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International format acquisition and related local productions remain a strong trend in the region, say lawyers.
The expansion of streaming services in Lebanon
and around the Middle East has diversified market activity and heightened competition.
Leila Laila, Partner at Alem & Associates, explained: “Video-on-demand deals and streaming services are growing rapidly, following the global switch from traditional television to mobile devices.”
In November 2018, Spotify launched its service in Lebanon and across the Middle East in move to grow its subscriber base in a region that represents an “untapped opportunity”.
In an official statement, Spotify commented: ‘Music is at the core of communities around the globe. Though the instruments used, rhythms created, and topics explored may change, the desire to express ourselves remains universal. That’s why we’re so proud to bring these sounds and stories to music lovers around the Arab world and beyond.’
Suhel Nafar, Spotify’s Senior Arab Music and Culture Editor, added: “The Arab hub provides the unique platform that brings the full spectrum of Arab culture and creativity, past and present. Celebrating the different dialects, styles, flavours, and sounds.”
Other significant developments over the past year include the new Electronic Transactions and Personal Data Law, which became effective in January 2019.
Commenting on the law, Ms Laila said: “The new law brings, for the first time in Lebanon, a legal framework governing electronic signatures, electronic documents and related electronic transactions as well as a focused legal framework on personal data protection.”
Abou Jaoude & Associates leads the market with a dedicated new media law practice, advising traditional and digital companies on corporate and transactional cases. The firm’s media lawyers advise on advertising, and intellectual property, production and post-production. Other sector-related work includes advising on unfair competition law and acquisitions.
Clients highlight Alem & Associates for its “outstanding delivery, out-of-the-box solutions and strong negotiation skills”. Leila Laila, head of the media and entertainment department, is routinely singled out by clients who describe her as an industry expert. “Her negotiations skills are excellent and the service provided is of international standards” said one client. In representative work the team advised Charisma Group on its acquisition of regional exclusive license and production rights from CBS Studio for the television format of Entertainment Tonight.
Badri and Salim El Meouchi’s media focus is driven by its IP and IT department, which covers multiple segments including entertainment, sports and advertising. The team advises local and international clients on copyright, e-commerce, internet, licensing and sports sponsorship. Lead practitioner Chadia El Meouchi manages the firm’s Lebanon and Qatar offices.
Chedid Law Offices is a Dentons-associated firm. With access to an international
network, the firm’s TMT group works on a broad range of cases. The team advises on
cable and satellite television, advertising, regulation and unfair competition. Lawyers
also act for clients from the publishing, film and music industries.
Recognised as a regional leader, Baroudi & Associates specialises in media and advertising. Lawyers assist with dispute resolution, unfair competition, copyright and regulation. In representative work, the team acted for a leading Gulf-based media network in a dispute with the Lebanese Ministry of Information over an exclusive broadcasting contract.
El-Khoury & Partners is highly specialised in intellectual property protection within the media and entertainment sector, assisting governments, publishing and e-commerce companies. The team advises on media, advertising, franchising and distribution agreements. Other areas of work include unfair trading and competition.
Levant Law Practice’s media focus is combined with its telecommunication work. The firm represented a leading international operator in the negotiation of licenses and advised on related agreements. Lawyers also acted for a leading television network in all its corporate activities and litigation matters.
Intellectual property forms the foundations of Obeid Law Firm’s sector specialisation. From cross-border advice to commercial law, the team works across a range of services. Team activity includes copyright protection, contract analysis, licence acquisition and technology transfer.
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Abou Jaoude & Associates
Alem & Associates
Chedid Law Offices - Associated with Dentons
Moghaizel Law Office
Mena City Lawyers
Baroudi & Associates
El-Khoury & Partners
Law Offices of Naoum Farah
Levant Law Practice
Obeid Law Firm
Abouhamad, Merheb, Chamoun, Chedid
Airut Law Offices
Berti Law Firm
Nabil B. Abdel Malek Law Offices
Tyan & Zgheib
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