Al-Hamad Legal Group (the “Firm” or “HLG”) is a leading international law firm located in Kuwait’s premiere luxury business center and beacon of Kuwait’s business district—Al-Hamra Tower. The Firm has a longstanding working relationship with leading white shoe and magic circle firms across the globe and benefits from a vast network of global contacts comprised of esteemed academics, accountants and other professionals.
HLG is a full service law firm and has extensive experience providing state-of-art legal services for local and international corporate and governmental Clients as well as other entities. The attorneys and legal consultants at the Firm have extensive experience with general corporate and capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, agency and distribution, government contracts and international transactions from all phases including due diligence, deal structuring, management of the investments and final liquidation and exit. Additionally, with unparalleled experience, HLG is at the forefront of law firms in Kuwait advising on PPP/PFI projects.
Having been the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects ("KAPP") legal advisor, HLG has gained expertise in all forms of PPP/PFI transactions and agreements. HLG has worked closely with all major international legal and financial advisors, investors, and financial institutions involved in the PPP/PFI projects in Kuwait, in addition to liaising with all Kuwaiti governmental entities and other instrumentalities relating to the PPP projects. This includes working closely and negotiating with the Council of Ministers as well as other line Ministries, and the Department of Legal Advice and Legislation on the interpretation of the current PPP law and other related laws, and on the development of the PPP legal framework in the State of Kuwait.
Our team has worked on all the different phases of PPP projects under Kuwaiti law starting from the Expression of Interests until the public offering of the Project Company shares to Kuwaiti citizens. HLG has been involved in all PPP projects that have been tendered in Kuwait to the day. Through our practice, the Firm’s PPP/PFI team had the most exposure to PPP projects experience. Most recently, the Firm has assisted the KAPP with concluding the negotiations with the Preferred Bidder in two mega projects: Kabd Municipal Water Waste Project and Umm Al Hayman Wastewater Project. Currently, the Firm is assisting KAPP securing the required approvals for awarding the two projects to the Successful Bidder from government supervisory authorities such as the State Audit Bureau. The projects are expected to be officially awarded during the second quarter of 2018. Our team is also advising KAPP on the preparation of two other projects in the real state sector that will be tendered in the first quarter of 2018, and on the preliminary phases of a few projects in the energy sector that are expected to be tendered during the second quarter of 2018.
The Firm is familiar with the many aspects of foreign joint ventures including their creation, management and disposition. HLG has been involved in the creation and acquisitions of subsidiaries and joint ventures in most of the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman, and the Firm has continued affiliations with one or more attorneys in these countries. We have recently advised a giant Indian holding multinational on the introduction and incorporation of its MEP, Project Solutions and related business in Kuwait.
In addition, the Firm has gained expertise in structuring finance transactions to be compliant under Islamic principles having consummated deals both in the GCC and in the United States. Also, the Firm has extensive experience in advising, drafting and negotiating agency, distributorship and franchise agreements between foreign principals and GCC entities. The Firm has also assisted in litigation, arbitration and settlement of various disputes involving the previously mentioned transactions. We currently represent a major Japanese electronics manufacturer in a dispute before Kuwait courts in relation to distributorship agreement with Kuwaiti distributer. Our ADR team has recently concluded a successful mediation, where we negotiated an agreement between a Dutch company and a Kuwaiti holding company to settle an accumulated debt on an Egyptian subsidiary of the Kuwaiti company. We have also represented an Egyptian Client in an arbitration administered under the HKIAC Arbitration Rules.
HLG has advised on and executed a large number of successful M&A deals, and has also developed a strong practice advising its clients on Corporate Governance and Securities Regulation. Among our recent practice is a merger deal involving multiple parties varying between companies listed on Kuwait Boursa and companies licensed from Kuwait’s Capital Market Authority. The Firm acted as a transaction advisor to all the parties to the said transaction, and advised on all phases of the transaction. We have also advised our corporate Clients licensed from Kuwait’s Capital Market Authority on dealing and complying with the new Kuwait Clearing Company Rules issued in May 2017.
Spearheaded by the principal partner and founder, Rana Al-Hamad, the Firm is comprised of a respected group of attorneys and legal consultants, which collectively hold over 100 years of legal practice experience. Employing lawyers from over six countries, who have diversified legal backgrounds, HLG is recognized for the assortment of its personnel. This rich diversity ensures solid understanding of Clients’ needs and proper attention to their motivations. The resourceful background also allows HLG team to efficiently handle complex international transactions involving different jurisdictions.