Global energy law firm Baker Botts LLP continued its expansion in the Middle East by entering into an alliance with the International Legal Group (ILG) of Kuwait. This is the firm’s first foray into Kuwait, a country with a significant strategic role in the region. The move was announced on March 6.
Through the alliance, Baker Botts and ILG 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. A spokesperson said the objective is to enhance the ability of both firms to better serve foreign companies active in Kuwait and Kuwait-based companies active internationally.
“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, the 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, the chairman of ILG, said: “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. We are delighted to be associated with the firm and look forward to our working together on major representations across the board.”
Other Baker Botts offices in the Middle East, include Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The firm has been active in the region for more than 40 years.
Former US Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a senior partner in Baker Botts, was in Kuwait City for the announcement of the alliance. He was head of the State Department when the US forged a coalition with allies to liberate Kuwait after its invasion and short-term occupation by Iraqi armed forces during the first Persian Gulf War. Baker’s 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.”