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Amir Alkhaja

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Background Just when creditors in the UAE got used to Law No. 20 of 2016 concerning the Pledge of Moveable Assets as Security (“Old Pledge Law”), and the amendment that was introduced in 2019, the winds slightly changed course when Law No. 4 of 2020 on the Pledge of Rights in Moveable Assets (“New Pledge Law”) was introduced  in May 2020. Since then, creditors were not so sure in what direction the new breeze was…

Further to the issuance of Federal Decree Law No. 3 of 2020, which amended Federal Law No. 17 of 1972 (the Citizenship Law), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recently approved the amendments to its nationality laws with the aim of attracting foreign investors and talents who would contribute to and help progress the country’s economic objectives. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler…

In brief In addition to the comprehensive economic support and stimulus program launched by the UAE Central Bank to curb the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE has introduced radical amendments to the UAE Bankruptcy Law, offering distressed debtors with some level of leniency during these times of economic uncertainty and market disruption caused by circumstances outside of their control. Key changes include: adding new provisions to the law related to “emergencies” such…

A recent judgment by the Dubai Court of Cassation has concluded that for a contract to be Shari’a compliant, an Islamic bank or financial institution is required to do more than just to name that contract as a Murabaha contract (Cassation Appeals Nos. 898-927/2019). The Court of Cassation ruled that a Murabaha contract has to meet certain objective criteria to be considered as Shari’a compliant. These criteria are subject to review by the court and,…

The UAE has pioneered a new insolvency regime for individuals or natural persons with the issuance of the stand-alone Insolvency Law No. 19 of 2019 (Insolvency Law), which has come to effect as of 30 November 2019. The Insolvency Law is intended to provide sufficient protections to natural or civil persons who are facing financial distress and are unable to settle their debts, unlike the UAE Bankruptcy Law which regulates commercial companies and individuals considered…