Biography

Zeina is an Associate based in our Bahrain office. She has experience in Bahrain’s corporate and commercial laws, data protection and information security, outsourcing, telecommunications, competition regulations, and employment laws. Zeina has advised some of the world’s largest technology and media companies on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters including media and content regulations, data protection and privacy laws, and other e-commerce issues. 

Zeina regularly advises clients on the approvals, licenses and notification requirements required for conducting certain activities in Bahrain, and has an excellent relationship with several regulators in the Kingdom. She works closely with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism, the Ministry of Labour and the Personal Data Protection 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, electronic transactions and data protection. She is admitted as a Practicing Lawyer by the Ministry of Justice in Bahrain, and is due to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2022.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising a multinational investment bank 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 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 a 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 South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer on commercial agencies and distributorship arrangements in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Advising a major Swiss-based investment bank on several aspects of local data protection laws, including but not limited to transparency requirements, 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, 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

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