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Reconsidering Helium Production on Federal Lands Amid Privatization of Federal Helium Reserve

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction helium stored in its Cliffside Field underground storage facility in west Texas (aka the Federal Helium Reserve). This annual auction under the Helium Stewardship...more

Boycott of Qatar by Arab Countries Can Implicate U.S. Anti-Boycott Rules

by Bryan Cave on

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have imposed a boycott on Qatar, allegedly because of remarks that appeared on the Qatar News Agency’s website where Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called Iran...more

What’s New in Washington - July 2017

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Qatar’s response to its recent feud with its Persian Gulf neighbors is to “dramatically increase” its natural gas production—an “awkward time” to do so by most measures....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US’s biggest banks had a good day yesterday on news that they “breezed through” the first phase of the Federal Reserve’s annual stress tests—a good sign that they “have enough capital to withstand the type of financial...more

Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: Key Developments

by Reed Smith on

Readers may be aware that a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, have recently severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia has now, via Kuwait which is acting as a mediator,...more

Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: What Has Happened, and What It Might Mean for You

by Reed Smith on

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (the Blockading Countries) severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. Since then, a number of other countries, including the Maldives and...more

Not Another Brick in the Wall

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with, and imposed an economic embargo on, Qatar. U.S. life sciences companies should be mindful that support for or compliance with this...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

Qatar crisis highlights question of force majeure

by Dentons on

Imports of construction materials needed for the State of Qatar to deliver its World Cup and Vision 2030 infrastructure schemes are being severely impacted by the recent closing of borders by key neighbours Saudi Arabia and...more

Arab Countries Cut Ties with Qatar

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 5, 2017, four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – announced they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar. This includes suspending all air, land and sea travel to and from the...more

Arab countries sever links with Qatar

by DLA Piper on

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations with their neighbour and GCC trading partner Qatar. At the time of publication, this move has been supported by Yemen,...more

Qatar Strengthens Data Protection - Penal Code Amended

by Dentons on

Qatar has recently published laws which further protect the rights and privacy of individuals. In a decisive move, the latest protections will positively impact our growing trend of using social media in a responsible...more

Why should Qatari, Saudi and UAE organizations care about the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The compliance world will change dramatically for a number of GCC organizations on 25 May 2018. In just over one year’s time GCC organizations that...more

Ramadan in the GCC

by DLA Piper on

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year the holy month is expected to commence on 27 May 2017 in the Middle East and is expected to last until 24 June 2017. During...more

Recent laws affecting GCC companies doing business in Qatar

by Dentons on

H.H the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Law No.6 of 2017 amending some provisions of Law No.7 of 1987 on Regulating the Conduct of Business Activities by GCC nationals in the State of Qatar (GCC Business...more

Termination for convenience: What is the contractor entitled to?

by White & Case LLP on

Construction contracts often include termination for convenience clauses. Three recent cases highlight the potential financial implications of terminating for convenience....more

Reform of Qatar's arbitration framework

by White & Case LLP on

Qatar's long-awaited Civil and Commercial Arbitration Law, Law No. 2 of 2017 (the "New Arbitration Law") has recently come into force. It applies to all Qatar-seated arbitrations. The New Arbitration Law aims to align the...more

New Qatar Arbitration Law - March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

On 16 February 2017, Qatar adopted a new arbitration law (Law No. 2 of 2017) promulgating the Law of Arbitration in Civil and Commercial Matters (the "Qatar Arbitration Law"). This supersedes the arbitration chapter contained...more

Two steps forward, one step back - the new arbitration law in Qatar

by DLA Piper on

On 16 February 2017, Qatar issued a new law on arbitration, inspired by the UNCITRAL Model Law, an international template for law on arbitration. This new Arbitration Law comes at a time when Qatar (like other countries...more

Ten things you should know about the new Arbitration Law

by Dentons on

Under the old law, arbitration agreements must be made in writing; under the New Arbitration Law, this will now include electronic communications....more

Qatar: A Promising Start

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Islamic Finance News - February 22nd, 2017. The last month presented an opportunity to reflect on the performance of the banking sector in Qatar during the past year, with the majority of the...more

New electronic labour contracts – What you need to know

by Dentons on

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (the Ministry) has introduced a new system to administer the employment relationships of expatriate workers in Qatar following implementation of Law 21 of...more

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