Consumer & Retail

Consumer & Retail

Consumer goods and the retail industry remain a prominent growth area in the region, with an increasing number of global retail companies entering this rapidly increasing market. As more investments continue to be funneled into all areas of retail, including e-commerce, franchising and real estate, infrastructure, supply chain, and service delivery analysts predict that the region is poised to witness further growth in coming years.

In addition, the region has also become a hub for entrepreneurs, technology incubators, start-ups, digital innovators and SMEs. These fledgling companies require legal guidance when setting-up an online business presence in the region. Whether a start-up or a seasoned player in consumer and retail sphere, our team offer companies expert advice based on a deep understanding of local, regional, and international laws related to not only intellectual property and e-commerce but to traditional retail including fashion stores and retailers and food and beverage outlets, advising on new product development and commercial compliance programs.

We have represented clients and diversified business conglomerates across multiple geographies, on virtually every aspect of operational and legal issues involving technology and e-commerce related transactions, including assisting in developing IT solutions for online sales. Our expertise range from advising on developing new products, franchising, customs and excise, IP solutions, employment matters, company growth through mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, and real estate portfolios.

With online businesses overtaking physical retail stores, the retail landscape in the UAE is rapidly changing as e-commerce businesses continue to grow in number and popularity. Our team advise a wide range of e-commerce companies from fashion brands and food & beverage to service-based e-commerce and digital products. Our team will inform you of the UAE rules and regulations when it comes to setting up an online business or marketplace onshore or in any of the free zones. Our team advise on online contracting, i.e. click to-accept, payment methods, social media and online content, which includes guidance on IP and cyber-crimes.

New to the UAE in 2019 was the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT). Since then our lawyers have been advising our consumer & retail clients regarding registering their businesses and on the payment of VAT, in addition to routinely advising the customs and excise legislation of the UAE.

We routinely represent multinational companies to start up franchisors on the full scope of franchise law, including franchise agreements, advising on preferred ways of expanding a business without any risk or dilution of ownership.