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United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the strongest and most diversified economies in the Middle East. In addition to traditional strengths in power/infrastructure, construction and real estate, tourism and hospitality, consumer products and finance, the UAE has become a hub for other sectors such as healthcare, lifesciences, TMC and education. More recently, signs of venture capital activity point towards a healthy, multi-faceted economy maturing nicely in time for Expo2020.

Recognising this, CMS Dubai offers corporate and commercial legal advice to businesses of any size, from large multinationals to high potential SMEs across all these sectors. We also assist clients to avoid, settle or arbitrate/litigate disputes when things go wrong.

CMS lawyers understand your industry and your business, and tackle your legal challenges with your commercial objectives in mind. A practical consequence of this is that we draw upon specific technical and sector expertise from across our network where necessary to ensure we offer best in class service wherever our clients are based.

As one of the Middle East’s most important economic centres, the UAE serve as a gateway to the wider Middle East and Africa. Our lawyers advise international clients with an interest in the Middle East and Middle Eastern businesses looking for outbound investment into Europe, Africa and Asia, seamlessly with our expanding network of offices across the globe. As the largest law firm in Europe and a top 10 global law firm, CMS has almost every jurisdiction covered.

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17/05/2024
CMS International Construction Study 2024
In recent years, construction and engineering businesses have faced a whole storm of headwinds. CMS, in partnership with YouGov, asked in-house lawyers about the biggest challenges of managing disputes in this environment - and how those challenges can be met.   Sixty-second summaryThe evolving nature of construction risk will see changes to standard contracts and negotiation positions. It may also bring more disputes, particularly where those changes lag behind project realities. Fewer than half the businesses we surveyed reported that the in-house legal or contract management team is always consulted at the start of a project to identify areas of risk and to establish appropriate risk management strategies. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses could improve the way in which risk is managed during projects - often in a number of important ways. Despite the potential benefits, only 17% of the in-house lawyers we surveyed are using AI in disputes or contract management. Some say they will never use it. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses have a lot of scope to improve the way that project risks are managed. AI has the potential to be a game-changer in this area by optimising processes, planning, scheduling and other elements of case management and by revolutionising the way a business handles its portfolio of contracts. 
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On the Pulse webinar series 2024
Welcome to the 2024 On the Pulse webinar series.  This webinar series brings you updates on the latest legal and commercial developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector from around the world. Over the coming period, we will be hosting two webinars on:Unified Patent Court (UPC) - 23 AprilEU Pharma Package - 18 JuneEach webinar will be one hour in length with a 15-minute Q&A session.
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CMS European M&A Study 2024: Optimism for M&A amid evolving market trends
The CMS Corporate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the European M&A Study.It's been a wild ride for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) around the world this year. Yet, despite the turbulence...
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CMS Expert Guide to cannabis law and legislation
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