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TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 42 countries has been exposed to virtually every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as regulatory issues, licensing matters, IP infringements, data protection and anti-trust issues, as well as small, medium and large-scale M&A matters, JVs, MVNOs and similar. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Sector convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. Our clients range from multinationals and major domestic companies to high growth businesses, start-ups and their investors. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

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July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Tech­no­logy, Me­dia & Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions
Zain MTC on cor­por­ate struc­tur­ing, in­clud­ing the in­cor­por­a­tion of the li­cence-hold­ing joint stock com­pany and a SPV to enter in­to bridge-fin­an­cing gar­range­ments for the pay­ment of its suc­cess­ful US$6.1 bil­lion bid for the third mo­bile tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions ser­vices li­cence in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Com­mu­nic­a­tions and In­form­a­tion Tech­no­logy Com­mis­sion of Saudi Ar­a­bia (CITC) on the suc­cess­ful auc­tion of a 3G li­cence; and ad­vising on the suc­cess­ful auc­tion of voice and data li­censes at­tract­ing over US$3.5bn.A French lis­ted tech­no­logy group on the re­struc­tur­ing of their Middle East busi­nesses in UAE and KSA, in­clud­ing rene­go­ti­at­ing the share­hold­ers’ agree­ments, put & call op­tions and oth­er ele­ments with minor­ity share­hold­ers/man­age­ment in the UAE and KSA.Zain MTC on cor­por­ate struc­tur­ing, in­clud­ing the in­cor­por­a­tion of the li­cence-hold­ing joint stock com­pany and a SPV to enter in­to a bridge-fin­an­cing ar­range­ments for the pay­ment of its suc­cess­ful US$6.1 bil­lion bid for the third mo­bile tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions ser­vices li­cence in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Eric­sson (Saudi Ar­a­bia Branch) act­ing as re­tained coun­sel on cor­por­ate and reg­u­lat­ory mat­ters in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Hua­wei on a broad ar­ray of cor­por­ate mat­ters in­clud­ing both con­ten­tious and non- con­ten­tious mat­ters in KSA.Zain Group on its in­vest­ment in the neX­gen Group, a smart cit­ies tech­no­logy busi­ness in the UAE.Zain Group on its pro­posed di­vest­ment of tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions towers and pass­ive in­fra­struc­ture in Kuwait and Saudi Ar­a­bia.Gulf Data Hub on design and con­struc­tion of a data centre at King Ab­dul­lah Uni­versity of Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy (KAUST), Saudi Ar­a­bia.A con­sor­ti­um com­bin­ing John Hop­kins Uni­versity Hos­pit­al and Ac­cen­ture on their Joint Ven­ture and ser­vice de­liv­ery ar­range­ments with Saudi Ara­mco, to cre­ate a new spe­cial­ist hos­pit­al in Saudi Ar­a­bia.A glob­al health­care ser­vicespro­vider on their part­ner­ship ar­range­ments with the Min­istry of Health in Saudi Ar­a­bia in re­la­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of up to 20 clin­ics to provide a spe­cial­ist health­care treat­ment.Ac­cen­ture Glob­al on the RFP pro­cess and the sub­sequent con­trac­tu­al ar­range­ments for the de­liv­ery of a num­ber of sep­ar­ate sys­tems and re­lated ser­vices to the Min­istry of Health in Saudi Ar­a­bia.A lead­ing com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany in re­spect of a dis­pute re­lat­ing to the pro­vi­sion of co-loc­a­tion ser­vices in re­spect of cloud ser­vices.Le­bara (a tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany op­er­at­ing in Saudi Ar­a­bia) in re­la­tion to cases per­tain­ing to the tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions reg­u­lat­ory frame­work in Saudi Ar­a­bia in­volving the Saudi Com­mu­nic­a­tions and In­form­a­tion Tech­no­logy Com­mis­sion.GSM op­er­at­or in Saudi Ar­a­bia on mat­ters in­vovling an ar­bit­ra­tion case seated in Riy­adh and car­ried out pur­su­ant to the Saudi Ar­bit­ra­tion Law in con­nec­tion with a dis­pute arising from an In­ter­net Ser­vice Dis­tri­bu­tion Agree­ment.Eric­sson (a net­work­ing tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany op­er­at­ing in Saudi Ar­a­bia) on mat­ters com­pris­ing dis­putes arising from lease and sub­con­tract­ing agree­ments.

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16 July 2019
CMS strengthens Middle East Cor­por­ate and Tech of­fer­ing with new part­ner...
Fer­as Al Shawaf Law Firm in as­so­ci­ation with CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Karim Fawaz, who joins the firm as a part­ner to be based out of Dubai and Riy­adh. Read more about Karim's ap­point­ment here.
July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Tech­no­logy, Me­dia & Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions
7 February 2018
blo­wout&go con­firmed as first Middle East mem­ber of CMS equIP pro­gramme
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that blo­wout&go, the Middle East’s num­ber one at-home hair and makeup ser­vice, has been se­lec­ted to join the firm’s highly coveted equIP pro­gramme – the first Middle East­ern mem­ber to en­list in the scheme.