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ACC Middle East Hosts Thought Leadership Dinner

A CC Middle East and Eversheds Sutherland co-hosted a Technology, Media, and Telecoms (TMT) thought leadership dinner at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The interactive dinner provided an opportunity to discuss the current and future legal issues in the Middle East region likely to affect business, whether as a supplier or an adopter/ customer. Colleagues from a wide variety of sectors attended, including financial institutions, technology companies, multinational manufacturers, and logistic companies.

The keynote speech presented by Mike Yeh, assistant general counsel – corporate, external & legal affairs for Middle East & Africa at Microsoft, focused on “navigating the next industrial revolution.”

This was followed by a Q&A panel session, covering legal and market implications of disruptive technology — including augmented reality/ virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics, and the internet of things as well as discussing legal issues in the Middle East region, including: data protection, cyber-crime, security encryption, and electronic payment.

Panelists included Mike Yeh, assistant general counsel – corporate, external and legal affairs for Middle East and Africa, Microsoft; Simon Gamlin, head of technology, Eversheds Sutherland; Neil Mohring, head of media, Eversheds Sutherland; and Atif Taher, principal associate, Eversheds Sutherland. The panelists were moderated by Nasser Ali Khasawneh, managing partner Middle East at Eversheds Sutherland.

Ali Khasawneh commented: “The level of interest and attendance was outstanding, and it shows that technology is not just the remit of our TMT clients. Companies across all sectors now regard technology as a critical element of their business strategy and success. The event highlighted the importance of understanding and keeping up with new technologies and the risks and benefits, as issues surrounding the adoption of new technologies are pervasive across all industries.”

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