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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
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.
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 Sutherland 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.
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.
Ranking and editorials
Al Tamimi & Company
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
Al-Ansari & Associates
Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sharq Law Firm
Arab Law Bureau
Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
Qatar’s regulatory landscape for privacy
is changing after the country became the first Gulf state member to enact a comprehensive privacy law.
While the Personal Data Privacy Law became effective in May last year, companies operating in Qatar have been given a grace period until June 2018 to comply with the new legislation.
Lawyers say the law marks a new legal era in Qatar, where data processing obligations will be key legal considerations for companies doing business in the country.
In other legislative news, the Government Communications Office (GCO) announced the country is working towards implementing a more flexible media law. GCO Director HE Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani said the GCO is also working on the establishment of a media hub in the country.
Market practitioners say, if established, a media hub could drive partnership between local and international companies while helping to generate advertising revenue for digital media organisations.
The government is also planning to allow more media outlets to open offices in Doha, in turn expanding industry engagement by allowing more media companies to operate in the country.
The GCO’s strategy scheme also includes redeveloping government and legal procedures to create a more flexible process of granting permits for media outlets to open offices in Doha.