UAE Chapter on Sanctions

Overview 1.1 Describe your jurisdiction’s sanctions regime The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has a complex sanctions regime based on a variety of sources. Sanctions are based on diverse interests, including political, economic and national security interests. Due to the rapidly changing nature of such interests, sanctions are susceptible to significant and constant changes. Sanctions in…

Challenging a Tribunal Member in an Arbitration

In a construction dispute between the subcontractor and the main contractor, the chairman of a tribunal was challenged for failing to allow equal opportunities to the parties in presenting their case, whilst issuing various procedural directions purportedly on behalf of the tribunal. The relevant arbitration authority reviewing the challenge, rejected the reasons argued therein but…

Economic Substance Rules

UAE Companies – How Your Business May Be Affected If you are operating an onshore or offshore entity in a “no or only nominal tax jurisdiction” (referred to hereinafter as a “noon”), which amongst others, holds shares or licenses intellectual property and receives operational income from other jurisdictions this article should be important to you…

Money Matters

Starting your own business is one of the most exciting decisions you can take. But it is imperative to follow fundamental rules and keep certain key considerations in mind to avoid facing financial issues that may lead to bankruptcy. Here are five factors to keep in mind when managing your finances as a startup: 1.…

Oman Expat Recruitment Rules and Recent Restrictions

Generally, labour-related matters in Oman, including recruitment and regulation of the expat recruitment process, are governed by Sultani Decree No. 35/2003 on the Promulgation of the Labour Law (the “Labour Law”). More recently, following the issuance of the Ministerial Decision No. 38/2018 by the Minister of Manpower (the “Ministry of Manpower”), a six-month ban on…

Key Considerations For Multinational Business Looking to Setup in the UAE

Q1: Key considerations on how a multinational business can set up as a group in the region The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) economy continues to flourish and be attractive to businesses from around the world. The potential options available to foreign multinational companies to undertake business or commercial activities in the UAE are set out…

Is There a Specific Legislation Regulating E-Signatures in the UAE?

UAE Federal Law No.1 of 2006 concerning electronic transactions and commerce (e-commerce law) regulates electronic signatures (e-signatures) in the UAE. The eCommerce Law recognises 3 types of e-signatures: 1. Protected e-signatures (Article 17 of the E-Commerce Law) This category of e-signatures is the most legally protected. Protected e-signatures are accepted as valid and have probative…

Investing in KSA

Saudi Arabia has become a key investment hub over the years as it seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy. Abdullah Alanezi, Partner and Lujain Al Yousef, Associate, consider key aspects involved in setting up a business in the Kingdom. Over the years the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has become a place of interest for…

The DIFC Insolvency Law: A First-Of-Its-Kind Procedure for Insolvency in Accordance with International Best Practice

An Overview In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Act No. 1 of 2019 on Insolvency (hereinafter referred to as the “New Law”). The New Law reaffirms the commitment of the…