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Commercial Lawyers

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.

“CMS stands out for its global reach and sector focus. The ‘can do, will do’ team has ‘a great understanding of the legal position, the deal, the commercial reality and the regulatory framework.”

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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Malek Takieddine
Malek Takieddine
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Malek is an Arabic-qualified corporate and commercial lawyer. He has obtained a masters degree in law from the UK and worked for a number of years at CMS’s UK offices. He has over ten years of experience...
Mark Rocca
Mark Rocca
Co-Managing Partner, Dubai
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Mark has spent many years of his legal career advising on projects in the Middle East region, based in Riyadh and Dubai. He has acted for public and private sector clients on transformation/PPP projects...
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John Geddes
Legal Director
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
John is a Legal Director in the Oil and Gas team based in Dubai. John has an excellent understanding of E&P companies’ commercial and legal drivers having spent over four years on secondment in the...
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John O'Connor
Co-Managing Partner
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
John O'Connor is a partner and heads the CMS Dubai office. He also heads our Corporate and Commercial Practice in Dubai.His expertise covers all manner of corporate and commercial transactions, including...