Fintech and The Accelerator Culture in the UAE

Nadim Bardawil, Senior Associate of DIFC-headquartered BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates weighs up incubator programmes and legislative pressures chasing fintech development. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to position itself as a base for businesses involved in cutting-edge technology, ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics, to blockchain integration and driver-less vehicles. The UAE does…

Bankruptcy Proceedings in Oman

Although there is no separate bankruptcy law in Oman, both the Commercial Code of 1990 and the Commercial Companies Law of 1974 provide a framework for the bankruptcy of traders and liquidation of insolvent companies. Under the laws of Oman, bankruptcy of a person must be declared by the Court. Article 579 promulgates that, “Every…

From Generation to Generation

With the Sharia Law, Federal Law, the law of individual Emirates and freezones all coming into play, UAE Inheritance Law can be complicated. Edouard Salwan, Senior Associate contributes to Emirates Law expert panel, and explains its impact on Emiratis, Muslim and non-Muslim expatriates with property and joint ventures in the Emirates. “To understand how succession and inheritance…

Trusts & Firm Foundation

The main goal of any wealth management and succession planning is to preserve the family legacy and family owned and operated businesses. The regulatory framework of succession planning in the UAE includes both civil and Islamic law principles. However, as the DIFC has its own independent jurisdiction within the UAE, it is also empowered to…

Omani Consumer Law: 5 things you might not know

In 2014 Oman promulgated, by Royal Decree No. 66/2014, the new Consumer Protection Law setting out the general requirements for consumer protection and aiming to combat monopolistic behavior towards consumers. Furthermore, in March 2017 the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (hereinafter, the “PACP”) issued Decision No. 77/2017 (hereinafter, the “Regulation”) aimed to supplement the above…

Commentary on the Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law

The Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law complies with the best international practices and gives Saudi Arabia a legal infrastructure to deal efficiently with companies that get into financial difficulties, paving the way to achieving financial stability while simultaneously benefiting both creditors and debtors.  The article discusses preventative settlement, financial reorganization and restructuring, liquidation process, as well…