Mohammad Meslet Abu Raqabah

Mohammad Meslet Abu Raqabah is our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Kuwait on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mohammad directly using the contact details listed above.

Mohammad is the Founder and Chairman of MMA Law with extensive experience in commercial field and unique background in Construction, Oil & Gas claims in Kuwait Oil Sector, he is also a Vice President for Asia in AEA International Lawyers Network since December 2018 till now.

Mohammad has extensive experience in commercial and construction fields since he was executive director of one of the largest companies in Kuwait which was specialised in equipment used in construction and oil & gas project.

Mohammad advised several international and local contractors regarding their claims against Kuwait Oil Sector Companies in addition to the relevant Governmental Authorities and obtained satisfactory results due to his deep knowledge about the governmental procedures and requirements.

Mohammad is currently advising an international EPC Contractor about two projects in Oil Sector with total value exceeds more than KWD 400 Million in addition and managing and supervising several litigations related to information technology projects.

Mohammad Meslet Abu Raqabah also managed multi-millions Kuwaiti dinars claims between international contractors and Kuwait Oil Sector Companies to reach successful satisfactory amicable settlements. He is also advising international investors about the possible business structures and relevant commercial laws and rules.

Firm Overview:

MMA Law was founded to provide fully unique integrated services to our clients and we are keen on working closely on daily basis with our clients through our harmonised professional team which includes highly qualified lawyers, legal counsel, engineers and accountants in addition to the administrative supporting team through adopting the highest industry standards.

MMA Law is one of the approved listed services providers in Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) to represent the foreign investors in acquiring the necessary licenses and approvals to operate directly in Kuwait through the incorporation of fully owned Kuwaiti entity.

In addition to the above, MMA Law participating as a Sponsor in New Kuwait Summit 2019  held on 10th and 11th December 2019 at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Supreme Council for Planning and Development and The Ministry of Information.

Ian Reid

Ian Reid is our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ian directly using the contact details listed above.

Ian specialises in construction law and deals with both non-contentious and contentious matters. Ian trained as architect before becoming a lawyer. He has a master’s degree in construction law and arbitration.

Ian drafts and negotiates all types of construction contracts and handles construction disputes in all forums.

Ian has worked around the world on a wide variety of construction projects including major urban regeneration schemes in London’s Docklands, city centre office blocks, luxury residential schemes, rail infrastructure projects, one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas projects, mining projects in the Australian outback, north sea oil rigs and resort developments in the South Pacific.

Ian is an expert on construction law and has organised and chaired numerous conferences on the topic both in the UK and Australia.

Ian Reid has worked for leading developers, property companies, energy companies, mining companies, railway operators, local governments, leading retailers and hoteliers, banks and institutional investors and middle eastern royal families.

Firm Overview:

We are an international law firm with over 150 partners and more than 900 people located across the UK, Middle East and Asia. During our long history, we have held fast to the values and characteristics – such as service, quality, integrity and innovation – that have made us not only a leading law firm, but an inclusive and exciting place to work and establish a career. Some 240 years on, these attributes remain solidly embedded in our culture and our ways of working.

Our clients rely on us for our responsive and commercial advice and every day we strive to provide the best possible service, legal expertise and support that we can, building on our firm foundations. In short, we constantly aim to do what we do even better.

Hung Le

Recognising the importance of a boutique law firm dedicating to serving legal needs in real estate, construction and operation of a property project, Hung Le took the bold and entrepreneurial step of leaving both Hoa Binh Construction and Real Estate Corporation, a leading construction contractor in Vietnam, and a Vietnamese based law firm to set up CNC Counsel in 2013.

Being recognized as an experienced lawyer in the field of construction and dispute resolution, Hung regularly advises project developers, contractors and various consultant in investment, construction, and real estate in Vietnam. Hung’s clients include Hoa Binh Group, How Yu, Lecade, Dat Xanh, AltusGroup, Artelia Group, Kurihara, COFICO, Pado, Sinh Nam.

Gaining an extensive experience and good relationships with those clients, Hung can give exceptionally valuable legal advice in a wide range of services, ranging from contract, construction, real estate to dispute resolution.

Ranked as one of a few lawyers in Vietnam who can understand the deep insight of real estate and construction industries, Hung regular conducts in-depth 1999 FIDIC contract management training courses with the aim at to help Vietnamese practitioners to have a further closer to international conditions of contracts in construction and real estate sectors.

Education & Training:

  • LL.B, Commercial Law, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law
  • Lawyer Training Course, the Judicial Academy, 2010
  • FIDIC Contract Expert, the FIDIC Young Professionals

Areas of Practice:

  • Contracts
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • FIDIC Contract Training

Dimitris Kourkoumelis

Born in Athens in 1967, Dimitris Kourkoumelis holds a Law Degree from Athens Law School, a Master in Law from Cambridge University and a Master in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. A highly experienced projects real estate and public procurement attorney, he is a member of the Legal Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece and was a member of the State Experts Committee for Public Works. During the last 15 years he was actively involved advising sponsors, contractors, consultants and the government in most public and privately financed projects in Greece including the Attiki Odos ring road, the Rion Antirrion Bridge, the Athens International Airport, the Athens Metro, the Egnatia and PATHE Motorways, the Ionia Odos Highway, the Olympic Projects, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the New Acropolis Museum and the new National Opera and National Library, at the Athens Faliron Delta. Further he had a vast exposure in energy and property projects including a pioneer biogas to energy project in Athens, several wind farm projects all over Greece and many residential, commercial, leisure and sports developments. He practices on non-contentious as well as contentious matters and has a long construction litigation and arbitration experience. Dimitris Kourkoumelis served as Secretary General of the Ministry of the Aegean and Island Policy (2004-2005). He speaks English and French.

Firm Overview:

Kourkoumelis & Partners is an Athens-based law firm focused in the fields of project finance, construction and engineering, real estate, public procurement, energy and environmental law.

We are working closely with major participants in the above areas including owners and developers, designers, contractors, consulting engineers, banks, the government and public bodies. We advise our clients on non-contentious matters as well as represent them in different kinds of dispute resolution procedures, including court procedures, arbitration and out of court settlement procedures. Our understanding of the industries involved enables us to foresee legal and practical difficulties that our clients may face in their business. By working with them on a regular basis, we are able in many cases to efficiently and inexpensively prevent or minimise the effects of such difficulties.

Our clients benefit from our flexible approach and mainly from our unique know-how and experience obtained through our long and continuous involvement in most of the major projects undertaken in Greece.

The services we offer run from project conception to completion and operation. We provide early assistance on ownership, zoning and planning, environmental assessment and licensing. We help in the formulation of a clear procurement strategy and we are actively involved in the process of putting together the project structure and parties. We draft tender documents and contracts, joint venture arrangements, financing documents and guarantees. During project implementation we work with our clients and assist them in managing risks, contractual correspondence and avoiding disputes. Should these arise we handle all forms of dispute resolution under local or international fora.

We are a cost-efficient firm with international experience capabilities thus providing the best solution not only to the in-house colleagues of large construction and development groups but also to our colleagues in major international law firms who need specialises of council support in construction and EU public procurement.

Marilyn Klinger

Marilyn Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2018
  • Martin J. Andrew Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law, 2017
  • Chambers USA — individually recognized and ranked for Construction Law (2013-2016)
  • Sedgwick Law 2015 Ernest “Bud” Arnold Mentor Award for Commitment in Expertise in Mentoring and Counseling
  • “Who’s Who in Law: Angelenos to Know in Real Estate Law,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013
  • 2010 James Acret Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction Law Legal Writing

Firm Overview:

SMTD Law is a boutique law firm concentrating in construction, surety and business litigation. The Firm’s attorneys are highly experienced in handling disputes unique to the construction and surety industries and they understand the rigors and challenges of litigation. Because of the Firm’s experience, our attorneys are well prepared to work with our clients to achieve their goals. We take pride in knowing that our clients trust us to handle all of their legal needs, and, as a result, we do everything in our power to help our clients succeed.

The Firm handles all facets of federal and state public works construction projects, and commercial and private works projects. The Firm counsels owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a broad range of transaction and litigation matters. With decades of collective experience handling construction disputes, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to address the complex issues that arise in the construction industry.

Prior to the start of construction, our attorneys found that negotiating appropriate contract terms and counseling our clients’ project team regarding the legal requirements of a particular project often make or break the project. Our attorneys frequently counsel construction clients with matters involving:

  • Preparing and negotiating contracts
  • Interpreting regulatory requirements, including licensing issues, set aside qualifications and the Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Creating project specific form documents to comply with legal, contractual, and statutory requirements
  • Analyzing, prosecuting and defending bid protests
  • Analyzing subcontractor listing requirements

Once construction has commenced, our clients demand prompt, accurate and experienced responses to their questions. Our attorneys are well versed in handling:

  • Subcontractor substitutions
  • Payment disputes
  • Work stoppages
  • Stop notice and bond claims
  • Delay and productivity claims
  • Labor and prevailing wage claims with the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and others
  • Change order and extra work disputes
  • Termination disputes
  • Submittal, scope, and design disputes

Many projects are successfully closed out without the need for experienced counsel. When disputes arise, the Firm is positioned to effectively and efficiently address our clients’ claim needs. Avoidance of unnecessary litigation costs and expenses is important, and, as such, the Firm assists with analyzing and quantifying claims prior to litigation and providing upfront risk analysis. By doing so, we are able to provide our clients with workable solutions to avoid litigation.

If prosecuting or defending a claim is necessary, our attorneys are experienced and have a tremendous record of success. Our attorneys have successfully handled trials and claims in state and federal courts, various Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, arbitration’s, and other tribunals.

Paul K. C. Chan

After graduation from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering with Great Distinction in 1976, Mr. Paul K.C. Chan furthered his studies in law and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from University of Toronto in 1979 and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada in 1981, and as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1984 and in England and Wales in 1988, and as a barrister and solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory in 1991, and an advocate and solicitor of Singapore in 1995. He became a China Appointed Attesting Officer in 1995, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1996, a Notary Public in Hong Kong in 1997, HKIAC Accredited Mediator in 1999, HKCAC Accredited Construction Adjudicator in 2014 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2016.

Mr. Paul K.C. Chan first started his practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong in January 1984 and became a partner of one of the leading law firms in Hong Kong in February 1986. He continued to pursue his career in the legal field and moved on to start his own firm in 1992 under the firm name of Paul K. C. Chan & Partners., Solicitors and Notaries. Mr. Paul K.C. Chan has extensive experiences in construction law contracts and litigation, land development and commercial matters.

Firm Overview:

Paul K. C. Chan & Partners consists of an energetic team of professionally-minded staff headed by lawyers who have been admitted to practice in Hong Kong, Canada, England, Australian Capital Territory and/or Singapore, and provides good and professional quality works and services in Construction and Commercial Disputes; Corporate and Commercial Matters; Intellectual Properties; Corporate Finance and Securities; Immigration, Estate Planning and Trust; Divorce and Probate Practice; and Company Secretarial and Ancillary Services.