Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has advised American Hospital Dubai, part of Mohamed & Obaid Al Mulla Group and one of the leading private healthcare providers in the Middle East, on its joint venture agreement with Swedish in vitro fertilization (IVF) pioneer Livio AB.
The long-awaited Saudi Franchise Law will take effect on 22 April 2020 and will apply to all franchises operating wholly or partly within the Kingdom, including franchise agreements entered into before the effective date of the Law (with certain provisions not applying to pre-existing agreements) and including those between foreign franchisors and local franchisees.
On 10 October 2019, the European Union (EU) agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from their list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (the EU blacklist). This followed from the introduction of the Economic Substance Regulations (ESR) in the UAE in March 2019, and more recently, the specific Guidance on the ESR (the Guidance) published by the UAE Ministry of Finance in September 2019.
Global deal-making will experience a continued hangover in 2020 thanks to ongoing worldwide economic uncertainty and the risk of global recession, according to the new report by Baker McKenzie. The report also reveals that the deal flows in North America and the Middle East are outliers to the global trend.
Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has advised Mizzen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Seddiqi Holding, on its joint venture with Gentle Monster, the South Korean curated eyewear brand, and the launch of its flagship store in the Middle East.