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Achieving business success in highly regulated and competitive markets requires effective management of commercial risks and of your supplier and customer relationships. It is also critical, particularly when entering the UAE, to be fully aware of statutory issues which may not be obvious to unprepared international brand owners. Whether you are an international or domestic business active in UAE and the wider Middle East, you can rely on our advice on complex and multi-jurisdictional contractual arrangements and our knowledge of the commercial issues facing the sectors in which you operate. We have particular experience advising international companies entering the UAE market and continue to assist them as they grow their businesses in the region.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Com­mer­cial in UAE

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1 February 2018
CMS in the MENA Re­gion
16/07/2019
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 to be for­got­ten” be con­sist­ent with an im­mut­able ledger? Oth­er.
11/07/2019
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 costs and im­prove ef­fi­ciency.
08/07/2019
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 law and jur­is­dic­tion pro­vi­sions with­in a con­trac­tu­al.
03/07/2019
UAE up­date: re­lax­a­tion of for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions
In 2018 the UAE passed the For­eign Dir­ect In­vest­ment Law (the “FDI Law’), which was in­ten­ded to pave the way to re­lax­ing for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions on com­pan­ies re­gistered “on­shore” in the UAE.
03/07/2019
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 of Dis­trib­uted Sys­tem­s', the Law So­ci­ety ques­tions.
19/06/2019
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 en­gage­ments to date”.
30/04/2019
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 pre­vi­ous DI­FC Com­pan­ies Law (Law No.
18/04/2019
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
22/11/2018
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 in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
27/09/2018
ADGM con­tin­ues to pave the way for in­nov­a­tion with new li­cences for...
In­tro­duc­tion On 1 Septem­ber 2018, the Abu Dh­abi Glob­al Mar­kets Free Zone (“ADGM”) an­nounced it will make avail­able a new com­mer­cial li­cence spe­cific­ally for tech­no­logy start-ups. This li­cence will grant such start-ups ac­cess to ADGM’s range of top-tier in­vestors,.
29/08/2018
Hotel Struc­tures in the Middle East - All Change
The ho­tels mar­ket in the UAE has his­tor­ic­ally been dom­in­ated by the tra­di­tion­al hotel man­age­ment agree­ment (“HMA”) struc­ture between the hotel own­er and their chosen op­er­at­or. The past few years has seen an in­creas­ing ap­pet­ite for own­ers to move away from that.