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Al Tamimi & Company’s wide-ranging TMT experience encompasses entertainment, telecoms and IT projects. Nick O’Connell is advising a European car manufacturer on telecoms regulation regarding connected cars. Senior associate Fiona Robertson is advising Image Nation on three film productions. Other clients include Alaraby Television Network and Shock FM. Steve Bainbridge is a name to note for sports law. Stuart Davies joined from Ooredoo’s in-house team.

DLA Piper Middle East LLPunderstands the sector extremely well, balancing legal and commercial outcomes’. The firm covers outsourcing mandates, regional regulatory matters and technology-rich transactions. Paul Allen advised Emirates on a $300m outsourcing to IBM of its customer reservation and booking system. Legal director Jamie Ryderproduces consistently high-quality work: he is a very strong negotiator with amazing energy reserves’. Also recommended are Richard Hughes and regulatory specialist Eamon Holley.

Allen & Overy LLPprovides excellent, timely and on-point advice’ on outsourcings, technology-rich transactions and data protection matters. Tom Butcher is ‘calm, cool and collected even in the most frustrating negotiations’; he advised Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on an IT infrastructure outsourcing procurement project. David Foster led the team advising on its sale to Amazon, which the firm now advises. Data protection clients include Careem.

Clyde & Co LLP has ‘a great level of experience: the team is supportive, responding on time with effective advice’. Fintech, outsourcing, telecoms and online services regulation are all areas of expertise for the practice, which includes Joycia Young, who advised a smart card manufacturer on regulatory aspects regarding supplying NFC-enabled cards for contactless payments. Also recommended are Dino Wilkinson, who has outsourcing expertise, and Sally Sfier-Tait, who is a key contact for fintech matters.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP handles matters ranging from fintech and data protection, to major telecoms infrastructure projects and technology outsourcings. Raza Rizvi advised Safaricom on developing an API to allow third-party developers to access its mobile money platform, and assisted Electronic Arts with regulatory issues concerning micropayments in its FIFA games. Clients also praise supervising associate Neil Westwood.

Bird & Bird’s expertise covers fintech, data protection and technology-rich transactions. Anders Nilsson advised InComm International on various pre-paid card products, while associate Rob Kinder advised Etihad Airways on an agreement with Visa to co-brand credit cards with its loyalty scheme. Other clients include Ericsson and leading Chinese technology players.

Dentons covers a range of matters including broadcasting, data protection and telecoms. Kelly Tymburski advised OSN on broadcast regulation in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and SAS Middle East on licensing its analytics software.

Hadef & Partners LLC is ‘absolutely excellent, giving practical and useable advice’ concerning media-related disputes, software development, fintech and data protection. Victoria Woods is ‘speedy and practical without compromising on quality’. Also recommended are associate Rachael Ashley and Abdulrahman Juma, for intellectual property and litigation, respectively. Clients include MBC Group and Abu Dhabi Media Company. Munir Suboh joined BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s TMT practice covers matters including fintech and outsourcing. Brian Meenagh and Villiers Terblanche advised the UAE Banks Federation on the creation of a joint venture mobile wallet banking platform. Meenagh also acted alongside Sami Al-Louzi for on the development of a new e-commerce platform.

At The Bench, senior legal consultant Joby Beretta, who joined from Dentons in July 2016 is praised for his ‘good technical knowledge and dedication to delivering what clients need’ – his expertise includes outsourcing and entertainment matters. Senior legal consultant Rosalind Rayman ‘knows the industry inside-out, meaning she can add much more value than just the legal drafting’.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’ Stephen Matthews and Shadi Haroon advised DigitalGlobe on a joint venture with TAQNIA Space and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to create a network of imaging satellites. Other mandates include technology-rich transactions and data protection. Abdullah Mutawi is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland LLP advises on data protection, outsourcing, adtech and high-level regulatory matters for several leading names in the TMT space. Senior associate Atif Taher and Middle East managing partner Nasser Ali Khasawneh are recommended.

At TheRightsLawyers, Mark Hill handles various media and entertainment matters, with a track record in film production matters.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘responsive and forthcoming, and quick to get to the heart of the matter’, covering a range of outsourcing deals, licensing and data protection matters. Saleem Adam’s ‘main strength is his experience in the region’ – he advised Etisalat on its bid in a since-aborted Omani telecoms auction. He also advised ADNOC on an outsourcing contract with Oracle.

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