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Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s ‘most important strength, beyond its professionalism and its perfect command of all legal matters, is its capacity to listen to clients and understand their needs’. Sandeep Puri regularly handles development financings and also recently advised a financial institution on a structured sukuk portfolio financing arrangement made available to a regional corporate. Mazen Boustany and Gordon Prestige are other key names.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s six-partner team is now led by Gulf region managing partner Borys Dackiw following the departure of Tom Thraya to Mayer Brown in 2016. Recent highlights include advising Brenntag on its joint incorporation with Trychem through the acquisition of a 51% stake in Trychem from Tristar Transport. Will Seivewright and Omar Momany are other key contacts.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Habib Al Mulla’s team at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla hired arbitrator Charlotte Bijlani from Norton Rose Fulbright. The practice has been representing an oilfield services company in arbitration with a subcontractor concerning a pipeline construction contract.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s team holds full rights of audience before the UAE and DIFC courts. It hired Charlotte Bijlani from Norton Rose Fulbright, who has specialist expertise in construction disputes, corporate insolvency and regulatory matters. The ‘excellent’ Habib Al Mulla and Mohamed El Khatib lead the arbitration and dispute resolution practices respectively. Omar Momany is representing a local entity in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) proceedings relating to a cross-border shareholder dispute.

Leading individuals

Habib Al Mulla - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla hired Joanna Matthews-Taylor from DLA Piper Middle East LLP. The team represented a financial institution in the filing of a pre-action disclosure claim before the Dubai International Financial Centre courts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla handles transactional IP matters as well as trade mark registrations and infringement cases in the local courts. Tarek Saad leads the team.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Sandeep Puri and Mazen Boustany recently handled Islamic financings relating to real estate development and project construction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla advises leading developers such as Al Habtoor Group and Dubai Property Group. Practice head Steven Henderson is handling several high-profile hotel mandates for Jumeirah International.

Leading individuals

Steven Henderson - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, counsel Tarek Saad has particular expertise in cargo claims brought by insurance companies.

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United Arab Emirates: Capital markets

Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Mazen Boustany is handling several proposed DFM and Nasdaq Dubai IPOs. Clients include financial institutions and government entities.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    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.
    - Esin Attorney Partnership

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.