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“News and Views” from Charles Russell Speechlys Middle East

We are delighted to introduce the inaugural e-newsletter from the Charles Russell Speechlys Middle East team.

It has been another record-breaking year for our Middle East offices which now span Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (through an association).

Recent news highlights from the Middle East include:

  • Rupert Copeman-Hill joined our Business Services team as a Partner in January 2016.  
  • We were shortlisted for the Middle East 'Team of the Year' in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Real Estate & Construction categories at the annual The Oath Middle East Legal Awards. 
  • Ashley Freeman achieved a Top 50 ranking in the Islamica 500 directory, which recognises those individuals with the greatest contribution to the Islamic economy. Ashley was the only lawyer to make the Top 50. 


We hope you find the articles interesting and look forward to working with you in 2016.

Major issues in hotel management agreements

Managing hotels and associated leisure facilities will inevitably give rise to a wide range of complex commercial and legal issues. In this article, we examine some of the high level topics. Read more.

Joint venture considerations in the Middle East

This checklist should be used during preliminary discussions in relation to a proposed joint venture to highlight issues that will have bearing on the structure of the transaction and to assist in the finalisation and agreement of the key commercial and legal terms and conditions to be included in the joint venture agreement. Read more.

Public policy exception and international arbitration

The recent arbitration laws passed in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and the announcement in September 2015 that Oman intends to establish its own centre for commercial arbitration in the Sultanate at the beginning of 2016, clearly indicate a recognition within the regional body politic of the benefits of arbitration as a private, expedited dispute resolution process that benefits both local businesses/entities and international investors. Read more.

Family offices in the Middle East

This article provides an overview of the key issues and considerations for family offices in the Middle East. Read more.


For more information please contact Patrick Gearon, Partner, on +973 17 133203 or patrick.gearon@crsblaw.com