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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

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Al Tamimi & Company has a prominent position nationally and regionally, with emphasis on multiple media segments. The firm’s TMT group acts for film studios, advertisers and television companies. The team advised on a US motion picture production filmed nationally, negotiated production services agreements and local contracts for the production team. Lawyers also advised on campaign developments and television content production.


Charles Russell Speechlys is well renowned for its expert media lawyers based in the Middle East and internationally. The lawyers in the Middle East are particularly well known for their specialised expertise and industry focused experience in the media, entertainment and events industries. The team, led by Mark Hill (Partner), has over 20 years of experience in the region and has a broad understanding of these industries both locally and internationally. The firm provides specialised legal advice to a varying range of clients including media companies, broadcasters, publishers, newspapers, producers, rights holders, platforms, writers, actors and performers as well as celebrities.


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Clyde & Co provides commercial media and broader TMT advice to a broad client base, global and national. With a high profile client list, the firm’s experience includes complex transactions. The media cases that include defamation, online media and regulatory matters.


DLA Piper is highly regarded nationally and is frequently highlighted by peers for its media commitment. Primarily focussed on entertainment and sports, lawyers act on a range of cases from corporate to advisory. The media group assists with production and rights acquisitions and the exploitation of media rights and regulatory matters.


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Bird & Bird is widely respected by peers and noted for its TMT commitment. The firm’s practitioners have extensive media sector experience that includes regulatory and commercial advice. Well regarded by peers, the firm is notably recognised for its work on motion picture production, distribution, online media regulation and video games.   


BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates is a regional full-service law firm headquartered in the DIFC. BSA’s TMT practice is well recognised and its media experience is varied providing commercial, regulatory and contentious advice. The firm’s clients include international and regional media conglomerates as well as social media platforms and regional start-up media entities. Thanks to its regional presence, the firm also advise on sizeable matters in KSA and Oman. The team also advises on TMT matters across the firm.


Independent firm Hadef & Partners is gaining recognition among peers. The firm’s TMT division works on acquisitions, disposals, commercial transactions, e-commerce and data privacy. The team advises local and international clients and routinely advices on licensing and media contracts.


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Allen & Overy has a firm position nationally with its focus notably on intellectual property. Present since 1978, the firm’s full-service scope provides broad sector coverage that includes technology and telecoms. The team also advise on multinational cases - transactional and advisory.


Dentons focusses on multiple areas of work, from mergers and commercial contracts to media events and regulation. The team advises on film production and franchising agreements. In representative work includes advise to television station OSN on its bid for media rights to international cricket matches, for the Middle East and North Africa region, organised by the International Cricket Council for the period 2015-2023.


Digital technology spurs activity at Pinsent Masons, which represents technology suppliers, central government departments and international telecoms providers. The firm is well regarded by peers for its work on dispute resolution, which is managed under a separate TMT litigation practice. The practice and handles cases connected with communication licensing, data protection

and privacy.


Simmons & Simmons has a strong reputation backed by its international industry focus. The firm’s traditional emphasis on technology supports the growth of its media sector coverage. Lawyers advise on commercial and regulatory matters involving television broadcasting and film production.


Established in 2016, The Bench specialises in the TMT sector. The firm is widely known for his expertise in the media, entertainment and sports industries. Lawyers advise on media commercial contracts, events and regulations. The firm assists a range from local and international broadcasters to sports and entertainment companies.

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Al Tamimi & Company

Charles Russell Speechlys  


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Clyde & Co

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright


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Bird & Bird  

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Cedar White Bradley

Eversheds Sutherland

Hadef & Partners

 

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Allen & Overy

Dentons

Pinsent Masons

Simmons & Simmons

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(compared with 37% in 2019), with growth to 46% by 2024. In television, there is a move towards transaction and subscription VOD models, with large players such as Netflix, Shahid (MBC), Starzplay all driving more local content with the hours spent watching up in 2019 through 2021.


There is significant growth in online gaming and the beginning of a rapid anticipated development of e-sports in the region.


Commercially, we expect to see more negotiation of in app advertising, branded content and purchases. Always the rough with the smooth, there is also an increased need for regulation and governance in the digital context.



By Mark Hill, Partner, Head of TMT, IP & Commercial For Middle East,

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, UAE



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MARK HILL

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS LLP

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


The Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a major impact on the media and entertainment industries in the Middle East. Whereas some of the changes have been positive and are contributing to the definition of future trends in their respective sectors, many things the industry has had to face during this period have not been so positive.  


There has been massive damage to in person revenues e.g. cinema attendance, concerts, theatre, physical media (and advertising), corporate events, conferences, production activities – the latest PwC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2020 - 2024 suggests an 8.3% fall to USD19.7 billion last year.  


We have, though, seen a number of significant changes including a primary drive towards digital activities as well as possible opportunities in film, advertising and brands (with an increased focus on social media). Other changes include television and VOD models shifting and a massive uptake in the digital consumption of content.


Digital revenue isexpected to make up 42% of total media and entertainment revenues in MENA

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