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Introducing our New Partner in Spain

Introducing our New Partner in Spain
  Dear Partners and Clients, We are pleased to announce that United Advocates has entered into a Collaboration with ACEBO & RUBIO, ABOGADOS, a renowned law firm based in Madrid, Spain founded in 2002 specializing in Commercial and Corporate, Civil Law, Litigation, Arbitration, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate. Therefore we will be able to continue to provide our legal services to our esteemed clients in Spain through our new collaboration. Since our establishment, we have taken great pride in our commitment to not only build a law firm that provides premier legal services ...
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Rising debts in the construction industry, are you creditworthy?

By Eric Teo – Head of International Practice & Special Projects In Dubai, it is noticeable that certain commercial and retail activities are beginning to hum again, and hopefully, the rapid pace of vaccination and continued buzz in real estate transactions will stimulate green shoots in the local construction and real estate industry. But, we must not let our guard down as financial troubles in the industry still linger with rising bounced cheques and debt recovery cases. We regularly hear clients lamenting about bad debts and discovering the front door of their customers' offices fill...
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A brief note by Eric Teo – Head of International Practice & Special Projects

Many stakeholders in the UAE construction industry are concerned with the latest news of Arabtec officially filing for bankruptcy. Some might be fretting over their long list of debtors and are anxious to take action. However, they will need to be aware that the UAE is currently in the “Emergency Financial Crises” (EFC) period insofar as the UAE companies bankruptcy law is concerned. To recap, in October last year, the law was amended to introduce the concept of EFC. And on 31 Jan 2021 Cabinet Resolution No.5 of 2021 was published confirming the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2021 to b...
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Salient Changes to the UAE Companies Law

In recent years, the UAE has taken steps to reduce certain restrictions applicable to onshore companies by passing various laws and regulations for the attraction of foreign direct investment into the UAE, by previously issuing Federal Law No. 19/2018 (regarding Foreign Direct Investment) and thereafter Cabinet Decision No. 16/2020 in line with such law (the “FDI Laws”). The UAE recently issued Federal Decree-Law No. 26/2020 (the “Amendment Law”) amending certain provisions of Federal Law No. 2/2015 on Commercial Companies (the “UAE Companies Law”) by setting out the much-anticipated change...
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NOTICE

Notice Kindly be informed, that we have received several calls, that Mr. HAIDAR ABDUL-RASOOL KADHEM, Mr. MAHMOUD HASSAN KHATIB AL NOUFI and others, have used the name and logo of our firm “United Advocates”, as well as the name of the Co-Founder of the Firm, Mr. ABDULLAH AL ZARI. The also used the logos of government bodies for the purpose of committing deception and fraud crimes. Therefore, we deny any relationship or link of our Firm “United Advocates” or Mr. ABDULLAH AL ZARI, with or to Mr. Mr. HAIDAR ABDUL-RASOOL KADHEM, Mr. MAHMOUD HASSAN KHATIB AL NOUFI or any other person or...
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Announcement of Freelancer License in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has recently announced a new “Freelancer Visa” which shall cover about 48 type of business activities that can be conducted in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This new Freelancer License will be available not only for UAE citizens and residents, but also for non-UAE residents. A UAE resident who wishes to practise a similar activity to their regular job will require a prior written approval from their employer accordingly. Applicants who avail this new Freelancer License will also have the option to apply for residence visas, and an office space...
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Amendments to certain UAE Laws & Regulations

The UAE Government has announced various decrees recently by amending some legal provisions in the corporate, criminal, civil, bankruptcy, personal status, and inheritance laws; which has been initiated in line with the UAE’s ongoing endeavors to enhance its legislative foundations to further develop its status as a global destination to attract foreign investment and expertise. Please find below a concise brief of such salient changes: Corporate: Significant changes to the UAE Companies Law were announced, in which as much as 51 articles would be amended with the introduction of 3 ...
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Questions to Ask When an Employer Wishes to Pay a Subcontractor Directly

By Eric Teo – Head of International Practice & Special Projects   What are the questions to consider if an employer wishes to pay directly to a subcontractor - bypassing payment to its main contractor but without taking over the liability of the subcontract?  Lately, I have received an increasing number of enquiries concerning such a situation. The increase could be a sign of the COVID-19’s impact on the UAE’s construction industry, exposing the precarious position of those main contractors who are facing serious liquidity issues. Paying subcontractors directly indeed has its o...
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Is Your Project’s Documentation Ready to Face the COVID-19 Financial Crunch?

Project documents Covid crunch By Eric Teo - Head of International Practice & Special Projects Perhaps the current slow-down in the construction industry (whether in the UAE or internationally) brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic allows industry players some breather to focus their attention to the state of their project’s documents management and records keeping systems. Why is this important? It is important so that parties do not succumb to the harsh reality of their claims (or rebuttal) getting substantially reduced or rejected either during negotiations or in legal proceedings...
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COVID-19 – The Impact on Agency and Distribution Agreements: FAQ Agency Agreements

- By Avv. RA Dr. Massimo Fontana Ros Each principal who decides to benefit from the activity of a commercial agent makes a prior assessment of the relevant business costs, in particular regarding commission, expense reimbursements and amount of the indemnity for termination. Therefore, it is quite clear that during the exceptional measures introduced by the Italian Government due to the COVID-19 emergency, the most frequently asked questions by agents and principals are the following: I) Can the principal demand that the commercial agent still visits potential clients, claiming that in th...
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