Advising a wide range of businesses on entering the Qatar market. Our experience and expertise extends across: joint venture companies; commercial agencies; distributorships; commercial representatives; general & limited partnerships; private & public joint stock companies; temporary branches; trade representative offices; limited liability companies; local & international engineering consultancies and the Qatar Science & Technology Park.
Advising banks, insurance companies and financial institutions on regulatory matters. We advise on: the competition & monopolies legislation; specific regulation of numerous specialist industry sectors (including telecoms and health); anti-tobacco legislation; import regulations; foreign exchange controls and anti-money laundering; consumer protection and product recall; financial services offerings; banking regulation; and insurance/reinsurance law & practice.
Advising on: companies’ capacity to execute; boardroom appointments; board and management procedures; director resignations and removals; shareholder meetings & resolutions; incorporation procedures; capitalisation requirements; public offering and corporate governance issues.
Incorporations, Restructuring and Insolvency
Advising on the gamut of restructuring activity (including the formation of new entities and the transfer of established businesses into recapitalised/refinanced structures); holding company & subsidiary structures; bankruptcy (and its effect on shareholders, directors, creditors & others); liquidation; priority of creditors; financial penalties and setting aside transactions.
Our expertise covers: foreign investment regulations; proxy restrictions; business structures; drafting of JV agreements; control arrangements; duration and deadlock clauses; management arrangements; “Article 68” (as was) entities with Government participation; profit share arrangements & equity structures; pre-emption & transfer provisions; option arrangements and assignment arrangements.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Advising on both domestic and cross border M&A deals (including rules & regulations of the Qatar Financial Markets Authority and Qatar Exchange Listing Rules & Requirements); private company and business acquisitions and disposals of all sizes.
Advising on listings on the Qatar Exchange; the Offering & Listing Regulations; the Alternative Market Regulations; the Stock Exchange Rulebook; the Rules of the Qatar Central Securities Depositary as well as share pledges & security arrangements.
Agency, Distribution and Franchising
Advising both principals and agents on their contracts in various sectors.
Advising on all aspects of the relevant legislation including rules combating financing of terrorism; FATCA application; customs disclosure rules; reporting requirements; KYC procedures & preventative measures; monitoring respondent institutions and record keeping & due diligence requirements.
Advising owners/lessors/financiers on the Qatari law aspects in relation to the transfer, financing and registration of aircraft.
Advising businesses on all aspects of consumer protection law, including compensation claims; product recall; supplier’s obligations; duties of local agents & distributors; seizure of goods and specialist consumer rights in the telecommunication & information sectors.
Our practice extends to advice on the electronic processing and storage of data – both domestically and its export abroad – in the context of business operations of all types (including employee and customer records, sensitive data and whistleblowing).
Employment and Pensions
Advising almost exclusively employers on employment contracts, sponsorship issues, employee handbooks, severances and the impact of restructuring and acquisitions.
We have extensive experience in advising on matters including assisting in the process of negotiating initial memoranda of agreement and full concession agreements, advising on issues arising out of, or in connection with, concession agreements and all regulatory aspects of the exploration for, exploitation of, and marketing of hydrocarbon resources.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Advising on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the industry including establishment & licensing; broker operation; medical & life cover; coverage disputes; systems & controls; governance; policy wording; corporate structures and Central Bank regulation aspects.
Advising and representing clients in all matters related to obtaining and protecting trademarks and other intellectual property rights. Advising on the preparation of necessary filings to obtain trademark protection, prosecute infringement actions on behalf of our clients and defend clients accused of trademark infringement. We also advise on the drafting and enforcement of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, agreements designed to protect trade secrets and business interests of all types.
Real Estate and Construction (both residential & commercial)
Advising on real estate investment; development (such as large multi-use communities) and leasing; corporate real estate (including sales and leasebacks); construction and planning matters.
Our experience extends across the full spectrum of maritime law, acting for ship finance banks, owners, operators and other investors across all areas of the shipping and offshore sectors (both conventional and Islamic).
Our advice capabilities extend to sports arbitration; co-operation agreements; disciplinary cases; governance & compliance; regulation and sports integrity & transfers. We also advise on commercial matters affecting sponsorship agreements, sporting individuals, companies and governing bodies.
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Commercial and regulatory advice on data protection, e-commerce and telecommunications.