Firm Profile > ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners > Kuwait City, Kuwait

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
PO BOX 447
SAFAT 13005

Banking and finance Tier 1

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners' reputation in banking and finance is 'without parallel', according to one client. The firm advises both lenders and borrowers on the full range of conventional and Islamic financial transactions and structures, including bilateral loans, club deals and syndicated loans. Sam Habbas' expertise includes Islamic finance and aircraft finance. Ezekiel TumaJohn CunhaRob Little and Ibrahim Sattout are also recommended.

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ASAR has the go-to banking and finance practice in Kuwait. The firm’s reputation is without parallel, and well deserved.’

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National Industries Group

Lockheed Martin

Gulf Bank

DHL Worldwide

Dispute resolution Tier 1

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.

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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


Abercrombie & Fitch

Intellectual property Tier 1

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners covers a number of key IP issues for clients, including trade mark registrations, licensing, copyright identification and litigation. Edlyn Verzola and John Cunha are recommended.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners advises on a number of core areas, including M&A, franchise and distribution agreements, corporate structuring and commercial regulations. David Walker, Paul DayRob LittleJohn CunhaLuis Cunha and Ezekiel Tuma are recommended.

Oil and gas Tier 2

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is highlighted for its strengths in oil and gas transactions and projects. Its team has extensive expertise in the entire ambit of upstream and downstream issues relating to the industry. Senior partner Sam Habbas is an accomplished corporate lawyer, who is also knowledgeable about banking and finance, including Islamic finance. Managing partner Ahmed Barakat is recommended for his experience of commercial litigation, as well as local and international arbitration.

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Privatisation and projects Tier 2

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mahmood Al Oraibi  photo Mr Mahmood Al Oraibi Associate: Practices include litigation matters (both civil and criminal) as well as…
Mr Simone Del Nevo  photo Mr Simone Del Nevo Associate: Practices areas include banking, finance, securities and capital markets.
Mr Adnan Gaafar  photo Mr Adnan Gaafar Associate: Practice areas include commercial and tax litigation, commercial agencies, foreign investment…
Mr Jad Jabre  photo Mr Jad Jabre Senior Associate. Practice areas include corporate law, commercial transactions, banking and finance.
Mr Laurent Levac  photo Mr Laurent Levac Senior Associate. Areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate…