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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.

Rob joined the firm in September 2017 to head up a brand new TMT practice in the Middle East and has been instrumental to its rapid growth and development. In just over 18 months Rob has established himself as a leading figure in the TMT space and has developed an award winning and innovative team with an impressive array of clients ranging from international blue-chips, regional heavyweights and some of the most innovative startups and new tech companies in the region.

Having previously worked with CMS in London, Rob has aligned his team to leverage CMS global strengths across the space and resultantly has worked with clients on a range of local and international next generation projects across areas such as AI, Cloud, Blockchain and Fintech as well as forming a key geographical part of CMS global cybersecurity and data protection teams.

The Middle East team has grown rapidly and now boasts a full range of capabilities across TMT and IP advising across a broad remit to include the e-commerce and retail space, OTT media, media regulation and broadcast rights, esports, Adtech, brand rights issues, franchising and agency and the licensing and protection of intellectual property rights.

Rob Flaws comments:

"I am delighted to have been promoted to the partnership at CMS. The CMS Dubai practice continues to grow, fuelled by significant new work and client wins. We have a young, multi-lingual and very driven TMT team with a wealth of experience operating in the Middle East and who have worked on some fantastic mandates over the last 12 months. CMS are recognised globally as a market leader in the TMT space and we very excited to have become a key part of that expertise and thought leadership in order to deliver great service to both our local and international clients.”

Across the firm, CMS has celebrated its largest-ever round of partner promotions, making up 49 new partners in 2019 across 23 cities globally. Progressing female talent has long been a strategic priority of the firm. In a strong showing this year, women account for 76% of all CMS partner promotions in the UK, and 47% globally.