Join us on 8 March 2023 at The Address, Dubai Mall for DLA Piper’s fourth Middle East Tech Summit.
Bringing together business leaders from the Middle East tech sector, the summit will cover key business issues impacting companies in the context of emerging technology, innovation and the pursuit of growth.
Gain insight into the future of Tech, regulatory changes in the Middle East (and beyond), and best practices to move your business to the next level. Which transformational technologies and potential liabilities are impacting businesses in the Middle East?
Hear from thought provoking speakers in the Tech industry on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Web3, Metaverse, Digital Transformation, Tech M&A and the Start-Up Community. Amongst other inspirational speakers, we are delighted to confirm that Fares Akkad, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa at META is joining us for a fireside chat.
Be prepared to be inspired, astounded and educated on some of the hottest topics in Tech and how evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
An unmissable event for the Middle East business and legal community.
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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.
meta[bolic] and Glucare
What is AI and what is the impact on your business? Which legal liabilities are you facing? Our speakers will share thoughts on AI regulations and its impact on industries around the world.
What are the latest themes and innovations set to impact the Technology sector in 2023? This panel will reflect on the key findings of DLA Piper’s latest Technology Index report; our study that explores the perceptions and attitudes of technology growth. Yet again the report has generated some fascinating insights, shedding light on general trends which we will explore through the lens of businesses in Middle East. We’ll discuss current important innovations, emerging regulation and geopolitical issues in areas such as AI, fintech digital evolution, and more.
Global Growth Strategy and Change Lead
Partner, Managing Director, Sustainability and Resilience
Managing Director & Vice Chair
Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority [VARA]
Despite the current economic turbulence, companies continue to see important potential to create value and achieve growth through acquisitions. In addition to discussing current M&A trends in the Middle East, this panel will also reflect on the key findings of DLA Piper’s latest Technology Index report; our study that explores the perceptions and attitudes of technology growth. Our survey provides clear evidence that the main motivation for acquiring external businesses continues to be access to new technology. What are the key technological challenges when acquiring an external company? What are the key drivers for M&A? Is the war for talent intensifying? Or are companies making an acquisition for defensive purposes?
Director - TMT M&A
PwC Middle East
Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Senior Counsel and Regulatory Lead for Middle East and Africa
Across almost every sector of the economy, organizations are talking with increased urgency about the need to transform their businesses by employing new and/or disruptive technologies. This panel will discuss how businesses can succeed in Industry 4.0 covering areas such as Cloud Computing. What are the drivers of digital transformation, the importance of purpose and culture, and how to create a digitally evolved organisation.
Global Co-Chair of Technology and Sourcing
Chief Technology Officer
This panel will discuss the state of venture capital and tech private equity investments and share insights on the most active and promising sectors for tech investments.
Global Co-Head of Emerging Growth and Venture Capital
CEO and Co-Founder
YallaMarket and YallaHub
Principal – Ventures & Growth
Mubadala Investment Company
Managing Partner & Chief Exit Officer
Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Founder and Managing Partner
Web3, the new paradigm of the internet, has garnered significant interest from the global tech sector for its unlimited potential across a wide range of industries. The application of Web3 is truly limitless as it incorporates concepts such as decentralisation, blockchain technologies, and a token economy. This panel will reflect on key Web3 opportunities and the evolutionary edge of digital assets/ cryptocurrencies, as well as key regulatory considerations for Web3 related activities in the Middle East, including the new virtual asset specific regulatory framework launched by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA). The panel will also discuss foreseeable Web3 developments in the region and beyond, and their impact on the growth of the digital assets ecosystem globally.
CEO, Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority
Founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence,
Senior Partner, Cybersecurity & Digital Trust Leader
Partner, Co-Chair, US Telecom Practice, Co-Chair, Global Telecom
Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs practice
National Diversity and Inclusion Partner
Member, Executive Committee
Born at the dawn of the atomic age, the United Nations, the World Bank and other international development actors have served as a platform for realizing the benefits of new technologies whilst mitigating their risks.
Chair, International Development Practice
Partner, Global Co-Chair, Patent Group
We are delighted to have Fares Akkad, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa at META, joining our stage for a fireside chat.
The next dimension of interaction and connectivity is already here, and it's built on Web 3.0, blockchain and virtual reality. META, and many other companies and crypto businesses, are deeply investing in this revolution. Fares Akkad will share perspectives on the possibilities businesses are facing as they navigate this new sphere. The discussion will help businesses understand what the metaverse has to offer, and how to manage its uncertainties.
Managing Director, MENA
Partner, Global Co-Chair Data Protection, Privacy and Security
"A truly professional, high-class event"
"Overall it was an excellent event…The duration of the sessions was spot on the team moderated with skill. There was a good spread of seniority and diversity amongst the attendees, which provided a useful networking environment"
"A fantastic event and one which I would definitely attend again."