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Synopsis of new UAE Family Business Law

  • Legal Development 11 January 2023 11 January 2023
  • Middle East

  • Corporate

A new UAE Federal Decree Law No.37 of 2022 on Family Businesses (the "Law") was issued in October 2022 and comes into force on 11 January 2023.

The Law aims to:

  • establish a comprehensive legal framework for the ownership and governance of family businesses in the UAE, including by facilitating transfers between generations;
  • support the continuity of family businesses and enhance their role in the private sector;
  • provide mechanisms for the resolution of family disputes; and
  • enhance the contribution of family businesses to the economy and competitiveness of the UAE.

Some of the highlights of the new Law include the following:

  • a flexible, opt-in regime, based on voluntary registration;
  • open to UAE businesses majority-owned by a single family (this concept is to be further defined by Cabinet Resolution);
  • special benefits and incentives may be granted at federal and emirate level;
  • different share classes are permitted – this is a ground-breaking development for onshore LLCs; and
  • bespoke dispute resolution processes specific for family businesses.

We have prepared an in-depth special briefing, designed to support and inform our clients about the new Law, and its potential impact.

Click here to learn more


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