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Middle East Tech Summit:
Digital Evolution Accelerated

Tuesday 2 March - Tuesday 9 March 2021

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The pandemic and the continuous stream of innovative technology have accelerated digital transformation initiatives for many organisations. With the pace of change set to intensify, there is now a stark commercial reality for businesses: digitalisation can no longer be put on the back burner, it is imperative they embrace this change or risk being left behind.

While many organisations are benefiting from this shift, it has presented challenges for others.

Join us for our Middle East Tech Summit, a series of live webinars and recorded podcasts released across three dates in March. These events are specifically designed by our team of experienced lawyers and industry professionals to provide insight into the latest technology trends, challenges and developments affecting senior business leaders and in-house legal departments.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

Equity Group Investments

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Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.

He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.

Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Pre event material
Becoming Future Fit - Adapting for digital evolution
Paul Allen and Andrea Clarke
With COVID-19 having accelerated the shift from physical to virtual working, businesses must understand how to connect their people to their strategy in order to motivate, educate and inspire.

With COVID-19 having accelerated the shift from physical to virtual working, businesses must understand how to connect their people to their strategy in order to motivate, educate and inspire.

For Future Fit author Andrea Clarke, the future of work is highly personal. Drawing on a fascinating international career spanning TV journalism, foreign aid, and corporation communication, Andrea describes “The smart, highly progressive and performing businesses as those where the leaders are confident... to give everyone more freedom, self fulfilment and build efficiencies into new operating models that perhaps weren’t there before.”

In this podcast, Paul Allen joins Andrea to discuss the importance of creating a strong workplace identity through purpose and the need for alignment of business strategy in an ever-changing digital environment.

Podcast part 1

Podcast part 2

Part of the DLA Piper TechLaw Podcast Series and DLA Piper TechLaw Video Series

Speakers
Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Partner

DLA Piper

Andrea Clarke

Andrea Clarke

Exclusively represented by Saxton

10:00am – 11:00am
Live webinar: Digital evolution: Embracing industry 4.0
Paul Allen, Tansel Kilicarslan, Padma Parthasarathy, Mark Diamond and Emre Uzel
The ever-quickening pace of digital and technological advance is forcing all businesses and organizations to re-imagine themselves. For larger enterprises, this has opened up new global opportunities and it has enabled start-ups to take on established companies. The technological shift has empowered organizations to improve efficiency and overhaul customer service.

The ever-quickening pace of digital and technological advance is forcing all businesses and organisations to re-imagine themselves. For larger enterprises, this has opened up new global opportunities and it has enabled start-ups to take on established companies. The technological shift has empowered organisations to improve efficiency and overhaul customer service.

We discuss the regional digital evolution trends we can expect to see in the coming year, including:

  • Post-Covid optimism
  • Innovation
  • The role of tech in sustainability goals
  • Why company purpose is the heart of digital evolution decision-making
Speakers
Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Partner

DLA Piper

Tansel Kilicarslan

Tansel Kilicarslan

Chief Transformation Officer

Al-Futtaim Group

Padma Parthasarathy

Padma Parthasarathy

Senior Vice-President and Global Head Consulting and Digital Services

Tech Mahindra

Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond

Group Chief Digital, Technology and Operations Officer

Network International

Emre Uzel

Emre Uzel

Director

Hapag Lloyd

2:30pm
Podcast release: FinTech Middle East: Innovations in payments and beyond!
Paul Latto, Tony Chacko Joseph, Phil Reynolds and Khalid Saad
The Middle East FinTech revolution has seen rapid growth in mobile payments and platforms. Will growth in payments continue to dominate and what will growth look like going forward?

The Middle East FinTech revolution has seen rapid growth in mobile payments and platforms. Will growth in payments continue to dominate and what will growth look like going forward? 

What other FinTech trends and innovations can we expect to see?  What will be the role of AI, blockchain or wider digital transformation in this space and what are the key regulatory and commercial considerations?

DLA Piper Finance Partner, Paul Latto, is joined by leading FinTech experts from the Ministry of Finance, UAE, CoinMena Crypto Currency Exchange, and Pyypl Ltd, non-bank digital financial services provider.

Part of the DLA Piper TechLaw Podcast Series and DLA Piper TechLaw Video Series

Speakers
Paul Latto

Paul Latto

Partner

DLA Piper

Tony Chacko Joseph

Tony Chacko Joseph

Edirham – Chief Information Security Officer

Ministry of Finance, UAE

Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds

Founder

Pyypl

Khalid Saad

Khalid Saad

Fintech Entrepreneur and Advisor

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

10:00am
Podcast release: M&A and the Middle East digital economy
Will Seivewright, Eamon Holley, William Brown and Courtenay Smith
Tech continues to drive deal making not just in the Middle East region but also globally.

Tech continues to drive deal making not just in the Middle East region but also globally. Join DLA Piper M&A and data partners alongside Control Risks’ crisis and resilience team as they explore M&A trends in the Middle East tech sector and delve deep into the risks, challenges, insights and opportunities that need to be considered when it comes to tech M&A deals. This podcast will talk you through all angles from data protection, cybersecurity through to SESG insights.

Part of the DLA Piper TechLaw Podcast Series and DLA Piper TechLaw Video Series

Speakers
Will  Seivewright

Will Seivewright

Partner

DLA Piper

Eamon Holley

Eamon Holley

Partner

DLA Piper

William Brown

William Brown

Director

Control Risks

Courtenay Smith

Courtenay Smith

Director

Control Risks

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Live webinar: When collaboration drives innovation: Opportunities offered by Abraham Accords
Jeremy Lustman, Abe Finkelstein, Yousuf Al Mulla and Yifat Oron
The signing of the Abraham Accord has paved the way for cross-border investment across a variety of sectors - perhaps none more so than tech.

The signing of the Abraham Accord has paved the way for cross-border investment across a variety of sectors - perhaps none more so than tech. 

With Israel a strong innovation hub and global technology exporter, and the UAE and Bahrain, key financial hubs committed to tech investment as a means of economic diversification, the opportunities for collaboration and co-creation are endless. From HealthTech to FinTech, cybersecurity to AI, investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and startups have been quick to recognise the potential for cooperation.

But how do we sustain the momentum once the initial excitement settles? What mechanisms need to be put in place to ensure true collaboration? And how do these three nations work together to create a truly regional innovation hub and fulfil their goals of becoming leaders in the digital economy?

Speakers
Jeremy Lustman

Jeremy Lustman

Partner

DLA Piper

Abe Finkelstein

Abe Finkelstein

General Partner

Vintage Investment Partners

Yousuf Al Mulla

Yousuf Al Mulla

Founder and Managing Partner, E11 and Board Member

Emirates Angel Investors Association

Yifat Oron

Yifat Oron

Co-founder and CEO

LeumiTech

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

10:00am – 11:00am
Live webinar: 2021 Venture capital in the Middle East: The mini boom
Will Seivewright, Eyad Ramlawi, Anuscha Iqbal, Mark Radcliffe and Paul Holland
The Middle East has seen significant investment in its start-up ecosystem in recent years - from Government backed incubators supporting FinTechs and tech start-ups, to new regulation designed to make it easier for companies to set-up and do business. The stage has been set for venture capital (VC) and corporate venture capital (CVC) to thrive.

The Middle East has seen significant investment in its start-up ecosystem in recent years - from government backed incubators supporting FinTechs and tech start-ups, to new regulation designed to make it easier for companies to set-up and do business. The stage has been set for venture capital (VC) and corporate venture capital (CVC) to thrive.

This is particularly the case for larger corporates in the context of the on-going pandemic. Digital evolution has been fast-tracked and there is a renowned push to embrace new technology and enhance growth in a rapidly evolving business environment.

This panel explore what we can expect to see in the VC and CVC space. What are the considerations for companies looking at setting up CVC arms as part of their growth strategy and what are the key fundraising considerations for start-ups and investors in the current environment?

Speakers
Will  Seivewright

Will Seivewright

Partner

DLA Piper

Eyad Ramlawi

Eyad Ramlawi

VP & Chief Investment Officer

Alturki Holding and Managing Director, Alturki Ventures

Anuscha Iqbal

Anuscha Iqbal

Chief Executive Officer

Spotii

Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe

Partner

DLA Piper

Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Managing Director

Corporate Investing Practice, VC-in-Residence

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Live webinar: The race to monetise Esports
Jamie Ryder, Sam Cooke, Edward Kondrat and David Jenns
As alternatives to live sporting events and other in-person experiences, which Covid has unfortunately put a limit on for now, esports and video games have seen player activity increase in the last year. There are exciting times ahead for the sector, particularly with localised Arabic-language products become more readily available.

As Covid continues to limit our ability to attend live sporting events and other in-person experiences, esports and video games have seen a marked increase in engagement over the last 12 months (though numerous live esports events suffered the same fate as traditional sports). Even before a Covid-induced increase in interest, investment in, and revenues from, esports and gaming have been steadily increasing for a number of years and all forecast models predict significant year-on-year growth in the next 3 -5 years. These are exciting times for the sector generally and particularly in the Middle East.

However, revenue streams in esports suggest the industry as a whole remains under-monetized, particularly in comparison to traditional sports. The question for everyone involved in the esports ecosystem is how increased interest in the sector can be harnessed and commercialised. In this panel discussion we will be discussing the surge of interest in esports, particularly in the Middle East, options for monetising, as well as exploring where the sector may be going from here (and what might be required to get it there!).

Speakers
Jamie Ryder

Jamie Ryder

Partner

DLA Piper

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Managing Director and Co-Founder

ESI

Edward Kondrat

Edward Kondrat

Esports Executive

Empire Entertainment

David Jenns

David Jenns

Strategic Advisor

Abu Dhabi Family Office

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