Commercial

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.

“CMS stands out for its global reach and sector focus. The ‘can do, will do’ team has ‘a great understanding of the legal position, the deal, the commercial reality and the regulatory framework.”

With over 350 commercial and regulatory lawyers across 33 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business factors impacting your commercial arrangements. We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, lifesciences, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports. We can guide you towards the best business outcome, whether you require advice on commercial contracts, supply services, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing, or sales, agency, distribution and franchise agreements.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Com­mer­cial in UAE
Kaz­ar Foot­wear on the grant of a fran­chise li­cence to Land­mark Group for the ex­ploit­a­tion of the Kaz­ar brand in­store, and on­line, and sale of Kaz­ar products across the Middle East.A con­sor­ti­um of private...

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01/06/2022
New UAE Com­pan­ies Law – ten things to know
To cel­eb­rate the United Ar­ab Emir­ates’ 50th an­niversary, the coun­try has im­ple­men­ted a wide-ran­ging pack­age of le­gis­lat­ive re­form. A cent­ral theme to this re­form has been strength­en­ing and pro­mot­ing...
12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
06/04/2022
New Frame­work for Vir­tu­al As­sets in Dubai
On the 28 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Emir­ate of Dubai is­sued Dubai Law No. 4 on Reg­u­lat­ing Vir­tu­al As­sets in the Emir­ate of Dubai (“Dubai Vir­tu­al As­sets Reg­u­la­tion” or “DVAR”) in an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment...
20/01/2022
UAE leg­al re­forms – new UAE Com­mer­cial Re­gister
In­tro­duc­tion - 2021 Re­forms In Q4 2021, as part of its 50th Year An­niversary, the UAE an­nounced some of the broad­est changes to its leg­al land­scape in many years. It also in­tro­duced ma­jor prac­tic­al changes...
24/11/2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
22/06/2021
UAE Cent­ral Bank Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion: A new era in per­son­al...
This brief­ing sum­mar­ises the com­pre­hens­ive data pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments which now ap­ply to all Cent­ral Bank-li­censed fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions op­er­at­ing in the UAE. The UAE Cent­ral Bank Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
31/03/2021
Elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture law in com­mer­cial con­tracts in United Ar­ab Emir­ates
1. Defin­i­tion and form­al re­quire­ments of writ­ten leg­al state­ments or leg­al state­ments leg­ally bind­ing if the law re­quires writ­ten form The UAE has a multi-layered leg­al sys­tem, with le­gis­la­tion is­sued...
26/03/2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
03/03/2021
ADGM Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tions – what busi­nesses need to know
New data pro­tec­tion law in the UAE The Abu Dh­abi Glob­al Mar­ket (ADGM) fin­an­cial free zone has en­acted its Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tions 2021 (DPR), with ef­fect from 11 Feb­ru­ary 2021. The ADGM has fol­lowed...
21/12/2020
Nas­daq Dubai now Em­bra­cing SMEs
In­tro­duc­tion Small and me­di­um sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) are a key as­pect of the UAE’s eco­nomy help­ing drive growth and di­ver­si­fic­a­tion. Sev­er­al ini­ti­at­ives, in­clud­ing ac­cel­er­at­or pro­grammes, in­cub­at­ors...
08/12/2020
UAE an­nounces ma­jor changes to Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law
The UAE Gov­ern­ment has re­leased Fed­er­al De­cree Law 26/2020 (the “FDL”) which brings about sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the ex­ist­ing UAE Fed­er­al Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law (Fed­er­al Law No. 2 of 2015, the “CCL”)...