GPA's Telecommunications Practice regularly advises both local and overseas telephone companies on various commercial and regulatory issues in the mobile phone sector. We also act for a number of e-businesses and IT related companies, both foreign and domestic. Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of IT and e-commerce transactions, including software and hardware licensing, web-content and partnering agreements.

Moving along with the rapid changes in the information age, GPA’s recognised Technology Practice provides comprehensive legal services to technology-orientated companies ranging from large publicly held corporations to promising emerging businesses.  In the tradition of legal innovation we can offer our technology clients proactive trusted counsel and cutting-edge legal solutions from all of our offices.

GPA helps clients find ways to commercialise the valuable but untapped technologies and capitalise on e-commerce opportunities.  We advise on the legal aspects of information security and on the contractual issues relating to data management.

As one of the most dynamic divisions of GPA, our lawyers consistently participate in seminars and workshops around the world that relate to new technology issues.  Our well-placed contacts in the technology community greatly enhance the value received by our clients.  We do not hesitate to draw advice from our associates and experts on specialised areas focusing on the converging realms of information technology, internet, telecommunications and media.

Our recent experience in this sector includes advising:

·          a leading domestic mobile operator in relation to its US$3 billion Shari'ah-compliant financing, to refinance an existing bridge facility and to fund Mobily’s business and network build out plan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

·          an investment company in relation to the bidding process for the second GSM licence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

·          a leading international mobile communications provider in securing and reviewing certain agreements concerning large equipment projects in Saudi Arabia