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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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Al Tamimi & Company has a prominent position nationally and regionally, with emphasis on multiple media segments. The firm’s TMT group acts for film studios, advertisers and television companies. In work led by Fiona Robertson the team advised on a US motion picture production filmed nationally, negotiated production services agreements and local contracts for the production team. Lawyers also advised on campaign developments and television content production.


Clyde & Co provides commercial media and broader TMT advice to a broad client base, global and national. With a high profile client list, the firm’s experience includes complex transactions. Head of division Joycia Young leads on media cases that include defamation, online media and regulatory matters.


Media and entertainment specialist therightslawyers is one of the region’s most prominent firms with an exceptional reputation. Backed by the strong leadership of Mark Hill, lawyers advise on content, copyright, advertising and broadcasting. The team has extensive experience assisting with film production, music publishing, sports and gaming. Other areas of focus include print publishing, marketing and fashion.


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Bird & Bird is widely respected by peers and noted for its TMT commitment. The firm’s practitioners have extensive media sector experience that includes regulatory and commercial advice. Well regarded by peers, the firm is notably recognised for its work on motion picture production, distribution, online media regulation and video games.   


DLA Piper is highly regarded nationally and is frequently highlighted by peers for its media commitment. Primarily focussed on entertainment and sports, lawyers act on a range of cases from corporate to advisory. Led by regional managing partner Abdul Aziz A. AL-Yaqout, the media group assists with production and rights acquisitions and the exploitation of media rights and regulatory matters.


Simmons & Simmons has a strong reputation backed by its international industry focus. The firm’s traditional emphasis on technology supports the growth of its media sector coverage. Lawyers advise on commercial and regulatory matters involving television broadcasting and film production.


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Dentons focusses on multiple areas of work, from mergers and commercial contracts to media events and regulation. The team advises on film production and franchising agreements. In representative work led by former department head Joby Beretta, who has since established law firm The Bench, lawyers advised television station OSN on its bid for media rights to international cricket matches, for the Middle East and North Africa region, organised by the International Cricket Council for the period 2015-2023.


Independent firm Hadef & Partners is gaining recognition among peers. The firm’s TMT division works on acquisitions, disposals, commercial transactions, e-commerce and data privacy. Michael Lunjevich is the firm’s key contact for sector-related work, including advice on licensing and media contracts.


Established in 2016, The Bench specialises in the TMT sector. The firm is managed by former Dentons partner Joby Beretta, who is widely known for his expertise in the media, entertainment and sports industries. Lawyers advise on media commercial contracts, events and regulations. Clients range from local and international broadcasters to sports and entertainment companies.


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Allen & Overy has a firm position nationally with its focus notably on intellectual property. Present since 1978, the firm’s full-service scope provides broad sector coverage that includes technology and telecoms. Key practitioners include Ibrahim Mubaydeen and Simon Roderick who advise on multinational cases - transactional and advisory.


Digital technology spurs activity at Pinsent Masons, which represents technology suppliers, central government departments and international telecoms providers. The firm is well regarded by peers for its work on dispute resolution, which is managed under a separate TMT litigation practice. Sachin Kerur manages the practice and handles cases connected with communication licensing, data protection

and privacy.


TIER 1

Al Tamimi & Company  

Clyde & Co

therightslawyers


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Bird & Bird

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

Simmons & Simmons


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Dentons  

Eversheds Sutherland

Hadef & Partners

The Bench  


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Allen & Overy

Pinsent Masons

Rouse


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 Middle East and North Africa

 North America

 Asia-Pacific

 Western Europe

 Central and Eastern Europe

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The UAE media market has accounted

for growth in the broadcast sector over the past year with the launch of two radio stations. Activity has also included regulatory expansion that takes digital media into account.


In August 2017 the UAE consolidated its laws regulating media content after digital media regulation came into force, bringing services offered by OTT providers under its remit.   


Lawyers say the new rules essentially reiterate existing standards for media, which were previously spread across separate legislation but more importantly demonstrate a legal framework that is more compliance-driven.


In April last year the broadcast sector was boosted by Abu Dhabi Media’s (ADM) launch of two radio stations, Radio 1 and Radio 2. The development is part of the company’s expansion of English-language radio stations, and brings ADM’s total number of networks to eight.  


Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, ADM Chairman and Managing Director, said: “The official launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 under Abu Dhabi Media underscores our strategic efforts to create tangible change in media content at Abu Dhabi Media, and diversify the media brands under its umbrella.”


The Arab Media Outlook Report 2016, which provides expansive data on media sector development in the pan-Arab region, highlights the broadcast sector as a significant market segment.


The report states: ‘Radio in the UAE is expected to grow, led by its ability to substitute for expensive media such as print. Digitisation trends are also becoming more prevalent in the UAE, with many stations offering their content online and via apps.’

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


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