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DIFC Intermediate SPV Regime: a Welcome Business-Friendly Evolution

The introduction of a new regime for the establishment of so called ‘intermediate special purpose vehicles’ (“Intermediate SPVs”) in the DIFC was approved by the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) Authority on 19...more

DIFC: Intermediate SPV Regime

On 19 September 2016, the DIFC Authority Board of Directors ("Board") approved, with immediate effect, a regime to allow for the establishment of intermediate special purpose vehicles in the DIFC ("Intermediate SPVs") for...more

Opportunities in challenging markets: Sale-and-Leaseback, Build-to-Suit and other new Real Estate deal structures in the UAE

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and reduced government spending, real estate markets across the UAE have softened in recent times, resulting in tightened liquidity and contracted asset values. However, challenging...more

Focus on Middle East dispute resolution

The Dubai International Financial Centre as a conduit jurisdiction - In DNB Bank ASA v. Gulf Eyadah Corporation and Gulf Navigation Holdings PJSC CA 007/2015, the DIFC Court of Appeal has delivered a landmark judgment...more

Arbitration Article Series IV. Enforcing Arbitration Awards

Parties wanting to enforce an award under the New York Convention must satisfy the requirements of the UAE Civil Code. In practice, enforcing arbitration awards can be a lengthy and unpredictable process. It is common for the...more

Middle East focus: the Dubai International Financial Centre as a conduit jurisdiction

In DNB Bank ASA v. Gulf Eyadah Corporation and Gulf Navigation Holdings PJSC CA 007/2015, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court of Appeal has delivered a landmark judgment which expands the jurisdiction of the...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #3

Controller of FCM Named in CFTC Complaint, Along with Firm, for Failure to Timely Notify Commission of Segregation Breach: Cunningham Commodities, LLC, a futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...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

DIFC Court confirmed as a ‘Conduit’ Jurisdiction for Enforcement

Executive Summary - In the DIFC Court of Appeal’s recent decision DNB Bank ASA v. Gulf Eyadeh [CA-007-2015], the DIFC court has confirmed its availability as a so-called ‘conduit’ jurisdiction. Parties may opt to enforce...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

DIFC's new data protection audit - are you at risk?

The Dubai International Financial Center's Commissioner for Data Protection (DIFC Data Protection Commissioner) has recently issued Notices to Produce to a number of entities registered in the DIFC. We understand the...more

UK Supreme Court unshackles the rule on penalties under English Law

Whilst on the face of it a decision of the UK Supreme Court may appear to have little relevance to the UAE or the Middle East region generally, this judgment will be of considerable interest to those of our clients and...more

DIFC entities warned against relying on US Safe Harbor rules for personal data transfers to the US

On 26 October 2015 the DIFC Data Commissioner issued a guidance to DIFC registered entities regarding the adequacy status of US Safe Harbor recipients. The guidance was issued as a result of a decision by the European...more

MEasure - Summer 2015

Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of measure, King & Spalding’s Middle East quarterly newsletter. This issue covers a number of areas with interesting developments and valuable guidance. Phillip Sacks and Jodi Norman discuss...more

New York and English Courts Issue Similar Joint Memoranda on the Enforcement of Money Judgments with Dubai Courts

The March 23, 2015 Memorandum of Guidance issued jointly by the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts) and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY Court) follows the same pattern...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - Q1 2015

Use it or lose it: French courts reject procedural objections not raised at the earliest opportunity - The Paris Court of Appeal has issued a stark warning to litigants who fail to raise procedural objections at the...more

DIFC gains momentum towards implementation of a mechanism to permit conversion of DIFC court judgments into arbitral awards

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a separate and distinct jurisdiction established within the UAE in 2004 as a financial free zone, in which the civil and commercial laws of the UAE are disapplied. The DIFC...more

End of Service Benefits: Comparison of Gratuity under the UAE Labor Law and DIFC Laws

Employees are eligible for Gratuity at the end of completing a full years of service. This gratuity is calculated as 21 days of salary. Salary in this case excludes any allowances for housing or car etc and considers the...more

DIFC Court Claims Jurisdiction in Indian bank lawsuit

In a judgment issued on October 30, 2014 by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court of First Instance, the court confirmed its jurisdiction over a lawsuit by an expatriate investor, resident in Dubai, United...more

An Introduction to Non-Profit Incorporated Organisations in the DIFC

While the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC) remains primarily focused on the financial services industry, its stable and sophisticated legal and regulatory regimes have increasingly attracted organisations in...more

An Introduction to Non-Profit Entities in the DIFC

While the free zone continues to focus on the financial services industry, the Non-Profit Incorporated Organisation (NPIO) represents an additional tool to attract non-profit entities. While the Dubai International...more

DIFC Courts open consultation regarding amendments to the Rules of the DIFC Courts

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts have opened up a month-long consultation regarding proposed amendments to the Rules of the DIFC Courts (the “RDC”). A proposed amendment of particular interest relates to...more

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