Margaret McKenzie is an Associate in the Corporate Commercial Department at Al Tamimi & Company in Kuwait. Ms. McKenzie counsels Kuwaiti and international corporate clients on a variety of issues. Her practice ranges from international transactions to local corporate, commercial, and employment law matters. She advises clients on a variety of issues including data protection, defense contracting, healthcare, privacy, e-commerce, and labour issues. She provides a range of legal advice to companies including reviewing their online policies and advising on data breaches. She also drafts and reviews employment contracts, advises on end of service benefits, HR policies, and considerations for employment of expatriate and Kuwaiti nationals. A US qualified attorney, Ms. McKenzie utilises her experience to advise local Kuwaiti and international clients to achieve the best possible outcome for their business.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McKenzie worked as a legal researcher for the Natural Resource Governance Institute, where she researched local laws and advised on Kuwait and Bahrain’s resource governance. Additionally, Ms. McKenzie worked as a judicial extern in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and drafted legal opinions. She worked on the legal and policy response to the Puerto Rico earthquake as a student attorney. Prior to law school, Ms. McKenzie worked in international development living and working in Jordan and the United States. Ms. McKenzie is a certified mediator and has successfully mediated disputes in universities as well as in small claims courts in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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Recent Experience

  • Providing ongoing detailed advice to Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (“KDIPA”) entities – including employment and structuring considerations;
  • Represented a Kuwaiti company in an arbitration involving the Korean Commercial Arbitration Rules of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, obtaining a final award of 5 million USD for the client plus attorney fees;
  • Carried out due diligence for chain of jewelry stores in relation to listing in the stock exchange and subsequent IPO;
  • Providing employer updates to leading international law firm regarding COVID-19 restrictions in relation to the Kuwait Labour Law and Regulations;
  • Drafting and reviewing suite of contract templates for private companies in the oil sector in Kuwait;
  • Advised international defense contractors on termination and end of service calculations under Kuwait law;
  • Provided strategic advice to telecommunications entity on licensing in Kuwait;
  • Collaborated with the in-house privacy team of cloud computing service providers in respect of the regulatory environment in Kuwait as well as establishment of data centres and cloud computing operations;
  • Counseled a global streaming platform in respect to content regulation and risks associated with the streaming activity;
  • Produced cross-jurisdictional terms and conditions, privacy policy, and suite of documents for local online application;
  • Regularly advising local and international clients on Ministry of Health regulations in Kuwait.


  • English


2019 – Juris Doctor, State University of New York, Buffalo

2016 – Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

2010 – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) & International Study Certificate, Queen’s University, Canada (With study at International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle)


State Bar of New Mexico