Privatisation and projects in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

Noted for its 'excellent organisation and communication', Al Markaz Law Firm advises on a large proportion of PPPs in the region, particularly in the development of housing, hospitals, universities and smart cities. As a full-service law firm, the team is equipped to handle a broad spectrum of major projects, where alongside the corporate and financing work it can also handle related issues such as environmental and tax law. Additionally, the firm is also skilled in handling contentious issues through litigation and arbitration. Corporate partner Ayman Nada is a key name in the market and has advised both state-owned entities and developers on PPP projects. He is supported by senior associates Mohamed Bishr Alboukai and Nazih Hameed.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Bishr Alboukai; Nazih Hameed

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and able to navigate local Kuwaiti law, decrees and resolutions.’

‘Ayman deserves special highlight for being very user friendly and supportive especially under pressure of tight deadlines.’

‘Professional team, responsive, excellent organization and communication, diversity of experience.’

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP

Although based overseas, Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has a significant presence in Kuwait’s privatisation efforts, especially through major PPPs. The team’s work includes advising on the corporate, commercial and financing aspects of infrastructure developments, such as energy projects and school developments. Sohail Barkatali, who is based in Dubai, and Tobias Faber, who operates from the Frankfurt office, are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Sohail Barkatali

Key clients

Kuwait Petroleum

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

WTE/IFA consortium

Ah Ahli Bank of Kuwait

EVN Umwelt Holding und Betriebs

EVN Umwelt Holding und Betriebs, International Financial Advisors, KCC

Engineering & Contracting, and Steinmuller Babcock Environment consortium

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium led by WTE Wassertechnik as the successful bidder for the Umm Al-Hayman wastewater project in Kuwait.
  • Advising the consortium led by EVN in relation to the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Facility Project.
  • Advising the lenders to CCC in relation to the Kuwait Schools Development Programme PPP Project.

Al Tamimi & Company

As the only regional law firm with a physical presence in Kuwait, Al Tamimi & Company is well positioned to handle cross-border projects in the region. For example, the team recently advised on the $1.6bn development of a new wastewater treatment plant and transmission network. Philip Kotsis handled that particular deal, which is illustrative of his expertise in handling high-value infrastructure projects. Alex Saleh is another key name; he advises on power, water desalination plants and wastewater projects.

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

A strong domestic firm, ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners particularly stands out for its work on relevant power projects. Key figures in the team include Akusa Batwala Tuma, who has been very active in handling desalination plants, and Ibrahim Sattout, who has experience in advising on solar projects.