TMT in United Arab Emirates
A ‘class act’, DLA Piper Middle East LLP’s ‘strong regional offering’ and ‘well-established practice’ mark it as top tier for TMT. Group head Paul Allen, ‘a leader in technology law’, advised Dubai Holdings on the outsourcing of its ICT infrastructure network. Newly made-up partner Jamie Ryder, ‘an outstanding media lawyer’, advised Saudi Telecom Company on its $1.8bn purchase of the worldwide broadcast rights for the Saudi Professional League and other matches. Eamon Holley, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2019, is noted for regulatory matters. Legal director Emily Southon, who joined in 2018 from Barclays, is a fintech specialist.
Al Tamimi & Company
The ‘experienced team’ at Al Tamimi & Company is ‘strong across all three TMT disciplines’. Senior associate Fiona Robertson is 'a leader in media law in the region’ and advised Image Nation on the production of three films. Other clients include Al Yah Satellite Communications and Shock FM. Former department lead Nick O’Connell relocated to Riyadh; he was replaced by Martin Hayward, who joined from Ciena, where he was Middle East regional counsel. He was followed by Abdullah Mutawi , who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. in February 2019.
Allen & Overy LLP
‘At the forefront of premium TMT work’, Allen & Overy LLP’s practice draws upon its market leading M&A and finance teams to offer a strong combination of regulatory and transactional expertise. Group head Tom Butcher is ‘smart, knowledgeable and commercial’; he advised Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi on an IT outsourcing to IBM. Google, Dubizzle and Careem are also clients.
Clyde & Co LLP
Clyde & Co LLP covers the full scope of TMT matters but is best known for its technology expertise. Abu Dhabi-based department lead Dino Wilkinson is ‘excellent’ and advised Miral Asset Management on data protection issues concerning a new digital connectivity project. In Dubai, Joycia Young is recommended for media and data protection matters.
Hadef & Partners LLC
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Eversheds Sutherland LLP, which has close links with major regional and multinational technology and media companies, handles a range of regulatory, commercial and contentious matters. In Dubai, global TMT co-head Nasser Ali Khasawneh is noted for his ‘strong IT expertise’. Commercial head Geraldine Ahern is a key contact in Abu Dhabi.