Commercial & Trade

Commercial disputes in the GCC region are extremely difficult to circumnavigate due to the immense level of corporate scrutiny, varying regulatory requirements, and the often complex structure of commercial transactions themselves.

With more than 25 years of experience in the GCC, at SCHLÜTER GRAF we have developed skills to advise clients on complex restructuring and re-organization of their businesses. Our professional and dynamic team drafts, assesses, and reviews the commercial transactions for our client in minute detail, ensuring that even in the case of a dispute, our client’s interests are safeguarded. 

International trade drives a major chunk of the global economy. Ever evolving trade policies in the GCC region affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. Whether governments are negotiating multilateral, regional, or bilateral trade agreements, or revising national laws and regulations, the result is the same; a change of rules and procedures for the companies carrying out the trade.

Our team at SCHLÜTER GRAF stay abreast with the changes and ensures that our clients stay compliant with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services by managing the risks and maximizing the opportunities associated with the new regulations.

Key Contacts


UAE: The Impact of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) on UAE Entities

The German Supply Chain Act and its impact on businesses in the Gulf Region

Neue gesellschaftsrechtliche Bestimmungen in der „Dubai Airport Free Zone“

Saudi Arabia: Judicial Reforms and Regional Headquarter Requirements Announced


UAE: Amended Commercial Companies Law (Federal Decree Law No. 26 of 2020), 49-51 Rule and FDI Law abolished

UAE announces Overhaul of Companies Law to Permit 100% Foreign Ownership in Mainland Companies

UAE: The Positive List-Opening the Floodgates to Full Ownership in the United Arab Emirates?

UAE: Tawazun Economic Program - The Tawazun Economic Council's New Policy Guidelines

UAE: Dubai's One Free Zone Passport Initiative

UAE: Abu Dhabi Value (ADV) – The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s New Localisation Rules

Carrying out Business on ADNOC Facilities and CICPA Security Passes

Contract and Toll Manufacturing under ICV and IKTVA –The Easy Way Out?

GCC: Managing Localisation Programs - Is it time for a Chief Localisation Officer (CLO)?

UAE : Service Providers and ICV

UAE: Changing the Game Changer - Update on ADNOC's ICV

Adequate Legal Measures in Times of Foreign Policy Conflicts

UAE: ICV and its Impact on Doing Business with ADNOC

KSA: IKTVA and its Impact on Doing Business with Saudi Aramco

UAE: VAT and doing Business in the UAE


KSA: Counter Concealment Campaign Saudi-Arabia’s Anti Concealment Legislation

KSA: Public Consultation on Draft Law on Petrol and Petrochemical Materials

UAE: New Commercial Agency Law