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In brief On 28 September 2023, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued Federal Law No. 36 of 2023 (the “New Competition Law”), which has repealed and replaced Federal Law No. 4 of 2012. The New Competition Law signals a new era of enforcement by the UAE Ministry of Economy by providing a functional competition regime through, inter alia: extending a wider scope of application to almost all economic activities; expanding its mandate by prohibiting…

In brief In early July 2023, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (the “Commission”) published the Report on Facilitating Settlement in International Arbitration (the “Report”).[1] The Report aims to present the techniques that have proven to be effective in the settlement of disputes and may be considered and applied by parties and tribunals. The Report follows further endeavours by users of international arbitration for reducing costs and time spent on dispute resolution. Specifically, it…

On 16 March 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, members of the Arab Competition Network (the “ACN”) held their first conference to launch this new network. This alert provides a high-level presentation of the ACN, as well as an overview of its mission and goals. Background and Goals of the ACN The ACN is a product of the efforts and collaboration of the Arab League and the Egyptian Competition Authority. The ACN aims to provide a platform…

In brief Across the globe, transfer pricing disputes have increased following a waterfall of changes, e.g., BEPS, increased transparency, global compliance obligations, intangibility of value creation and digitized taxation. The pandemic added its synchronized impact by provoking countless economic and social ripples on the already turbulent waters. Against this backdrop, the Middle Eastern economies are battling lower oil prices and budget deficits, which in turn increase the pressure for fiscal receipts. In the last couple…

Signing of the “Al-Ula Declaration” ending trade and other restrictions against Qatar As reported in our previous client update, on 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula. This marks the end of a three and a half year boycott…