Firm Profile > DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif > Kuwait City , Kuwait

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif
PO BOX 22833
SAFAT 13809

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif advises on market entries, M&A and joint venture mandates, corporate restructuring and regulatory compliance. The practice is jointly headed by Ben Gillespie and Terry O’Regan, the latter of whom assisted Total Waste Management Alliance with the acquisition of certain business operations in Kuwait, which included due diligence reviews of transactional documents and employment issues. Dubai-based Rami Zayat, who was promoted to legal director in May 2018, is assisting Borets International with the restructuring of its Kuwaiti operations, which involves a shift from an agency structure to a standalone entity under Kuwaiti direct investment laws.

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif advises clients on advertising and marketing rights, brand franchising, and trade mark and copyright litigation, and also provides ongoing trade mark portfolio management advice. Department head Terry O’Regan and Rami Zayat are key figures in the team.

Banking and finance Tier 2

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif is instructed in Islamic financing matters, restructuring, financial regulatory issues and debt finance transactions. The practice is jointly led by Peter Somekh, Terry O’Regan and Nader Al Awadhi, the last of whom is advising Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority on the financial, regulatory and operational aspects of the establishment of three special economic zones in Kuwait. The firm also advised an Islamic bank on a cross-border inter-bank murabahah financing arrangement.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper Kuwait in Association With (NEN) Al-Wagayan, Al Awadhi and Al-Saif handles litigation and arbitration involving construction, employment and banking disputes, and also has experience with white-collar investigations. Nader Al Awadhi jointly leads the practice with Henry Quinlan, who represented a logistics company in a compensation claim arising from an over-land transportation contract. Terry O’Regan and senior legal consultant Zara Merali are additional contacts.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in more than 30 countries throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world. DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Corporate: the firm advises clients throughout the region on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, both buy and sell side, private equity – investments and divestments, corporate finance, including capital markets fund formation, Islamic finance and joint ventures.

Employment: the firm is the only international legal practice offering a complete employment law service to businesses throughout the Middle East. It is conversant with the complex jurisdictional issues that apply across the different ‘free zones’.

Engineering and construction: the firm advises on all forms of contracts, including construct only, design and build, EPC, EPCM, alliance, construction management, project management, O&M consultancy, and the full suite of FIDIC and other commonly-used standard form contracts.

Finance and Islamic finance: the firm has vast experience of advising financial institutions on a variety of banking arrangements. The Islamic finance group has worked on numerous structures, including Ijara, Murabaha, Mudaraba, Takaful, Musharaka, Istisna’a, Wakala and Sukuk transactional structures, actively engaging with the Shari’ah scholars to develop constructs that are both Islamically compliant and commercially viable.

Global government affairs: this is the strategic communications and government relations international legal practice of DLA Piper. Its communications and public policy team offers expert lobbying and communications support to public and private sector clients across the region and the world.

Intellectual property and technology: the firm’s IPT team is among the largest and most consistently recognised leading practices in the Middle East. Its lawyers deliver the highest quality technical expertise, combined with commercial pragmatism and in-depth sector experience.

Litigation, arbitration and investigations: the firm is one of the few international legal practices with a dedicated and specialist legal team permanently on the ground. Its regional lawyers have genuine expertise in all areas of dispute resolution (including litigation and arbitration) and regulatory requirements.

Projects and project finance: the firm has a full understanding of the local regulatory environments and market drivers. The team is experienced across the full spectrum of infrastructure & project finance related issues. From project structuring and delivery to construction and finance, the firm provides the know-how to tailor documents to local commercial conditions.

Real estate: the firm acts for some of the world’s largest real estate investors and developers and regionally, many leading master developers and government-owned entities on some of the most high profile projects. It has considerable experience in the acquisition and development of freehold and leasehold property and the structuring of mixed-use schemes, including community and strata title schemes.

Restructuring: the firm handles assignments from the mid-market to the largest national and international restructurings and insolvencies. The firm’s experience and understanding of all stakeholders’ competing and sometimes complementary interests ensures it provides the best possible advice for each unique situation.

Our services from our office in Kuwait are provided by DLA Piper Kuwait, a joint venture between NEN Al Wagayan, Al Awadhi & Al Saif and DLA Piper Middle East LLP, which is part of DLA Piper. DLA Piper is a global law firm operating through various separate and distinct legal entities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Murad Abida
Employment Neil Crossley
Engineering and construction Anthony Ellis
Engineering and construction Simon Palmer
Finance and Islamic finance Debbie Barbour
Finance and Islamic finance Paul McViety
Global government affairs Maher Ghanma
Intellectual property and technology Paul Allen
Litigation, arbitration and investigations Henry Quinlan
Litigation, arbitration and investigations Adam Vause
Local litigation (through NEN) Peter Somekh
Local litigation (through NEN) Nader Al-Awadhi
Projects and project finance Trevor Butcher
Projects and project finance Debbie Barbour
Real estate Tom O'Grady
Real estate Duncan Pickering
Restructuring Peter Somekh
Restructuring James Iremonger
Regional Managing Partner, Middle East Peter Somekh
Head of Kuwait Office Terry O'Regan
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 3
Other offices : Multiple offices throughout:
Other offices : Australia
Other offices : Belgium
Other offices : Canada
Other offices : China
Other offices : Germany
Other offices : Italy
Other offices : New Zealand
Other offices : Saudi Arabia
Other offices : Russia
Other offices : UAE
Other offices : UK
Other offices : USA
Other offices : Individual city offices in:
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Doha
Other offices : Helsinki
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : Kuwait City
Other offices : Kiev
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Muscat
Other offices : Oslo
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : San Juan
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Seoul
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Stockholm
Other offices : Tbilisi
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw
Contacts : Peter Somekh (Regional Managing Partner, Middle East, T +971 4438 6327,
Contacts : Terry O'Regan (Head of Kuwait Office, T +965 2291 5824, terry.o'

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