Dentons to shut Kuwait office but future of local tie-up unclear

Dentons has voted in favour of closing its Kuwait office following a review but has stopped short of saying whether it would continue its association in the state.

The base, which currently houses energy partner Stuart Cavet and three others lawyers, will shut “shortly”, but the future of its local tie-up with Jamal Ahmed Al-Shehab is still unclear.

A Dentons spokesperson said in a statement: “We regularly review our global and regional presences to determine how best to serve our clients’ needs and, accordingly, to set our investment priorities.

“In this context we have decided to cease operating in Kuwait shortly. However, we remain committed to the representation of clients on our many Kuwait-related matters, and we will – as we have done very successfully over many years – continue to serve their needs through our capabilities in our other Middle East locations as well as from our offices in other regions, such as London and Washington DC.

“As one of the oldest and largest international law firms in the Middle East, Dentons continues to view the region as a strategic priority, as reflected by the recent addition of a number new partners within the region, with further growth planned.”

Dentons also has outposts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Manama, Muscat and Riyadh.

The Al-Shehab association was set up earlier this year after pre-merger SNR Denton ended its tie-up with International Legal Group (10 January 2013).

The office itself had been in operation since 2008.

Dentons was unable to comment on the outcome for the current team in Kuwait and whether the move would result in any redundancies.

For more on international law firms in Kuwait, see Lacking Middle Eastern promise