Distribution law in Dubai is primarily governed by the Commercial Agency Law, which regulates the relationship between manufacturers and distributors in the UAE. The Commercial Agency Law applies to all commercial agencies operating in the UAE, including foreign companies that appoint local agents to distribute their products in the country. Under the Commercial Agency Law, a commercial agency agreement must be in writing and registered with the Ministry of Economy. The agreement must include details on the products or services being distributed, the territory covered, and the duration of the agreement. It must also specify the commission or fee paid to the agent, as well as the terms and conditions for termination of the agreement.
In addition to the Commercial Agency Law, other laws and regulations may apply to distribution agreements in Dubai, depending on the industry and nature of the goods or services being distributed. For example, companies that distribute pharmaceutical products must comply with the regulations of the UAE Ministry of Health.
Our distribution law services
We represent our clients in litigation, arbitration, or mediation, effectively resolving disputes arising from distribution relationships, such as contractual disagreements, termination disputes, or intellectual property infringement. We specificly represented a large number of manufacturers in the past against non registered agencies who raised compensation claims after the termination of their agency contract.
We draft, review, and negotiate distribution agreements, ensuring they are legally sound, protect our clients’ interests, and comply with applicable laws and regulations.
Intellectual property protection
Our team advises on strategies for safeguarding trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets in the context of distribution relationships, and assists in registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.
We assist clients in structuring, negotiating, and managing franchise agreements, protecting their brand and ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with franchisees.
We offer guidance on navigating the complexities of international distribution, including compliance with foreign laws and regulations, customs requirements, and jurisdictional issues.