Brian A. Meenagh

  • Partner
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Precinct Building 1, Level 3
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • T +971.4.704.6344


Brian Meenagh is a partner in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses primarily on:

  • Complex technology transactions, projects, and joint ventures
  • Procurement and sourcing, including outsourcing and offshoring 
  • Data privacy and cyber-security compliance
  • Financial technology (FinTech) and block chain technology

He primarily represents customers procuring technology and services in such transactions and has significant experience advising against major technology and software vendors such as accenture, IBM, HP, Oracle, SAP, and TCS as well as numerous other vendors active in the Middle East. He has additional experience advising on:

  • Cloud computing
  • Complex technology and data separation issues in M&A transactions
  • Distribution and procurement of goods and services
  • Data protection, security, and privacy
  • E-commerce, m-commerce, and mobile apps
  • Facilities management
  • Financial services regulations applicable to technology and outsourcing
  • Government procurement
  • Global business services
  • Media distribution and licensing
  • Online gaming
  • Open-source software
  • Technology development (including traditional and Lean and Agile development methodologies), distribution, and licensing

Before he trained as a solicitor, he worked as a business and IT analyst at Accenture on a variety of outsourcing, business transformation, systems integration, and software development projects for blue chip companies and UK central government.

Mr. Meenagh has also previously been the technology, media, and telecommunications law editor at Lawtel (now part of Westlaw) and has co-written a number of articles and spoken at seminars and client events on the law and best practices in technology contracts and privacy and cyber-security compliance.  


Mr Meenagh's representative transactions includes advising:

  • A UAE representative body on the creation of a joint venture between leading UAE banks to establish a mobile wallet banking platform in the United Arab Emirates
  • A major global airline based in the Middle East on the procurement of a new passenger service system and various other technology related matters
  • Various Saudi government entities on major system integration projects, outsourcing agreements, long-term services agreements, or collaborative technology projects
  • A major GCC retail and motors group based in the Middle East, on a large retail IT project involving various IT agreements to further its omnichannel retail objective
  • A number of Middle East and global retail and investment banks, on technology, business process, and facilities management outsourcing agreements covering the Middle East and Africa
  • Various international and Middle East companies on the intellectual property, information technology, and data protection issues arising in M&A and joint venture transactions in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
  • Various overseas companies on the legal, commercial, and regulatory issues relevant to the data protection, privacy, e-commerce, m-commerce, and payment regulations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Thought Leadership

  • Abu Dhabi Global Market Issues Updated Comprehensive Guidance on Cryptoasset Framework -  August 06, 2019
  • Investors Welcome ADGM’s Guidance on Dedicated Cryptoasset Framework -  July 23, 2019
  • New UAE Law Regulates Healthcare Data  -  June 19, 2019
  • DIFC Issues New Direct Marketing and Electronic Communications Guidelines -  February 04, 2019
  • UAE’s SCA to Regulate ICO Tokens as Securities -  October 03, 2018
  • UAE Fintechs: How to Navigate Onshore Financial Services Regulation and Licensing -  June 05, 2017
  • The Legal Landscape for Drones in the UAE -  February 28, 2017
  • The Legal Status of Bitcoin in the United Arab Emirates  -  February 16, 2017
  • United Arab Emirates – the New Digital Payments Regulatory Landscape  -  January 26, 2017
  • Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks  -  November 10, 2016
  • 5 Preventative Steps to Manage Legal Risk Following a Cybersecurity Breach -  November 08, 2016
  • 3 Key Considerations Before Outsourcing in Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the UAE -  February 14, 2016
  • Privacy Blog: DIFC in Dubai Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor -  October 28, 2015
  • The USA Freedom Act: What it Changes and (Mostly) Doesn’t for Cloud Services – And is it Really the Issue -  July 09, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: How Oil and Gas Companies Can Optimize Technology Performance and Costs During Oil Price Volatility -  January 21, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Navigating the Risks of Omnichannel Retail  -  January 13, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increases -  November 23, 2014
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: 5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack -  September 10, 2014
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: How to Effectively Manage Outsourcing Contracts -  October 22, 2013
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 9 -  September 24, 2013
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: How To Comply with Laws That Protect Personal #Data in the #Middle East -  July 18, 2013
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 8 -  July 02, 2013
  • Privacy Matters -  May 21, 2013
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 7 -  May 01, 2013
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 6 -  February 05, 2013
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 5 -  October 31, 2012
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 4 -  July 09, 2012
  • Procuring Banking Systems and Technology in the Islamic Banking Sector -  May 21, 2012
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 3 -  April 30, 2012
  • Middle East & Africa Technology, IP and Sourcing Focus, Vol. 1 -  December 2011
  • BSkyB v EDS: How to Avoid a Liability Cap -  February 4, 2010
“He is a guru when it comes to his area of expertise.” Sources add: “He has a wealth of experience,” and “he's very patient and a pleasant person to work with.”Chambers Global 2018
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, Birmingham, 2005
  • Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 1999
  • Aerospace, Defense & Government Services
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Communications
  • Internet & Digital Media
  • English
  • Technology Transactions
  • Emerging Companies
  • Outsourcing
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Payments & Emerging Financial Services
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Government Contracts
  • Banking
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Africa Practice