Souham El Harati


Souham El Harati is a Partner and the Manager of the Abdel Rahman Al Barrak and Partners Law Firm. He has been practicing law in Kuwait for more than 30 years, advising foreign and local clients on business, corporate, banking, telecommunications, hospitality fields, Offset, Oil and Gas, BOT arrangements, construction, real estate development and taxation.

Souham is a member of the Beirut Bar (1973) and of the French (Paris) Bar (1993), with 3 years practice in Paris with the law firm of Rogers & Wells, later acquired by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (the other offices merged with Clifford Chance). He has developed particular expertise in advising on the application of Civil and Commercial law concepts and principles to transactions partly or totally implemented in Kuwait.

His clients include government owned companies, major and international construction companies, and international telecommunications companies, Asset Management Companies, Major Real Estate Developers, Banks and Financial Institutions in the Middle East.

Relevant Experience
  • Revised and drafted the new Counter Trade Offset Guidelines of Kuwait.

  • Advised on several secured/unsecured loans and credits transactions & operations.

  • Advising Foreign Oil Companies in respect of Oil & Gas transactions & operations in Kuwait.

  • Conducted International Arbitrations (ICC,LCIA) in the field of trade and construction , as legal counsel.

  • Advised on and handled Hotel Management & Operation Agreements.

Awards/ public recognition expertise/ Directories rankings/publications/etc.
  • Several articles on Kuwaiti law in the International Financial Law Review.

  • Several articles on Kuwaiti law in the Middle East Executive Reports.

  • Several Articles on Kuwaiti law in Business Lawyer International Forum.

  • Speaker in FIDIC, ACE and other forms on International Construction Contracts at a Seminar organized in Beirut(Lebanon) by the Law Society of England & Wales and the Lebanese Bar Association.

  • Speaker on International and domestic arbitration under Kuwait and Lebanese laws at a Seminar organized in New Delhi by the Union Internationale des Avocats.

Other Qualifications

Master at French Law (Lyon University)

Master at Lebanese Law (Université St. Joseph)

The Center de Conciliation, d’Arbitrage et d’Expertise of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Arabic, French and English.