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Reema I. Ali, Managing Partner

Ms. Ali has practiced law in the Middle East for over 29 years. She is a world renowned expert on Middle Eastern Laws. She has been instrumental in negotiating a wide spectrum of international business and commercial transactions in all countries in the region. In addition to having an extensive experience in the legal systems and laws of the Arab countries she has an in-depth knowledge of the politics and policies of the region. Ms. Ali has also served on a regular basis as an expert before the courts of the US, UK and other countries on the laws of Arab countries.

Before forming what has become the law firm of Ali & Partners in 1991, she practiced with the law firm of Al-Saleh, Graham & James in Kuwait for five years, where she represented a diverse clientele of local and multi-national corporations. Ali & Partners expanded its practice areas and is now known as AP Consulting. During this period, she also served as a Member and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the American Business Council in Kuwait. Between 1991-1994, in addition to being a Partner in her own firm, Ms. Ali acted as a Special Counsel Partner in Donovan, Leisure, Huge & Schiller, and then in Shea & Gould. During that time Ms. Ali maintained a residence in the Washington DC area, although she spent most of her time in the region working with companies engaged in restoring the oil fields and in other sectors of Kuwait in the aftermath of the Iraqi Invasion. In that capacity, she integrated her knowledge of the Middle East and its business laws with her knowledge of US laws and culture. In 1994, she re-devoted her time exclusively to AP Consulting, a Middle Eastern law firm with offices and affiliate offices across the Middle East including Kuwait and an office in Washington, D.C., that exclusively practices Middle Eastern law.

More recently Ms. Ali worked on a substantial arbitration as the expert witness on Kuwaiti law in an ICC arbitration that secured a US $2.1 Billion for client The Dow Chemical Company. The case was brought by The Dow Chemical Company Inc. against Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) , stemming from PIC’s withdrawal from a planned joint venture with Dow. Although the joint venture agreement included an English law choice of law clause, the case revolved around Kuwaiti law position as to the role of the Kuwaiti government in the oil sector and in the Kuwaiti oil companies. The testimony covered almost every aspect of Kuwaiti law including the constitution, administrative law, company laws, commercial law, and oil sector regulations.

Following the Arab Spring Ms. Ali was invited to serve as a member of the World Bank MENA advisory board. Ms. Ali is also a frequent speaker at the Trace GAIN conferences on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance.

Ms. Ali has also served on a regular basis as an expert before the courts of the US, UK and other countries on the laws of Arab countries including Kuwaiti, Iraqi and the laws of the UAE. She has also served as an expert witness in ICC arbitration on Kuwaiti and Yemeni laws.

Ms. Ali has given numerous lectures and presentations on various aspects of the laws in several Middle Eastern countries. She has also authored numerous articles and chapters in various international treatises on various issues of Middle Eastern laws.

Additionally, Ms. Ali has been honored as a Member of Who's Who of International Professionals (1996) and Cambridge Who's Who (1996-1997) and the National Who's Who of Executives and Professional (2000).

Ms. Ali manages the AP Consulting's international practice which is primarily focused on the Gulf region and Northern Africa. She is a member of the DC and New York Bar associations, Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center and, the Cairo Center For International Commercial Arbitration.

Experience as Counsel

Ms. Ali's practice focuses solely on the laws of Arab countries and in particular the laws of Kuwait. Particular experience relating to Kuwait includes the representation of:

  • Export Import Bank of the United States in its due diligence for potential financing of the Equate project between Petrochemical Industries Company and Union Carbide Corporation (now a subsidiary of The Chemical Company ("Dow")).
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Japan National Oil Corporation in the facilities they provided to the Arabian Oil Company to finance loans to Kuwait Gulf Oil Company as part of the surrender of the Arabian Oil Company's concession rights, one of KPC's subsidiaries. This transaction involved KPC and SPC and the Kuwait Ministry of Oil.
  • Several US oil companies in understanding the Kuwaiti oil sector and the ramifications of Kuwaiti constitutional law on their transactions. Ms Ali counseled EXXON Mobil in their bid for production sharing agreement in the northern fields. Counseled numerous suppliers and contractors in their bids to KPC and KPC subsidiaries such as ABB Vetro and Elsag Bailey; Battelle Memorial Institute; BGP; Black & Veatch and Textron's Union Pump.
  • Regularly serve as local counsel for US and European financial institutions in financing various transactions and represent US companies in all aspects of their business activities in the region.
  • Ms Ali counseled numerous companies on the Libyan legal system and authored several articles on various aspects of the laws of Libya and one of the first Articles in English to explain the Libyan legal system and oil sector after the lifting of sanctions in 2004.

Experience as an Expert

Ms. Ali has appeared as expert on Kuwaiti law in several arbitration proceedings. Cases in the public domain include Caribbean Agricultural Projects, Inc. v. Bufete Industrial S.A.1999; Sheikh Fahed Al Ahmed, Oriental Exchange Company v. UAE Bank 1987.

She also appears as Kuwaiti law expert in court proceedings. Recent involvements include expert legal opinions given:

  1. Dow Chemicals v. Kuwait Petrochemical Industries ICC Arbitration 2009
  2. Alghanim v. Alghanim, et al. (2009, ongoing) US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  3. Abed Semsarzadeh v. Ametek Inc. (2009 ongoing) in the Superior Court of Delaware for Newcastle County
  4. Wissam Abdullateef Saeed Al Qurashi et al.v. Adel Nakla and L3 Services (2008) US District Court for the district of Maryland Greenbelt division
  5. Mark Mc Mananaway et al. v. KBR el al. (2010 ongoing) US District Court for Southern District of Indiana Evansvile Division
  6. Robertson v. American Life Insurance Company (2006) Superior Court of Delaware [2006 WL 2959475]
  7. Simon, et al. v. Republic of Iraq, et al. (2005) US District Court for the District of Columbia
  8. Seyam, et al. v. Republic of Iraq, et al. (2005) US District Court for the District of Columbia
  9. Mel J. and Vivian C. Hill, et al. v. Republic of Iraq and Saddam Hussain in his official capacity as President of the Republic of Iraq (2004) US District Court for the District of Columbia
  10. Harris Corporation v. A & J Nova Enterprises, Inc.

Publications

  • Authored a chapter in Getting the Deal Through: Oil Regulations 2008 – 2009 Oil sector in Kuwait. Law Business Research Ltd
  • Authored a chapter in Getting the Deal Through - Anti-Corruption Regulation 2008 – Kuwait. Law Business Research Ltd
  • Authored six chapters in International Contract Manual, Sweet & Maxwell, 2007, and Thomson West Country Handbooks 2007
  • Authored two chapters in Enforcement of Money Judgments Abroad, Juris Publishing, Inc. 2005 updated annually
  • Authored two chapters in Attachment of Assets, Juris Publishing Inc. 2005 updated annually
  • Authored numerous articles in various gazettes and on line publications (Singapore, MEED, MEER, Complinet co. Mondaq, IFC doing business, The Financial Express, Thomson Reuters and UPI)

Professional Affiliations and Business Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Member, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Member, Washington Foreign Law Society
Member, Arab Association for International Arbitration
Member, Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center
Member, The Cairo Regional Center For International Commercial Arbitration (Arbitrator)

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
New York Bar

Education

Ms. Ali received and LLB from Leeds Metropolitan University (U.K.) in 1981, and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) in 1983.

Languages

Arabic, English

Nationality

United States

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