As some countries open up and economies gradually rebound, there are still prolonged business issues and market trends accelerated by the pandemic that will continue to affect companies across all industries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

In this vlog series, our MENA team of cross-practice specialists provide a quick roundup of the latest legal and commercial developments in the region as well as insights to emerging challenges and opportunities, to guide you as you shape your organization's business resilience and strategy in the medium and long term.

In addition, our senior female lawyers from our BakerWomen Middle East team join the conversations and share their insights on business and inclusion issues and trends in the region, as together we look to build trust and well-being in a post-pandemic world.

 

BakerWomen Speak: Practical Tips to Mitigate Risks in Changing Employment Contractual Terms - NEW!
Aqsa Khan-Sadiq talks about how employers should carefully manage changes to terms and conditions in employment contracts in light of the changing market conditions and health and economic circumstances. Aqsa shares the risks of changing contractual terms unilaterally as well as provides some practical tips for employers when drafting or making changes to employment contracts.

BakerWomen Speak: Commercial and Trade Developments in the UAE and Middle East
Laya Aoun Hani speaks about the recent commercial and trade developments in the UAE, including amendments to commercial agencies and foreign ownership, consumer protection regulations in e-commerce, and the re-establishment of intra-regional ties, and how these have created significant opportunities for businesses in the Middle East.


 

 

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Construction

 

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Ep 1 - Performance Guarantees at the Center of Construction Disputes
Terrick McCallum talks about the use of performance guarantees in construction projects and how COVID-19 has resulted to an increased number of unsubstantiated and bad faith calls for payment in construction disputes. Terrick also provides some practical remedies and key considerations in the event a party is unable to avoid a call being made on its performance guarantee.

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Ep 2 - The Use of Asset Tracing Services in Construction Disputes
Malcolm Jezewski talks about the use of asset tracing services in construction disputes and how such services are used to inform the wider legal strategy going into such disputes.

Dispute Resolution

 

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Ep 1 - Recent Court Trends on Arbitration Proceedings
Sally Kotb discusses some of the key issues commonly arising in arbitration proceedings in the UAE, particularly the issues of capacity, conditions precedent, and signature of arbitration awards. Sally also shares some of the recent court judgments that would impact a party's position to challenge arbitration awards, as well as some best practice tips to minimize risks of having the awards nullified in the future.

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Ep 2 - DIFC Courts' Expansive Approach to Jurisdiction
Andrew Massey discusses the scenarios where the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts take jurisdiction over claims. Andrew also talks about how the DIFC Courts have adopted an expansive approach to jurisdiction over disputes and how it has introduced the necessary and proper party jurisdiction into DIFC law to help resolve multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.

Employment

 

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Ep 1 - Common Issues Faced by Employers in Recent Employment Cases
Maye Ismail talks about the common issues faced by employers in their recent employment litigation cases, including data theft, payment of termination benefits, and mobility of employees between related entities. She also discusses how the courts interpret the provisions of the Labour Law and how they apply to these cases and related claims filed against employers.

International Commercial & Trade

 

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Ep 1 - Commercial and Trade Developments in the UAE and Middle East
Laya Aoun Hani speaks about the recent commercial and trade developments in the UAE , including amendments to commercial agencies and foreign ownership, consumer protection regulations in e-commerce, and the re-establishment of intra-regional ties, and how these have created significant opportunities for businesses in the Middle East.


 
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