ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Standout firm with deep roots in the Kuwaiti market that receives widespread recognition for its capabilities in corporate and commercial law. Often employed to advise on local elements of cross-border transactions and financings for major international clients and global law firms. Strong commercial focus supported by its noted depth of experience in M&A, significant projects and IPO mandates. Impressive group of esteemed lawyers able to represent clients in Islamic financing and capital markets transactions. Also utilises its extensive bench to cover the full spectrum of litigation and arbitration matters.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm for being "one of the foremost law firms" in the market.

Sources say: "They are a very well-established law firm. What sets them apart is their longevity and their coverage of both local and international work."

Work highlights Advised Dubai Islamic Bank on the Kuwaiti law aspects of granting a AED600 million facility to IFA Hotels & Resorts.

Notable practitioners

Firm managing partner Ahmed Barakat is highlighted for his strong litigation acumen and his experienced representation of major global clients in the Kuwaiti market. Sources explain that he is "one of the most well-known lawyers in Kuwait."

Ahmed Zakaria is an esteemed practitioner who offers clients a wealth of knowledge in disputes, with particular expertise in the manufacturing industry. He also has a strong understanding of contentious matters involving Islamic finance.

Ezekiel Tuma is appreciated by clients for the strength of his advice on corporate financing, restructuring and transactional matters. He is praised by sources for being "very responsive, very helpful and quick to provide you with better alternative solutions."

Ibrahim Sattout is described by peers as "a fine lawyer" for his representation of banks and financial institutions in a wide variety of corporate mandates. He is a well-known figure in the Kuwaiti market and has additional experience in financing, restructuring and share sales.

John Cunha regularly leads on financial mandates and is often seen acting for issuers and managers on transactions. His client roster includes a noteworthy list of Kuwaiti public companies and international banks. He also has experience in M&A and capital markets.

Leading lawyer Sam Habbas is a highly regarded practitioner who consistently receives praise for his capabilities in the finance sector. Clients say: "He is an exceptionally versatile and service-oriented lawyer who combines broad legal knowledge with good business understanding." He is also further praised for being a "strong communicator,"and speaks English and Arabic fluently.