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  • Arbitration clauses: resolving conflicting jurisdictional clauses in the same agreement weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Article 203 of the UAE Civil Transactions Law allows parties to agree to seek arbitration for any dispute that arises between them in a given contract, and sets the rules for such agreement.

  • Bonuses in the United Arab Emirates weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Employers often use bonus schemes as incentives to reward and retain valuable employees and this is usually the time of year when employers are reviewing performance and determining whether bonuses will be issued.

  • Cadbury retains hold over its trademark for a shade of purple weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    This briefing considers trademark law in the UAE by comparison to Cadbury’s successful trademarking of a shade of purple in the UK.

  • Legal issues in cloud computing weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Remote access computing services, whereby software applications, databases, data storage, network configuration and programming tools are made available to clients as a service, are becoming increasingly popular.

  • Legal issues in cloud computing weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Remote access computing services, whereby software applications, databases, data storage, network configuration and programming tools are made available to clients as a service, are becoming increasingly popular.

  • New competition law in the UAE weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    On 23 February 2013 the Law concerning regulation of competition will come into force in the UAE regulating specifically competition in the form of restrictive agreements, the abuse of dominant position and economic concentration.

  • New DIFC data protection law comes into force weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    The Dubai International Financial Centre , a financial services free zone located in the Emirate of Dubai, has its own ‘European style’ data protection law, applicable in the jurisdiction of the DIFC.

  • Dubai: liability of shareholders in a limited liability company weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    A Limited Liability Company as defined by Article 218 of the UAE Commercial Companies Law is a company in which the liability of its partner is limited only to the extent of their shares in the capital.

  • Can family companies survive the winds of change? A cry for legislative help weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Did you know that most of the successful businesses in the Gulf are in fact family owned?

  • Here comes Erbil weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    The devastating effects of the 2003 Iraqi War, subsequent sectarian violence and struggles for power have complicated efforts to promote foreign investment, economic growth and reconstruction efforts in the country thought to hold the “cradle of civilization”.

  • New law combating information technology crimes weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Last month the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 (“New Cyber Crime Law”) a comprehensive piece of legislation on combating cyber crimes.

  • New law combating information technology crimes weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Last month the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 (“New Cyber Crime Law”) a comprehensive piece of legislation on combating cyber crimes.

  • The international jurisdiction of the Iraqi courts weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    On the onset, it is important to understand that jurisdiction is defined by local legislation to be “the set of rules that determine the competence of a state’s jurisdiction to look into cases inclusive to an international element.

  • The temporary Jordanian patent law no.71 of 2001 weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    As part of the process of acceding to the WTO, Jordan has enacted its new Patent Law No. 71 of 2001 (the “Patent Law”), in accordance with the international standards which Jordan has been committed to through joining the TRIPs Agreement.

  • Implications of the Kuwait TID v. Blom judgment on Wakala contracts weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Wakala contracts are agency agreements that are widely used in Shari’ah compliant Islamic finance transactions.

  • Liquidated damages in the UAE weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    International contractors from common law jurisdictions will be familiar with the concept of liquidated damages.

  • Mixed use developments incorporating hotel and residential features weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    Dubai is now familiar with the concept of Jointly Owned Property where developments are subdivided into “Units”, being the separately owned part of the development (for which the Owner will receive their title), and “Common Areas”, which are to be owned by all Owners in undivided shares and managed by the “Owners Association”.

  • Kuwait: requirements for obtaining approval of a private placement memorandum from the Capital Markets Authority weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is currently the regulatory authority primarily responsible for regulating the marketing, offer and sale of securities in Kuwait. Chapter 9 of the Capital Markets Law governs the placement memorandum of securities issued by companies.

  • So you think you can arbitrate? weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    This article addresses situations where there is an arbitration agreement but the dispute is reviewed by the national courts instead of being referred to arbitration or the arbitration clause is contested.

  • Considerations in trademark licensing in the UAE weblink

    Briefings | 30 January 2013

    The licensing of trademarks is an essential component of various commercial agreements facilitating business operations in the UAE.

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