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June 2020

New Thomson Reuters Legal and DIFC Academy partnership will boost use of legal technology & research tools in MENA

Dubai, UAE, June 22, 2020 - Thomson Reuters MENA and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy have entered into a strategic partnership that aims to substantially boost the knowledge of legal technologies and legal research tools, and their use in the region.

The partnership will see Thomson Reuters Legal provide a series of online sessions to legal professionals across the region that are designed to help local legal professionals understand the various legal technologies and legal research tools that are available to them.

The sessions, suitable for all lawyers, whether law firms or in-house, will cover a range of topics from digital transformation and adopting legal tech to emerging legal trends in the market. It will also introduce participants to various legal technologies, including Thomson Reuters’ own global legal research platforms, Westlaw and Practical Law

I believe our partnership with the DIFC Academy is very important now to raise awareness among legal professionals and organizations in the UAE and the region, especially since the COVID19 pandemic has accelerated the remote working trend. Many new technologies are now available, with more expected in the future, and it can be challenging to choose a good fit for the organization’s needs. The legal sector is at a tipping point in terms of technology, and various tools are now available that can greatly boost efficiency and substantially increase the competitive advantage.

For more than a decade, DIFC has supported the learning needs of the financial services industry in the region by partnering with providers of top-ranked educational resources. The partnership with Thomson Reuters MENA now extends this service to the region’s legal sector.

Alya Al Zarouni, Executive Vice President of Operations and Head of DIFC Academy, DIFC Authority said:

The DIFC Academy is pleased to partner with Thomson Reuters Legal to provide legal professionals access to latest updates on legal tech and the available digitals tools that can support their sector. The pandemic has accelerated digitisation across all industries including the legal profession. We are committed to collaborating with like-minded partners and institutions to develop the Center's knowledge-rich ecosystem, which in turn will help shape the future of finance. DIFC is home to many legal firms, including eight of world’s top 10 so the partnership will be of immediate benefit to our clients

Legal professionals from across the region will have the opportunity to sign-up to various online seminars in the coming months, stay tuned to our LinkedIn page where interested parties can register their attendance.


About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of business information services. Our products include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news service – Reuters. For more information, visit https://mena.thomsonreuters.com/ and for the latest world news, reuters.com.

About Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of USD 7.7 trillion.

With a 16-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 25,600 professionals working across over 2,400 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.

For further information, please visit our website: difc.ae, or follow us on Twitter @DIFC.


Ibrahim Abdel Rehim
Legal Professionals Lead
Thomson Reuters MENA
Email: ibrahim.abdelrehim@thomsonreuters.com

For media enquiries, please contact:

Tarek Kiwan
Dubai International Financial Centre Authority
Manager, Media Communications
Tel: +971 4 362 2454
E-mail: Tarek.kiwan@difc.ae

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