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  • CRYPTO ASSETS NEWSLETTER

    - OCTOBER 2019

    Introduction

    On October 15, 2019 the Securities and Commodities Authority of the UAE published the draft regulations concerning crypto assets, for public consultation and comment, with the aim to gather feedback from the industry players (“Draft Regulations”). The Regulations are drafted to govern all aspects of the Crypto Assets industry within the UAE, ranging from token issuance requirements, to trading and safekeeping practices, with emphasis on protecting investor interests through stringent compliance with financial crime prevention measures, crypto-asset sake-keeping standards, information security controls, technology governance norms and the regulation of conduct of business requirements for all market intermediaries.

    CROWDFUNDING NEWSLETTER

    - SEPTEMBER 2019

    Introduction

    In its simplest sense, crowdfunding is solicitation of funds (in small amounts) from multiple investors through a web-based platform or social networking site for a specific project, business venture or social cause. It is becoming an increasingly popular way to connect entrepreneurs in need of finance with investor in search of various forms of returns. What is interesting is that modern day crowdfunding’s history can be traced to as early as 1700s, roughly three centuries before the launch of ‘Artist Share’ the first dedicated Crowdfunding platform

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE NEWSLETTER

    - AUGUST 2019

    Introduction

    Digital advisory services, often colloquially referred to as the “Robo-Advisory” services, has been a topic of interest in the last few years, particularly from the perspective of investor-protection and regulatory outreach. While there are many definitions and connotations to the term, in our view the most comprehensive is the one proposed by Paolo Sironi

    DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION NEWSLETTER PART II

    - JULY 2019

    Introduction

    With a growing online footprint, one is at a higher risk of privacy breach than ever before and therefore, regulatory implementation around the world is ongoing, progressing rapidly with Legislators and Regulators focusing on transforming the legal framework to include policies that support innovation, but which, simultaneously protects individuals and entities from risks associated with data and privacy breaches. Part I of KARM’s newsletter in June 2019[1] focused on the importance of data protection and the classification of data, along with an introduction to specific legislation within the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) mainland and Free Zone areas.

    DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION NEWSLETTER PART 1

    - JUNE 2019

    Introduction

    We, as humans find ourselves in a technologically advanced and digital age, where the world is interconnected. Who could have ever imagined that the launch of the World Wide Web (the “Web”) on 06 August 1991 would amass to what the Web exists as today, where our entire existence as humans is defined online, from simple acts such as sharing our family vacation photographs on social media platforms (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, but to name a few) to more extensive and personal, sensitive information sources such as our medical histories having been documented on a digital database – this all being in existence on one gigantic network.

    IOT NEWSLETTER

    - MAY 2019

    Introduction

    In March, 2018 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of UAE issued a Regulatory Policy on the Internet of Things (“IoT”) (collectively, “Policy”). The Policy was made public only last month and the implementation timelines for the same are yet to be ascertained.

  • CRYPTO ASSETS NEWSLETTER

    - APRIL, 2019

    Introduction

    In February this year, the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) introduced a Crypto Asset Module in Capital Markets volume of its Rulebook. The Module contains the rules concerning trading, dealing, advisory services, portfolio management services in accepted crypto-assets as a principal, agent, custodian or crypto-asset exchange within or from the Kingdom of Bahrain (“Module”).

    NEWSLETTER – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

    - MARCH 2019

    Introduction

    Artificial Intelligence - normally understood as the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and selfcorrection. The research and test-cases on AI have been in existence for over half a century now - as early as in 1940s and 1950s. Right from Turing’s test, the game AI to the Dartmouth conference, the idea of AI was conceived decades ago. It is only now that the discussion has gathered momentum. Why should you care? In the world that we live in, we are both the users and contributors of the ‘intelligence’ of the not so artificial bots around us. Siri, Amazon e-commerce, Netflix, Google Maps, Spotify are only a few examples of the leading players that use AI solutions. As both a user and a contributor, is important to know the dynamics of an AI system. Our newsletter this month, touches upon the attribution of liability and privacy in case of AI and assesses the extant principles of law in UAE in this regard. We also discuss the Ethical AI Toolkit launched by Smart Dubai earlier this year.

    SECURITIES & CRYPTO ASSETS NEWSLETTER

    - FEBRUARY 2019

    Introduction

    The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), a financial free zone located in the UAE, has been one of the first regional regulators to adopt extensive regulations to address the concerns raised by token offerings and cryptocurrencies. On 25th June, 2018, the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“FSRA”) issued Guidance on Regulation of Crypto Asset Activities in ADGM (the “Guidance”) which should be read in conjunction with FSRA’s Guidance on Regulation of Initial Coin/Token Offerings and Virtual Currencies under the Financial Services and Markets Regulations 2015 published on 9 October 2017 (the “ICO Guidance”). In this month’s newsletter, we summarize and discuss, ADGM’s approach on digital assets and regulating the crypto asset business.

    HEALTHTECH NEWSLETTER

    - JANUARY 2019

    Introduction

    Team Karm, was proud to advise and represent our start-up client that built the 'Hayat' app. The Hayat app will use blockchain technology to create a database, allowing both nationals and expatriates to express their wish to donate organs after their death, by registering for the programme. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the ‘Hayat’ registry at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHP) pavilion of the Arab Health forum on January 30, 2019.

    CORPORATE NEWSLETTER

    - DECEMBER 2018

    Introduction

    With the year-end approaching fast, there is so much to reflect on. The highlight for us was the launch of Karm Legal Consultants this year. At a global level, this year saw the implementation of the game-changing regulation of the century - The GDPR! More on the home turf, ADGM launched its regulatory framework for regulating crypto-assets and crypto exchanges.

    FINTECH NEWSLETTER

    - NOVEMBER, 2018

    Introduction

    Over the last few years technological innovations have introduced everyone to a whole new world of digital economy. While most jurisdictions globally have been contemplative, the United Arab Emirates has been one of the few jurisdictions, which has been extremely supportive of technological innovations.

Legal Updates

  • Do you have a UAE Will?

    Today’s addresses the need of having a validly executed and legally recognised Will, in the UAE. Please view our informative, short video enclosed. By creating a solid foundation for your estate planning, including that of executing a last Will, future additions or changes to your family’s circumstances won’t feel as daunting when the time comes. After all, life never slows down and no-one is invincible. Through means of a Will, you can: TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE! HAVE YOUR SAY TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AT A TIME OF HEARTACHE. We, at KARM, will be happy to assist in advising & guiding you as to best give effect to your testamentary wishes. Please feel free to reach out to our team of professionals to set up a virtual consultation, at your convenience. We look forward to connecting with you.

    10 Points- On SEBI's Regulatory Sandbox

    On June 5th SEBI released a cirular to introduce a framework for “Regulatory Sandbox”. Under this sandbox framework, entities regulated by SEBI that shall grant certain facilities and flexibilities to experiment with FinTech solutions in a live environment and on limited set of real customers for a limited time frame. These features shall be fortified with necessary safeguards for investor protection and risk mitigation.

    ENTERPRISE BLOCKCHAINS-Creating Opportunity and Remaining Competitive

    Some of the basic blockchain applications such as system of records and identity management is required by most large-scale organisations. Moreover, the blockchain is now being implemented to offer Software as a Service applications to enterprises. This is being done through providing services like tracking and traceability of products. Following this, J.P Morgan has introduced an enterprise version of the ethereum labelled as “Quorum” which has resolved concerns around privacy and scalability. Quorum is offered as a blockchain as a service offering. Ethereum has also innovated to address all issues which are being faced by enterprises and has formulated an Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (“EEA”) to work on further developments and satisfy all requirements of large-scale organisations.

  • WeWork: Vary and Wary Power

    On a fateful September morning the world woke up to the news of WeWork pulling the plug on its IPO. WeWork, the co-working unicorn startup, whose IPO was one of the highly anticipated public offerings of 2019 saw an abrupt drop in its valuation.

    ‘DO YOU READ’ TERMS OF USE FOR YOUR WEBSITE/MOBILE APPLICATIONS?

    Would you believe if someone were to tell you that you can shop online without “agreeing” to any terms and conditions? No, right? Or have you ever wondered why your favorite item from the retail website that you browsed ten minutes ago is popping up on your Instagram account? At some point in our lives, we all have browsed websites and downloaded mobile applications without reading the much omnipresent terms of use. So, is it necessary to read these terms?

    The Curious Case of Consent

    “For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.” - Jonathan Swift

  • GLOBAL REGULATORY RESPONSE TO DLT

    The two poles of centralization and decentralization have been as old as the human civilization in itself. Capitalism & Socialism, Presidential and Parliamentarian are all the forms of centralization/ decentralization debate that have existed for times immemorial.

    SMART CONTRACTS: A UAE Perspective

    What are ‘Smart Contracts?’

    Role of Startups in Economic Prosperity

    When it comes to startups, a general perception is that it needs to be in a developed country where all the resources are available. In truth, that misses the point: startups can begin anywhere, and it's often the countries with the greatest needs that present the biggest opportunities.

  • Input Tax On Entertainment Services in UAE

    LOOK (MIDDLE) EAST: FINTECH, BLOCKCHAIN AND UAE REGULATORS

    The United Arab Emirates has been one of the few jurisdictions, which has been supportive of the technology. Recently the UAE Government announced the UAE Blockchain Strategy 2021 which aims at capitalising on blockchain technology to transform 50 per cent of government transactions into the blockchain platform by 2021. UAE also happens to be the only jurisdiction around the world to have four regulators acting as incubators to blockchain projects and start-ups.

    CRYPTOCURRENCIES: UAE LABOUR LAW PERSPECTIVE

    Much has been spoken about the disruption and the innovation brought about by the cryptocurrencies and blockchain in general. But amongst other things, a new technology almost always disrupts and affects the conventional methods of managing a workforce.

  • STARTING OUT? Read this first.

    First things first, let’s admit - starting-out is bold. While all of us have heard that most of the start-ups fail with varying percentages in different jurisdictions, there is always hope that your start-up won’t follow suit. As lawyers, this is what we hope for, for you.

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