Rob Flaws

Special Counsel

Rob Flaws


P: +971.4.436.3617
F: +971.4.436.3737

Rob is a technology, digital, intellectual property and data protection law specialist with over 14 years of international experience.

Rob supports clients across the full spectrum of technology, media, intellectual property and telecoms matters and has a wealth of recent industry experience having worked in-house with African telecoms company MTN, media giant Viacom and on secondment with Emirates Airlines and regional telecoms company DU.

Rob is a recognized practitioner in the FinTech and data protection space within MENA and has also led on ‘first of their kind’ projects in areas such as AI, Esports and Blockchain working with both well-established international clients and start-ups.

Rob has also worked with a range of government entities and regulators and assisted clients’ responses to consultation papers on the development of new legislation in the data protection, cybersecurity and fintech/e-commerce space within MENA.

Rob has worked with a broad base of international and local clients in his 10 years in the MENA region. Highlights include on one of the largest digital transformation and AI integration projects ever conceived and advising one of the region’s largest Banks on its entire business digital transformation, data protection and cybersecurity program across its MENA offices.

At MTN, Rob worked on the bid to become the first foreign licensed operator in Ethiopia and led on projects to procure key digital and cloud services from SAP, IBM, Oracle and Accenture as part of his management of a portfolio of IT, Network and Procurement contracts worth over $1.7 Billion per year.

Rob was the lead counsel in charge of safeguarding MTN’s IP portfolio and acted as their regional data protection officer, coordinating the regulatory management and training and development programs across the data protection and cybersecurity functions in line with new and forthcoming legislation. He also worked closely with their independent fintech business on a range of corporate advisory and technology related matters.

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