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

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
PO BOX 447
SAFAT 13005

Kuwait > Banking and finance Tier 1

Kuwait > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kuwait > Intellectual property Tier 1

Kuwait > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is active in handling complex corporate restructurings and joint ventures for large Kuwaiti companies operating in the oil and gas (particularly petrochemicals) and life sciences sectors. Key names at the firm include Sam Habbas, commercial partner Paul Day  and Ezekiel Tuma.

Practice head(s):

Sam Habbas

Other key lawyers:


‘By far the best commercial practice in Kuwait with experience across all aspects of commercial law both locally and internationally (US, UK, Swiss all tried and tested). Good connections locally and internationally – able to source highly quality expert/foreign legal resource where required.’

‘Sam Habbas – experience, customer service, commercial instinct. Ezekiel Tuma – experience, speed of response; very solid performer.’

‘ASAR has a strong team that is capable of advising clients on different issues. They offer a one-stop shop for almost all legal needs. They have a real understanding of Kuwait market and its legal system coupled with the significant experience the team has in dealing with Kuwaiti courts. Their fees are reasonable considering the high quality of services they provide’

‘ASAR team goes the extra miles for their clients. They have worked with some of our clients and saved them millions of dollars.’

Key clients



Abercrombie & Fitch

Gulf Investment Corporation

National Industries Group

Alghanim Industries

Global Investment House

Lockheed Martin

HSBC Bank Middle East

Gulf Bank

National Bank of Kuwait

KIPCO Asset Management Co. (KAMCO)

JP Morgan

M. H. Alshaya Co. WLL

Kuwait Danish Dairy (KDD)

DHL Worldwide

Bukhamseen Group Holding Company

Al Sayer Enterprises

Kuwait International Bank (KIB)

Kuwait > Oil and gas Tier 2

Kuwait > Privatisation and projects Tier 2

ASAR ‒ Al Ruwayeh and Partners is an award winning law firm operating in the State of Kuwait since 1977, and in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 2006. The firm is considered a leading tier one corporate law firm and the largest full service corporate and commercial law firm in Kuwait. ASAR is one of the most prominent law firms operating across the Middle East and Gulf regions with close working relationships with law firms throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

ASAR is consistently rated as a leading corporate and commercial law firm by reputable legal guides such as the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), the Chambers Global Guide, the Legal 500 and the Practical Law Company.

ASAR specializes in 30 practice areas and represents clients that require a coordinated and seamless response to their legal needs. The firm’s exceptional lawyers have the ability to assist in the most challenging matters in the following practice areas:

  • Agency & Distributorship
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Corporate
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Franchising
  • Government Procurement
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Islamic Finance
  • Media, Communications & Technology
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Oil & Gas
  • PPP & PFI Projects
  • Private Clients Services
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Shipping & Maritime
  • Taxation
  • Venture Capital
  • White Collar Crime
Senior Partner Sam 229 22700
Managing Partner Ahmed 229 22700
Partner John 229 22700

At ASAR, we encourage diversity and inclusion within our business culture as we believe it supports our employees professional and personal growth. We pride ourselves in, across all levels within the firm, promoting gender equality, and in particular, empowering our female lawyers and staff to accomplish their professional goals. Our firm is comprised of 73 employees from 19 different countries, of which 23 per cent. are female. We have acclaimed our award-winning reputation over the years by innovating and providing the highest level of counsel across an extensive list of practices areas to support our clients with their most challenging legal matters. While we’ve managed to achieve many milestones throughout our 45 years in the MENA region, our corporate social responsibility values have always been at the heart of everything we do. We have also recently joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative, which have acknowledged us as the first law firm in Kuwait to become a member, and will be working towards incorporating more sustainable and responsible business practices within the business.