Dr Saad Alrayes

Lecturer in Law

Saad AlrayesPrior to taking up a position as a lecturer at the University of Buckingham, Saad worked as a qualified lawyer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and an independent legal consultant in Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai. Saad has a practical understanding of law and extensive experience in the legal profession; he is the CEO of Al-Dar Law Firm. In the course of his career, Saad has worked as legal consultant and business analyst for more than 45 companies and capital market authorities and contributed to a corporate restructuring of legal and financial terms of many companies in the Middle East with a particular focus on the global financial crisis consequences of 2007–2008, which increased his ability to become a board member of various companies. He executed duties as an academic tutor at QUB and Oxford Academy and has formally been appointed as a Fellow of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, the University of Oxford.

Over the years—as legal, finance and technology research caught his attention— Saad has applied the practical aspects of more than 12 years of experience as an independent legal consultant to the academic field. Saad writes widely in the field of the complexity of corporate law and financial regulation in several leading Gulf newspapers. Saad was awarded a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), passing his viva with no correction. His doctoral thesis was titled: ‘The Architecture of the Stock Market Accessibility and Operational Framework: What Can an Emerging Market Economy Learn from the ‘International Standards’ and the ‘Best Practice’ Models of the US and UK?’

Research Interests

In general, Saad’s work and research interests lie in the complexity of law, finance and technology, and everything contributing to shaping the future of alternative finance. Saad is interested in the areas of:  Fintech;  Regtech;  Cryptocurrencies; Law and Innovations; Venture Capital and Equity Crowdfunding; Artificial Intelligence and Ethics; Cybersecurity; E-commerce (market and legal design);  Big Data; Digital Finance;  ICOs; Smart Regulation; Smart Contract; Stock Market and Securities Law; Corporate Governance;  Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Law (SMEs); Entrepreneurs and Startups Regulations; Sharing Economy; Islamic Finance; Islamic Banking Law; Foreign Investment Policies and Regulatory Compliance;  Corporate law; and Financial regulation.

Research Outputs

Contribution to Journal Articles

Saad Alrayes, ‘Shareholder Empowerment, Steps Forward and Steps Back: Comparative Analysis of the US and UK Regulations’ (2019) 27(2) Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance 169-196 https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRC-03-2018-0054

Saad Alrayes, ‘Creating Robust Securitisation in the Shadow of Brexit: The Impact of UK, EU Regulatory Changes’ (Under revision).

Other Contributions

Saad Alrayes, ‘Inside the Fall of Dubai Private Equity Firm ‘Abraaj Holdings’: Lessons Drawn’ (2019) Commercial Law Reform.

Saad Alrayes, ‘Pandemic Highlights Need To Reform Shareholder Rights’ (2020) Law360-LexisNexis https://www.law360.com/articles/1294588/pandemic-highlights-need-to-reform-shareholder-rights

Saad Alrayes, ‘Regulating the Online Shopping Step of Facebook and Instagram; I See, I Like, I Click Buy, I Hit Confirm’ (2019) Commercial Law Reform.

Membership and Fellowship

Associate Fellowship Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy) – AFHEA.

Fellow of the Younger Comparativist Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, the US.

Prizes and Awards

Awarded the QUBSU Education Award for the AHSS for two academic years (2017 and 2018).

Awarded the best external research paper prize at Kent Law School Conference – 2017 for Research Paper titled: ‘Convergence Foreign Investment Policies: What an Emerging Market Economy Can Learn from the US and UK’.

Awarded the best external research paper prize at Fordham University School of Law Conference, New York, 2018 for Research Paper titled: ‘Converging Policies and Regulations: What an Emerging Market Economy Can Learn from the ‘Best Practice’ Models, the US and UK’.


The Commercial Law Centre Workshop 2020 – Harris Manchester College – the University of Oxford, Research Paper titled ‘Market (re)Classification and Modernisation of Market Accessibility.

Future of Blockchain Summit 2018 – Dubai, Research Paper titled: ‘7 Ways for Regulating New Fintech: Bridging the Gap Between the Fintech Legislation and Policy’.

The Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP) Conference 2018 – University of Leeds, Research Paper titled ‘The Efficiency Market Accessibility Regulations and Operational Framework’.

East Chain Open Hub 2018 – Kuwait, Research Paper titled ‘Responding to the Security by Design Demos: The Best Regulatory Practice for Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity’.

Global Informatics Forum 2019 – Gulf University, Research Paper titled: ‘Developing a Legal and Ethical Response to eDiscovery: Comparative analyses of the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and Part 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules in England and Wales’.

The American Society of Comparative Law’s Younger Comparativists Committee Workshop (ASCL, YCC) 2018 in collaboration with Fordham University School of Law, New York, US on Business and Financial Law, Research Paper titled ‘Converging Policies and Regulations: What an Emerging Market Economy Can Learn from the ‘Best Practice’ Models, the US and UK’.

Liverpool John Moores Law School Conference in cooperation with SLS – 2017, Research Paper titled ‘Can Shareholder Empowerment be Considered an Effective Means to Regulate Corporate Activities? What the UK Can Learn from the US’s Corporate Governance Model’ A Comparative Analysis between the US and UK Regulations.

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Colombo, Sri Lanka in collaboration with Warmadewa University, Indonesia – ICED 2017, Research Paper titled ‘Transferring Foreign Investment Policies: Legal and Economic Context’.

Kent Law School Conference – 2017, Research Paper titled: ‘Convergence Foreign Investment Policies’.

The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) – Durham University Annual Research Conference 2017, Research Paper titled: ‘The Efficiency of Converging Foreign Investment Regulations’.

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