01 November 2015
Dubai, UAE - Meysan Partners, a leading Middle Eastern corporate law firm, has been awarded 'Rising Star Law Firm of the Year 2015' at this year's International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Middle East Awards. At a glittering ceremony held in Dubai's prestigious Burj al Arab this week, the firm was recognized for the significant strides it has taken since launching just nine months prior in January of this year.
IFLR is the industry leader for rewarding legal innovation and having run its awards for 13 years. Each year, it hosts ceremonies in Dubai, London, New York and Hong Kong in recognition of the best work in both private practice and in-house departments.
Meysan Partners was established in January 2015, with its inaugural office located at Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City. 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.
Established by its Senior Partners, Abdul Aziz A. Al-Yaqout (formerly, Regional Managing Partner, DLA Piper) and Bader A. El-Jeaan (formerly, General Counsel for The Carlyle Group), the firm, which is now comprised of 11 lawyers, specializes in Bank Finance & Restructuring, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Development & Finance, and Dispute Resolution.
Commenting on the Award, Senior Partner, Bader El-Jeaan said: "We are more than delighted to receive the Rising Star Law Firm Award this year, particularly so quickly after launching. It is testament to our vision and commitment to offering the best legal services in the market. We have, since the beginnings, taken a boutique approach to our practice, limiting the number and type of matters we undertake in order to ensure the highest quality offering for our clients."
Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, Senior Partner, added: "It is a real honour to accept the award for Rising Star Law Firm of the Year, an achievement that the entire Meysan team is extremely proud of. It is also very fitting in that "Meysan" is the Arabic name of a star and the reason we chose it as the name of our firm. We are looking forward to continuing our focus on high-value, high quality work delivered by a team of true experts, as well as growing our number of offices across the Middle East region in the coming years."
About Meysan Partners
Meysan Partners is a Kuwait-based corporate law firm offering high quality, innovative legal advice delivered by a team of highly-experienced Arabic and English speaking lawyers. This is underpinned by over 35 years of combined experience in the Middle East shared by its partners who, in recent years, have advised clients across a range of industry sectors on some of the most noteworthy and complex transactions in the region.
The firm maintains a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms in the region, and accepts matters that require the focus and experience of its partners, particularly in relation to multi-jurisdictional transactions and commercial litigation.
Representative transactions in the current year to date include:
· Advising the shareholders of online food takeaway market leader Talabat.com on its acquisition for $170m by German e-commerce group, Rocket Internet AG. The deal represents one of the largest ever tech acquisitions in the MENA region.
· Advising the shareholders of Abyat Megastore on the proposed secondary sale of a 35% minority interest to the Saudi Al-Muhaidib Group. Abyat, which operates in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, is the largest retailer of home products and furniture in the Middle East.
· Advising French engineering group, Egis, in its acquisition of a 51% stake in Projacs, one of the largest Middle Eastern project and construction management firms. The cross-border deal involved complex foreign ownership restrictions and taxation issues across four continents and 17 jurisdictions
The firm has also involved in many of the region's most significant legal reforms (including advising the Government of Kuwait in the drafting of the Companies Law)--continue to advise sovereign entities on legislative reform initiatives.
For further information, please visit www.meysan.com
Karen Morrison, Head of PR, Meysan Partners
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