Competition:

Saudi Arabia incorporated recent Competition Regulations which prohibit a broad spectrum of anti-competitive business activities and a correspondingly wide array of commercial enterprises.  

GPA advises both domestic and international clients on the impact of these laws on their existing and future operations and activities in the region to ensure their compliance. We also advise clients on the impact of these laws on the structuring of proposed mergers and acquisitions and any other potential business activities.

GPA has recently advised:

·       a major service provider to the travel industry on their compliance with competition regulations in the Saudi market

·       a leading tobacco manufacturer on their compliance with competition regulations in the Saudi market

World Trade Organisation:

Saudi Arabia joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 11 November 2005 becoming the 149th Member.  Fulfilling the requirements for membership of the WTO provided the additional impetus needed for further liberalisation of trade and investment in the economy.  

Whilst the WTO complaints mechanism is available only to sovereign states (or a regional grouping of states, such as the EU), private companies confronting WTO unlawful barriers in their activities may request that their Governments make use of the system.  Often, these companies and their lawyers will perform most of the work in a dispute settlement case.

Disputes will often be settled before they reach the stage of an official complaint (for example, between a corporation and a foreign government, or between a foreign government and the European Commission).  In conjunction with Herbert Smith, GPA is able to provide a wide range of advice on WTO issues.

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