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UAE Trademarks law

FAQs on Trademark/s Oppositions-United Arab Emirates

Trademarks law in the United Arab Emirates has recently undergone several changes including provisions concerning opposition/s. We have formulated and provided answers to some of the relevant frequently asked questions (FAQs) which specifically deal with the opposition/s as laid down under the UAE Trademarks law. These are as follows: 1- Does the UAE trademarks law …

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Chambers Global Practice Guide UAE: Enforcement of Judgments 2022

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to the Chambers Global Practice Guide UAE: Enforcement of Judgments 2022  This guide provides the latest legal information on the identification of another party’s asset position, the costs and time involved in the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments, challenges to enforcement, and the process of enforcing arbitral award. Many …

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Sharia’ Governance Framework for Islamic Financial Institutions in the UAE

1- The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) has a comprehensive Sharia’ governance framework for Islamic financial institutions issued by the Central Bank of the UAE (the “Central Bank”). The framework provides in detail for the Sharia’ governance bodies and requirements related to Islamic financial institutions and Islamic windows. Branches of foreign financial institutions that provide …

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International judicial delegation

International Judicial Delegation in Criminal Matters As the means of communications advanced among various persons and entities, transportation and travel among countries have become easier along with the conclusion of transactions of all kinds including commercial transactions and banking transfers, and other cross-border transactions that can be completed in a matter of minutes or less …

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Non-compete Clause In Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 on the Regulation of Labor Relations and its Executives Regulations and Exceptions Contained Therein

The Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 took effect on 2 February 2022 and one of the significant changes which both the employer and employee must take into consideration is the non-compete clause in the employment contract. The Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 the Regulation of Labor Relations states, in Article 10, that the …

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Leading Corporate Law Firm In Dubai

Alsuwaidi & Company ranked band two in Chambers & Partners Global 2022

We are delighted to share with you that Alsuwaidi & Company has been ranked Band 2 law firm in Chambers and Partners Global 2022 research. Why are the Chambers Rankings Important? Chambers and Partners is recognized as the worldwide leader in legal performance insights, and their rankings are considered the gold standard for firms and attorneys in …

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Leading Arbitration Lawyers in Dubai

Alsuwaidi & Company Legal Guide to the DIFC and ADGM Courts

Alsuwaidi & Company handles all matters before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The off shore legal system operates independently to the onshore system. This short guide aims to give you an overview of the various courts the operate in the DIFC and ADGM. For further information, please …

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Ship arrest, maritime liens and ship mortgages in the UAE

Abdelhak Attallah, head of the Alsuwaidi & Company’s shipping practice shares his insight on maritime liens and ship arrests in the UAE. This article was published with Legal Business’s Global 100 end of year publication which can also be viewed here: https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/co-publishing/sponsored-briefing-ship-arrest-maritime-liens-and-ship-mortgages-in-the-uae/. READ MORE

Registration in the UAE

Chambers Global Practice Guide UAE: Litigation 2022

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to the Chambers Global Practice Guide, Litigation 2022 for the UAE. The latest guide provides expert legal commentary on litigation funding, initiating a lawsuit, representative or collective actions, pre-trial proceedings, discovery, injunctive relief, settlement, damages, appeals, costs, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and arbitration. Many thanks to Mohammed Alsuwaidi, Robert …

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From the 02 of January 2022 a Bounced Cheque will be considered an execution deed

Federal Decree Law No. 14 of 2020 was issued to amend certain provisions of the Federal Commercial Transactions Law No. 18 of 1993 and was published in the Official Gazette in Issue 687 (Supplement) issued on September 30, 2020. This law will come into force on 02 January 2022, and a number of provisions have …

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بداية من يناير 2022 الشيك المرتجع يعد سنداً تنفيدياً

صدر المرسوم بقانون اتحادي رقم 14 لسنة 2020 بتعديل بعض أحكام قانون المعاملات التجارية الاتحادي رقم 18 لسنة 1993 وتم نشره في الجريدة الرسمية   في العدد 687 (ملحق) الصادر بتاريخ 30 سبتمبر 2020. والذي يبدأ العمل به من تاريخ 02/01/2022، وفي ضوء هذا المرسوم بقانون، فقد تم تعديل وإلغاء واضافة بعض الأحكام لقانون المعاملات التجارية …

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Legal Business Week interview with Mohammed Alsuwaidi, September/October 2021

Read Legal Business Week’s  interview with Managing Partner Mohammed Alsuwaidi where he talks about the role of technology in the legal profession, what sets Alsuwaidi & Company apart from other law firms in the region, and how the firm navigated the pandemic so that it provided continuous support to all its clients. You can view …

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The Complete Legal Guide to Alsuwaidi & Company – Guide to Litigation & Arbitration in the UAE

The complete Alsuwaidi & Company Legal Guide on Litigation & Arbitration in the UAE is now available.  This legal guide was written with the purposes of demystifying dispute resolution in the UAE for those on the ground in the UAE, and those based internationally and who may have interests in the UAE.  The complete guide …

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Financial cybercrime since the COVID-19 Pandemic:

CRIMINALS HAVE BEEN BUSY: The COVID-19 pandemic dominated 2020. Cybercriminals have been busy exploiting vulnerabilities as a result of the pandemic, disrupting companies with remote working becoming a reality. We are all more exposed to cyber fraud due to the inevitable digital dependence, and this has resulted in cases of financial cybercrime being at an …

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Legal Business: How English Supreme Court judgements that affect International Arbitration are interpreted into arbitration within the GCC

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to Legal Business. Our article takes a look at the recent English Supreme Court judgements that affect International Arbitration and how this interpreted into the world of arbitration within the GCC region. The cases of Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v 000Insurance Company Chubb [2020] and …

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Leading Arbitration Lawyers in Dubai

Alsuwaidi & Company Legal Guides – Guide to Litigation & Arbitration in the UAE Part 3

The final and third part of the A&C Legal Guide on Litigation & Arbitration to the UAE focuses on Arbitration. The A&C Legal Guide on Litigation & Arbitration to the UAE was written with the purposes of demystifying dispute resolution in the UAE for those on the ground in the UAE, and those based internationally …

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Chambers Global Practice Guide UAE: Enforcement of Judgements 2021

The Chambers Enforcement of Judgments 2021 Global Practice Guide is now available to view online. Alsuwaidi & Company contributed the chapter which focuses on the UAE. This guide provides the latest legal information on the identification of another party’s asset position, the costs and time involved in the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments, challenges to enforcement, and …

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Legal 500 Disputes Year Book: How English Supreme Court judgements that affect International Arbitration are interpreted into arbitration within the GCC

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to the Legal 500’s Dispute Yearbook 2021. Our article takes a look at the recent English Supreme Court judgements that affect International Arbitration and how this interpreted into the world of arbitration within the GCC region. The cases of Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v 000Insurance …

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DIFC Success in first cross-border merger

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has just announced its first successful cross-border merger under the DIFC’s Companies Law. The DIFC Companies Law allows mergers between both private and public companies established in the DIFC and companies established in jurisdictions outside of the DIFC.  This is a huge step forward that allows the DIFC to attract …

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Chambers Global Practice Guide UAE: Litigation 2021

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to the Chambers Global Practice Guide, Litigation 2021 for the UAE. The latest guide provides expert legal commentary on litigation funding, initiating a lawsuit, representative or collective actions, pre-trial proceedings, discovery, injunctive relief, settlement, damages, appeals, costs, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and arbitration. Many thanks to Mohammed Alsuwaidi, …

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Award for Dispute Resolution in Middle East

Congratulations to Robert Sliwinski for achieving the award for Dispute Resolution lawyer of the year for the Middle East Robert primarily deals with claims for professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, …

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UAE Companies Law to Allow 100% Foreign Ownership in UAE

Foreign nationals can now own 100% of companies within the onshore jurisdiction of the UAE, which previously required 51% Emirati ownership to do business outside of UAE free zones. This remarkable development is expected to further enhance the UAE’s position as the Gulf’s premier business hub and a stronger magnet for foreign capital and investment. …

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Knowing and understanding the UAE Court system: a comparison of the legal civil procedures between the DIFC and Dubai Courts’ systems

Introduction Over the past 14 years, Dubai has embraced both civil and common law legal systems within its borders. In order to understand the concepts involved I have set out below the fundamentals of each system ending with a comparative look at the two systems as they are currently in use at this time. Dubai …

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Does COVID-19 really result in a force majeure claim under FIDIC?

Now that many construction and engineering contracts have recommenced after a period of shut down or slow down due to the issues surrounding Covid-19, many Contractors and Employers are having to assess and deal with the effects on their projects including whether extensions of time and damages should be awarded to the Contractor.  In this …

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Have you filed your Economic Substance Regulation notification

Have you filed your Economic Substance Regulation notification? All Licensees in the UAE must “notify” by the 30th June deadline and certain businesses engaged in “relevant activities” must further report. PURPOSE The purpose of the Regulations is to ensure that UAE entities that undertake certain activities are not used to artificially attract profits that are …

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In the UAE, is the spread of the coronavirus considered as a force majeure in construction contracts?

The question which many in the construction industry are asking during this time, is whether the current pandemic can be deemed a force majeure event. If so, what impact does this have on construction contracts? Should parties be in agreement, is it acceptable for them to continue with an existing contract irrespective of the force …

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Business integrity in the time of pandemic: what can businesses in the UAE do to protect their people and business

Business integrity in the time of pandemic: what can businesses in the UAE do to protect their people and business? During these uniquely challenging times, businesses are poised to react to sudden changes in the market. As businesses navigate through new waters, it is best to seek guidance from the authorities and methodically deal with …

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Be aware: Defaulters in UAE may be pursued in India

In a historical development of India and UAE relationship, UAE Judgment will be recognized and enforceable in India based on reciprocity as per the Notification issued by the Government of India on 17 January 2020 (“Notification”). On 17 January 2020,  Government of India published in its official gazette Notification for recognition of the UAE as …

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Eligible Sectors for 100% Foreign Ownership in the UAE Now Defined

The United Arab Emirates Cabinet passed a landmark decision last year to allow 100% foreign ownership of companies onshore and have recently announced the industry sectors that are eligible. This marks a significant change from the prior law where foreigners must seek a local partner to set up business in the UAE, onshore and where …

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Trademarks – a Brief Guide to Protecting your Business in the UAE Relating to non-use and Licences

General rule There is a general rule in most countries worldwide that states one must use their registered Trademark, or it may be subject to a potential cancellation by a competitor. The concept is known as ‘non-use’. In the UAE, use of a trademark is not required for registration or renewal. However, a trademark is …

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The Legitimacy of Arbitration as a Means of Dispute Resolution

Islam has legitimized the arbitration method in order to simplify the process of litigation. Islamic jurisprudence has given the subject of arbitration utmost attention and organized a well-established rules and regulations. The advantages of arbitration lie in streamlining its procedures, confidentiality of its hearings, and legal basis in particular if those in charge are recognized …

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Demystifying the Local Courts, The Seminar by K&L Gates and Alsuwaidi &Company

Our Firm’s Managing Partner Mr. Mohammed Alsuwaidi conducted a seminar along with K&L Gates at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai on Monday 10 Dec. 2018 whereby he spoke about “Demystifying the UAE Local Courts”. Mr. Alsuwaidi explained to all the attendees about the insights into the UAE Civil & Criminal Courts including structure, procedures, applicable …

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