The first Law Update of 2024 is here, and our first focus of the year spotlights Healthcare and Lifesciences, a sector that is undergoing significant growth and development across the MENA region.
Our focus provides an insight into some of the most important regulatory updates across the region, such as the UAE’s groundbreaking law on the use of human genome, Kuwait’s resolution on nuclear and radioactive materials, the new regulations for healthcare services in Qatar, Egypt’s healthcare regulatory framework, and the impact of the Saudi Civil Transactions Law on the healthcare and life sciences sector … and there is so much more!
Beyond the healthcare pages our lawyers share with you multi-sector insights where you will discover articles on Dubai’s DIFC regulatory framework for startups, Bahrain’s commercial agencies law, and we also shed light on Kuwaiti civil code and the advantages of setting up a joint stock company in Saudi Arabia.Read the full edition
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On 31 October 2019, the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) introduced Prescribed Company Regulations 2019 (“New Regulations”) that replace the Special Purpose Company regulations (“Old Regulations”).
The main objective of the New Regulations is to consolidate, replace and expand on the existing Special Purpose Company (“SPC”) and Intermediate Special Purpose Vehicle (“ISPV”) regimes.
The New Regulations provide a flexible, business friendly regime allowing a cost and time efficient way of doing business to Prescribed Companies in the DIFC aligned with international best practices.
A Prescribed company is a private company limited by shares that falls under the regime of Small Private Company as per Companies Law DIFC Law No 5 of 2018 (“Companies Law”).
A Small Private Company will be considered a Prescribed Company if:
Scenario 1 – Qualifying Applicant – It has been formed by:
Scenario 2 – Qualified Purpose – It forms part of:
It is subject to the New Regulations as well as Operating Law DIFC Law No. 7 of 2018, Operating Regulations, the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Regulations and the Companies Law.
All existing SPCs and ISPVs shall automatically become a Prescribed Company upon the enactment of the New Regulations, and shall:
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