Biography

Zeina is an Associate based in our Bahrain office. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in Europe (CIPP/E), and has considerable experience in Bahrain’s legislative and regulatory frameworks concerning data protection, cybersecurity, outsourcing, telecommunications, competition, and employment. She is also experienced in drafting and advising on a wide range of commercial contracts.

Zeina has advised some of the world’s largest technology companies and financial institutions on a wide range of issues concerning media regulations, advertising, consumer privacy, and other e-commerce issues. She has particular experience in advising on local law considerations in respect of launching new technology products and services in the Kingdom.

Zeina regularly advises on regulatory compliance matters, and has an excellent relationship with several regulators in the Kingdom. She works closely with the Ministry of Industry & Commerce, the Personal Data Protection Authority, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on a regular basis.

Zeina is a regular contributor to the firm’s Law Update publications, and has authored a number of articles including on e-commerce and electronic transactions. In 2022, Zeina qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales, and a Practicing Lawyer in Bahrain.

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Recent Experience

    • Advising Citibank N.A. in relation to the sale of its retail business in Bahrain with a specific focus on the data privacy and information security aspects of the transaction.
    • Advising SpaceX on telecommunications licensing and compliance measures with respect to the provision of Starlink satellite and internet services in Bahrain.
    • Advising Raya Contact Centre S.A.E on its acquisition of a business-process outsourcing solutions company in Bahrain through conducting due diligence on the target company.
    • Advising one of the largest multinational automotive manufacturers on rolling out its first connected car with a specific focus on issues relating to telematics, cybersecurity, and the importation of telecommunications equipment.
    • Assisting a major Chinese multinational technology company in preparing a regulatory consultation review in respect of the then draft decisions relating to Bahrain’s personal data protection law.
    • Advising a leading international cross-border money transfer company on the regulations pertaining to conducting promotional activities and advertisements in Bahrain, and the required approvals and permits for carrying out such activities.
    • Advising a major Swiss-based investment bank on several aspects of local data protection laws, including but not limited to data subjects’ rights, data retention, disclosure of data to third parties, employee monitoring / surveillance considerations, cross-border data transfers, outsourcing, and restrictions on marketing communications.
    • Advising local and international entities on various employment-related matters, including but not limited to labour law entitlements, termination of employment (with and without notice), redundancies, employee transfers, social insurance, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and occupational health and safety.

Language(s)

  • Arabic
  • English

Education

2021 – LLM Commercial Legal Practice, BPP University

2019 – Legal Practice Course (LPC), BPP University

2018 –LLB Law, University of Reading

Admission

Solicitor – England and Wales

Licensed Practicing Lawyer – the Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Bahrain