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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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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.

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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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26 March 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 March 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 December 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 December 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”)...
01 December 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The sea­son of change con­tin­ues: ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Up­date
On 1 Decem­ber 2020, the ICC In­ter­na­tion­al Court of Ar­bit­ra­tion launched its re­vised ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (the “Rules”), which will ap­ply to ar­bit­ra­tions sub­mit­ted to the ICC Court from 1 Janu­ary...
14 October 2020
Share­hold­er and Ul­ti­mate Be­ne­fi­cial Own­er re­gisters for UAE busi­nesses...
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing ul­ti­mate be­ne­fi­cial own­er­ship have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE, pur­su­ant to Cab­in­et De­cision No. 58 of 2020 on the Reg­u­la­tion of Pro­ced­ures Re­lated to Real Be­ne­fi­ciar­ies (the...
07 October 2020
UAE Eco­nom­ic Sub­stance: Im­port­ant Changes
We pre­vi­ously dis­cussed the in­tro­duc­tion of eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in the UAE on 30 April 2019 in Law-Nows here and here. Its in­tro­duc­tion meant that UAE en­tit­ies were ob­liged to file eco­nom­ic...
22 July 2020
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...
14 July 2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
In­tro­duc­tion In a sig­ni­fic­ant case for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial ar­bit­ra­tion, on 23 June 2020, the Par­is Court of Ap­peal re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to an­nul an ICC award, find­ing that the ar­bit­ral tribunal...
03 June 2020
UAE Eco­nom­ic Sub­stance No­ti­fic­a­tion
The dead­lines for fil­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance no­ti­fic­a­tions are on the ho­ri­zon (or in­deed just passed). In or­der to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced on 1 Janu­ary 2019 con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance...
11 May 2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 3 – Du­ties in times of Fin­an­cial Un­cer­tainty
In­tro­duc­tion With glob­al eco­nom­ies fa­cing un­cer­tain times as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, and many busi­nesses fa­cing sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges to cash flow, rev­en­ue and bad debts, the pos­sib­il­ity of...
28 April 2020
In­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sions: Eng­lish law holds the line...
A Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court de­cision last week has con­sidered a dir­ect at­tack on the tra­di­tion­ally nar­row in­ter­pret­a­tion giv­en by the Eng­lish courts to in­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sion...