Michel Ghanem
Partner
BIOGRAPHY

Michel is a trilingual lawyer with over 10 years of experience advising on corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with clients operating in most business sectors, including telecommunication, logistics, healthcare, media, manufacturing, energy and financial services.

PRACTICES
  • Corporate M&A
  • Private Wealth
Expertise
  • Cross-Border M&A
  • Joint Ventures
  • Private Equity
  • Foreign Direct Investment
Professional Bodies
  • Beirut Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
EDUCATION
  • Masters in International Commercial Law (LLM), University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 2012
  • Double Masters in Business Administration and International Business (MBA – MIB), Notre Dame University Beirut – Lebanon, 2008
  • Masters in Private Law (DEA), La Sagesse University, Lebanon, 2003
  • Bachelor in Law (BBA), Lebanese University, Beirut – Lebanon

 

EXPERIENCE

Representing the purchasers of 80% equity in Manarat Educational Services Company WLL, the operator of seven (7) nurseries in Kuwait under the trade name Hamel Almesk.

Advising the shareholders of the British International Education company on the sale of 100% equity to Nord Anglia Education.

Advised Mobile telecommunication Company (Zain) in Kuwait on its joint venture arrangement with iflix /YoYo.

Advised Mobile Telecommunication Company (Zain) in Kuwait and the UAE in relation with various agency agreements for drones’ suppliers.

Advised Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Paul Hartmann, Baxter AG, and Abbott with their agency disputes in Kuwait.

Advised Agility on its contracting and service agreements with Petrofac, Pfizer, and Nokia, in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Advised Ford General Motors Inc. on its contractual and agency disputes in Kuwait.

Acting as expert witness in ICC case involving Kutayba Alghanim vs. Bassam Alghanim New York.

Currently advising GCC Catering Services on the purchase of a majority stake in a Kuwaiti company specialized in logistics, manpower and defense sectors.

Advising Agility Logistics on the acquisition of eShips LLC in Abu Dhabi.

Advising Agility Logistics on the acquisition of Micor in South Africa.

Advising Rennu International WLL on the acquisition and the corporate restructuring of Sponge Manufacturing company WLL in Kuwait.

Advising STC (Viva Kuwait) on its acquisition of a leading internet provider in Kuwait.

Advising Agility on the acquisition of Kazoo & More WLL in a leading nuts store in Kuwait.

Advising the shareholders of British School of Kuwait on the sale of 100% equity to Nord Anglia Education.

Advising Safat Energy KSCC (Kuwait) on the divestment from National Drilling Company (Egypt).

Advising Egis SA in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon and Palestine on the acquisition of 51% in Projacs International.

Advising the shareholders of Trafalgar WLL in Kuwait on the sale of 50% equity to Maarouf family.

Advising the shareholders of Talabat, on the sale of 100% of its capital to German based business Rocket Internet.

Updated ultimate beneficial ownership (UBO) regulations in Kuwait
Updated ultimate beneficial ownership (U...
October 17, 2023

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“MOCI”) in Kuwait issued Ministerial Resolution No.4 of 2023 (“the Resolution”) setting out an obligation for the identification of ultimate beneficial owners (“UBO”). The Resolution applies to all entities registered in the State of Kuwait, unless specifically exempted. Immediately after the… Read more

MEYSAN PARTNERS ACTS AS LEAD COUNSEL IN BOUBYAN PETROCHEMICALS KSCP’S LANDMARK ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH EDUCATION PROVIDERS GROUP (EPG) IN KUWAIT
MEYSAN PARTNERS ACTS AS LEAD COUNSEL IN ...
September 4, 2023

Meysan Partners, a prestigious law firm in the region, proudly announces its role as lead counsel to Boubyan Petrochemicals KSCP in the full acquisition of the English Education Providers Group (EPG) in Kuwait. This deal represents a significant milestone in Boubyan Petrochemicals’ strategic expansion and marks a key addition to… Read more

New measures to enforce compliance to KFAS
New measures to enforce compliance to KF...
August 20, 2023

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) issued a resolution amending the Companies Law thereby compelling Kuwait Shareholding Companies (KSC) to include in their budgets a clause that supports Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) with 1 percent of their annual net profits. On 17 August… Read more

MEYSAN PARTNERS’ RIYADH OFFICE ADVISED HORIZON PARTICIPATION HOLDING ON THE ACQUISITION OF A MINORITY STAKE OF DEQH LABORATORY COMPANY
MEYSAN PARTNERS’ RIYADH OFFICE ADVISED...
July 23, 2023

Meysan Partners’ Riyadh office provided advisory services to Horizon Participation Holding, a subsidiary of a large Kuwait based group (“Horizon”), regarding the acquisition of a minority stake of Deqh Laboratory Company, a leading laboratory company in Saudi Arabia. The planned acquisition will be executed through a scheme of arrangement in… Read more

MEYSAN REPRESENTED INVESTCORP ON ITS DIVESTMENT IN AUTOMAK AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY
MEYSAN REPRESENTED INVESTCORP ON ITS DIV...
June 5, 2023

Meysan Partners has advised Investcorp Gof Holding Company 1 W.L.L and Investcorp Gof Holding Company 2 W.L.L (Investcorp) in a notable transaction involving the shareholders of Automak Automotive Company, a prominent automotive company operating in Kuwait and across the broader MENA region. Investcorp group, an esteemed provider and manager of… Read more

In Review: Companies’ Spinoff in Kuwait
In Review: Companies’ Spinoff in Kuwai...
April 26, 2023

The Kuwaiti Minister of Commerce and Industry amended under Resolution No. 60/2023 (MOCI Resolution) specific provisions of the Kuwait Companies Law No 1/2016 (“Law No 1/2016”).  By virtue of the MOCI Resolution, provisions addressing companies’ spinoff were introduced. Under this note, we will explain the purposes of the MOCI Resolution,… Read more

What Will MOCI’s Decision No. 4/2023 on UBOs mean for Foreign Investment in Kuwait?
What Will MOCI’s Decision No. 4/2023 o...
March 20, 2023

I. An overview of money laundering A. Money laundering’s connection with financial transactions Countries throughout the world have passed laws criminalizing individual or organized criminal acts locally and internationally. These crimes generate illegal revenue and criminals feel the need to clean the revenue to appear legitimate. Therefore, criminals seek to… Read more