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Legal market overview
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates bordering the Persian Gulf of which the larger two, Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi, are important centres for local and international law firms. The attractions of these two cities to some 60 corporate law firms, half of which have offices in both, lies in the perception that the UAE provides the most stable political base for targeting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) markets. The Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), which was established in 2004, has all the characteristics of an offshore financial centre.
Firms such as Allen & Overy LLP, Clifford Chance and Clyde & Co LLP have a longstanding presence in the jurisdiction, but other law firms continue to establish offices. Recent arrivals include Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Morgan Lewis LLP. However, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP has announced the closure of its Abu Dhabi office, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has left the UAE. UAE firms such as Al Tamimi & Company, Hadef & Partners and Bin Shabib & Associates (BSA) LLP have raised aspirations to meet the international challenge. The merger which formed Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla is a significant and interesting merger.
The legal processes applicable in the UAE are complex. A federal legal system applies to the smaller emirates but each of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah has a civil code local court system with its own Cassation Court; all court proceedings are in Arabic and only UAE nationals have rights of audience. The DIFC Judicial Authority (DIFC Courts) provides an independent common law judicial system within the financial district. Other forums include the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the Dubai World Tribunal (DWT).
Recovery from the 2008 financial crisis is well underway: stalled construction projects are being restarted and major infrastructure initiatives including hospitals, roads, port facilities, railways and airport extensions are proceeding. M&A deals in the MENA region have picked up in certain sectors such as telecoms, and the hotel, hospitality and retail sectors are bullish. Litigation and arbitration in the construction sector arising from the financial crisis continues to keep firms busy.
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In financial transactions, the most common measure of protecting the rights of creditors is to have the transaction secured by assets or debts of the debtor or by other third party security creation methods. Taking effective security specifies that the creditor can, in the event of default of payment or on the bankruptcy of the debtor, take possession of that asset, sell it and use the proceeds to repay its debt. This strengthens the position of secured creditors over other unsecured creditors of the debtor.
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The past year has seen a substantial improvement in the performance of banks and financial institutions in the UAE. Adequate provisions have been made for most nonperforming loans, banks are once again aggressively competing for good assets and 2012 bank results show substantial improvement in profits.
1. According to recently published statistics, the UAE’s medical tourism market was worth $1.58 billion in 2012 and this is expected to grow a further 6.5 per cent to $1.69 billion in 2013. The UAE- with its predominately expatriate population of around 8 million- and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are- it seems- the two jurisdictions in the GCC where the demand for medical services- and the appetite to cater to this demand- is booming. The two "senior" Emirates in the seven member federation- Dubai and Abu Dhabi- have broadly similar demographics, hospital beds and medical practitioners although in Dubai the private sector is substantially larger than the public sector whilst the reverse is the case in Abu Dhabi.
1. Construction industry overview for the jurisdiction
The Emirate of Dubai has long been a centre for trade and commercial activity and such activity will inevitably generate disputes. In Arabic culture, traders endeavour to settle their disputes by negotiation, either between themselves or under the guidance of a leading citizen. The growth of international trade and investment has brought a wider range of disputes and Dubai has sought recently to place itself as a centre for commercial dispute resolution. Parties to international contracts are generally unwilling to submit their disputes to the Dubai Courts, with proceedings conducted in Arabic, and therefore international contracts generally include provisions for disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The law is developing rapidly in Dubai and the purpose of this article is to provide an insight into current arbitration practice at this exciting stage of its development.
Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the sixth edition of Professor Villata's monograph entitled " Pubblici Servizi. Discussioni e Problemi " (Public Services. Issues and Debates) and issued by the law publishing house Giuffrè. The volume consists of an in-depth analysis of the much-discussed subject of public services and provides a remarkable intake on the matter from an exceedingly knowledgeable scholar, in light of recent developments in legislation and jurisprudence.
Budidjaja & Associates becomes the Indonesian law firm member of TAGLaw, an international alliance of independent law firms
AstapovLawyers has been recognized TOP-3 band in corporate/M&A and tax in Ukraine according to the latest survey 2014 by KyivPost, a well-known English speaking edition. The survey findings are based on a peer review conducted by the Kyiv Post in August of 90 law firms.
The Administrative Court of Hamburg decided on 27 August 2014 that Uber, a provider for a smartphone-app for on-demand transportation services, may continue providing its services in Hamburg. With its decision, the Administrative Court ordered the suspensive effect of the objection against the prohibition order of the city of Hamburg. The decision of the Hamburg authorities were formally unlawful as the traffic authorities were not the responsible authority and the prohibition order could not be based on the Passenger Transportation Act (Personenbeförderungsgesetz).
The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (" Companies Law ") provides for companies, protected cell companies (" PCCs "), incorporated cell companies (" ICCs ") and cells of PCCs and ICCs to be placed into administration and for an administrator to be appointed to manage that entity's affairs whilst the administration order remains in force.- Ogier
A company incorporated and existing in one jurisdiction may consider it desirable to continue as a company existing elsewhere for a variety of reasons including, for example: to be in a time zone closer to investors; to conduct its affairs in a manner more familiar to its stakeholders; to benefit from a more modern and/or flexible statutory or regulatory environment and/or a more appropriate tax framework.- Ogier
Kim & Chang has been named as the "Best Law Firm for Asset Management" from AsianInvestor Korea Fund Awards 2014 , hosted by AsianInvestor affiliated with Haymarket Media Ltd, a global media company. It is the fourth consecutive year that the firm has been honored for this award.
Kim & Chang has been selected for the "Legal Innovation in Real Estate Finance" award for providing exceptional legal advice in connection with the case involving KHFC's issuance of two different types of covered bonds in the first-ever Financial Times (FT) Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014 .
Kim & Chang has been recognized as one of the world's top 150 law firms in the Who's Who Legal 100 (2014 edition, 3rd edition) , published by Who's Who Legal that is an international publication affiliated with London-based publishing group, Law Business Research. Kim & Chang has been the only law firm in Korea to be included in the list for three consecutive years.