Baker Botts beefs up in the Middle East with Kuwait association

Baker Botts has expanded its Middle East operations by formingan alliance with the International Legal Group (ILG) of Kuwait

The alliance was announced at an event in Kuwait City featuring James Baker, III, the US Secretary of State during the first Gulf War and a senior partner at Baker Botts.

“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.”

The US firm said that the principal objective of the alliance was the enhanced ability of both firms to better serve foreign companies active in Kuwait along with Kuwait-based companies active internationally.

The ILG alliance adds Kuwait to Baker Botts’offices in the Middle East, which includeAbu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and total around 25 lawyers.

“We’re 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, in a statement. “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, 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.”