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Saudi Arabia set to introduce new fees for litigation

Ever since the inception of the civil courts in Saudi Arabia, filing a case has been free of charge. However, this is set to change with a recent proposed draft law for judicial fees which is currently under review by the...more

New Implementing Regulations of the Saudi Arbitration Law now in force

On Friday 9 June 2017 the new Implementing Regulations of the Saudi Arbitration Law were published in the Official Gazette, meaning they are currently in force (read our recent update on the new Regulations). We would like...more

Saudi Arabia welcomes further clarity on Arbitration Laws

When the current Saudi Arbitration Law was passed in 2012, replacing the outdated 1982 Arbitration Law, it was considered to be a significant transformation in dispute resolution within the Kingdom. The change was a welcome...more

Court of Cassation confirms proceedings to set aside Dubai-seated awards cannot be commenced by the debtor

In a recent decision, the Dubai Court of Cassation (CoC) has confirmed that an award debtor is not entitled to apply to set aside an onshore Dubai arbitral award unless the award creditor has first applied to ratify and/or...more

Pursuing non-performing loans in the Middle East A key issue checklist for financial institutions

With liquidity again becoming a serious concern in the region, we are witnessing a sharp uptick in the number of instructions from regional and international lenders relating to (i) regional borrowers failing to repay a loan;...more

Update: Dubai Judicial Committee hands down further decisions

Following on from its first decision in the case of Daman Real Capital Partners Company LLC v. Oger Dubai LLC, Cassation No. 1/2016 (read our previous article), the recently- formed judicial committee (the Committee)...more

The DIFC Court as a "conduit jurisdiction" - new development

The power of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court to act as a so-called "conduit" jurisdiction for the enforcement of arbitral awards rendered in mainland Dubai (Onshore Dubai) has been severely restricted by...more

Enforcement in the UAE and Wider Middle East - The DIFC Court's Role as a Conduit Jurisdiction Explained

It is now critically important for in-house counsel, and all companies operating in the united Arab emirates, to take note of a newly-con rmed route for the enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards – as it...more

Eid: A guide for UAE and KSA private sector employers

What has happened? In a recent decision, the DIFC Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment that has the potential to alter the enforcement landscape in the UAE significantly....more

3/7/2016  /  Appeals , DIFC , Foreign Judgments , UAE

ADGM becomes major new offshore arbitral seat

On 17 December 2015, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the UAE-based international financial free zone, enacted its own arbitration regulations, thereby creating the UAE's second major offshore arbitral seat, after the...more

Amendment to Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Arbitration Law

What has happened? The reputation of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as a burgeoning hub for international arbitration was significantly boosted late last month, when the DIFC Authority amended the DIFC...more

1/20/2014  /  Arbitration , Middle East

Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the UAE

Dubai Court of Cassation refuses to enforce a foreign arbitral award for lack of jurisdiction - What has happened? A successful party in an arbitration recently sought to enforce two ICC awards rendered in...more

1/7/2014  /  Arbitration , Enforcement , Middle East

Enforcement of arbitral awards in the UAE

What has happened? Arbitration in the UAE has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, with both domestic and international users increasingly drawn to many of its advantages over conventional court litigation....more

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