Middle East Investment in Latin America: Key Legal Issues

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in UAE Law and Business

Latin America offers vast opportunities for Middle East investors looking to expand their presence in the region. As a result, Middle East investors are increasingly looking to Latin America for both yield and diversification. For example, in 2009, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority undertook construction of two towers in Rio de Janeiro and the United Arab […]

What you need to know about IP laws in the GCC

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in UAE Law and Business

Protecting and monitoring intellectual property (IP) is challenging almost anywhere in the world, but it is particularly challenging within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Currently, a patchwork of laws attempts to address technological advances and the differing needs of producers, owners and users of intellectual property. Yet, despite a host of IP laws in […]

Data Protection In The Era Of Snowden And Manning

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 in Emirates-U.S.A

Recent headlines featuring unauthorized data leaks of state secrets by wannabe whistleblowers—U.S. citizens Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning—have demonstrated how significant the ramifications can be when employees who have access to classified information leak it publicly. In this day and age, any employer can face a similar situation—and potential liability—should an employee disclose confidential information […]

Venezuela’s Black Currency Exchange Market: Reasons and Risks

Venezuela’s Black Currency Exchange Market: Reasons and Risks

The Venezuelan financial system is completely isolated from the rest of the world. The exchange control system in Venezuela prohibits making any kind of payment between a bank account abroad and one inside the country, or to use local credit cards abroad or online without the approval from the Commission of Foreign Exchange Administration. As […]

Emerging Crime Trends In Currency Exchange Industry

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 in Latin American Investment

U.S. prosecutors have recently filed an indictment against the operators of the Costa Rica-based currency exchange, Liberty Reserve, accusing it of helping criminals around the world to launder more than US$ 6 billion. The laundered funds have been linked to everything from child pornography to software for hacking into banks. Any currency exchange business risks […]

Avoiding Investment Scams

Every year, people lose millions of dollars to scams of every size and kind. Investment scams are particularly dangerous because they come in many forms, from an unexpected phone call to a message through an online professional network, and the creativity of a scammer has no boundaries. Scammers will typically operate from overseas or offer […]