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16 June 2021
CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex: Ac­cel­er­at­ing trans­form­a­tion
The in­fra­struc­ture mar­ket has re­mained re­si­li­ent in the face of COV­ID-19. The CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex has ranked 50 coun­tries by their at­tract­ive­ness for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment and it paints a very pos­it­ive pic­ture. Singa­pore tops the lead­er board, bolstered by the un­veil­ing of its Green Plan 2030 which aims to ad­vance sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and re­duce the coun­try’s car­bon foot­print. There are big spend­ing plans in every re­gion as gov­ern­ments seek to close in­fra­struc­ture gaps, re­cov­er from the pan­dem­ic and stim­u­late their eco­nom­ies.   Please click through the re­port or down­load the pdf ver­sion at the bot­tom of this page.
15 June 2021
The end of USD LIBOR in Oman
Across Oman and the Middle East, USD LIBOR has been used as a bench­mark for the cal­cu­la­tion of in­terest in US Dol­lar de­nom­in­ated loans and oth­er fin­an­cial trans­ac­tions.  In par­tic­u­lar, it has been used...
15 June 2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
14 June 2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
14 June 2021
EPO ap­proach to ex­amin­ing com­puter im­ple­men­ted in­ven­tions
On Tues­day 25 May 2021, Heli Pih­la­jamaa, dir­ect­or of pat­ent law at the European Pat­ent Of­fice, gave a present­a­tion to CIPA’s com­puter tech­no­logy com­mit­tee on the Pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter-im­ple­men­ted...
11 June 2021
How can busi­nesses pro­tect their trade secrets in a hy­brid work­ing world?
As the num­ber of people vac­cin­ated against COV­ID-19 stead­ily in­creases, many em­ploy­ers are start­ing to turn their minds to a re­turn to the work­place. However, it’s un­likely that we will be re­turn­ing...
08 June 2021
For­eign own­er­ship in the UAE: pos­it­ive lists mark pos­it­ive step for­ward
We pre­vi­ously dis­cussed the in­tro­duc­tion of ma­jor changes to the UAE’s Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law (Fed­er­al Law No. 2 of 2015, the “CCL”).  The most sig­ni­fic­ant of those changes, al­low­ing 100% for­eign...
04 June 2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to ‘On the Pulse’ de­livered by the Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care Sec­tor Group A video/pod­cast series, On the Pulse, brings to­geth­er CMS law­yers and ex­perts to dis­cuss key in­dustry top­ics...
03 June 2021
The in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the Sul­tan­ate of Oman: a brief leg­al guide
GCC mem­ber states all signed up to the GCC-Wide VAT Agree­ment in 2016, which serves as a guide for gulf coun­cil states to im­ple­ment al­most identic­al, do­mest­ic value ad­ded tax (VAT) laws in the sup­ply...
01 June 2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
30 June 2021
CMS Skills For Fu­ture Fa­cing Teams: How to give ef­fect­ive feed­back
Im­prov­ing the qual­ity of ef­fect­ive feed­back can im­prove per­form­ance, en­able be­ha­viour change and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.  This ses­sion is de­signed to help you de­vel­op new tech­niques and in­crease your con­fid­ence...
23 June 2021
CMS Skills For Fu­ture Fa­cing Teams: How to have coach­ing con­ver­sa­tions
This ses­sion is de­signed to help you im­prove the qual­ity of con­ver­sa­tions at work by ad­opt­ing a coach­ing style.  Evid­ence shows that it can feel chal­len­ging for lead­ers and man­agers to en­gage in con­struct­ive...