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Dana Gas says wins UK court ruling for $100 million Kurdistan payment
United Arab Emirates energy firm Dana Gas, one of the largest investors in Iraq's Kurdistan region, said the British High Court had ordered the Kurdish regional government to pay Dana's consortium $100 million (66 million pounds) within 14 days. Full Article
Saudi property company Alandalus plans December IPO
Saudi Arabia's Alandalus Property Co will launch an initial public offering (IPO) in mid-December, the market regulator said in a statement, the first flotation since the kingdom allowed direct foreign share ownership. Full Article
Gulf banks rush to loan market to cope with liquidity squeeze
Gulf banks are rushing to raise money via the loan market by the end of the year in a flurry of activity attributed to a liquidity squeeze caused by lower oil prices, banking sources aware of the matter said. Full Article
Saudis to sue Twitter user who called poet's death sentence 'ISIS-like'
Saudi Arabia's justice ministry plans to sue a Twitter user who compared the death sentence handed down to a Palestinian poet to the punishments meted out by Islamic State, a major government-aligned newspaper reported. Full Article
HSF returns to Saudi Arabia with new alliance
Herbert Smith Freehills has returned to Saudi Arabia after a gap of two years, after inking an alliance with the Riyadh law firm Law Office of Nasser Al-Hamdan and hiring partners from White & Case and DLA Piper. Full Article
Kuwait’s ASAR-Al Ruwayeh on NBK’s $410 mln bond issuance
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners has advised the joint lead managers in National Bank of Kuwait’s (NBK) 125 million Kuwaiti dirham ($410 million) bond issuance. Full Article


UAE companies law: A new era
After several years of discussion, the United Arab Emirates has issued a long-awaited companies law aimed at boosting IPO activity, enhancing corporate governance and encouraging foreign investment into the Arab world’s second biggest economy. Kanishk... Full Article
How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to... Full Article
The search for consistency
Islamic finance today is booming, but could its progress be held back by inconsistencies in interpretations across jurisdictions, asks Raghavendra Verma Full Article
The boom is back
The United Arab Emirates has bounced back from the financial crisis of 2009-2010, when it came perilously close to sovereign default. Infrastructure construction has returned to full swing, while M&A deals abound, which means more... Full Article

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