Meysan Partners

Kuwait

Address:
17th floor, Al Hamra Tower
Shuhada Dt. Sharq
Kuwait City, P.O Box 298
Kuwait

+965 2205 1000

+965 2205 1001


Key contacts:

Senior Partner: Bader A. El-Jeaan
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 41
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish


 

Meysan Partners was established in 2015 and has grown to become one of the largest and most sophisticated business law firms in Kuwait and the wider Middle East.

In recent years, Meysan Partners has advised clients across a range of industry sectors on some of the most noteworthy and complex transactions and disputes in the region. 

The firm sets itself apart by offering high quality, innovative legal advice delivered by a team of Arabic and English-speaking lawyers with 85 years of combined legal experience.

Meysan Partners adopts a boutique approach to legal practice, limiting the number and type of matters undertaken, in order to ensure the highest quality offering for clients. 

The firm maintains a lower partner to associate ratio than other firms in the region and takes on matters that require partner focus and experience, especially cross-border transactions and high-stakes litigation.

Clients include some of the largest regional blue-chip companies, multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments, family groups, and high net worth individuals. 

In 2019 Meysan Partners expanded its Middle East presence by opening a second office in Beirut, Lebanon, to meet increased demand for cross border legal services involving Lebanon. 

Over the past few years Meysan Partners has received a number of important awards, among them honours for the best law firm in Kuwait and managing partner of the year for senior partner Bader El Jeaan.

“Meysan provide to be the number one law firm in Kuwait. Recently expanded their work to include litigation further strengthening their position in the country.” – Capital markets: Debt, Investment funds

“The finest M&A advisors in Kuwait/MENA.” – M&A

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Covered bonds
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment funds
  • Islamic finance
  • M&A
  • PPP/PFI
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Structured finance/securitisation

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Bader El-Jeaan
beljeaan@meysan.com 

  • Al-Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Company, Gulf National Holding Company, and Kuwait British Readymix Company, on the sale of a 12 percent stake in Mobile Telecommunications Company “Zain” to Oman Telecommunications Company valued at US$1.58 billion
  • The winning consortium in respect of its acquisition of a 44 percent equity stake in the Kuwait stock exchange.  The consortium comprised three Kuwait-based financial groups, Arzan Financial, First Investment, and National Investment, along with Athens Stock Exchange
  • Mobile Telecommunications Company “Zain” on the US$846 million sale of its entire block of treasury shares, representing 9.84 percent of Zain's share capital, to Oman Telecommunications Company
  • Falcon Group, the selling shareholders, in a US$100 million transaction that saw Raptor Equity Ventures invest in Falcon Group, the owner of the 4Sale business, the leading site in Kuwait for online classified advertisements

Capital Markets
Tarek Yehya
tyehya@meysan.com

  • Agility Public Warehousing Company, the logistics giant in Kuwait, on a KD 31 million convertible loan. The first such deal under the Capital Markets Authority’s new debt-to-equity regulations – a landmark transaction in Kuwait
  • A “first-of-its kind” convertible loan transaction for the issuer, National Real Estate Company of Kuwait, one of the largest real estate companies in Kuwait, involving a US$100 million convertible loan with a unique debt-to-equity conversion
  • National Investment Company, First Investment Company, Arzan Financial Group, and Athens Stock Exchange –the winning consortium – in respect of its acquisition of a 44 percent equity stake in Boursa Kuwait, the Kuwait stock exchange
  • Integrated Holding Co on of its initial public offering – the first IPO in in Kuwait in four years – a US$200 million deal that was the first major capital markets transaction to take place after reforms to Kuwait’s equities market
  • National Bank of Kuwait on its most recent public rights issue of KD 137 million in compliance with Basel III standards – the first rights issue for a leading bank under the new capital markets regulations in Kuwait

Bank Finance & Project Development
Abdulaziz Al-Yaqout
aalyaqout@meysan.com

  • The Government of Kuwait on a landmark project to build a massive new city called Madinat Al Hareer – “Silk City”.  Covering an area of 250 square kilometres, at a cost of US$130 billion, Silk City is one of the boldest construction projects ever seen in the Middle East.  Meysan Partners helped to draft a law that enabled the Kuwaiti government to move forward with the ambitious project.
  • The sponsors of the Sabah Al Ahmed Zone development project, a major residential housing development located 50km south of Kuwait City, sponsored by Kuwait's Public Authority for Housing Welfare
  • A consortium of local and international companies on the South Jahra development project, a new city to provide affordable housing for 20,000 expatriate workers, initiated by the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects
  • Massaleh Real Estate Company, a publicly traded company, and a leading commercial real estate developer in the Middle East, on a US$170 million debt restructuring and workout with lenders, and related sale of shares of its subsidiaries.  

Dispute Resolution
Waleed Al Tattan
waltattan@meysan.com

  • Agility on its successful global settlement of dual criminal and civil proceedings stemming from US government food-supply contracts held by the company from 2003 to 2010
  • Co-counsel to Kuwait-based logistics company, Agility, in a dispute with the Government of Iraq in connection with the expropriation of Agility’s investment in one of the largest telecom companies in Iraq, Korek Telecom.
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with the registration of Alghanim Industries as its new Kuwaiti commercial agent, and in connection with the defence of claims in local courts brought by Arabian Motors Group, its previous Kuwaiti commercial agent.
  • Retained by Daimler, the German multinational automotive corporation, to manage the termination of a commercial agency agreement with a former agent, and to register a new commercial agent in Kuwait
  • Mobile Telecommunications Company, Zain, in a dispute with the Iraq Ministry of Finance related to the imposition of a US$185 million alleged capital gains tax in connection with Zain’s acquisition of Iraqna (now Zain Iraq) in 2007, as well as an associated freezing order in respect of Zain’s bank accounts holding over US$400 million

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Media
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Transport

Lebanon Office
2nd Floor
109 Marfaa,
Allenby Street
Beirut
Lebanon
T: +961 1999 640
F: +961 1999 641 
E: contactus@meysan.com 
W: www.meysan.com