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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…

Global deal values up 31% from H2 2019 whereas total values for 2020 is down 6% from 2019Middle East deal volumes decreased by approximately 2% in comparison to H2 2019 whereas total volumes for 2020 decreased by 13% from 2019Deal values in the region were slightly up by 3% from H2 2019 whereas total values for 2020 were down by 51% from 2019US dominates inbound and outbound cross-border M&A as top acquirer and target country…

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…

A landmark survey of more than 1500 compliance leaders around the world including 300 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)[1] has revealed major risks associated with digitalization, with 41 per cent of those surveyed admitting their organization has already experienced enforcement investigations by regulators because of technology that was poorly on-boarded and/or implemented. According to this new research The Currency of Connection: Mobilizing Technology for Compliance Integration, investigations are most likely to arise…