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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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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.


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.  


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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.


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.


Eversheds Sutherland 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.


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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.

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Al Tamimi & Company

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners


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Al-Ansari & Associates

Dentons

Eversheds Sutherland


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Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices

Lalive

Norton Rose Fulbright

Sharq Law Firm


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Arab Law Bureau

Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany





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Qatar takes its place as regional leader in the telecoms sector, making significant developments in the market. The country is also notably progressive in terms of its move towards 5G.  


A report by Paul Budde Communication, published in May, highlights the country’s leading position in the Middle East and telecom-market maturity.


Qatar has continued to improve its fibre-based broadband networks, allowing for OTT expansion.  


The country’s film industry has been described as promising and exciting, attracting foreign film makers. In December, Turkish producers began filming for a new Turkish TV series in Doha.


In other developments, Bloomberg Media announced its collaboration with Media City to develop Qatar Economic Forum, expected to take  

place this year. The initiative creates a forum to focus on technology, sports and culture.


Mohammed Bader al Sada, Chief Executive Officer of Media City, said: “The forum opens a future of opportunities to share new ideas around how we can work together to invent and re-invent economies.”


Justin B. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Media, commented: “The Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg will empower international business leaders and financial influencers with fresh perspectives and unique data-driven insights”

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