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Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla


United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Gordon Prestige advised Arab National Bank on a $200m murabaha facility provided to an investment fund. Regulatory highlights include Will Seivewright’s advice to LGT Group Foundation on its acquisition of ABN Amro’s private banking business in the Middle East and Asia, which required court approval. Practice head Mazen Boustany, who also handles regulatory work in additional to transactional matters, and Sandeep Puri are also names of note.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Mazen Boustany’s work in the equity space includes several proposed IPOs. Will Seivewright is noted for his handling of work concerning listed funds.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s team regularly features on cross-border deals (for which it is able to leverage the firm’s global footprint) as well as local transactions. Omar Momany advised Al Habtoor Group on its sale of a 27.5% stake in Al Habtoor Leighton Group to Cimic, while the ‘excellent, responsive, approachable and practical’ Will Seivewright handled the regional aspects of Emerson Electric’s sale of Network Power to Platinum Equity. Boris Dackiw and Jayshree Gupta are other names of note.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s arbitration team provides ‘responsive, knowledgeable and to-the-point advice’ on construction disputes. Habib Al Mulla handles arbitration and litigation concerning large developments and infrastructure projects.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla senior associate and head of employment Joanna Matthews-Taylor handles the employment aspects of large transactions; recent work includes advising LGT Group Foundation on its purchase of ABN AMRO’s private banking business in the DIFC. Habib Al Mulla is active in employment matters in the local courts. Charlotte Bijlani is now at Watson Farley & Williams.

Next generation lawyers

Joanna Matthews-Taylor - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla handles IP-rich transactions and disputes. Tarek Saad is a key contact for IP litigation. Gunduz Karimov became head of the practice in 2017 and divides his time between Baku and Dubai.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Gordon Prestige advised Arab National Bank on a $200m fund financing transaction structured as a murabaha, Sandeep Puri has shari’ah real estate finance expertise.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla is praised for its ‘excellent response times and industry knowledge, and for its ability to act and think from an in-house lawyer’s point of view’. Practice head Steven Henderson advised Dubai Real Estate Corporation on the construction of an MGM and a Bellagio hotel in Dubai. Senior associate Keri Watkins is another name to note in the practice, which also advises Benchmark Group and Centara International Management.

Leading individuals

Steven Henderson - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s lawyers handle transactional and contentious shipping matters. Litigator Tarek Saad is advising the UAE Federal Transport Authority on a review of UAE maritime law, while Gordon Prestige advised Zakher Marine International on post-closure matters following a $580m ijara financing for a vessel.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Handling international arbitrations and DIFC Court litigation, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mullamakes clients confident that their cases are being well-handled’. Key names include Habib Al Mulla, whose work includes construction arbitrations and litigation, senior associate Sally Kotb, and counsel Céline Abi Habib Kanakri. Andrew Mackenzie joined from Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP. Charlotte Bijlani is now at Watson Farley & Williams. Matthew Shanahan was a new arrival from Clifford Chance in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Shanahan - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Local court litigation
Dispute resolution: local court litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla is rated for its ‘strong and innovative strategy, which leads to success in court cases’. Its expertise ranges from commercial litigation through to employment, debt recovery, defamation and insurance cases. Mohammad Al Shraideh represented the heirs of a high-net-worth individual in a case over the ownership of a company which was granted to the testator in an arbitral award; the Court of Cassation rejected an argument that the beneficiaries should have been represented by the public prosecutor. Name partner Habib Al Mulla and counsel Wael El Tounsy successfully defended an executive in an AED1.1m employment case regarding a restrictive covenant. Also recommended are Tarek Saad, ‘an extremely professional lawyer’ who made partner in July 2017, Omar Momany, and Mohamed El Khatib, who is ‘an experienced lawyer with strong communication skills’.

Leading individuals

Habib Al Mulla - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Next generation lawyers

Mohammad Al Shraideh - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Tarek Saad - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • Thoughts on the Extradition Rules under the UAE Laws

    This article assesses the feasibilities and outline of the process of extradition in the UAE. The article also reviews how extradition succeeds through judicial collaboration internationally.
  • Arbitration Article Series V: Challenging an Arbitration

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
  • Investors win Dh84m claim against developer in Dubai

    A Dubai developer has been ordered to pay three men Dh84m after they failed to deliver villas the men had purchased from a housing project near Dubai Land.
  • The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3rd Edition

    The Philippine chapter of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3 rd edition was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo and Arlene M. Maneja . The chapter includes information on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Philippines, including general framework, bidding and award procedure, contractual arrangements, financing, and recent developments and decisions.
  • Arbitration Article Series IV: Enforcing Arbitration Awards

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
  • Arbitration Article Series I: Rise of Arbitration

    The UAE has rapidly emerged as a leading financial centre, attracting large global investors and businesses. As international developers and contractors continue to invest in construction projects, there has been an increasing trend in the use of arbitration in Dubai. The arbitration process is the preferred method to resolve disputes by commercial companies. As the certified language of arbitration proceedings is in English, a specialist tribunal can be appointed as opposed to the more broad UAE courts, and arbitration is generally more cost-effective and less time-consuming. This has led businesses and investors in the UAE to ensure that arbitration clauses or agreements are inserted into their contracts. Furthermore, the downturn in economic conditions in the real estate market over the past few years has led to an increase in disputes in general, and parties are more likely to issue court proceedings than to try to recover their losses through other ventures.
  • Arbitration Article Series II: Appointing Arbitrators

    An arbitrator can be appointed directly by name (this is not the common method used), through the court or through the arbitration centre. If you agree for the court or arbitration centre to appoint an arbitrator you need to make an application. The arbitration provisions of the Civil Procedure Code contain mandatory provisions concerning the appointment of an arbitrator. There must be an odd number of arbitrators, although there is no limit set on the number of arbitrators.
  • Arbitration Article Series III: Terms of References

    Parties wanting to enforce an award under the New York Convention must satisfy the requirements of the UAE Civil Code. In practice, enforcing arbitration awards can be a lengthy and unpredictable process. It is common for the UAE courts to require the foreign award to satisfy the rules and procedures of the UAE, and they may refuse to enforce it if there is a violation of local laws. One potential difficulty arises in convincing the UAE court that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the dispute in the first place (irrespective of the arbitration agreement between the parties). The UAE courts normally have a fairly broad jurisdiction over disputes including, for example, claims connected to money or assets within the UAE and claims arising out of contracts executed or to be performed in the UAE, as well as claims over foreigners who are resident in the UAE. Therefore, it is difficult to prove that the UAE court did not have jurisdiction over the order.
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.
  • An Introduction to Personal Guarantee

    The economic boom in UAE has resulted in huge developments and a considerable increase in trade. This in turn has led to a rise in transactions which require a fast debt recovery mechanism. According to common practice in the UAE, the most secure and quickest method is the post-dated -  and in some cases undated – cheque. This is often requested by creditors (financial institutions) and sellers, mostly in real estate transactions and trade. The rationale is mostly economic to individuals who are issuing the cheque, and how does personal guarantee play a role? In this Article, we attempt to analyze and overview UAE laws on Personal guarantee.