Project Financing In Iraq: Weighing Up The Risks

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Emirates-Middle East, UAE Law and Business

Iraq is open for business and investors are lining up. Major infrastructure projects are springing up all over Iraq, as the country is recovering from decades of war, sanctions, and domestic unrest. There is a dire need for an array of infrastructure investments – particularly, in the areas of healthcare, housing, power, water, manufacturing, transportation, […]

Beware: A Bounced Cheque Can Lead You Behind Bars In the UAE

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in Emirates-Middle East, UAE Law and Business

The economic downturn has resulted into a nightmare for many individuals in the UAE. Hundreds of individuals are currently being imprisoned for bounced cheques as booming businesses went bust. For one Irishman, the nightmare of prison and a lengthy jail sentence is looming large, forcing him to resort to a hunger strike. This person was the […]

Taking A Closer Look – Agency Agreements In The UAE

Foreign principals who wish to conduct business in the UAE or in the wider Middle East, but want to do so with a minimal investment, often turn to commercial agents to sell their goods. The main piece of legislation that governs agency arrangements in the UAE is Federal Law No. 18 of 1981, what is […]

The Rising Trend Of Public Private Partnerships In The Middle East

 Governments in the Middle East are in the process of rapidly developing their physical and social infrastructures to provide necessary services to their citizens. In this regard, a public private partnership (PPP) can be a viable option to construct or develop a wide range of these infrastructure projects, including highways, power plants, bridges, pipelines, ports, […]

DIFC Special Purpose Companies Grow in Popularity

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently hosted its first Knowledge Series event for 2012, highlighting the benefits of a Special Purpose Company (SPC) and its role in enabling structured finance transactions. An SPC can be easily structured and incorporated in the DIFC, while enjoying certain exemptions from a number of tedious requirements.  One of the […]

The UAE’s new bankruptcy law | A Move To Ease Business Fears

The UAE is in the process of implementing a new bankruptcy law. The new bankruptcy law is intended to create a more modern, debtor-friendly regime, with particular emphasis on the rescue of a distressed debtor’s existing business or the restructuring of the debtor’s liabilities, rather than formal liquidation or bankruptcy. The new law will be […]

Ever expanding Etisalat: Mobile Remittances and 3G in Afghanistan

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Emirates-Middle East, UAE Employment Law

Being the first to launch 3G service in Afghanistan and eyeing mobile remittances, Etisalat is having a happening first quarter. KippReport Related articles Etisalat moves towards winding up Etisalat DB (UAE, India) ( Etisalat wins three awards ( 2G Etisalat closes operation, Subscribers! File Damage Claims. (

National Bank of Abu Dhabi Said to Sell $750 Million Bonds

National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, the United Arab Emirates’ second-biggest bank, will raise $750 million from a sale of dollar bonds, according to three people familiar with the plan. La Repubblica Related articles Dubai credit risk drops on 5-year high growth outlook ( UAE attracts $1.8billion FDI in 2011 (

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