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At Mayer Brown, we are committed to meeting our clients' needs in the Middle East and offer a devoted team that is uniquely focused on the region and the many issues and opportunities that it presents.

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Book
2018
Mayer Brown Book
The Employment & Benefits group is pleased to announce the publication of A Global Guide to Employee Data Privacy, the latest in our series of global guides.
Brochure
2018
Mayer Brown Brochure
At Mayer Brown, we are committed to meeting our clients’ needs in the Middle East and we offer a devoted team of partners, associates and other professionals who are uniquely focused on the region and the many issues and opportunities that it presents. Our team provides exceptional on-the ground experience in key jurisdictions, advising clients that are entering, exiting, expanding and operating in or from the Middle East.
Legal Update
24 May 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced his decision to terminate US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the multilateral legal framework for addressing Iran’s nuclear program—and to reimpose US sanctions on Iran despite the concerns of EU leaders.
Legal Update
9 May 2018
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced his decision to terminate US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”)—the multilateral legal framework for addressing Iran’s nuclear program—and to reimpose US sanctions on Iran despite the concerns of EU leaders.
Legal Update
23 August 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This Legal Update summarizes recent notable developments relating to Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s blueprint for sustained economic growth and development.
In Brief
10 August 2017
Book
July 2017
Mayer Brown Book
The Employment & Benefits group is excited to announce the publication of A Global Guide to Retirement Plans & Schemes, the latest in its series of global guides.
Legal Update
25 May 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
US President Donald Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, 2017, marked a new chapter in US-Saudi relations and a new era of opportunity for US and multinational companies seeking to benefit from increased trade, investment and overall economic activity between the two countries.
Firm News
22 May 2017
Mayer Brown announced today that Washington DC partner Charles Hallab, chair of the firm’s Middle East practice, has been appointed to the board of directors of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC).
Media Coverage
22 May 2017
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Charles Hallab (Washington DC, Dubai) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
4 April 2017
Le Monde du Droit
Le Monde du Droit, a French publication specializing in the legal profession, has published an interview with Dany Khayat on his professional career and experience within Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
13 March 2017
Khaleej Times
Construction & Engineering partner Kwadwo Sarkodie (London) is quoted in this article discussing the use of 3D printing in Dubai's construction industry.
Legal Update
10 March 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update

Following a five-year investigation and a scandal that threatened the loss of its supply chain, China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “ZTE”) have concluded settlement agreements with the US Departments of Justice, Commerce, and the Treasury.

This Legal Update was subsequently published in the April 2017 edition of WorldECR, The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions.

In Brief
10 March 2017
Mayer Brown In Brief
On December 12, 2016, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued Federal Law No. 20 of 2016, titled the Law on Mortgage over Movables as Guarantee for Debts (the "Pledge Law"). The Pledge Law, expected to take effect on March 12, 2017, has been a work in progress for a relatively long time and is expected to result in significant changes in the UAE’s financing industry.
Legal Update
20 December 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory is almost certain to mean a marked change in the use of sanctions targeting Iran. While it is not yet clear how Mr. Trump intends to implement the more combative approach toward Iran that he promised during his campaign, in this Legal Update we examine the options for the president-elect and Congress to make changes to current US sanctions against Iran or to impose new sanctions.
Brochure
December 2016
Mayer Brown Brochure
Welcome to this quick reference guide to key facts on international arbitration in the Arab countries of the Middle East. It is designed to provide a useful starting point when considering arbitration issues in the region, such as the seat of the arbitration and any protection afforded by bilateral investment treaties.
Firm News
22 June 2016
Mayer Brown announced today the opening of its office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The office serves as a hub of the firm’s Middle East practice.
Firm News
10 February 2016
Six Mayer Brown partners have been named 2016 “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group. Mayer Brown is in the elite group of eight firms with at least five All-Stars. Since launching its All-Stars report in 2001, BTI has included one or more Mayer Brown lawyers on the list each year.
Firm News
3 December 2015
Mayer Brown announced today that Charles Salem Hallab and Tahan (Tom) Thraya have joined the firm as Corporate & Securities partners, significantly expanding Mayer Brown’s Middle East practice and strengthening the firm’s global transactions offerings. Previously, Messrs. Hallab and Thraya were partners with Baker & McKenzie LLP. Joining them in the move to Mayer Brown are key associate members of their team.
Legal Update
January 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Welcome to the latest edition of the Mayer Brown Mining Update which focuses on some of the key legal issues and developments that have been affecting the Mining sector over recent months.
Legal Update
October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In this issue: Focus on the Middle East: Bahrain; Iraq; Qatar. Saudi Arabia; Extras. Myanmar (or Burma) – the opportunity and the uncertainty. Repudiation – what, how - and dangerous. Mozambique – Africa’s new challenger. What’s been happening @ Mayer Brown? The contract, the whole contract and nothing but.....? Case notes.
Legal Update
11 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 19, 2013, at a meeting of the US-Iraq Business Dialogue (the USIBD), the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, discussed Iraq’s new National Investment Plan (2013-2017) (the Plan).
Media Coverage
29 July 2013
Building Magazine
(subscription required)
Bylined article by Raid Abu-Manneh, Construction & Engineering partner and head of the International Arbitration Group in London, on opportunities for doing business in Qatar and what the challenges are.
Media Coverage
11 July 2013
The Times
(subscription required)
Raid Abu-Manneh, Construction & Engineering partner and head of the International Arbitration Group in London, is quoted in an article about the legal system in Egypt and whether the current unrest will affect clients wanting to do business in the country.
Media Coverage
26 April 2013
Building
A decade after the invasion of Iraq, a bylined article by Construction & Engineering partner and head of the International Arbitration Group in London, Raid Abu-Manneh looks at the opportunities for UK firms working in the country’s infrastructure sector and the legal challenges they need to be aware of.

This article was first published in Building, 26 April 2013.
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