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Highlighting the risks: The Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority adds its voice to ICO concerns

by Hogan Lovells on

What you should know  The UAE's federal financial services and securities regulator, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), has issued a public warning statement on 4 February 2018 in relation to initial coin...more

De-risking: Improving financial inclusion in MENA

Greater financial inclusion is vital for economic diversity and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). How can banks ensure their due diligence processes do not end up stifling entrepreneurship and innovation?...more

Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, GHBER and the Control Risk 2018 Risk Map

by Thomas Fox on

The Moody Blues finally made it to Houston last week (well Sugar Land – but close enough). They were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of what many call the first progressive rock album, Days of Future Passed....more

Guide To Employee Non-Compete Agreements in Europe, Middle East and Africa

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 UK's role in Jordan and the wider Middle East post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

In a week of significant developments in the Middle East, Theresa May's speech in Jordan on 30 November 2017 outlined her vision for the UK's post-Brexit relationship with Jordan and the wider region, focussing on a...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Long arm of the law – impact of the GDPR on Middle East organisations

by Dentons on

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into effect across European Union (EU) member states. The intent of the GDPR is to replace the current European data protection framework as set...more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

Vision2030 PPP Update and Publications: Successful Delivery of PPP Projects in Saudi Arabia & the GCC; GCC PPP Legal Report 2017

by King & Spalding on

King & Spalding has prepared two publications to assist clients who are interested in participating in PPP projects in Saudi Arabia and other GCC states with Vision2030 plans. The publications are: “Delivering...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

INTERPOL and security checks from the U.A.E. and other Middle Eastern countries

by Estlund Law, P.A. on

We continue to receive reports, like this one, of individuals who are wanted in the United Arab Emirates or other areas in the Middle East, for bounced security checks. I addressed the basics of this issue in a previous post,...more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

by DLA Piper on

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by Polsinelli on

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

by Reed Smith on

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)

by White & Case LLP on

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

by Bilzin Sumberg on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by Reed Smith on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

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