Privatisation and projects in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Al Markaz Law Firm features prominently in some of the most major and complex PPP projects in the market, as was illustrated in 2019, when it was involved in five significant PPP investment opportunities tendered by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare. The firm's work spans a wide range of industries, such as oil and gas, healthcare, education and water. Ayman Nada, who heads up the department, advises on all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy and infrastructure assets. Another name to note is Mohamed Bishr L. Alboukai, who is experienced in advising contractors, employers and lenders on a wide of projects.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Testimonials

Ayman Nada, Nazih Abdul Hameed and Nadyn Saleh are all top notch, very pragmatic, responsive and good to work with. Their knowledge of local laws and processes – and ability to marry that up with the expectations of international clients – is excellent.’

Unparalleled understanding of local law and very strong relationships with clients.

 

Key clients

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Al Fouz Investment Co.

Bird & Bird

GHP International

Herbert Smith Freehills

Korea Gas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Public Authority for Housing Welfare on a major transaction, the first of its kind in the state of Kuwait, constituting the tender of Jaber Al Ahmed J1 Investment Residential Plot in the city of Jaber Al Ahmed.
  • Acting on behalf of JGSK Joint Venture in relation to the liquidation of three performance bonds by Doha Bank.

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP is involved in a number of first-to the-market matters in Kuwait. In addition to being active in significant development projects, it also advises Kuwaiti companies and inbound investors on corporate, commercial and finance matters. The firm's areas of expertise include renewable energy, power, schoools and energy. It has played a significant role in Kuwait's new PPP framework, including the new Independent Water & Power Project, Al-Zour North. The firm also has an active Islamic finance practice in the Kuwaiti market, and has advised both local and international clients on sukuk issuances, Mubaraha facilities, and shari’ah law structuring. Dubai-based partner Sohail Barkatali has a strong track record in Kuwaiti projects, with a focus on the electricity and water sectors. Tobias Faber in Frankfurt has notable experience of cross-border energy (particularly energy-from-waste) projects, including those in the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Sohail Barkatali

Testimonials

The team can adapt to every situation that requires a tailored solution. It acts proactively and renders tailor-made solutions that always convinces both sides of the table. The team is very creative in overcoming problems that are very difficult to settle.’

Key clients

Kuwait Petroleum

WTE/IFA Consortium

Al Hali Bank of Kuwait

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised WTE on the Umm al Hayman Wastewater Project, the first wastewater deal of its kind in Kuwait.
  • Advised Consolidated Contractors Company on the Kuwait Schools Development Programme PPP Project, the first schools PPP in Kuwait.
  • Advised the consortium led by EVN on the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Facility Project.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company, whose practice is jointly led by Alex Saleh and Philip Kotsis, offers a full spectrum of legal services to domestic and global companies in privatisations and projects. Saleh's experience includes power generation plants, water desalination plants and wastewater projects. Kotsis is an expert in the commercial and financing aspects of Kuwaiti PPP projects.

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is sought out to assist with the construction and operation of power projects in Kuwait. Akusa Batwala Tuma acted for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water on the development of a desalinisation plant. Another recommended individual is Ibrahim Sattout, who advised the developers of an integrated solar combined cycle plant.