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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Equity Group Investments
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.
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.
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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:
Chief Transformation Officer
Senior Vice-President and Global Head Consulting and Digital Services
Group Chief Digital, Technology and Operations Officer
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.
Edirham – Chief Information Security Officer
Ministry of Finance, UAE
Fintech Entrepreneur and Advisor
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.
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?
Vintage Investment Partners
Founder and Managing Partner, E11 and Board Member
Emirates Angel Investors Association
Co-founder and CEO
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?
VP & Chief Investment Officer
Alturki Holding and Managing Director, Alturki Ventures
Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Investing Practice, VC-in-Residence
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!).
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Abu Dhabi Family Office
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