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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 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Strength­en­ing CM­S' po­s­i­tion across Middle East and...
11 May 20
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 3 – Du­ties in times of Fin­an­cial...
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...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner...
28 Apr 20
In­dir­ect and con­sequen­tial loss ex­clu­sions: Eng­lish law holds the...
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...
27 Apr 20
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 2 – Group Struc­tures
Dir­ect­ors’ du­ties are cur­rently in sharp fo­cus as a res­ult of the eco­nom­ic con­di­tions caused by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and the de­cisions dir­ect­ors are be­ing re­quired to make in re­la­tion to their busi­nesses....
15 Apr 20
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 1 – Do you know your du­ties?
In­tro­duc­tion The glob­al eco­nomy has been severely im­pacted by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, com­poun­ded by a steep fall in oil prices, res­ult­ing in sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges across a mul­ti­tude of sec­tors. Dir­ect­ors...
07 Apr 20
Coronavir­us and the food in­dustry: The UAE’s law to reg­u­late the stra­tegic...
Cor­rect as of 9am, 6th April. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. While the food and ag­ri­cul­tur­al sec­tor should in prin­ciple be less af­fected by the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic than oth­ers, la­bour short­ages,...
17 Mar 20
While doc­tors fight COV­ID-19 au­thor­it­ies battle fraud, price hikes...
In every coun­try hit by COV­ID-19, the dis­ease linked to the Coronavir­us, com­pet­i­tion and con­sumer pro­tec­tion au­thor­it­ies have been con­fron­ted with the vir­us's im­plic­a­tions. Gov­ern­ments, au­thor­it­ies and...
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...
07 Aug 19
Singa­pore Con­ven­tion on Me­di­ation signed by 46 coun­tries at open­ing...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation,...
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...