Managing Partner

Opal Tower, Business Bay
Kuwait City, Kuwait

+971 54 997 4040 and +965 669 55516

Market leader

English and Arabic

Bar admissions:



United Arab Emirates

Practice areas:

Capital markets
Corporate and M&A
Financial restructuring
Islamic finance
Project development

Industry sectors:

Oil and gas

Alex Saleh is a distinguished legal figure, a Founder and Partner at GLA & Company. With over 25 years of experience in the GCC and the US, he excels in M&A, Private Equity, banking, finance, and infrastructure projects. His exceptional expertise has earned him accolades as a "Market Leader" by IFLR1000, "Band One" by Chambers & Partners, and "Leading Individual" by Legal 500. His transactions regularly secure Deals of the Year recognition. Alex has successfully closed numerous GCC M&A deals across logistics, education, healthcare, construction, and finance, and he's well-regarded by private equity firms. He also represents leading GCC financial institutions in bilateral and syndicated loan transactions, project finance, and bond and sukuk issuances. Notably, Alex has played a pivotal role in major infrastructure projects, representing GCC governments, private sponsors, and project lenders as needed.

  • Acted for sellers in the sale of 35% of their stake in Gissah Perfumes. Gissah operates from more than 80 stores in 25 cities across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain;
  • Acted as Kuwaiti legal advisor for Deutsche Bank AG in a groundbreaking sovereign debt issuance that has allowed the Arab Republic of Egypt to secure a $500 million 7-year international commercial loan, insured by the Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (“Dhaman”).
  • Acted as Saudi and GCC counsel to DSV-Global Transport and Logistics regarding the establishment of a USD 10 billion exclusive transport and logistics joint venture between it and NEOM Company
  • Advised Emerson as co-counsel with Davis Polk & Wardell with respect to filing and economic concentration application and securing merger control clearance on the mega-deal involving the sale of a majority stake in Emerson’s Climate Technologies business. Emerson is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for the world’s most essential industries. Emerson is an automation leader that helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers optimize operations, protect personnel, reduce emissions and achieve their sustainability goals through its unmatched automation portfolio, including its majority stake in AspenTech.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt.
  • Competition
  • Financial restructuring
  • Islamic finance
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency

  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Investment management
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Utilities

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Bar;
  • State of Michigan Bar;
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia & Michigan; and
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • ABA – American Bar Association

  • Georgetown Law School – Washington D.C. USA, Juris Doctor
  • Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan USA, Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude)