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Dubai: The second edition of the BRICS+ forum in Dubai addressed pressing challenges and solutions in the macroeconomic environment. The high-profile event discussed doing business in the GCC, global expansion, legal mechanisms for foreign investment, trade and dispute resolution, and current problems of legal regulation of cross-border businesses and economic sanctions, said BRICS + New Economy Legal Forum – Dubai in a press release.

BRICS+ New Economy Legal Forum is a part of the New Economy Legal Forum series that is organised in different parts of the world by BRICS+ New Economy and legal infrastructure center (BRICS+).

The organiser BRICS+ new economy and legal infrastructure center (BRICS+) is an organisation dedicated to promoting economic and legal cooperation among BRICS+ member states and beyond. BRICS+ facilitates dialogue, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among businesses, legal professionals, and government institutions.

The Dubai event received more than 220 top executives from 20 countries - vice-presidents and heads of legal departments of Russian and BRICS+ member state companies, owners of the leading legal and consulting companies, heads of law firms who relocated to Dubai and BRICS+ member states; representatives of Russian and international consulting companies from the CIS and neighbouring countries.

Abdulla Baqer, Regional Director of Middle East and Eurasia, Dubai Chamber, UAE, said: “I am delighted to welcome large businesses, exporters, investors, financial institutions, and leading legal advisors who are able to contribute to the development of international trade and investment in new macroeconomic conditions.” He added: “The forum will serve as a key global platform for discussing current legal and economic issues related to the development of the economy and the creation of legal infrastructure in the BRICS+ regions.”

GCC Doing Business

The panel titled GCC Doing Business shared valuable information on business development prospects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Oman and Qatar. It explored legal landscapes for team relocation in the GCC, current issues of doing business in the GCC in the new realities as well as the UAE and GCC legal systems and the role of Islamic Sharia. Current direction of the UAE regulatory system, choice of the mainland or free zone business jurisdictions and the key differences between free zones. Speakers discussed taxes in GCC countries and what factors should be considered when choosing a jurisdiction to conduct business.

The panelists include Alexandra Kurdyumova, Senior Partner,; Andrey Timchuk, Partner, Co-Head of the sanctions practice, Delcredere (Russia); Richard Briggs, President of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Managing Partner of Hadef & Partners, and Board Member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) (UAE); Abdulla Ziad Galadari, Senior Partner, Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants (UAE); Anastasia Speranskaya, Counsel on Corporate and M&A, at Alumni Partners (Russia); Maria Nikonova, partner, head of the UAE Office, PGP Tax Consultancy (Middle East desk Pepeliaev Group) (Russia). The panel was moderated by Alexander Kukuev, Managing Partner, Uppercase Legal Advisory (UAE).

Global expansion

The panel about global expansion discussed the BRICS+ as a zone for the development of international economic relations. The large companies involved in global expansion in emerging markets deliberated on the directions of international development, its mechanisms and business needs. The industries for investment discussed were energy, metallurgy, agriculture, IT, media and content production, mining and processing of minerals, finance and investment.

Among the speakers of the panel include: Dr. Abdulrahim Yousif Alawadhi, expert in legal matters on the GCC, PHD, former minister of justice of the UAE, former ambassador of the UAE in Poland (UAE); Filipe Barros, federal deputy, the President of the Parliamentary Front for Mining, Innovation and Mineral, in the National Congress (Brazil); Vadim Titov, CEO, Rosatom – International Network (Russia); Arthur Mario Pinheiro Machado, CEO, Geneve investments (Brazil); Vladimir Razuvaev, CEO, Softline (Russia); Rustam Aksenenko, CEO and founder, Arkanis VC Capital (Swiss); Ned Stark, Arbra Capital Partners.

It is notable that Pakistan has recently joined the BRICS+ in a bid to expand country’s trade expansion with BRICS member states.

BRICS+ Business Partnership - Brazil

One session deliberated on the BRICS+ Business Partnership focusing on Brazil. Speakers include Alan Gandelman, CEO, Sefer Investimentos; Wilson De Faria, Managing Partner of WFaria Attorneys Brazil; Ilya Bolotov, Industrial Director at FPC Invest; and Boris Edidin, Deputy Director General for Legal Affairs at Institute for Internet Development (IRI) Russia; and Andrey Tsyganov, deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly service (Russia).

International arbitration, IP, Best Practices

On the sidelines of the BRICS+ New Economy Legal Forum Dubai, the round-tables discussed international arbitration and challenges, intellectual property rights in the BRICS+ zone under the new economic conditions, best practices, legal reality and current business issues including sanctions.

The forum underscored the importance of collaboration and cooperation in building a more resilient and integrated future for the member states and beyond. By fostering open dialogue and knowledge exchange. The dialogue contributed to the development of innovative solutions that can address the complex challenges of the current macroeconomic environment.

BRICS+ gains strength with UAE and Saudi Arabia joining

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and Ethiopia joined BRICS on January 1, 2024, doubling its membership to 10, with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa the original members, naming it as BRICS+, on the model of Opec+. With two top oil producers, UAE and Saudi Arabia, the bloc gained power and influence in the world for multilateral trade developments.