Thursday, June 25, 2015

Investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia – فرص الاستثمار في المملكة العربية السعودية

In this video, along with Amgad Hussein, Managing Partner of the international law firm Dentons in Saudi Arabia, I speak about the numerous opportunities for companies around the globe to invest in Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Middle East.

The video can be viewed directly on Youtube.

في هذا الفيديو، أتحدث مع زميلي أمجد حسين، الشريك بمكتب المحاماة العالمي دنتونز في المملكة العربية السعودية، عن الفرص العديدة للشركات العالمية للاستثمار في المملكة العربية السعودية، والتي تعتبر أكبر اقتصاد في الشرق الاوسط.
يمكنكم مشاهدة الفيديو مباشرةً على يوتيوب.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dentons wins Award for work with Syrian Refugees – مشروع دنتونز لتأييد اللاجئين السوريين فاز جائزة

مشروع مكتب المحاماة (Dentons) لتأييد ضحايا النزاعات المسلحة بالشرق الأوسط يقدم لللاجئين السوريين بالأردن ولبنان اِستشارة قانونية مجانية عن حقوق الانسان وحقوقهم في السكن والملكية وعن القوانين الأردنية واللبنانية التي تطبَق عليهم في ما يتعلق بالطرد والترحيل. فاز هذا المشروع جائزة (Corporate Counsel Middle East)  لـ(Corporate Social Responsibility Team of the Year) لعام 2015. اشكر (Dentons) على الدعم الذي قدم إلى هذا المشروع.
The law firm Dentons’ project to support the victims of armed conflict in the Middle East offers to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon pro bono legal counseling on human rights, housing, land and property rights and on the laws of Jordan and Lebanon that apply to them in the areas of evictions and deportations. This project won Corporate Counsel Middle East’s “Corporate Social Responsibility Team of the Year” award for 2015. I’d like to thank Dentons for its generous support of this important project
Dentons lawyers receive CCME award - محامون شركة دنتونز يستلمون الجائزة

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Toolkit for Combatting Extremism in the Middle East

In his Harvard International Law Journal Commentary, “Saving an Ancient Community,” Jonathan A. Pride argues for a three-prong strategy to save Iraq’s ancient Christian community, now on the brink of extinction. His strategy consists of the following three-point plan:

1. The Iraqi government should act to deconstruct the “other” identity of Christians by enacting constitutional changes providing for equal protection and implementing the post-ethnic conflict reintegration methods that were effective in the Balkans;
2. The Christian area in the Kurdistan Nineveh Plain should be given a “safe zone” status, allowing villages to assemble local police forces to ensure security; and

3. The international community must invest in and help rebuild Iraq’s economy to help keep repatriation open as a viable option for Christians that have fled Iraq.

In addition to Mr. Pride’s suggestions for combatting the extinction of Christians in Iraq, I argue in favor of one additional, under-utilized tool: Islamic law. Because sectarian Islamic armed groups refuse to acknowledge the validity of non-Islamic international humanitarian law, there is a critical need for peace-loving Muslims to engage these armed groups from within the framework of Islamic law, the very system they claim to implement. This can be achieved by Islamic scholars and Imams, operating from within the framework of Islamic law, challenging armed groups’ interpretations of the sacred texts they use to justify attacks on Christians and other civilians, debating the apologists of jihād and highlighting the discrepancies between these armed groups’ acts and the acts strictly forbidden by Islamic law, including looting, the mutilation of corpses and the murder of non-combatants in times of war.

A full discussion of my Commentary has been published by the DesmondTutu Peace Foundation.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New book on investing in Saudi Arabia launched by Thomson Reuters

I am pleased to announce that our long-awaited book on investing in Saudi Arabia, co-authored with my colleague Amgad Husein, managing partner of Dentons-Riyadh, has at last been published. A Legal Guide to Doing Business in Saudi Arabia fills a gap in the legal literature on the Middle East's largest economy, bringing clarity and practical insight to foreign companies investing in Saudi Arabia or considering registering a local presence.
The Legal Guide, published by Thomson Reuters,  provides legal and practical advice on Saudi commercial, labour, tax and financial regulations as well as an overview of Saudi dispute resolution, including local and international arbitration. It includes a chapter on the key principles of the Shari'a (Islamic law) that foreign investors are likely to encounter when entering into contracts, financing projects and resolving disputes. Substantial appendices include explanations of the Capital Market Law, protective measures when drafting contracts and entering into leases, practical tips on obtaining publicly-available information on Saudi companies and advice on the Saudi employment visa and residency card application process. Annual annexes will provide updates to the ever-changing Saudi licensing and commercial regulations. 
The book offers a comprehensive overview of the regulations governing foreign investment in Saudi Arabia. Reviewers have commented that the Legal Guide is indispensable to any company that is serious about establishing a Saudi presence. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has noted that the Guide is the "essential vade mecum for any foreign investor in Saudi Arabia" and strongly "commends the book to all with interest in any form of commercial engagement with the Middle East’s most significant economy." Eng. Saleh Ahmad Hefni, Deputy Chairman of Al Ahli Takaful Company, has commented that the Guide "will prove useful to lawyers new to Saudi Arabia, seasoned practitioners and in-house counsel of companies doing business in Saudi Arabia."

The book is available for purchase from Sweet & Maxwell.