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As some countries open up and economies gradually rebound, there are still prolonged business issues and market trends accelerated by the pandemic that will continue to affect companies across all industries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

In this vlog series, our MENA team of cross-practice specialists provide a quick roundup of the latest legal and commercial developments in the region as well as insights to emerging challenges and opportunities, to guide you as you shape your organization’s business resilience and strategy in the medium and long term.

In addition, our senior female lawyers from our BakerWomen Middle East team join the conversations and share their insights on business and inclusion issues and trends in the region, as together we look to build trust and well-being in a post-pandemic world.

BakerWomen Speak: Practical Tips to Mitigate Risks in Changing Employment Contractual Terms – NEW!

Aqsa Khan-Sadiq talks about how employers should carefully manage changes to terms and conditions in employment contracts in light of the changing market conditions and health and economic circumstances. Aqsa shares the risks of changing contractual terms unilaterally as well as provides some practical tips for employers when drafting or making changes to employment contracts.

BakerWomen Speak: Commercial and Trade Developments in the UAE and Middle East

Laya Aoun Hani speaks about the recent commercial and trade developments in the UAE , including amendments to commercial agencies and foreign ownership, consumer protection regulations in e-commerce, and the re-establishment of intra-regional ties, and how these have created significant opportunities for businesses in the Middle East.


Mohamed Ghannam is the managing partner of Helmy, Hamza & Partners - Member Firm of Baker & McKenzie International. Mohamed heads the Firm's Banking, Finance & Projects, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets practices in Egypt. He is consistently ranked in the top tier by Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 EMEA for his banking & finance, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and projects practices. Mohamed has acted as counsel to many of the world's leading multinational companies and financial institutions in various industries – including those in the finance, telecommunications, healthcare and natural resources industries – helping them carry out high-value, precedent-setting transactions in Egypt. Mohamed Ghannam received his B.A. degree with high honors from Cairo University Law School in 1985 and graduated among the top 1%. In addition to his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1987 and Master of Laws degree from Chicago-Kent Law School in 1993 (Dean's List).


Karim B. Nassar is a Senior Legal Consultant in Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners - Legal Advisors, Baker & McKenzie Limited in Saudi Arabia.


Ian Siddell is a Senior Legal Consultant in Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners - Legal Advisors, Riyadh office.

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