Middle East (Others) Latest Updates Doing Business in Iran: the banking bottleneckWith the easing of sanctions against Iran, vast business opportunities have opened up. The challenge is whether and how to participate in such a potentially phenomenal market without taking undue risks. UAE workplace study 2015Clyde & Co has launched its 2015 UAE Workplace Study. This is the first workplace study completed by Clyde & Co in the UAE and, in ... Middle East (Others) News Clyde & Co's Middle East Deal Study 2015Law firm Clyde & Co recently published its second Middle East Deal Study. Based on the firm's analysis of data from M&A and JV transactions on which they worked in the region over the last 18 ... Middle East (Others) Articles and Reports Middle East Special ReportIn our latest edition, we take a look at why attitudes towards corporate governance are shifting in the Middle East, and investigate the steps being taken to overcome barriers to its effective implementation. Meanwhile, leading firms discuss the flow of trade along the New Silk Road, why Dubai's approach to company set-ups is likely to pay off, and why a recent UK case is generating concern for parties to future Islamic finance transactions. The future of Islamic finance in the Middle EastWhile conventional financial transactions in the West are in turmoil, there is a refreshing burst of optimism in the world of Islamic finance, according to Arti Sangar, partner in charge of Diaz Reus & Targ’s Dubai office. She takes a look at the challenges in an evolving sector. Middle EastASIAN-MENA COUNSEL's Middle East Cover Story looks at recent legal developments in the region, with a Special Report by Bin Shabib & Associates LLP, Dubai on arbitration issues in the UAE. Articles by Latham & Watkins. and Ayesha Dawood Attorneys round out the Report. M&AOur M&A Report includes SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's article 'Further liberalisation and consolidation of the banking sector' and Phoenix Legal's contribution 'M&A Booster – New Companies Act has it all easy and clean'. You'll also find a Cover Story compiling thoughts from numerous sources throughout the region entitled 'M&A Report: a year opened with expectation'. M&A Report: a year opened with expectationWith the aid of insight from some of the most reputable and in-the-know sources throughout the region, Chris Thomson sums up what has been and what potentially will be with regard to M&A’s in Asia and the Middle East. Clyde & Co’s Middle East Deal Study 2015ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL is delighted to present a summary of Clyde & Co’s second Middle East Deal Study, the full version of which can be found on their website at the bottom of this article. Middle East (Others) In-House Insights Heba AliDescribed by one of her peers as being “everything you would need in a lawyer”, Heba Ali was hired by Lenovo in 2014 to establish the organisation’s legal department for the Middle East and Africa region. A reflection of her success, in May, Ali was selected by our expert panel of judges as the In-House Community Counsel of the Year, 2016. Here she talks to Asian-mena Counsel about the qualities she thinks are vital to being a good in-house lawyer. The importance of communicationRobert Southgate, Head of Corporate Governance, Compliance & Contentious Legal for the Asia, Middle East & Africa region for British Telecommunications (BT), reveals to the In-House Community his methods of motivation, what makes external counsel stand out to him and why 'phoning it in' is never the answer. Wisdom impartedMuhammad Tariq, Senior Legal Counsel at TECOM Investments shares with us his experience working in-house after closing the chapter on his days as an M&A private practitioner at Al Tamimi & Company. Leaving his former position somewhat reluctantly at first, he is now comfortably juggling the many roles the in-house move has demanded of him and offers up his advice for managing the position with efficiency, humility and decorum.
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