Mayer Brown provides strategic employment and compliance advice to clients across the Middle East. We advise employers across industry sectors. Our work involves providing strategic advice to clients across the Middle East region enabling them to navigate comfortably through the local labor laws and enabling them to adopt best practices, deal with global mobility matters, and draft and adapt employment/HR policies, all in an effort to enhance integration and manage employee relations.

We have advised clients on regulatory compliance, drafting employment contracts (and supplemental employment agreements), secondment arrangements with distributors, and immigration and employment compliance. We have also handled several contentious employee terminations (including before all levels of Labor Courts in the UAE) relating to discrimination and wrongful terminations and a number of whistleblower cases/allegations.
A Distinctive Middle East Practice


We represent Middle East and multinational companies on their labor and employment matters in the UAE, including:

  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employment Agreements and Policies
  • Secondment Arrangements
  • Terminations and Grievances
  • Government/Ministry of Labor investigations
  • Cultural and Best Practices Trainings
  • Employee Suits before the Ministry of Labor Courts in
    the UAE

We represent Middle East and multinational companies on a wide variety of regulatory and compliance issues, compliance investigations, sensitive whistleblower investigations, bribery investigations and other FCPA, UK Bribery Act and OFAC-related investigations in the Middle East and North Africa. Advised companies on local regulations and regulatory issues across the Gulf, in particular in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.