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Rules of Succession in Dubai

What law governs? The main source of law in the UAE is Sharia in which all laws are formulated and based on. It is considered a public order. The governing law for succession in the country is UAE Federal Law No. 5 of...more

The Dubai Judicial Tribunal – The Beginning of the End for the DIFC as a ‘Conduit’ Jurisdiction?

Last year we reported that the DIFC had successfully established itself as a so called ‘conduit’ jurisdiction for the enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitral awards as well as foreign money judgements. This status...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

MEasure - Winter 2017

Amendments to Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE - In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted...more

DIFC Courts: Still a conduit jurisdiction?

A recent decision by the Judicial Tribunal casts doubt on the DIFC Courts' ability to act as a conduit jurisdiction. A summary of that decision is set out in this article....more

The DIFC Courts - a conduit jurisdiction no more

As we predicted in our Annual Seminar on Recent Developments in the UAE Dispute Resolution Landscape, back in November 2016, the use of the DIFC Courts as a "conduit jurisdiction" has been called into question....more

DIFC to Launch FinTech Hive

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is set to launch the FinTech Hive—an accelerator program for developing financial technology (fintech) start-ups and entrepreneurs—in the first quarter of 2017. The FinTech Hive...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: UAE and Saudi Arabia Overhaul Fund Distribution Rules

Financial services regulators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have recently made – independently of each other – extensive changes to the rules governing the regulation and distribution...more

New DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules 2016: An Overview

On 1 October 2016, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA), a joint venture between the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), adopted new DIFC-LCIA...more

The DIFC-LCIA Releases New Arbitration Rules

The new rules are designed to expedite proceedings and arbitral tribunal formations. The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA) recently released new arbitration rules (2016 Rules) deigned to mirror the London Court of...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: DIFC Funds: 2016 and Beyond

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a financial free-zone located in Dubai with its own established set of laws and regulations as well as a financial regulator and court system. Established in 2004, the DIFC...more

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

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