By Andy Sambidge
Baker Botts inks agreement to improve services to foreign firms active in Gulf state
Global energy law firm Baker Botts has announced plans to expand its Middle East operations with an alliance with the International Legal Group (ILG) of Kuwait.
The company said in a statement that this is its first foray into Kuwait and the alliance aims to better serve foreign companies active in Kuwait and Kuwait-based companies active internationally.
The alliance was announced at an event in Kuwait City, featuring James A Baker, who was the US Secretary of State when the US forged a coalition of allies during the first Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from an invasion and short-term occupation of the country by Iraqi armed forces.
Baker is a senior partner at Baker Botts. His family has been involved in the development and management of the firm for more than 140 years.
"I hold a special place in my heart for Kuwait and the people of this wonderful country," Baker said. "And so, it is especially rewarding for me to see that the law firm my great grandfather, my grandfather, my father, my oldest son and I all have helped develop will now have representation here."
Baker Botts and ILG said they will provide expanded resources to their combined client base, including access to local and international legal experience across a range of subjects, disciplines and jurisdictions.
"We are excited about the prospects our alliance offers and see a genuine fit between the practices and cultures of Baker Botts and ILG," said Andrew Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts.
"Many of our key clients are active in Kuwait, and our arrangement with ILG will enable us to work for them more effectively."
Dr Rashid Alanezi, chairman of ILG, added: "We believe our alliance with Baker Botts will enable us to offer our Kuwaiti client base a breadth of experience that is superior to that otherwise available in the Kuwaiti legal market."
The ILG alliance adds Kuwait to well-established Baker Botts offices in the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.