SNR Denton Abu Dhabi partner takes charge of Kuwait office

SNR Denton has named Abu Dhabi partner Stuart Cavet as managing partner of its Kuwait office, replacing David Pfeiffer, who resigned from the firm in October.

Energy specialist Cavet joined legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte from Simmons & Simmons in the summer of 2010 and will relocate to Kuwait to take on the leadership role.

Cavet replaces partner Pfeiffer, who left SNR Denton in October 2011 (24 October 2011) and who has since been charged with leading Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle’s venture into Kuwait (6 March 2012).

News of Cavet’s appointment comes shortly after SNR Denton’s hire of oil and gas partner Karl Hopkins from Dewey & LeBoeuf, along with counsel Shon Ramey and foreign legal specialist Sinan Pismisoglu, who also joined from Dewey. Hopkins was overseeing Dewey’s plans to launch in Kuwait, which have been known since August 2011, (8 August 2011), but have now been put on hold, according to a spokesperson at Dewey.

SNR Denton, or rather its legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte, has had an office in Kuwait since 2008. The firm is tied up with International Legal Group, giving it a combined bank of 20 lawyers in the Gulf state.

SNR Denton and International Legal Group recently won a mandate to act as local advisers to GDF Suex on its Az Zour Independent Water and Power Project, and along with KPMG and Atkins, are advising Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau and ministry of communications on plans to upgrade the state’s fixed line telephone system to broadband.