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Bahrain has a growing home entertainment market, a high growth rate in music streaming and an advanced telecoms sector.
The country has one of the highest internet penetration rates in the Arab region, with 1.8 million internet users by July 2022, accounting for 100% of the population.
The music streaming segment is projected to reach a value of USD3.55 million this year, while revenue in the home entertainment market is expected to reach USD699.50K by 2027, according to Statista.
Lawyers say the growth of streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continues but will likely reach its peak.
The telecoms market is expected to attract leading tech companies to Bahrain, as the country’s digital transformation strategy builds on existing ICT market strength.
Media ownership remains concentrated, with national broadcast media outlets owned by the government. Private media follows a pro-government editorial line.
Charles Russell Speechlys opened its Bahrain office in 2006 and has since become an established part of the country’s legal structure. The firm is backed by a 30-year TMT worldwide focus. The office benefits from its specialisation in media, IP, litigation and dispute resolution.
Elham Ali Hassan & Associates focusses on internet, media and IP. The firm’s leading position is backed by an established portfolio that includes clients such as Bloomberg and Apple. The team has vast experience advising on media and technology-related matters.
Full-service firm Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has played a key role in the establishment of regulatory bodies and the formation of regulation. The team’s media focus ranges from advice on commercial contracts, information management compliance and data protection to e-business and IT security.
Zu'bi & Partners provides ‘a high calibre technical service’, according to clients. Practitioners are also praised for being consistently comprehensive and commercially-focussed. The firm’s media team advises on radio and television sub-license agreements and assisted a major multi-national internet corporation on local regulatory matters. The firm also acts for an Arabic language news channel on a range of corporate and advisory matters.
Media work at ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is driven by the firm’s focus on IP. The local team has built a reputable practice known for copyright protection, licensing and brand management. Cyber crime is among core focus areas for the cross-jurisdictional practice, which operates in Bahrain and Kuwait.
Hassan Radhi & Associates lawyers have established links with clients in neighbouring countries. The firm hass strong connections with international networks allowing for a multi-dimensional service that is primarily focussed on intellectual property.
Trowers & Hamlins is praised by peers who highlight the firm’s regional dedication. The practice is supported by an international network of lawyers and dedicated media sector divisions.
Peers describe Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates as an influential practice with industry focus and skill. Present in the Bahraini market since 1989, the full-service firm has a multi-disciplinary approach. The media and telecommunications division works closely with the IP, IT and e-commence practice groups.
Established in 1979, Norton Rose Fulbright has become a trusted brand say competitors. The firm’s regional presence includes office in Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. The firm’s full-service focus and international network make it a leading choice for clients give its international and region expertise.
Charles Russell Speechlys
Elham Ali Hassan & Associates
Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Zu’bi & Partners
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Trowers & Hamlins
Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates
Norton Rose Fulbright
Taqi & Moh'd Ahmed
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