Firms in the spotlight: AL-YAQOUT LEGAL GROUP (AYLG)

Al Yaqout and Al Fouzan is a full-service law firm, located in the heart of Kuwait with an unrivaled global reach. The law firm was founded by attorney Hamed Mohammed Al-Yaqout, who was a leading corporate attorney in Kuwait and other GCC countries.

More than 20 years of experience has given our team the recognition of being leaders in their field, having been involved in the largest, most complex and innovative deals. We strive for excellence and efficiency in all of our work. We make sure our clients benefit from our industry knowledge, our client focus, and personalized and proactive services.

Our global reach extends to the US, UK, Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, and the GCC region.

Our lawyers are experienced in their fields and focus on effective delivery of high-quality, commercially-oriented advice on complex local and cross-border disputes and transactions. We are at the forefront of developing innovative structures to manage the risks and complexities inherent in the deal.

Oil and Gas

Al Yaqout and Fouzan team advises some of the major national and international oil companies on all aspects of the oil and gas supply chain, including upstream (exploration and production), midstream (storage and transportation), downstream (fuels and lubricants, marketing and refining, retail and chemicals). Our team advises clients on transactions relating to project development, M&A, financing (equity, debt and Islamic financing), and litigation and arbitration.

Leading players of this sector are our retainer clients, be that the main contractor or the subcontractors such as AlKhorayef, Dietsmann Technology, and AlHayathem. Besides, we also act for several major key market players on a project-by-project basis, such as Petrofac.

Our services cover a multitude of areas in O&G projects right from help formalizing pre-bid relationships to participate in tenders, legal structuring of project documentation, drafting and review of whole-host of contracts and documents. We also have tremendous experiences in Shutdown projects and providing the requisite legal resolution of all the lingering issues related to project closures and turnarounds.

Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

The Al Yaqout and Al Fouzan legal team has led our clients through some of the most complex disputes and challenging regulatory investigations around the world. Our team has a combined experience of over 20 years in litigation, local and international arbitration, and dispute management. We work with clients to identify the appropriate commercial solution for every dispute. Our team of attorneys includes experienced trial lawyers, arbitration specialists, mediators and former prosecutors/regulators with extensive experience across multiple sectors.

We represent clients in disputes across a range of sectors including oil and gas, investment and finance, insurance, technology, and construction. We handle cases in the civil and criminal courts at all appellate levels. Our arbitration practice covers all the leading global arbitration centers and tribunals (such as New York, London, Paris, Singapore), as well as those in the region (Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and DIFC).

Corporate and M&A

Al Yaqout and Al Fouzan’s corporate practice covers a broad range of transactional and advisory work on behalf of local and international companies, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital funds of various sizes that operate across a spectrum of practice areas. Our team provides comprehensive legal advice and support, starting with establishing an entity’s presence in the local jurisdiction, to draft and negotiate complex commercial agreements, and to closing major local and cross-border deals. Our advisory works include private and public M&As, joint venture arrangements, raising finance in the public or private investment arena and matters of corporate governance.

Banking and Finance

We provide our clients with market-leading expertise combined with a commercial approach to ensure creative and practical solutions to the challenges they face. We continuously advise leading corporations, funds, and financial institutions on the full range of transactions, regulatory and compliance issues. Our diverse client base includes major local and international investment companies, insurance companies, and investment funds.

For more than 20 years, we have advised and assisted our clients with asset finance, project finance, restructuring, investment management, fund establishments. We have hands-on experience on various Islamic Financing Tools like Murabaha, Musharaka, Mudarabah, Ijaara & Isthisna deals, Murabaha Hedge Financing, Structured Financing, Islamic Banking Services, Wakala Investments, etc. We have represented KFH Investments, KFH Takaful & AlAyaan in various finance structuring deals and other financial matters in an expeditious manner.

Our list of expertise is not limited to the above fortes, we assist our clients such as Postaplus in various cross border jurisdiction matter.

Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT)

Al Yaqout and Al Fouzan provide service in the field of Electronic Commerce as well, our attorneys are well versed with cybersecurity, data protection, and e-commerce. Our team acts as trusted advisors for many tech-based companies, such as Carriage, Mashkor, and other market leaders on matters pertaining to online payment, copyrights, trademark, cross border transactions.

Charities and Not for Profit

The team continues to represent high profile national charities on the full range of legal issues such as the establishment of charitable trust and philanthropic ventures. Our attorneys are adept at dealing with numerous complex issues, from reputation management matters to philanthropy and legacy disputes. Our team also has considerable expertise in several specialized areas including cross-border transactions, fundraising, charity sector cooperation’s with the private sector, and provides a solution for issues arising out of wills, trusts and the co-ownership of property for charities.

Private Clients

Our team assists domestic and international entrepreneurial families and high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of expertise are corporate, family, real estate, succession and inheritance law, execution of wills and representing these clients in court proceedings.

View firm profile