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Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Aviation

So far 2008 has been a boom year for the United Arab Emirates' aviation industry, with Etihad Airways, the country's national airline, enjoying a 41 per cent rise in passenger figures since 2007, and 3.5 million passengers using Abu Dhabi airport alone between January and May.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Banking

Banking in the UAE is feeling the benefits of a black gold-rush. The boom in oil prices has led to increased government spending on infrastructure and an uptick in corporate lending. A study by AMEinfo reported a double-figure increase in bank income over 2007, which has shown no signs of slowing in 2008.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Capital Markets

Capital markets in the UAE look set to maintain their upward trajectory despite the international monetary crisis that is curtailing activity in much of the rest of the world, thanks to liquidity arriving from government investment, oil profits and outward investors.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Construction

The United Arab Emirates has a strong claim to be the most active construction market in the world. Driven by oil revenues and with high levels of demand across sectors such as housing, hotels and infrastructure, it is said that one-third of all the new concrete in the world is poured in the UAE. This heightened activity is unsurprisingly reflected in a busy legal market, with local and international firms making an impact in our research and 19 individuals appearing overall.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Commercial Litigation

Litigation before the local courts is restricted to UAE nationals, and as a result, local firms dominate the litigation listings. International firms are, however, starting to make their mark on the scene, and are able to work on international matters and appear before the courts at the Dubai International Financial Centre, which counts as an independent jurisdiction. These parallel outlets allow local and international firms to excel in the litigation sphere despite the apparent restrictions.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Insolvency & Restructuring

The UAE has been in constant economic boom. The liquidation of Forsyth Partners in 2007 was the first and only involving a firm from the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Insurance & Reinsurance

The UAE insurance and reinsurance market has enjoyed sustained growth in recent years, and is today among the largest in the Middle East.

Editorial: Intellectual Property in the UAE

The intellectual property bar in the UAE is small and its lawyers' practices are often broad in scope. The lawyers selected for inclusion in this chapter have experience dealing with a variety of IP issues, ranging from the registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks and patents to dealing with intellectual property rights on the internet. This chapter identifies five individuals from the Dubai offices of three established firms.

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