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Who's Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2020 - Middle East Results

Updated: Oct 25, 2020


For the second year running, the prestigious Who's Who Legal recommends only one entertainment lawyer in the entire Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region (i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) - our very own Joby Beretta. In the Who's Who Legal wider Middle East region, they only recommend 2 other entertainment lawyers - both of whom are based in Israel.

Looking at the other regions, by comparison, in the same entertainment category there are the following number of recommended lawyers:

  • 130 in North America & The Caribbean

  • 78 in Europe

  • 39 in England & Wales

  • 8 in Asia Pacific

  • 6 in Latin America

  • 1 in Africa

The Bench advises on a wide range of entertainment law matters including:

  • TV Rights Licensing

  • Music Rights Licensing

  • Theatrical Rights Licensing

  • Event Management

  • Location Filming Permits

  • Performer Contracts

  • Media sector M&A

  • Channel Distribution Agreements

  • Film Production Agreements

This year The Bench's entertainment deals included advising JK58 on One Humanity Live, a global 24-hour live streamed event and various other entertainment events.


In the Sport category, Joby was also recommended alongside only 3 other lawyers in the United Arab Emirates (Steve Bainbridge from Al Tamimi, Jamie Ryder from DLA and Wael Jabsheh from Akin Gump) and an additional 5 lawyers across the wider Middle East region.

The Bench's Sports team provides a full range of advice to the sector including:

  • Sponsorship / Brand Ambassador Agreements

  • Player Agreements and related employment advice

  • Event Management

  • Tournament Set-Ups

  • Regulatory Body Approvals

  • Broadcasting / Media Rights Agreements

  • e-Sports

  • Corporate Set-Ups and Licensing

The Bench's Sports & Entertainment lawyers are also recognised as specialists in this field by Chambers and Partners Global, which noted that our “expertise includes TMT, hospitality and sports” and Legal 500 2019 which describes us as "client-focused efficient and unstuffy". Media Law International 2020 also notes our "expertise in the media, entertainment and sports industries".

The Bench is also short-listed for 'TMT Team of the Year' at the The Middle East Legal Awards 2020 hosted by Legal Week, the winners of which will be announced next month.

In addition to providing legal advice, The Bench is also uniquely positioned to provide experienced Sports & Entertainment lawyers on a secondment basis and/or recruit such lawyers for you. If we can help on any matters please contact

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