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If you are looking to establish or grow your interests in the dynamic markets of the Middle East we have the resources and expertise to support all aspects of your business. We have consolidated and expanded our presence in this fast-growing region with our lawyers operating throughout the key commercial centres, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

CMS has deliberately developed a unique footprint across six countries in the Middle East. Our energetic, agile team of over 90 lawyers is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking in the region.

There are two things that really set us apart:

  • Sector expertise - many of our lawyers have worked in-house and all immerse themselves in the sectors of their clients. Our lawyers talk your language, understand your commercial priorities and advise at every level of your organisation. We are fully integrated in all that we do, which allows us to draw on our global network of sector specialists to bring international insight to your project.
  • Commitment - to creating an agile team that matches the ambition and energy of our clients and the Middle East itself. Growing rapidly, we are investing in our clients, supporting our local communities through pro bono and corporate responsibility initiatives and attracting the best talent.

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On the Pulse webinar series 2024
Welcome to the 2024 On the Pulse webinar series.  This webinar series brings you updates on the latest legal and commercial developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector from around the world. Over the coming period, we will be hosting two webinars on:Unified Patent Court (UPC) - 23 AprilEU Pharma Package - 18 JuneEach webinar will be one hour in length with a 15-minute Q&A session.
Boarding the DORA Express: Directors' Duties, Risk Resilience and beyond
Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights into DORA, including how Directors' Duties intertwine with the Digital Transformation Maturity Model, Risk Management, and Liability within this context. Understand how these factors impact your institution's compliance.
On the Pulse Webinar Series 2023 - Autumn
On the Pulse webinar series brings you updates on the latest legal and commercial developments in the life sciences & healthcare sector. The Autumn edition will see our CMS sector specialists cover: Commercial - Deal landscape and transaction trends in the Life Sciences SectorDispute Resolution - The midnight clause: why choice of law and jurisdiction clauses matterPublic Procurement - Typical pitfalls to be avoided in a procurement process for pharma and medical devices suppliesequIP - Pitfalls for life sciences start-ups to avoidEach webinar will be one hour in length with a 15-minute Q&A session. To register for the full series or just the topics of interest to you, click on the registration links below. To watch the Spring webinars in the On the Pulse series, visit here.
CMS Infrastructure Index: Partnerships, policies and geopolitics
The Infrastructure Index is designed to help investors understand the environment they may encounter in 50 different jurisdictions. Data from the 50 jurisdictions was analysed against nine key criteria to create a guide to the most attractive destinations for infrastructure investment. We also look at developments in some of the nations included in the Infrastructure Index, this year highlighting in particular the situation in our top-ranked country Germany and the need for reconstruction in Ukraine.
On the Pulse webinar series 2023 - Spring
Welcome to the launch of the On the Pulse webinar series
Global LSHC Forum 2022 | Press release
Uncertain times, an evolving legal framework: managing risks and ensuring social responsibility in the life sciences & healthcare sector The risks of AI in the future of life sciences will come under the microscope at a landmark legal forum this week. Healthcare is racing ahead in adopting new technologies across drug discovery, development, manufacturing and supply chain but experts predict a tail-whip of disputes and contract friction. Digital transformation has the potential to improve every aspect of healthcare and the pharma industry but it also impacts data protection, IT security, contract design, liability and regulation. The annual CMS Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Forum will bring together high-level industry and legal experts to discuss sector intelligence and best practice as well as issues ranging from cyber breaches and cryptocurrency wrangles to fall-outs over trade secrets and intellectual property (IP).“AI offers amazing opportunities to advance life sciences and usher in transformative medicine such as cell and gene therapy, improved diagnostics and analytics but it also comes with concerns as legal and contractual risks are still being understood and evaluated,” says Nick Beckett, Global Co-Head of CMS Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group“Science and technology are moving forward very quickly but we are finding that the detail and strategy of what to do to mitigate risks or resolve them is lagging behind. These are critically important issues that companies need to address and the Forum will examine the implications and solutions.”AI is booming and a recent report by analysts  Grand View Research forecast that the global AI in healthcare market will grow from its current value of $10.4 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.4% from 2022 to 2030. AI is fast becoming a significant element of every aspect of healthcare and legal departments and business units are being challenged to respond. The Forum, which is being held in Brussels and online on Thursday, September 28, has a packed agenda covering technology transformation, Environmental, Sustainability and Governance, supply chain disruption, regulatory frameworks and the changing commercial landscape. The scale of challenge was evidenced in the recent CMS Technology Transformation: Managing Risks in a Changing Landscape report which revealed that 56% of corporate counsel and risk managers expect an increase in AI-related disputes, while 50% believe that the use of AI technologies will lead to risks and disputes that cannot currently be foreseen. Disputes will be driven by issues arising from IP and trade secrets, the use of AI, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies and cloud services, they be­lieve. “Or­gan­isa­tions are likely to see new types of risks and disputes emerge from the use of new technologies such as AI and crypto­cur­ren­cies. Many businesses are playing catch-up in understanding the risks associated with these new technologies,” says Lee Gluyas, Partner, CMS. “Whilst no business can eliminate risks completely, those that think ahead, plan early and actively manage risk will give themselves a substantial ad­vant­age.” The free to attend Forum will feature keynote speakers from the United Nations Health and Development Team, general counsel from leading pharma companies, Boston Consulting Group, financial services multinational Aon and CMS sector specialists. For further details or to attend, register here: https://cms. law/en/int/events/glob­al-life-sci­ences-health­care-for­um-2022.
Belt and Road - the view from the Middle East and North Africa
Go to BRI homepageThe MENA region is integral to the success of BRI. Approximately 60% of Chinese exports transit to the Middle East through the UAE and China has significantly increased its investment...
Middle East
Here’s a selection of our energy sector credentials in the Middle East:  Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC - advising on the first waste to energy project in Oman. Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority of Saudi Arabia - advising the electricity, gas and water regulator of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on all aspects of its functions and the transition to a fully competitive electricity market. PDO - currently advising PDO in relation to its procurement of a developer for a Solar IPP. Nama Holding — advising in respect to the restructuring of Oman’s water and wastewater sectors. Ajman Sewerage (Private) Co Ltd - advising on two restructurings of a sewerage project in Ajman. Government of Ras Al Khaimah Wastewater Authority - advising on procurement and development of the Emirate-wide wastewater system. DEWA – advising on the procurement of their first independent water project (IWP). OPWP – advising on its procurement of three new IWPs - North Al Batinah IWP, Dhofar Water IWP and Masirah IWPMajis Industrial Services Company – ad­vising in respect of its bid for the Al Wakra and Al Wukair STP Project in Qatar. Amplus Solar – advising on EPC contracts for its projects in Dubai
CMS Energy & Climate Change Global Experience
With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its London centre of excellence, the practice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally. CMS teams now work in every corner of the sector across the globe to help it meet the demands of climate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in developing economies, social concerns and political agendas. Below you will find some of our experience across the globe. Please get in touch with our experts in your jurisdiction. Please also see our pub­lic­a­tion Hot Topics for the Energy Transition.
Supporting you with data protection and cybersecurity
Our data protection team provides counsel across a wide range of areas including data protection registration and policy development, data security and mobile device encryption, data transfer procedures...
Adapting to the transforming telecoms industry
This article summarises the keynote delivered by Karim Djouani, head advisor for strategy, innovation and R&D at Groupe Télécom Algérie, at the CMS annual Technology, Media and Communications Conference...
Iran approves the Sixth Development Plan to boost investment
On 19 March 2017, the “Law on the Sixth Five-Year Economic, Cultural, and Social Development Plan for 1396-1400 (2016 – 2021)” (the “Sixth Development Plan”) was approved by the Iranian Parliament...