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Whether you are launching, operating, lending to or investing in a fund or an alternative indirect investment vehicle, or seeking to tap into Middle Eastern capital from abroad, you need to overcome legal hurdles which may be from a domestic and/or cross-border perspective, Federal or freezone level. Similarly, on deployment of capital, there are local nuances and legal issues with investing into the Middle East, which must be accounted for at an early stage. Our funds group advises across the entire funds life cycle, and covers all key asset classes including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, hedge, venture capital and debt. Our experience and varied client base enables us to advise on the commercial as well as the legal and tax aspects.

We are highly skilled at, and have a reputation for, efficiency and providing commercial and pragmatic advice to reach successful deal conclusions quickly and on sensible budgets. We recognise the fast-moving regulatory climate and aim to simplify the legal minefield with our expert funds guides. These cover developments such as those affecting private placement regimes and allow you to keep pace with key market changes. We also actively engage with key regulators to engage them positively on new matters for the benefit of our client base.  

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1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Strength­en­ing CM­S' po­s­i­tion across Middle East and...
13 Nov 19
CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing: Rules on Mar­ket­ing Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner...
20 Aug 19
Brave new world - eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in­tro­duced in the...
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance (Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters Res­ol­u­tion No.31 of 2019) (the “Reg­u­la­tions”) have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE. The Reg­u­la­tions in­tend that all in-scope UAE en­tit­ies...
16 Jul 19
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Data Pro­tec­tion The European Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion raises at least two is­sues in par­tic­u­lar in this con­text. First: is pseud­onym­ous in­form­a­tion per­son­al data? Second: how can a “right...
11 Jul 19
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Rem­ed­ies: In Prin­ciple The ori­gin­al Bit­coin White Pa­per stressed the im­port­ance of trans­ac­tions not be­ing re­vers­ible. Ir­re­vers­ib­il­ity is a func­tion of Bit­coin, de­lib­er­ately de­signed to re­duce trans­ac­tion...
08 Jul 19
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Jur­is­dic­tion­al is­sues Many com­ment­at­ors note that true de­cent­ral­isa­tion im­plies that en­force­ment of ob­lig­a­tions must be ef­fected through the sys­tem. A per­mis­sioned sys­tem may in­clude con­ven­tion­al gov­ern­ing...
03 Jul 19
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Leg­al Per­son­al­ity De­term­in­ing wheth­er a sys­tem has leg­al per­son­al­ity has im­plic­a­tions for many of the ques­tions con­sidered in re­la­tion to this top­ic. In 'Ho­ri­zon Scan­ning — Block­chain: The Leg­al Im­plic­a­tions...
19 Jun 19
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Block­chain and oth­er dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies (DLT) are ap­proach­ing the main­stream. Tech­no­logy com­pan­ies of­fer products for com­mer­cial pro­jects. IB­M's Block­chain Plat­form ref­er­ences “500+ cli­ent...
30 Apr 19
The New DI­FC Com­pan­ies Law Re­gime - Key Changes
With ef­fect from 12 Novem­ber 2018 (the “Im­ple­ment­a­tion Date”) the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (the “DI­FC”) in­tro­duced the eagerly an­ti­cip­ated new com­pan­ies law re­gime which re­places the...
18 Feb 19
The new UAE Cent­ral Bank law
On 23 Septem­ber 2018, the Pres­id­ent of the United Ar­ab Emir­ates (“UAE”) is­sued a new Cent­ral Bank law (De­cree-Law No. 14 of 2018 (the “New Cent­ral Bank Law”) which came in­to ef­fect on 1 Oc­to­ber...
22 Nov 18
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing...