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  • COVID-19 ("Corona Virus"), Working Remotely & Bankruptcy Law

    First and foremost, to those reading this blog entry, I hope that you and yours are well.

    In the wake of the global outbreak of COVID-19 (the "Corona Virus") and associated restrictions on travel and assembly, I thought it pertinent to pen this brief note.

    In addition to personal concerns associated with the global pandemic and sensible precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, business considerations impacting the economy at nearly every level (local, national and international) - from the consumption of/ demand for energy, to the production of goods (including basic necessities) and disruption of supply chains and wholesale distribution of finished products, to price volatility, to debt maintenance, to personnel matters, to government policy/ action and the suspension of some governmental services, to the accessibility of medical care, to the availability of professional services and more - will vex companies great and small and give rise to a variety of legal questions.

    (As an aside, current events have prompted me to explore the possibility of opening a US federal bankruptcy practice area.)

    Pandemics are paralyzing.  But, human beings are a resilient species and we will endure.

    Many companies, including law firms, are exploring "telework" (or, working remotely) to mitigate the disruption of their capabilities that sensible precautions designed to halt the spread of the Corona Virus have produced.

    If there are upsides to every crisis, one of them in the instant matter may be an accelerated trend toward working remotely.  Communications technologies are increasingly amazing, improving exponentially in recent times.  The use of them can accentuate several efficiencies.

    I have made use of these technologies for quite a while, working remotely from the United States with the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (KSA) office, as well as other service providers in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere, for years.  Keeping close touch with clients, associates and third parties via email, Skype and the like has been standard operating procedure under my practice's business model.

    While precautions taken to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus and the associated work-arounds do not yet seem to have generated a rise in the price of tech stocks, I can say one thing with confidence:   we're still here (wherever "here" is) for you.  The Jeddah, KSA team and I have had no cause to change our interactions and the work flow is as smooth as always.  And, of course, clients and third parties can continue to avail themselves of the tech tools we employ - we've been utilizing these tools for a long time, and do not anticipate any hiccups.

    The telephone number and reception email are clearly displayed on the website, and my Skype is available upon request (I stopped bothering with a fax line some time ago).  Reach out if you think we can help - especially if your company is experiencing difficulties with contractual obligations related to doing business in Saudi Arabia.  


     - R. Jason Huf
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    New Jersey, USA
  • Investing in Saudi Arabia

    Jason Huf has, for almost 20 years, centered the focus of his professional work on the Middle East.  Furthering economic development, including and especially increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), have been helpful in generating conditions giving rise to a broader, more self-sustaining, increasingly cosmopolitan - but still an authentically Arab and Islamic - middle class in the Gulf region.  The associated societal changes have been fundamental to addressing dynamics that need to be addressed if the exciting Vision 2030 reforms initiated by the Saudi Crown Prince, HRH Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud are to fully succeed.

    Some of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) domestic problems have, in the past, become problems that impact the United States and other parts of the world.  Mr. Huf is proud that his work and the work of other Business Law practitioners in the region have constituted a small piece of a small piece of a tremendous puzzle, the resolution of which can be of significant benefit to our ever-shrinking global village.

    But there are other, more immediately practical, reasons to invest in Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Firoz Mohammed, our Senior Legal Consultant in Jeddah - a city in the Western Province (an economic designation, not a political governate) and the center of non-Oil related economic activity and development in the KSA - has written about some of the reasons why now might be a good time to invest there:



    Firoz has also written about the basics of FDI and how a foreign company would go about investing in the KSA:



    With well-trained, experienced professionals in both the USA & KSA, JHI's attorneys are well placed to assist American companies with transactional business law matters in the KSA, including franchising, construction and banking, as well as disputes arising from business dealings in the Kingdom (litigation in Saudi courts, hearings before local administrative boards or international arbitration).  

    Contact JHI for more information on how we can help your company to explore - and expand - the boundaries of your business.


    Firoz Mohammed, Senior Legal Consultant, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Mr. Firoz Mohammed is Senior Legal Counsel in our Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office.
  • K.A.E.C. (Pronounced "Cake")

    For reasons both personal and professional, 2019 has been an extraordinary year so far.  Thus, the lack of recent blog postings.  I have not disappeared, though.  I have just been out and about.

    One interesting item I am happy to share is my participation in a roundtable featuring officials from Saudi Arabia (KSA), representing King Abdullah's Economic City (KAEC, pronounced "cake") and discussing KAEC's efforts to attract greater investment by the pharmaceutical industry.

    Sultan Masoom, KSA ECA & Jason Huf, JHI, KAEC Pharma & BioTech Roundtable, New Brunswick, NJ, USA (Sultan Masoom, Director General of Investments, Saudi Arabian           
                                                           Economic Cities Authority & Jason Huf - not an endorsement of JHI)

    "Localize Your Business in the Middle East" (a theme very near and dear to my professional heart for years) was staged for the benefit of the Pharma and BioTech industries in New Brunswick, New Jersey on a very humid July 18.  As a US-based attorney with an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I was honored to be the only lawyer admitted to this rather exclusive gathering.

    To summarize the discussion with the Saudi delegation and American industry leaders:  by establishing research, development and manufacturing in the expansive facilties housed in KAEC's Industrial Valley district, Pharmaceutical and Bio Tech companies may significantly reduce costs.  They would also be able to avail themselves of distribution via King Abdullah Port.  Set to become the second-largest port in the world (as measured by container capacity), KAEC's King Abdullah Port is well-situated to distribute products to East Africa, India and South East Asia.

    Consensus among the participants was that new drugs approved by the US FDA and/ or European authorities would be likely be approved by the regulatory authorities in the Kingdom for sale there (and, possibly, to the smaller Gulf states via the Gulf Cooperation Council regime), and that further research and development would be encouraged.  And, Intellectual Property protections in Saudi Arabia have been strengthened in recent years.

    On the subject of entity establishment, much can be done online, and a government office has been established to assist with bureacratic snags that may sometimes be encountered with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority during the licensing process (and other matters, such as obtaining the necessary permits and visas for resident laborers and business travellers).

    And, of course, JHI stands ready to assist with entity establishment matters in the KSA as well.

    The net effect of reduced costs and greater access to large markets with high demand, such as India, could be to bring down the price of cutting-edge, life-saving drugs (particularly those not always covered by insurance), making them more generally available (economically) right here in the United States.

    There are days when I could not be more enthusiastic about what I do for a living.  July 18, 2019 was one of them.


     - Jason Huf
    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    New Jersey, USA
  • Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law

    We trust that the business community in the Gulf region is refreshed following Eid al-Fitr and is busily back at work.

    Historically, business slows down during the Holy Month of Ramadan.  At JHI, however, Ramadan in recent years has been as busy as any other month. Naturally, this is because our clients doing business in the Middle East have been busy.

    With the current flurry of reforms and tremendous economic growth, there is no longer room for a "slow" month for those doing business in Arabia.

    With so much work being done by so many, now would seem an opportune time to share with you a recent article on Saudi Arabian Labor Law authored by attorney Firoz Mohammed, Senior Legal Consultant at JHI's Jeddah office (KKLF).

    For both economic and moral reasons, local Labor Law is important to those who do business internationally.  If you are already doing business in the Kingdom, or are weighing an expansion into the Saudi market, you may be interested in reading about the latest Labor Law reforms concerning greater transparancy (rights, obligations, expectations, compensation, process, review and outcomes) and faster, more reliable dispute resolution.

    Mr. Mohammed is licensed to practice in his home country of India, and has been working and living in Jeddah for over 25 years.  While witnessing the fascinating, historically rapid development of a very traditional nation, Firoz has - since the days of King Fahad - made it his business to analyze the laws of one of the Arab world's most important economies.  You can read his article HERE   

    Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law   "Let's get back to work!"
                                                                                                     "Um, did we ever actually stop working this year... ?"


    You will see more articles from Firoz in subsequent blog entries, and we will showcase the profiles of Firoz and other seasoned professionals resident in Jeddah very soon - watch this space !
  • Anniversary of September 11, 2001

    Liberty ALWAYS Rises - Huf International (JHI)  Liberty ALWAYS Rises

    Seventeen September 11ths later, on yet another Tuesday after Labor Day, we still set aside one day devoted to rememberance, but there is never a single day when we forget.

    Take a look at this beautiful new tower, overlooking a parcel of land forever associated with one of the most tragic days in our country's history.  That tower is what "winning" looks like.

    So long as Liberty never fails to rise in this country, the victims of the September 11 attacks will never be meaningless losses. Today, JHI honors those whose lives were stolen from them by sudden and senseless evil by suspending work in the New York side of the Firm. Tomorrow, we honor those taken from us by resuming our work, dedicated to crafting a broad-based, self-sustaining middle class in the Middle East.

    Being an attorney is my career, but I've always viewed my practice of transactional business law as a platform: new mortgage programs; expanded consumer financing; legal, social & education reforms; franchising of American brands; infrastructure development; and, other projects in the Middle East (in GCC jurisdictions, principally Saudi Arabia) are more than innovative client work. I promote and perform this work as a direct response to the attacks on my country and what those attacks represent - an assault on the very Idea of "America".  

    In short, JHI is merely a (very) small piece, of a small piece, of a great big jigsaw puzzle being worked on by thousands of people from all walks of life - and I am very proud of that.  This is what Americans do.

    And, well, seventeen years later, we're winning. All of us. Those who died without warning, those left behind, and those yet to arrive who will never have to witness such a crime in their lifetimes - we're winning. The Idea of America is winning.

    Those who committed the attacks (many of them now dead), are assigned to space in history's landfill, with the other great villians whose names are synonymous with the word "evil". Let's leave them there.

    Today, we remember those who fell, and thank the armed forces, intelligence services and law enforcement personnel who have kept us safe since. God Bless them. And may God continue to bless and keep the United States of America - both its people and the Idea.

     – Jason Huf
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    New Jersey, USA
  • Happy Eid Al Adha Wishes, Plus a Major Improvement at JHI

    The Law Firm of Jason Huf International (JHI) wishes all of our friends around the Muslim world a happy Eid Al Adha.  As pilgrims from all over the world celebrate the completion of one of Islam's most cherished Holy Rites, I am pleased to announce that JHI has successfully finished a journey of its own:

    Last year, we published a discussion of JHI's business model, "Big Firm Resources Without the Massive Overhead", which described the broad range of resources made available to JHI's clients in a manner that keeps our costs competitive.  From the the firm's beginning, my goal was craft a business model that made the provision of legal services more efficient and client-friendly.

    At JHI's 5-Year Anniversary gathering last month, I unveiled news of a critical development toward my continual commitment to achieve this goal.  As planned from its foundation, JHI's New York City presence is now a purely "virtual" one.

    When I started JHI, there was simply no substitute for "Being There" - I had to be in Manhattan, day in and day out.  Now that I've established myself as the "Mr. Middle East of Lower Manhattan", the brick and mortar facility formerly known as The Monastery is no longer necessary.  As planned from the jump, JHI will maintain the advertised address at Suite 615 of 11 Broadway as a mail stop and shared services facility, but will no longer have to bear the expense of fully operational and staffed physical plant elsewhere Downtown.

    While time zone differences and varying work weeks in different cultures are still a factor, technology makes it possible for me to run my practice from anywhere in the world.  Physical plant will always be necessary in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia & our associated office at the Khalil Khazindar Firm remains unchanged.  JHI also maintains additional resources, including VAT practitioners and experienced litigators/ arbitrators, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE - Abu Dhabi & Dubai), India and Singapore.  However, having successfully planted our flag in the Big Apple, I can now execute the original plan for the firm's business structure by operating from New York City on a purely "virtual" basis, and do so in a manner wherein JHI keeps its access to a wide network of attorneys working in a broad range of practice areas.

    In short, with overhead even lower than before, JHI's rates will remain competitive; and, we still provide clients with seamless access to "Big Firm" resources in a way that is extremely economical.

    From my own perspective, a total of over four hours of commute time, round trip daily, can now be used for more productive purposes.  Whether its additional billable time, special projects unrelated to my practice or simple relaxation necessary to maintain work-life balance, that's more than 20 hours per week that I will devote to, well, whatever I want...
                                                                                                                   R. Jason Huf, Attorney-at-Leisure, New York & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Though I will be back from time to time as business requires, I already miss taking occassional breaks in Battery Park.  Working from the office in my home is certainly an adjustment.  I may write books, teach, put more focus into booking public speaking engagements, or just sit in the back yard and read for fun (I haven't read for fun in years).  I may even become active/ reengage in politics.

    I will almost certainly travel more often to points East.  Not being grafted to a desk two hours from my house on a near-daily basis will make such travel more feasible.  I view this as critical as JHI enhances its capabilities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and throughout the Gulf (GCC) region, and becomes the GCC-wide "Regional Super Firm" I set out to establish five years ago.

    So, it seems exploring the boundaries of my own business will further enable JHI to help our clients (you and your company, I hope) to Explore the Boundaries of Your Business.  I couldn't be more pleased.

    Happy Eid Al Adha!

     – Jason Huf
    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    "Parts Unknown", USA
  • Happy Eid al-Fitr

    JHI wishes our many friends in the Muslim world a happy Eid al-Fitr.  We hope you enjoy celebrating the spiritual, intellectual and human growth you and your families achieved during the month of Ramadan.

    We would also like to advise clients and friends who do not observe this holiday that, this year, the Eid holiday largely falls on a weekend in many jurisdictions (with certain exceptions such as, for example, public sector employees in Saudi Arabia, who will resume work on Sunday, June 24).  Therefore, the ordinarily-expected office closures that customarily occur throughout the Middle East region during the holiday (particularly in the private sector), including JHI's Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office & other resources in the United Arab Emirates, should not cause a significant interruption of business activities this year.

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  • Ramadan Mubarak

    To all of our friends around the world who observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, we at JHI hope that you and your families enjoy a meaningful period of fasting, reflection and prayer. Those living and working in the Middle East, in particular, are experiencing historic - sometimes exciting, sometimes challenging - events that may well rapidly change the face of their entire region of the world. Looking ahead into the unknown can feel somewhat daunting. May your loved ones take the opportunity of this holiday to grow closer to each other, your neighbors, the less fortunate and the whole of humanity.

    Jeddah at Night, Saudi Arabia

    We wish you good health & great prosperity in the year ahead.  Ramadan Mubarak!
  • EB-5 (Investor) Visas

    With possible changes to US immigration law on the horizon, aspiring immigrants to the Land of Liberty may have a feeling of uncertainty at present. A tightening of legal immigration may be part of a deal in Washington, DC designed to address illegal immigration.

    JHI, Law Firm, NYC, USA, EB-5 Investor Visa, Legal

    It is impossible at the time of this writing to know exactly how immigration law will change, or if it will actually change at all. But, we do know of one immigration law that already meets the requirements of the US President, as publicly expressed during negotiations thus far, with a program that uses merit-based criteria and which provides economic growth:  the law authorizing the issuance of EB-5 Visas to Foreign Investors.

    Under the law, Foreign Investors who invest a minimum amount of capital in such a way as to create and/ or maintain ten or more US jobs have the opportunity to apply for a Green Card through the facility of the EB-5 Visa program.  The minimum level of capital the Foreign Investor has to commit is determined by the classification of the targeted region of the investment itself.

    Participating in the resurgence of the greatest economy on earth while pursuing a credible opportunity to secure permanent residency status for you and your immediate family seems a double-win.  The economic growth it generates while providing entry to entrepreneurial immigrants with substantial resources of their own would certainly seem to be good for America as well.

    If you are interested in investing in the US economy (either directly or through a reputable Approved Regional Processing Center) and seeking a Green Card, contact JHI today for more information on the EB-5 (Investor) Visa program -- info@huflaw.com

    With offices in New York, NY & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and, additional on-the-ground resources available in the UAE, India and Singapore, JHI is in an ideal position to be of assistance and we will be happy to help.
  • Happy Holidays!

    The Law Firm of JASON HUF INTERNATIONAL, pc (JHI) will close the doors of its New York HQ Office for the "High Holidays" of Christmas and New Year's Day starting Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 5:00pm.

    JHI will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  As usual, office visits in 2018 will be by Appointment Only.

    During the Holiday Season, the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office and the Khalil Khazinar Law Firm will remain open.  In the event of an urgent matter arising during the High Holidays, Mr. Huf can be reached directly by e-mail.

    From everyone at JHI, Merry Christmas!! And best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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