We advise on all legal aspects of e-commerce including electronic contracting, software development and licensing agreements, consumer privacy, secure transaction processing, digital signatures, encryption and export control, IP issues, linking and framing, liability for online content, criminal liability and jurisdictional issues. In addition, we have market leading expertise on the more focussed areas of cyber security, IT function outsourcing, cyber risk insurance, and cloud-based arrangements (representing both providers and users) and data centre contracting, with specialist practitioners capable of advising on such matters from a UAE legal perspective as well as from a broader industry norm perspective.
In the course of our advice to TMT and other companies, our lawyers provide comprehensive advice on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including intellectual property rights, patents, trademarks, copyrights, know-how and other matters, including technology transfers and preparation and registration of trademarks and patents.
Advised a government authority in Abu Dhabi on a series of RFPs and contracts in connection with its IT transformation project. The RFPs and contracts are in relation to professional services and IT services providers such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Etisalat, and various third-party software and infrastructure providers.
Advised MORO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, with the negotiation and drafting of all types of commercial contracts and arrangements in connection with MORO’s IP/IT-related transactions and negotiations with various global IT services providers.
Advised a major UAE-based retail group on its contractual arrangements with Microsoft and Oracle in respect of its transition of major back-end systems to cloud-based solutions.
Advised corporate entities, including several foreign banks, on their information technology hardware and software licensing, system design and specification, procurement, installation and maintenance contracts.
Represented a technology start-up in establishing onshore and offshore ownership and operations vehicles, managing its intellectual property rights, and arranging early-stage financing for its social media and restaurant applications.
Advised a leading Saudi fintech firm on its acquisition of 100 per cent of a UAE fintech provider.
Advised a New York based music publishing company on its acquisition of a majority stake in an Abu Dhabi media company.
Advised a leading European online payment services provider on its establishment, structure, regulation and major contracts in the UAE and broader GCC.
Advised client regarding an exclusive eight-year TV and media broadcast agreement in respect of international and domestic cricket in South Africa. At US$150 million the deal was the largest in South African sports broadcast history (except for the Football World Cup which was a FIFA event).
Advised on the acquisition of a US Corporation by United Business Media.
Advised a UAE-based provider of a cloud platform on its joint venture with a major UAE telecommunications provider for a joint offering and co-branding of its platform.
Drafted terms and conditions of use, and privacy policies, for online startup offering social media photography site with a click-through payment mechanism.
Comprehensive advisory and documentation support to one of ADGM’s “reglab” award winning FinTech companies offering blockchain-based applications through ongoing secondment arrangement of one of our team members.
Advising clients in the context of disputes or complaints relating to email fraud.
Routinely speaking publicly on, and providing in-house training to our clients on, cyber-security and developments of interest such as blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrency, GDPR, etc.