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TMT, Iraq

Eversheds Sutherland’ leading team of TMT lawyers in the Middle East continues to go from strength to strength reflecting the success of TMT companies in the region. Our TMT lawyers have been carrying out deals across the region, particularly in the thriving technology hubs of Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”) and United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), which are at the heart of the flourishing technology industry in the Middle East.

Government is seen to support entrepreneurial activities in the sector as they create a lot of employment opportunities and usually ensure high return on investment. Examples of government initiatives include TwoFour54 Media Zone in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Media City (both in the UAE), the Business Park in Amman, Jordan, and Qatar Science & Technology Park in Doha, Qatar.

With all of these developments in the Middle East, our TMT legal team in Iraq can help you explore the global challenges facing TMT organisations today.

The breadth and depth of our international TMT experience ensures we can match our skills to yours, bringing clarity and coherence to the legal aspects of complex projects.

Quality and experience in the TMT sector

The TMT landscape in the Middle East is currently dominated by a number of exciting developments. The media free zone in Abu Dhabi called “twofour54” continues to pose an attractive option for foreign investors looking to tap into the huge potential and excellent business environment offered by the Emirate. This free zone together with the Media City free zone in Dubai is part of the Emirate’s ambitious economic diversification pursuit, and intended to spur further foreign investment in the local economy. The Middle Eastern start-up world is in a constant state of growth, and this increased competitiveness and development demonstrates that the region is a major emerging market for IT and telecoms.

From our offices in Baghdad and Erbil, we offer local TMT knowledge, crucial contacts and a thorough understanding of working in politically sensitive countries and emerging markets. Many of our lawyers have worked in-house and understand the issues you face. We listen to what you want and then deliver a tailored service that meets your objectives.

Our team of TMT lawyers can help you with the transactional issues and day-to-day commercial matters involving legal advice and services regarding traditional areas such as licensing and labour law related work. We can guide your legal counsel through the developing interest in competition and privacy laws.

In line with political developments in the region, there is a greater focus on accountability and good corporate governance. We can help advise investors who seek to diversify from more traditional businesses, and put significant growth and investment in the IT and IP-related sectors.

Our wider global TNT sector team includes leading individuals who practice in other key disciplines including corporate and M&A, banking and finance, dispute management, HR, and media and Intellectual Property law. Overall, we look to blend leading subject specialisms with sector experience to provide a focused full-service for our TMT clients.

TMT areas of experience

Our TMT lawyers in Iraq spend a lot of time helping companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sector with joint ventures, research and development collaborations. We advise on contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues concerning licences, data privacy and surveillance systems. Our TMT lawyers have also presented internet-related advice on e-commerce, cyber privacy, cloud computing, content licensing and website development.

Digital technologies drive consumer income and demand, education and training, and efficient use of capital and resources. More and more of our clients are introducing innovative technologies to increase their competitive advantages and the adoption of stronger end security practices are increasingly critical to customer data protection.

Eversheds Sutherland offers TMT experience throughout the Middle East. As well as our offices in Baghdad and Erbil, we have leading lawyers on the ground in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh, as well as a strong network of relationship firms to help with;

  • global deals and international advice including with doing business in new locations to a client's business and doing business where clients do not have a tax presence 
  • M&A - particularly in terms of the buying in of intellectual property rich add-ons and strategic acquisitions as well as sale of non core assets and businesses with the key focus of the business going forward 
  • assistance in relation to the laws and contractual framework surrounding emerging technology and business models such as cloud, increased use of open source software, and virtualisation, whether buying in or selling out 
  • understanding news laws relevant to the sector including the Digital Economy Act and new advertising laws 
  • regulatory advice particularly in the areas of data and privacy, competition / anti-trust and environmental as well as regulatory regimes relevant to clients' businesses 
  • outsourcing deals (whether as a supplier or customer) 
  • the establishment of joint ventures 
  • HR change management projects, rationalisation and pension scheme variations 
  • disputes and dispute resolution, where we have seen increasing amounts of litigation

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Over the last year, the TMT sector team have acted on some of the largest technology, media and telecommunications deals in the region including;

  • advising a Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) Government on updating the legislation regarding electronic commerce, communication, electronic signature and data protection.

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