Aquila: M&A Looking Up in 2013; "The Negatives Are Built In"
Eamon Holley of DLA Piper briefly reviews some key developments in four Gulf telecoms markets during 2014 and looks to what might lie ahead in 2015.
Bahrain’s TRA has a reputation for being a dynamic and...more
In This Issue:
- ASIA PACIFIC:
- Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update
- China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining
- China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers
- Hong Kong:...more
In This Issue:
Key Issues For Real Estate In The Implementation Of The AIFMD Across Europe
Understanding Four Key Changes To The Hong Kong REIT Code
2014 proved to be yet another transformative one for dispute resolution in the Middle East, as key business centres across the region made further, convincing strides towards cementing their reputation as robust jurisdictions...more
DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-fifth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more
On January 29, 2014, the Federal Acquisitions Regulations Council published the final rule amending the Combating Trafficking in Persons for U.S. government contracts (the "Anti-Human Trafficking Rule"). The Anti-Human...more
Business practices are changing. Markets are becoming more global and employees are on the move around the world. Employees are key assets driving sales, productivity and profit over different markets. It is therefore vital...more
The Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions conference held in October 2014 focused on the evolving M&A landscape, promoting inbound and outbound M&A in the Middle East, and general industry trends. Among the speakers at the...more
We expect a modest strengthening of global growth over the next two years relative to 2013 and 2014, largely originating from the advanced economies, and the U.S. in particular. Growth in the emerging economies as a whole...more
This year has seen a resurgence of activity in the Middle East equity capital markets, with players such as National Commercial Bank and Qatar Petroleum in the spotlight and growing interest from both regional and...more
Saudi Arabia: Further changes to the Nitaqat System -
In the last couple of years the Government in Saudi Arabia has been increasingly engaged with the issue of employment and creating opportunities for Saudi...more
Dubai made the world’s front pages in November 2013 as it won its bid to host the World Expo 2020 against competition from Russia, Turkey and Brazil. It would be premature at this stage to understand what this really means in...more
Recent events in Ukraine and the Middle East have expanded sanctions placed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against certain foreign financial institutions and individuals. This...more
On 15 September 2014, Qatar’s Emir approved Law No. 14 of 2014, The Cybercrime Prevention Law (“Cybercrime Law”). Although it has not yet been published in Qatar’s Official Gazette, the text of the law was published in the...more
- QFCRA must approve a change of control, whether in direct shareholding or at a parent level, with key thresholds set at 10%, 24%, 49% and 74% of voting rights or shares.
- When exceeding the...more
The European Union is seeking to re-regulate Europe’s energy sector to improve security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness. Energy transformation in Europe has exposed the shortcomings of over-regulation and...more
In a recent article published by Law 360, Proskauer litigation associate Courtney Bowman outlines how companies can make inroads in the e-commerce market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Although often overlooked,...more
The Middle East, with its booming and increasingly diversified economy and rapid population growth, is a popular region for expansion by many foreign multinational companies.
But multinationals targeting the Middle...more
Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This month on the anticorruption front, two Noble Corporation executives settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more
January 2014, both the EU and U.S. brought into force measures which temporarily suspended and relaxed (for a period of six months, to end on 20 July 2014) some of the sanctions in place against Iran. This reflected the Joint...more
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries accounted for IPO issuances valued at US$1.1 billion in 2013, according to Bloomberg. Notably, Qatar Exchange bounced back this year with the successful IPO and listing of Mesaieed...more
Council of EU Publishes Compromise Proposal on ELTIF Regulation -
On May 27, the Council of the EU published a compromise proposal (10215/14), dated May 23, 2014, in respect of the European Commission's proposed...more
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
Today we celebrate greatness in two areas. The first is in baseball as on this day in 1939, “New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig benches himself for poor play ending his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130....more
Once considered a privacy free-for-all, Africa and the Middle East have radically transformed their privacy regimes over the past few years. A critical mass of 17 countries in the region now have comprehensive privacy laws...more
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