Designation: Co-founder, Partner
Location: Kuwait

Bader El Jeaan

Bader El Jeaan is a Senior Partner with Meysan Partners.

Mr. El-Jeaan has extensive experience advising corporate, investment banking and sovereign clients in complicated cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and strategic alliances, and project development and finance transactions, as well as various capital markets transactions involving registered and unregistered securities offerings, exchange offerings, consent solicitations, and asset securitizations.

Mr. El-Jeaan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boursa Kuwait (Kuwait’s Stock Exchange), and National Real Estate Company. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Investment Authority (Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund), Gulf Bank KSC (Kuwait’s second largest conventional bank), Alamar Foods (the regional franchisee of Domino’s Pizza and Wendy’s) and General Lighting Company. He is also a Trustee of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, and was also the founder and inaugural President of the Harvard Club of Kuwait.


Corporate, Private Clients, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Dispute Resolution


New York
District of Columbia


Oxford University, M.A., honors, Law, 2003
Oxford University, B.A., honors, Law, 1998
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, Economics, 1995

Selected Corporate experience includes representation of:

    • Agility Logistics, as regular designated counsel, and also in connection with
      • The $4.1 billion sale of its Global Integrated Logistics business to DSV Panalpina
      • Its respective joint ventures in Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yugoslavia, Oman and Saudi Arabia
      • The acquisition of Geologistics, Transoceanic, Translink, and the logistics business of Maritime & Mercantile International LLC
    • Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain) in connection with the sale of its entire block of treasury shares, representing 9.84% of Zain’s fully paid and issued share capital, to Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), deal value KD 255.4 million ($846.1 million)
    • Tristar Transport LLC on its acquisition of Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Ship Investment Company, also known as “Eships”, from Egon Oldendorff GmbH & Co. KG, a company of the Oldendorff Group
    • The shareholders of Abyat Megastore in the sale of a 35% strategic interest in Abyat Megastore to Saudi Arabian regional conglomerate, Al Muhaidib Group.
    • The Carlyle Group, the leading global alternative asset firm, in:
      • Its acquisition and subsequent disposal to Philips Lighting of a significant minority equity interests in General Lighting Company, the largest light fixtures manufacturing company in the Middle East
      • Its acquisition of Alamar Foods, the master franchisee of Domino’s Pizza and Wendy’s in the Middle East
      • The acquisition of Al Nabil Food Products, a leading specialized processor of frozen and chilled food products
    • National Bank of Kuwait, as lead arranger in the $475 million 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)
    • Mubadala in:
      • Negotiating and drafting the Development and Production Sharing Agreement and the Joint Venture Agreement relating to Project Dolphin, the landmark project to develop a tract of Qatar’s giant North Field and produce up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day for export to the United Arab Emirates
      • Negotiating the purchase from Enron Corporation of a 24.5% strategic equity interest in Project Dolphin and Dolphin Energy Limited, and the subsequent $340 million sale of such interest to Occidental Petroleum Corporation
    • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in:
      • Its auction sale of a 28% strategic undivided interest in the Upper Zakum Field, one of the largest offshore oilfields in the world
      • The merger of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited and Abu Dhabi Gas Company
    • The Government of Kazakhstan in connection with the administration of the production sharing arrangements in respect of the Kashagan Field, the largest oil discovery in the world in the past 20 years

Selected dispute experience includes representation of:

  • Agility Logistics, as regular designated counsel, and also in connection with
    • The successful global settlement of criminal and civil proceedings in the United States, arising from U.S. Government food supply contracts, one of the largest government contract cases ever brought by the U.S. Government.
    • The first bilateral investment treaty claim against the Republic of Iraq
  • Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain) in connection with a dispute with the Iraq Ministry of Finance related to imposition of a $185 million alleged capital gains tax in connection with Zain’s acquisition of Iraqna (Zain Iraq) in 2007
  • Ford Motor Company in connection with the successful termination of agency arrangements in the State of Kuwait.
  • Daimler AG in connection with the termination of agency arrangements in the State of Kuwait.
  • Alamar Foods in connection with the successful termination of agency arrangements in the United Arab Emirates.

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