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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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.
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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • New Promotion Regime for Domestic Funds

    In late November 2018, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE. 
  • Federal Penal Code Amendments

    In the latest development in an eventful year, Federal Decree-Law 24 of 2018 introduces amendments to the Federal Penal Code, originally enacted as Federal Law 3 of 1987. 
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
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    Freezones have always been the topic of discussion in the U.A.E. Amongst the various benefits, 100% foreign ownership is one of the advantages which is enjoyed the most by investors in these freezone companies. In the below article, our Company Setup Specialist, Neelesh Pillai talks about everything that you need to know about setting up a Freezone branch in Mainland.
  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Proceedings and Preventive Measures in the UAE

    Before the approval of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016, the bankruptcy proceedings were regulated under the Commercial Code and were limited to court-driven proceeding addressed to liquidate companies rather than assist in restructuring their debts. This new law puts some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial issues. In below article, our Associate from the Dispute Resolution department, Ahmed Salih talks about the bankruptcy proceedings and the preventive measures in the UAE. With over 10 years of experience in the UAE and Sudan , Litigator Ahmed Salih specializes in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Civil Claims, Labour Disputes, Shari'a Law, personal status cases, Real Estate Claims, and Bankruptcy.
  • Time-bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law

    Under UAE civil law – like in other civil law systems – not all time-bars are mentioned and dealt with in one particular statue. Our Partner, Alessandro Tricoli , and Senior Associate, Shehab Mamdouh explains the different time bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law.
  • Seven Things to Know About Filing a Bankruptcy Petition in the UAE

    The absence of a legal framework for bankruptcy has long been a hindrance to UAE business. In the absence of proper bankruptcy laws, even a bounced cheque could land an entrepreneur in jail. The implementation of the relatively new bankruptcy law in the UAE is a huge step forward in improving the country’s economic and regulatory environment.
  • UAE Shipping Companies Seek VAT Exemption

    The UAE has climbed to sixth place in 2017 from seventh in 2015 on the list of the future leading maritime capitals.
  • Digital Directions

    Digital assets are the foundation of the new economy, and the developments of it continue to hit the headlines regularly. Our Partner & Head of Commercial & Technology, Irina Heaver explains different regulations depending on the nature of the specific assets.  This article was also published in LexisNexis - Middle East.