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James B. Berry

James B. Berry

  • Managing Partner|Barrister-at-Law
Membership of Professional Bodies

  • International Bar Association

Admitted

1974, Barrister, Middle Temple (London)

Languages

  • English,
  • Arabic
  • Swahili

Membership of Social/Networking Groups

  • British Business Group
  • Dubai Rotary Club
  • BNI International

Jim Berry has been my legal advisor since 1997. He and his firm guided me through a number of complicated multi-million dollar mergers, disposals and acquisitions over the last 18 years. This included the sale of a company to CHS Electronics Inc, a joint Venture with Brightstar Inc, the disposal of Aptec Mobile, the sale of shares to DIFC Investments and it’s subsequent purchase, the acquisition of Techdata Middle East, the sale of Aptec Holdings to Ingram Micro Inc, a Fortune 100 company and the sale of Arabian Applied Technology to Ingram Micro. Over the years I found James Berry Law to be a trusted and reliable partner in all my corporate affairs.

Dr. Ali Baghdadi, Aptec (an Ingram Micro company)

I  have referred many trusted clients to James in the past and he has always acted 100% in their best interests. He is an honest and knowledgeable man who has a very strong team around him at James Berry & Associates. Would never hesitate in recommending him to anybody.

Tom King, Digital Solutions Manager at House of Comms Integrated Communications
  • How To Sell Your UAE Business – Do It Once, Do It Right! - Part 2

    11 Nov 2019

    All that risk and hard work has paid off. You have an operating profitable business that could be a very attractive proposition for the right person. It’s time to turn that dream of cashing out into reality, but you’ve never sold a business before and don’t know what to expect. Well we’ve prepared a series of 10 short blogs to give you a flavor of the key steps involved: Part 1 – Objectives & Viability Part 2 – When To Sell Part 3 – Preparing For Sale Part 4 – Pre-sale Legal Health Check Part 6 – Price Part 7 – Professional Advisers Part 8 - Going To Market Part 9 – Auction Sales Part 10 – Legal Road To Completion Here’s Part 2 – When To Sell

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  • HOW TO SELL YOUR UAE BUSINESS – DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT!

    31 Oct 2019

    All that risk and hard work has paid off. You have an operating profitable business that could be a very attractive proposition for the right person. It’s time to turn that dream of cashing out into reality, but you’ve never sold a business before and don’t know what to expect. Well we’ve prepared a series of 10 short blogs to give you a flavor of the key steps involved: Part 1 – Objectives & Viability Part 2 – When To Sell Part 3 – Preparing For Sale Part 4 – Pre-sale Legal Health Check Part 6 – Price Part 7 – Professional Advisers Part 8 - Going To Market Part 9 – Auction Sales Part 10 – Legal Road To Completion Here’s Part 1 - Objectives & Viability

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  • Why your U.A.E. business needs written contracts

    01 Oct 2019

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  • New UAE Economic Substance Regulations

    29 Sep 2019

    On 30 April 2019, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. (31) for 2019 concerning Economic Substance Regulations (the "New Regulations").

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  • CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HOLDING AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    22 May 2019

    The failure to convene an AGM within the period specified in the Commercial Companies Law can result in penalties consisting of fines ranging from AED50, 000 to AED 100,000. Further, if the losses of an LLC reaches half of its capital, the fines resulting from the failure to hold an AGM can range from AED50,000 to AED1m.

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  • How to Give Charity Legally in the UAE

    14 May 2019

    Managing Partner, James Berry, shared his insight with The National on How to Give Charity Legally in the UAE. Click on the link to read the full article

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  • James Berry, Managing Partner of James Berry & Associates, graduated from Bristol University in 1973 and was called to the Bar on 30th January 1975. He obtained a Masters Degree in International Business Law from Exeter University in 1981. He had several years' experience in Oil and Gas in the UK North Sea and Qatar before moving to Dubai where he established JBA in 1989, specializing in Corporate and Commercial law, specifically international trade and transportation, construction, energy, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, including establishing commercial and industrial joint ventures and companies in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East, applying local laws and regulations to such arrangements.

    Education

    • Exeter University (L.L.M. 1978)
    • Bristol University (L.L.B. 1973)

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