Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)

The UAE has become a regional centre for many businesses focused on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), a position that has been accelerated through the emergence of free zone hubs and special economic zones in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other Emirates.

Hadef & Partners provides clients with wide-ranging service in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of the law. We advise suppliers, operators and customers across all forms of supplier agreements, technology agreements, service contracts, outsourcings and licences.

We provide experienced advice on the TMT aspects associated with mergers, acquisitions, disposals, commercial transactions, regulatory considerations, e-commerce and data privacy. In the event that a dispute arises, we work closely with our Dispute Resolution team to ensure that our clients' objectives are achieved.

We play an active role in keeping our clients informed of their rights and obligations and identifying new operational opportunities that may arise due to the many changes taking place in this area.

We regularly advise on, prepare and negotiate the full range of IT and media agreements involving transactions in the UAE and its various free zones.

Our services include:

  • software development contracts
  • software and hardware licensing
  • supplier and end user agreements
  • internet development, hosting and co-location agreements
  • revenue sharing arrangements
  • media contracts
  • wholesale and retail telecommunications supply agreements
  • telecommunications site licensing including advice on the relevant real estate laws.

We offer our clients a complete and thorough service in this dynamic and rapidly changing area of the law.

  • “We're impressed at how fast they provide us with the work and how comprehensive it is”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • Clients say "They are pragmatic, can-do lawyers."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients say "they are definitely major players - one of the first names to spring to mind in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A local disputes powerhouse, excelling in local and DIFC court litigation. Also very active in arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Offers considerable expertise in construction, shipping and general commercial disputes.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A full-service IP registration and enforcement practice, particularly busy with trade mark registration and anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Assists clients in the hotel, media and consumer goods industries with the protection of their local franchising and distribution interests.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Advises media and technology companies on marketing, licensing and franchising agreements. Huge manpower and experience in contentious matters make the firm a strong choice for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as the collection of related royalties.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Hadef & Partners’ ‘very skilled team’ provides ‘professional service at reasonable fees, and has a good understanding of commercial issues’.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Strong presence in the shipping and aviation industries and impressive track record representing local and international banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include commercial, real estate and insurance disputes. Steadily expanding team, further consolidating the firm's strenght in both arbitration and litigation.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Highly Commended for Middle East Law firm of the Year 2015

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards