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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 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


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Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices

Lalive

Norton Rose Fulbright


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Arab Law Bureau

Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany




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With a central focus on media industry development, Qatar continues to strengthen its local capacities through expansion.


Qatari entertainment company beIN Media Group is the latest to consolidate its position through the acquisition of Turkish pay-television operator Digituk, which has approximately 3.3 million subscribers and premium sports and entertainment content. The deal was completed in Q3 of 2016.


Commenting on the acquisition, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of beIN Media Group, said: “This acquisition represents the largest deal in the history of our group and a major milestone in our global expansion.


“Furthermore, this acquisition underscores our commitment to provide the highest quality broadcast experience in high growth potential and mature markets.”


Mr Al-Khelaïfi continued: “Neighbouring the MENA region and within close proximity to our key markets in Europe and Asia, our expansion in Turkey is an essential next step for the beIN

Media Group.”


Highlighting the significance of media market growth, the Centre for Media Freedom stated: ‘Media has played and continues to play a fundamental role in the ongoing development of Qatar and the country’s National Vision 2030’


Qatar’s advanced internet infrastructure allows for consistent digital media growth. According to Freedom House, approximately 93 per cent of the population accessed the internet in 2016.

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