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FIDIC in the Middle East - The Must Knows for Industry Players
Mar 2017

FIDIC in the Middle East - The Must Knows for Industry Players

FIDIC in the Middle East - The Must Knows for Industry Players   The UAE industry has seldom been ignorant to internationally set standards- that in more than one ways.    Originally established as an organization by three founding countries Belgium, France, and Switzerland- today FIDIC, which is an abbreviation…

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Golden Visa to Europe
Mar 2017

Golden Visa to Europe

Golden Visa to Europe The Golden Visa is otherwise known as the “Golden Door” to Europe.   For some, the “Golden Door” is a marriage of convenience to gain easy access to Europe.   As the economic crisis spreads all over the world, Europe is introducing new laws, which facilitate foreign…

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Global Tax Guide UAE
Mar 2017

Tax Global Guide 2016-2017 Volume II: Tax on Finance Transactions: United Arab Emirates

Tax Global Guide 2016-2017 Volume II: Tax on Finance Transactions: United Arab Emirates Tax on Corporate Lending and Bond Issues in the United Arab Emirates: Overview Tax Authorities 1. What are the main authorities responsible for enforcing taxes on finance transactions in your jurisdiction? Financial transactions are not subject to…

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Essence of Financial Crimes
Mar 2017

The Essence of Financial Crimes

The Essence of Financial Crimes 'Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud." Sophocles On a bright morning in March 2009, Bernard Mardoff pleaded guilty to defrauding his clients of sixty-five (65) billion dollars in one of the largest Ponzi schemes the world has witnessed. The former chairman of Bernard L. Mardoff Investment…

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Patent Registration in the UAE
Mar 2017

Patent Registration in the UAE

Registration of Patents in the UAE Frequently Asked Questions Preventing others from unjustly, and without a warrant, commercializing that which you have poured your blood, sweat, and tears into, is one of the functions patents serve to protect innovators from and thereby to open doors to endless opportunities. Patents are…

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The Fine(d) Blend of Bitcoins and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)
Mar 2017

The Fine(d) Blend of Bitcoins and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

The Fine(d) Blend of Bitcoins and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) 'There are three eras of currency: commodity based, politically based, and now, math based.' - Chris Dixon Let’s keep it simple! Cadberry sells chocolates to its distributors worldwide by a distribution contract signed between Cadberry and its agents. In turn, distributors…

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US Sanctions
Mar 2017

US Sanctions (Part II of II)

US Sanctions - An Overview Part II of II STA has been one of the few Middle East law firms that have been advising clients on compliance with OFAC regime, the direct and indirect applicability of various OFAC sanctions besides other bodies such as United Nations, to name a few.…

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UAE's Outbound Investment in India
Mar 2017

UAE's Outbound Investment in India

UAE's Outbound Investment in India 'Foreign Investment is what keeps the whole show going.' - Patrick Barkey Think about a predicament in which a bank would charge its customers a fee amounting to two-thirds of your deposits for the purpose of handling the finances. Bizarre, some might say! However, this…

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Piercing the Corporate Veil
Mar 2017

Piercing the Corporate Veil

Piercing the Corporate Veil “Nothing can be so unjust as for a few persons abounding in wealth, to offer a portion of their excess for the formation of a company, to play with that excess—to lend the importance of their whole name and credit to the society, and then, should…

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Asset Securitization in the UAE
Mar 2017

Asset Securitization in the UAE (Part II)

Asset Securitization in the UAE  (Part II of II) In part one of our series on Asset Securitization, we defined asset securitization, reinforced its importance and illustrated the ways in which it useful for financing purposes. In fact, asset securitization transactions had evolved centuries back and were also, incredibly pervasive…

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Taxation in United Arab Emirates
Feb 2017

Tax Global Guide 2016-17 Volume 1: Tax on Corporate Transactions in the United Arab Emirates

Tax Global Guide 2016-17 Volume 1: Tax on Corporate Transactions: Country Q&A: United Arab Emirates "Tax on corporate transactions in the United Arab Emirates: overview" The United Arab Emirates STA Law firm Tax authorities What are the main authorities responsible for enforcing taxes on corporate transactions in your jurisdiction? The…

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UAE Environment Law
Feb 2017

Environment Global Guide 2017-18 - UAE Q&A (Part 1 of 2)

Environment Global Guide - UAE 1. Environmental Regulatory Framework What are the key pieces of environmental legislation and the regulatory authorities? Numerous federal and local laws have been enacted in the UAE to protect the integrity of the country’s environmental laws and regulations. Federal Law Number 24 of 1999 for the…

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Parallel Importation Dubai UAE
Feb 2017

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in the United Arab Emirates: An Overview (Part II of II)

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in the United Arab Emirates: An Overview (Part II of II) In Part I, we discussed technical aspects pertaining to Pharmaceutical Product Regulations applicable in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Part I explored varied areas including regulatory bodies and applicable law, regulation of biological…

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Delay Penalty in Construction Contracts
Jan 2017

Delay Penalty in Construction Contracts

Delay Penalty in Construction Contracts “No construction project is risk-free. Risk can be managed, minimized, shared, transferred or accepted. It cannot be ignored” -Michael Latham Scope and usage of back-to-back contracts Back-to-back contracts are becoming an increasingly common feature of construction projects. Construction projects typically involve the collaboration of three…

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