Al Tamimi opens new Kuwait office
Kuwait, November 10, 2009
Al Tamimi & Company, the largest independent law firm in the Middle East, has opened its new office in Kuwait City as part of the company's regional expansion plans.
With this launch, the firm now has 10 offices across the Middle East in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan with 27 partners and over 164 lawyers in total.
Al Tamimi last month acquired The Dawliya Law Firm through a joint venture with Yacoub Al Munayae, a registered and licensed lawyer in Kuwait, said a senior offical. The company will practice in Kuwait under the name of Al Tamimi Kuwait.
The new office will be led by Alex Saleh, who was previously managing partner of DLA Piper Kuwait, and will comprise senior associate Philip Kotsis and associates Wassim Sassia, providing corporate and commercial expertise. The new office is expected to grow rapidly hiring additional fee earners.
Alex Saleh and his team represent many of Kuwait’s leading banks as well as national, regional and international financial institutions on structuring conventional and Shari’ah compliant investment products, restructuring and workouts and they have acted as counsel to the majority of the Sukuk issues in the Kuwait market.
They also have considerable M&A, structured finance and private equity experience advising national and international companies operating in Kuwait as joint ventures as well as on major infrastructure projects such as power generation, water desalinisation and water treatment plants.
Commenting on the new office opening, Al Tamimi founder and senior partner, Essam Al Tamimi said: "We are delighted to have been able to open our Kuwait office with such a high profile partner as Alex Saleh and his team with their longstanding presence and connections in market."
"The decision to open the new office is in direct response to client requirements for an Arab law firm with global connections to offer local, regional and international legal services in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti economy is growing rapidly and, with a substantial on-the-ground presence, we are uniquely placed to advise clients investing in this market," he noted.
Saleh said Kuwait was a natural extension of the firm’s presence in the key markets in the Middle East in particular Jordan and the GCC region where there were significant cross border business activities with Kuwait.-TradeArabia News Service