Meysan Partners launches first Middle East office
Meysan Partners, a law firm specializing in Bank Finance & Restructuring, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Development & Finance, and Dispute Resolution, has announced the launch of its first office in the Gulf region located in Kuwait. Established by its Senior Partners, Abdulaziz A. Al-Yaqout and Bader A. El-Jeaan, the practice will be comprised initially of five lawyers with the intention to grow to a team of 20 lawyers by the end of 2015 and to open a network of offices across the region in the next five years.
Meysan aims to differentiate itself as a regional law firm by offering unrivalled levels of expertise and client service in the Middle East by a team of highly experienced Arabic and English speaking lawyers. With over 35 combined years in the region, the firm’s partners have significant experience at international law firms and have advised clients across a range of industry sectors on some of the most noteworthy and complex transactions in the region.
Its client list to date already includes some of the largest regional blue-chip companies and family groups, multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, domestic corporations and financial institutions, as well as high net worth individuals.
Senior Partner Bader El-Jeaan, said, “Meysan Partners intends to offer an unrivalled level of advice to our clients in the Middle East. We have quickly established a strong and enviable client list in Kuwait and our plan is to grow the firm in the next five years so that we establish a network of offices around the region to further support our clients. In our growth strategy, we will however maintain a ratio of associates to partners that is significantly below that of other firms in the region, focusing on matters that require the experience of our partners, particularly on cross-border regional transactions and high-stakes commercial litigation.”
Abdulaziz Al Yaqout, Senior Partner, added: “We recognized a gap in the market for high-quality, regional legal advice, led by a senior team with in-depth experience advising clients in the Middle East. Our unswerving focus will be on providing the highest quality of advice combined with unrivalled levels of client service to support our clients in achieving their respective objectives.”
Abdulaziz Al-Yaqout has extensive experience of capital markets transactions in Kuwait and across the Middle East including IPOs and public take-overs, as well as capital markets compliance matters. He has also advised on a number of capital markets and corporate regulations, including co-authoring the Kuwait Companies Law.
Bader El-Jeaan was previously Senior Executive Officer and General Counsel MENA at The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and strategic alliances, and project development and finance transactions, including advising on the Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year for 2002).
The firm’s Kuwait office will be located at the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City and will officially open in January 2015.