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Meysan Partners
JABER AL-MUBARACK ST
KUWAIT CITY
Kuwait

Kuwait > Legal market overview

Kuwait > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate group at Meysan Partners handles capital markets transactions, including debt and equity transactions, for large multinationals and Kuwaiti companies. The team is singled out for its strength in the telecoms, financial services and insurance sectors. Key contacts in the department include senior partner Bader El-JeaanAbdul Aziz Al Yaqout and Tarek Yehya, who is the authority on IPOs and debt issuances. New-York qualified senior associate Abdulwahab Sadeq is recommended for investments.

Practice head(s):

Bader El Jeaan; Abdul Aziz Al Yaqout; Tarek Yehya

Other key lawyers:

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Key clients

Agility

Agitero AG

Agthia P.S.C.J.

Ahli United Bank KSCP

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company – BMW

Boodai Enterprises Company

City Group

Deliveroo

Dunkin Donuts – Kuwait

Gulf Catering Company (GCC)

Gulf Insurance Company (GIC)

InstaShop – Kuwait

Jazeera Airways Company KSCP

Johnson Controls – Kuwait

Kalaam Telecommunications

Kuwait Telecommunications Company – STC

The Sultan Center Company KSCP

United Projects for Aviation Services Company KSCP (UPAC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Agility Public Warehousing Company KSCP (“Agility”) on the sale of its Global Integrated Logistics Business to DSV Panalpina for $4.1 bn.
  • Advised Ahli United Bank on the issuance of new AT1 perpetual sukuk of a value of $600m and on the tenderoffer of the existing AT1 sukuk issued on 25 October 2016 for the value of $200m.
  • Advised United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) on its initiation of a significant $100m capital increase for the end of year 2020.

Kuwait > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Waleed Al Tattan leads the litigation team at Meysan Partners, which distinguishes itself in disputes with an international component. The firm is highly reputed for advising foreign companies on disputes in Kuwait. In addition to attracting work in its own right, the firm generates a steady stream of referrals from international firms. Areas of activity include contentious matters arising from the automotive, financial services, consumer goods, telecommunications and insurance industries. Ahmed Awni is active in cross-border commercial arbitration and litigation. Senior counsel Tarek Diab and Abdulwahab Sadeq (who was promoted to senior associate in 2021) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Waleed Al Tattan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aetna

Agility

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive Company – BMW

Boodai Enterprises Company

Daimler

Hyundai

KIPIC

KNPC

Mabanee Company KSCP

Mobile Telecommunication Company “Zain”

National Energy Company KSCC

Work highlights

  • Represented Daimler AG in the termination of a commercial agency agreement with a former agent.
  • Representing Mobile Telecommunication Company (“Zain”) in a dispute with the Iraq Ministry of Finance.
  • Represented Mabanee in their complex and multi-faceted cross-border dispute with local and international development companies.

Meysan Partners was established in 2015 and has grown to become one of the largest and most sophisticated business law firms in Kuwait and the wider Middle East.

In recent years, Meysan Partners has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on some of the most noteworthy and complex transactions and disputes in the region.

The firm sets itself apart by offering high quality, innovative legal advice delivered by a team of multilingual lawyers with 85 years of combined legal experience.

Meysan Partners adopts a boutique approach to legal practice, limiting the number and type of matters undertaken, in order to ensure the highest quality offering for clients.

The firm maintains a lower partner-to-associate ratio than other firms in the region and takes on matters that require partner focus and experience, especially cross-border transactions and high-stakes litigation.

Clients include some of the largest regional blue-chip companies, multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments, family groups, and high net worth individuals.

Over the past few years Meysan Partners has received a number of important awards, among them honors for the best leading law firm in Kuwait and managing partner of the year for senior partner Bader El Jeaan.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Bader El Jeaanbeljeaan@meysan.com+965 91118111
Regulatory & Government Affairs Abdul Aziz Al Yaqoutaalyaqout@meysan.com+965 99699421
Dispute Resolution Waleed Al Tattanwaltattan@meysan.com+965 99966606
Private Clients Bader El Jeaanbeljeaan@meysan.com+965 91118111
Capital Markets Tarek Yehyatyehya@meysan.com+965 67767704
Corporate Michel Ghanemmghanem@meysan.com+965 60756000
Number of lawyers : 40
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ABA (American Bar Association)
GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre
Kuwait Lawyers' Society
Spanish Bar Association
Italian Bar Association
New York Bar Association
German Lawyers Association
Kuwait Office : P.O. Box 298, Safat 13003 Al Hamra Tower, 17th Floor, Al Shuhada Street, Sharq, Kuwait Tel: +965 2205 1000, F: +965 22051001
Lebanon Office : 109 Marfaa, 2nd floor, Allenby Street, Downtown, Beirut Tel: +961 1999 640 Fax: +961 1999 641
Abu Dhabi Office : Office 2470, 24th floor, Al Sila Tower Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Legal market overview

Corporate Practice:

Meysan Partners is Kuwait’s leading law firm in the corporate space, and the most sought-after firm for cross-border M&A transactions. From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, we assist clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful results. We advise on more M&A transactions (by value) than any other law firm in Kuwait and have worked on virtually all the big public M&A deals in Kuwait in recent years. We frequently act on transactions across multiple jurisdictions and we are positioned at the top end of legal services market in Kuwait, attracting only the most demanding and sophisticated M&A matters.

A complete M&A transactional service

Unlike most Kuwait commercial firms that act mainly on the local law aspects of foreign firm-led transactions, we lead transactions ourselves – either domestic/regional assignments, or Kuwait companies “going outbound” internationally. Our reputation comes from advising on all aspects of private and public M&A, and we have credible and substantial experience advising both sides of the transaction whether they are buyers or sellers.

Meysan represents a diverse range of multinational and domestic companies and financial institutions in not only the region’s largest mergers and acquisitions, but also many first-of-their-kind transactions in the region.

Comprehensive Knowledge

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of the M&A transaction and in a wide range of industries, including those that are highly regulated. Our lawyers have deep knowledge of regional laws and regulations and a peerless reputation for handling transactions across the full array of industries.

Experience

  • Advised Al-Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Company WLL, Gulf National Holding Company K.S.C.C., and Kuwait British Readymix Company WLL on the sale of ordinary shares representing 12.063% of the issued share capital of Mobile Telecommunications Company ‘Zain’ to Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G valued at $1.58 billion
  • Advised Mobile Telecommunications Company ‘Zain’ on the sale of its entire block of treasury shares, representing 9.84% of Zain’s share capital, to Oman Telecommunications Company (‘Omantel’) valued at $846 million
  • Advised National Investment Company KSCP on the first ever corporate merger in Kuwait under the new 2015 merger regulations set out by the capital markets authority, the CMA. The merger involved two NIC affiliates regulated by the CMA as financial brokerage companies
  • Advised the shareholders of Abyat Megastore in the sale of a 35% strategic interest in Abyat Megastore to Saudi Arabian regional conglomerate, Al Muhaidib Group
  • Advised the shareholders of Talabat.com on its acquisition for $170 million by German E-commerce group, Rocket Internet AG. The deal represents one of the largest ever tech acquisitions in the MENA region
  • Tristar Transport LLC on its acquisition of Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Ship Investment Company, also known as ‘Eships’, from Egon Oldendorff GmbH & Co. KG, a company of the Oldendorff Group