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Al Sarraf & Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Without question Kuwait’s leading firm, Al Sarraf & Al Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners) has more breadth, quality, capacity and experience than any of its rivals. “The best firm in Kuwait,” says one client. And a peer observes: “They have a very strong team with Sam Habbas and Rob Little – very experienced guys who understand the market.” Another client adds: “Unlike some of the other firms here, especially newly arrived foreign firms, the firm gets on with the job and does not waste time grandstanding or trying to impress the other lawyer’s clients.” Clients also appreciate that ASAR’s lawyers are well versed in both international and local law.
Key partners at the firm include the aforementioned Little and Habbas, who clients describes as a "first-class practitioner and business advisor", and Hossam Abdullah.
One of Little and Abdullah's highest profile recent deals is their representation of Global Investment House, one of Kuwait's largest investment houses, on its $1.7 billion debt restructuring.
The two lawyers are also collaborating to advise the National Industries Group on a $521 million syndicated murabaha (deferred sale) financing facility.
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
IFLR Law Firm of the Year
Gate 1, 3rd Floor, Salhiya Commercial Complex
P. O. Box 447, Safat 13005
Tel: +965 224 00061 or 229 22700
Fax: +965 224 00064
Contacts: Sam Habbas/Ahmed Barakat/Rob Little
Associated Offices: Beirut
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