and gas, maritime and TMT, among other areas. Name partner Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub undertakes a mix of general, civil and commercial law litigation and international arbitration. Waleed Al-Ayoub is also recommended.

Testimonials

The dispute resolution team is well-equipped to guide international companies through complex and lengthy litigation in Kuwait, due to their clear communication on procedural aspects.’

Al-Twaijri & Partners Law Firm (TLF)

Al-Twaijri & Partners Law Firm (TLF) demonstrates strong capabilities in both litigation and arbitration; the scope of its work includes criminal, commercial, and administrative disputes. Mohammed Al-Twaijri is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al-Twaijri

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 handles litigation and arbitration proceedings for clients in areas such as construction, employment and banking. Nader Al Awadhi and Henry Quinlan  jointly lead the group. Zara Merali left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nader Al Awadhi; Henry Quinlan