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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The media team at Al Tamimi & Company works with clients from publishing and broadcasting sectors on film and television distribution throughout the region, including via OTT services. Lawyers advise on content production, copyright assignment, financing and local production incentives. The firm also assists with content regulation and compliance connected with digital advertising and sponsorships.
Dentons has extensive involvement in entertainment and sports sector cases. In representative work the team advised OSN on its bid for media rights to international cricket matches, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), for the entire Middle East and North Africa region for the period 2015-2023. The deal led by managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen covers 18 ICC tournaments.
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners demonstrates a dedication to the sports industry with an independent dedicated practice group. Lawyers are experienced in preparing and negotiating agreements for hosting, marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting. The firm also has an intellectual property division that specialises in litigation.
Al-Ansari & Associates focusses on digital media. The firm’s core practice groups include TMT and IP with advice ranging from copyright protection and unfair competition to media sector convergence. Lawyers also advise on related technology and telecommunications matters of local and international significance.
Eversheds specialises in commercial and corporate matters including joint ventures and acquisitions. Managing partner Dani Kabbani works closely with Elaine Woollard who advises on TMT-related commercial contracts and on the impact of Qatari law on international supply contracts.
Peers describe Hassan A Alkhater Law Office as an established part of the country’s legal structure. The full-service practice is managed by founding partner Hassan Al Khater who is noted for his extensive litigation experience.
Swiss firm Lalive provides advisory and dispute resolution services to national sports committees, international sports federations, athletes and professional agents. The media team advises on sporting bans, commercial contracts and media rights. Lawyers are also experienced arbitrators and counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, headquartered in Lausanne.
Ranking and editorials
Al Tamimi & Company
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
Al-Ansari & Associates
Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices
Norton Rose Fulbright
Arab Law Bureau
Cedar White Bradley
Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
The television industry is set to expand this year after the launch of beIN Media Group’s new pay-television service dedicated to entertainment.
Consumers in Qatar and the wider MENA region will have access to 24 entertainment channels in a market traditionally dominated by free-to-air television.
The launch marks the 12th anniversary of the network, which aims to position itself as the only comprehensive pay-television entertainment provider in the region.
Commenting on the launch, which was announced on 31 October last year, chairman and CEO Nasser Al Khelaifi said: “beIN’s vision is to reshape the future of pay TV and family entertainment in MENA through offering premium multi-genre entertainment at affordable prices.”
Netflix is also set to reshape the entertainment sector as it prepares to launch in Qatar and across the Middle East by the end of 2016.
In April 2015 Starz launched Play Arabia, an online subscription video service made available to 17 countries across the region.
Developing its own digital presence, the government launched 331 digital services in 2015 as part of the Qatar Digital Government initiative, bringing the total number of online services to 547. Already more than half way towards its target, Qatar aims to make 100 per cent of services available online by 2020.