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United Arab Emirates

Construction - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

In addition to its transactional expertise, Gowling WLGcan stand toe to toe with larger firms’ in construction disputes. James Foster advises buyers on construction projects, while Jonathan Brufal – for some ‘one of the best construction lawyers in the market’ – is advising Abu Dhabi Capital Group on an EPC contract for the construction of a hospital in Abu Dhabi.

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Jonathan Brufal - Gowling WLG

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s ‘professional and commercially wiseJonathan Brufal advises procurers and financiers of projects, often in challenging jurisdictions. He is advising the World Bank on several PPP-related matters in Somalia and Somaliland. Developer-side work includes advising a consortium including Sumitomo on the construction of a water facility in Kuwait.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s intellectual property practice is headed by Jon Parker and handles a range of work, from patent filing and counterfeiting to transactional matters. Highlights included advising CrossFit Inc on a dispute with a party seeking to register "X FIT" as a trade mark in several countries across the region. Newly-promoted senior associate Vanessa Delnaud is also a key contact.

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Jon Parker - Gowling WLG

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s Andrew Thomson is ‘commercial, responsive and experienced in the UAE market’; he and principal associate Melissa Younan advise Regus on its serviced office portfolio across the UAE, and acted for Premier Composite Technologies on a shari’ah-compliant sale and leaseback of four warehouses.

Leading individuals

Andrew Thomson - Gowling WLG

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • New Promotion Regime for Domestic Funds

    In late November 2018, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE. 
  • Federal Penal Code Amendments

    In the latest development in an eventful year, Federal Decree-Law 24 of 2018 introduces amendments to the Federal Penal Code, originally enacted as Federal Law 3 of 1987. 
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
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  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Proceedings and Preventive Measures in the UAE

    Before the approval of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016, the bankruptcy proceedings were regulated under the Commercial Code and were limited to court-driven proceeding addressed to liquidate companies rather than assist in restructuring their debts. This new law puts some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial issues. In below article, our Associate from the Dispute Resolution department, Ahmed Salih talks about the bankruptcy proceedings and the preventive measures in the UAE. With over 10 years of experience in the UAE and Sudan , Litigator Ahmed Salih specializes in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Civil Claims, Labour Disputes, Shari'a Law, personal status cases, Real Estate Claims, and Bankruptcy.
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    The absence of a legal framework for bankruptcy has long been a hindrance to UAE business. In the absence of proper bankruptcy laws, even a bounced cheque could land an entrepreneur in jail. The implementation of the relatively new bankruptcy law in the UAE is a huge step forward in improving the country’s economic and regulatory environment.
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    The UAE has climbed to sixth place in 2017 from seventh in 2015 on the list of the future leading maritime capitals.
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    Digital assets are the foundation of the new economy, and the developments of it continue to hit the headlines regularly. Our Partner & Head of Commercial & Technology, Irina Heaver explains different regulations depending on the nature of the specific assets.  This article was also published in LexisNexis - Middle East.