With an increasingly globalized world, declining oil prices and growing international competition, regional businesses across the Middle East are continuously diversifying, seeking new ways of doing business and becoming more sophisticated to meet the fresh challenges, while international companies are looking at investing and expanding their local footprint in the Middle East and North Africa.
TechLegis’ MENA Practice team advises clients on some of the most innovative and complex transactions in the region, providing clients with a full-service practice offering. With special focus on Technology, Media and Telcom. sector, TechLegis offers expert legal advice across the corporate and commercial landscape in the MENA region.
From its regional hub in Dubai- the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the MENA Practice team works closely with the firm’s global network to provide local and international clients with a single point of contact to advise and manages client transactions across the Middle East, through business associates located in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
TechLegis’ MENA Practice team drafts and negotiates all types of commercial agreements, advice on complex technology transactions, many of which are market firsts, obtain licenses from regulators, and advise on IP matters.
With a unique a combination of local associate lawyers on the ground in the region and an internationally recognised team of experts clients get the best results as the team is familiar with the region’s languages, cultures, laws and business processes and applies global best practise and market leading expertise to help clients with cross-border transactions, as well as on high-stakes disputes.
TechLegis’ MENA Practice team has long-standing expertise in representing clients both in international ICC arbitrations as well as at the regional hub the DIFC Arbitration Centre and mandates have varied from telecom. to infrastructure industrial sectors. The disputes resolution team has assisted client with arbitration proceedings involving complex, cross-border disputes through all stages, including strategic analysis, drafting of Claim Statement & Rejoinders, Appearance before the Arbitrator/Arbitral Tribunal and representing clients from the start to finish of major disputes.
Agency, Distribution & Franchise
TechLegis advises local and international clients on all types of commercial transactions, including but not limited to distributorship, agency, and franchise business. The team has extensive experience and expertise with respect to the applicability of various local laws and practice in most jurisdictions in the GCC region.
The firm assists various media houses, broadcasting organizations, network operators and media investors on all aspects of media transactions including strategic and operational issues involving complex legal and regulatory technicalities and compliances. TechLegis’ MENA Practice team has handled applications for licensing and startup of broadcasting, frequency allocation for radio stations etc. The attorneys also provide the necessary advice on cooperation with other parties in programming and in marketing measures.
TechLegis advises local and international clients on all types of commercial transactions, including technology transfers, licensing, data protection and confidentiality issues, equipment leasing, guarantees and indemnities, and general advice to corporations, besides other day to day advice during the course of business.
Corporate Law & Business Establishment
With respect to corporate and commercial matters, TechLegis’ MENA Practice team provides full legal and regulatory support, advice, HR policies, whistle-blowing, and assistance on all aspects, including establishment of free zone entities, offshore and onshore companies, as well as, day to day general corporate advice to management, shareholders, directors, corporations on regulatory compliances, restructuring and privatization, general assemblies and corporate governance issues.
TechLegis offers comprehensive IP protection and enforcement advisory and assistance services in the MENA region, covering all aspects of trademark, patent and copyright law, including advisory services with respect to global intellectual property business structuring covering all aspects of creation, protection exploitation and enforcement of IP rights in the region for both local and international clients. The firm provides advice on the structuring and drafting of IP agreements involving technology transfers, IP collaboration/cooperation, research and development, licensing of intellectual property rights, particularly on merchandising, branding and franchising agreements.
IT & Data Protection
TechLegis’ MENA Practice team regularly advises clients on all aspects of IT law and related legal issues including complex business structuring, regulatory and legal issues associated with E-commerce businesses, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, cloud computing, user-generated content, open source, VoIP etc. Besides, advising entities and governments on next generation networks, 5G licensing, cyber security issues and the regulation of social media, online social, commercial and cultural activities of netizens.
The firm’s practice also deals with complex issues relating to data protection, privacy, cross broader transfer of personally identifiable information and associated regulations in Europe, US and the MENA region. This includes providing multi jurisdictional advice to clients on proper data handling policies, regarding retention, collection, use, storage, and disposal of data and security of information during creation, storing, processing of information and transmission.
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
TechLegis has represented several clients in relation to their claims in insolvency and bankruptcy matters in the region and assistance involved negotiation with insolvent parties, bankrupt estates, liquidators, and other creditors, and representing the Clients during formal bankruptcy proceedings before the local courts.
Labour and Employment
In the Middle East every business needs employment and labour law advice on a regular basis especially on aspects relating to entering, managing, and terminating expatriate employees. TechLegis provides assistance on all aspects of employment and labour issues including putting in place health and safety policies and manuals relating to safe work environment, the drafting of contracts and work rules, and all aspect of labour litigation, settlement of claims, protection of confidential information, and enforcement of non-compete obligations and labour dispute resolution.
TechLegis MENA Practice team regularly assists clients with disputes in various jurisdictions in local courts across the region and manage local advocates and complex cross-border litigation for several of its clients.
Besides, representing Clients in some high profile and complex telecommunications, intellectual property disputes the firm is also prosecuting and defending claims before the Dubai International Financial Centre courts and the teams experience includes banking and finance disputes, corporate and commercial disputes, property disputes, disputes in energy sector (including oil, gas and renewable energy), mining, taxation and disputes related to employment laws while at the same time assisting clients to resolve disputes through mediation and arbitration before international and domestic Tribunals and Courts.
M&A / Joint Ventures
TechLegis MENA Practice team regularly assists foreign companies in formulating, structuring or fine-tuning their market entry strategies in various jurisdictions in the region and in implementing the same in the most business friendly manner besides, also obtaining necessary statutory approvals and licenses from various regulatory and government departments and agencies. The team has extensive experience in advising Clients on the establishment of several joint ventures in the GCC countries, besides also advising on all aspects of mergers and acquisition, divestitures, split-ups, spin-offs and asset deals including assistance with formulation of shareholders’ agreements, due diligence, shareholder dispute resolution, and related corporate structures.
In this rapidly evolving environment of global media, social networks and virtual reality, it is the ability of TechLegis team to anticipate trends coupled with market leading cutting-edge know-how that gives clients real commercial advantage, making TechLegis, the firm of choice for media law work. In this area, the firm regularly advises regional and international clients on regulatory issues associated with TV, film, multimedia, music, theatre and social media related assignments. In such cases, often regional and international media, business law and taxation issues are closely intertwined, where conceptualization, production, exploitation of the works created, as well as, related financing issues, copyright issues with performing rights societies and third party users, artists agreements and assistance with respect to all legal aspects of their professional arrangements. Besides, with regard to social event like concerts and tours, the team provides pragmatic legal advice and assistance to clients on in relation to all types of the same.
NRI Legal Consultation
TechLegis team offers a proactive, responsive and hassle-free legal assistance and service to overseas and non resident Indians. The team is designed to cater to clients effectively from a long distance, recognizing their inability to travel frequently to India to pursue and supervise their legal matters including matters relating to Title Search, Partition of Property, Transfer of Property, Banking/Finance Matters, Succession Certificate, Tax Matters, Family Disputes, Matrimonial and Child Custody Matters, Litigation Matters, NCLT Matters, Developer Claims, Adverse Possession, Landlord Tenant Dispute, Real Estate Services. The firm is vying to have a global presence served by our state-of-the-art communication system, methodical reviews and a structured approach designed and perfected over the years. The experienced team of expert lawyers has been working dedicatedly for the NRI community over the years. They have honed their skills to perfection by dealing with almost any and every situation that an NRI is likely to face in India. This network of some of the best legal minds spans the length and breadth of India. There is a strong network of 1500 plus lawyers spread all across the country.
Public International Law
On issues relating to public international law the TechLegis team often represents and advises non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international agencies, private enterprises, development organizations and governments on all issues relating to public international law, such as setting up of international institutions, state failure, investment protection, natural resources and transitional government.
Project Finance & Project Development
TechLegis team provides project finance and project development advice to governments, sponsors and contractors, at every stage of project development for major infrastructure and utility services projects in all sectors including telecommunications, oil and gas, power, water, wastewater, and transportation. The assistance covers the complete lifespan of the project, from project conception and planning, tendering and risk analysis to working towards financial closure, and all aspects in execution/performing and closure the project.
The Middle East regulatory landscape is characterised by high degree of free discretion exercised by the regulators and public authorities and a gap between written rules and actual practice, making regulatory compliance a big challenge due to a body of opaque or unpublished requirements. TechLegis regularly advises international clients with respect to existing laws and regulatory requirements, with a deep understanding of the actual practicalities involved at the local level, to provide a real analysis of what is required for proper compliance and the actual risks involved with non-compliance. At the same time the team is often called upon to coordinate with associates internationally with regard to U.S. FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act compliance to assist local businesses understand contractual requirements to meet international regulatory compliance requirements.
Islamic Finance, Sharia Compliance and Alternative Banking
TechLegis MENA Practice team provides regulatory, compliance and corporate governance services to conventional and Islamic finance institutions including in relation to structuring and documenting complex cross-border acquisitions; trade finance; bond issuances and securitisations; acquisition finance transactions; refinancings and restructurings and advise both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of cross-border conventional banking matters, including syndicated and bilateral lending transactions, security arrangements, guarantees, letters of credit, bonds and regulatory issues.
TechLegis draws upon the multi-disciplinary expertise of its tax consultants so that the optimum solution is found to clients’ requirements after thorough analysis of client situation, the applicable law and also likely impact of the advice on business from the perspective of cost, time, risks to reputation, disruption of services etc. TechLegis is one of few firms in the region, providing specialized tax advisory services to IT and ecommerce companies from cross border and global taxation perspective.
We have proven expertise and regularly assist and represent clients in the following industry sectors: