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Asset-backed sukuk: Is the time right for true securitisation?

In the 'conventional' finance space, asset-backed financings have proved a successful method of funding social and civil infrastructure. However, in Islamic finance, asset-backed sukuk have not yet taken off. The...more

Middle Eastern Investment in London’s Commercial Real Estate Gains Strength

Financiers from Middle Eastern states are making substantial investments into commercial real estate in London, in contradiction to negative headlines regarding Brexit. Indeed, figures show that investment from the Gulf...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

2016’s Top 5 Most Intriguing Developments In EEOC-Initiated Litigation (And A Preview Of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)

We are once again pleased to offer our loyal readers our annual analysis of the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation in 2016, along with a pre-publication preview of our annual report on developments and...more

U.S. Antiboycott Compliance: New Federal List Published

Companies doing business in the Middle East take note: The Treasury Department recently published its quarterly list of countries that currently require participation or cooperation with an international boycott, such as the...more

SEC releases RfP for 2 solar projects – first of many opportunities for IPP and IWP developers

Against a backdrop of persistently soft oil prices, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pivoting away from the direct procurement of generation capacity and re-invigorating the privately-financed IPP model. As input costs fall and...more

The Paris Energy Series No. 7: Take-or-pay Conditions in Gas Supply Agreements (Updated)

This article was originally published in October 2014 by Michael Polkinghorne and has been amended to reflect additions and subsequent changes to the law. Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake...more

Middle East a Bigger Player in South Florida Real Estate

It’s no secret that Miami has become one of the world’s most attractive markets for international investors. Latin Americans in particular have had a heavy influence in local real estate as one of the main demographic groups...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led...more

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led by Morocco and Jordan which have successfully implemented numerous...more

Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards where assets are in Saudi Arabia

A recent case may represent a tangible sign that the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in KSA has entered a new era. Saudi Arabia has recently enforced a US$18.5 million foreign arbitral award rendered under ICC Rules,...more

MEasure - Summer 2016

Brexit – Impact on Middle Eastern Issuers - Whilst the precise legal and regulatory impact that the UK’s recent decision to leave the European Union (EU), dubbed Brexit, will have on the corporate finance market will...more

Lump Sum Contracts: Not always certain?

"Lump sum fixed price" is a well-established method of construction contracting in the Middle East and many other regions of the world. Its selling point is price certainty. However, as two recent cases highlight, defining a...more

Will PPPs Provide the Catalyst for Waste to Energy Projects in the GCC?

Recent activity in the waste management sector in many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries suggests that governments in the region are starting to look again at waste to energy (W2E) projects. Within the span of 18...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

Brexit; Assessing the impact on Middle Eastern issuers accessing the UK and European Capital Markets

Many companies and other entities in the Middle East tap the UK and/or European debt and equity capital markets as part of achieving their corporate funding and broader strategic objectives. Whilst the precise legal and...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security

Climate Change Further Threatens MENA Water Security - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is home to 14 of the 33 most water scarce countries globally, with six times less water availability than the worldwide...more

International Investment Arbitration in the Middle East: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Real Estate Gazette: Focus on development, planning and infrastructure Issue 24

A very warm welcome to Issue 24 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette, in which we focus on a significant part of our real estate practice: development, planning and infrastructure. One of the most fascinating aspects of...more

The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2016

The energy sector is a critical element in Africa’s economic development. It includes traditional resources such as oil, gas and coal as well as a growing emphasis on renewable sources of energy. Historically and today, the...more

Culture Applied: Practical Realities: Local Culture and Global Staffing

Far from being resolved, the issues of discrimination, based on race, ethnicity, gender, and lifestyle are once again dominating our political, social, and corporate conversations. ...more

NAVEX Global’s 2015 Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific State of Compliance Programmes Benchmark Report

In 2015, NAVEX Global partnered with an independent research agency to survey ethics and compliance professionals with responsibility for administering training across their organizations. The goal was to determine their top...more

Middle East and Africa PPP Guide: The emergence of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Middle East and Africa

The purpose of this article is to analyse and summarise the emergence of the public-private partnership (PPP) model in the Middle East context (with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait,...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2016

Middle East PPP Policy Developments: Kuwait and Dubai - Introduction - In a climate of falling oil prices and tightening government budgets, several states in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) are looking...more

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