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TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunications

United Arab Emirates

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 33 countries has been exposed to virtually every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as regulatory issues, licensing matters, IP infringements, data protection and anti-trust issues, as well as small, medium and large-scale M&A matters, JVs, MVNOs and similar. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Sector convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. Our clients range from multinationals and major domestic companies to high growth businesses, start-ups and their investors. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in TMC - Tech­no­logy, Me­dia & Com­mu­nic­a­tions...
A Dubai-based in­vest­ment com­pany on the sale of a minor­ity stake in a UAE based com­pany in the tele­coms sec­tor for c.$180 mil­lion.BT on its man­aged end-to-end net­worked IT ser­vices solu­tion to the Na­tion­al Bank of Abu Dh­abi for its new fin­an­cial hub
Di­git­al In­fra­struc­ture for our Con­nec­ted-Fu­ture
Glob­al In­fra­struc­ture Re­port
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G
A glob­al over­view


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15 January 2020
Glob­al Leg­al In­sights: AI, Ma­chine Learn­ing & Big Data in the UAE
Rob Flaws, Daniel Hope and Sad­ia Khan from our Middle East TMT team have pro­duced a series of AI art­icles de­signed to keep you up to date with rap­id de­vel­op­ments in AI . In the first in­stal­ment, in tan­dem with Glob­al Leg­al Group, they con­sider AI, Ma­chine
03 February 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G reg­u­la­tion and law
5G: Across coun­tries, some tech­nic­al para­met­ers are com­mon; the same can­not be said for reg­u­la­tion. Find here a guide about the key 5G re­lated reg­u­lat­ory po­s­i­tions be­ing taken in 40 jur­is­dic­tions.
03 July 2020
Pro­tocol for On­line Case Man­age­ment in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion
As ar­bit­ra­tions are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly glob­al­ised, with par­ti­cipants loc­ated across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions, parties are con­stantly look­ing for ef­fi­cient ways to com­mu­nic­ate and share doc­u­ments and in­form­a­tion...
25 July 2019
Can AI un­lock the po­ten­tial of smart build­ings
Can AI un­lock the po­ten­tial of smart build­ings - a re­port from CMS UAE. Find out more.
30 June 2017
CMS Ex­pert Guide to BIM law and reg­u­la­tion
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on BIM law and reg­u­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
26 November 2019
Dubai Health­care City - Health and Pharma Over­view
Up un­til re­cently, there were no ex­pli­cit laws or au­thor­it­ies that dealt spe­cific­ally with pri­vacy and data pro­tec­tion in the UAE (ex­clud­ing the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre ('DI­FC') and Abu Dh­abi...
16 July 2019
CMS strengthens Middle East Cor­por­ate and Tech of­fer­ing with new part­ner...
Fer­as Al Shawaf Law Firm in as­so­ci­ation with CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Karim Fawaz, who joins the firm as a part­ner to be based out of Dubai.
20 August 2019
Brave new world - eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in­tro­duced in the UAE
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 May 2019
CMS Dubai pro­motes Head of TMT to part­ner
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is de­lighted to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of Tech­no­logy Me­dia and Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions (“TMT”) spe­cial­ist Rob Flaws to Part­ner. Read more about Robs pro­mo­tion here.
30 July 2019
EDPB rules on the CLOUD Act: re­strict­ive po­s­i­tion on the le­git­im­acy of...
Re­strict­ive po­s­i­tion on the le­git­im­acy of data trans­fers to US in­vest­ig­at­ing au­thor­it­ies – EDPB In a 10 Ju­ly 2019 let­ter to the European par­lia­ment's com­mit­tee on Civil Liber­ties, Justice, and Home...
18 December 2018
ICLG: Tele­coms, Me­dia & In­ter­net Laws & Reg­u­la­tions 2019
16 July 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...