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Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

The firm

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. Its unique culture, developed over 60 years, inspires its people to: understand local markets and customs; navigate multiple jurisdictions; work together as trusted colleagues and friends; and instil confidence in its clients.

Amid the economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation, clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look decades ahead to help them navigate a changing world. This requires technical legal skills and a deep understanding of each client’s industry and business.

Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders, the firm forges close personal relationships among its professionals to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect.

The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers – admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions – and other professionals are citizens of more than 70 countries. The firm speaks more than 80 languages, with English in common. It has offices in 77 locations, including in 36 of the world’s 40 largest economies.

Areas of practice

In an increasingly competitive market, the firm remains ahead of the curve as the first and only international law firm to fully merge with a leading UAE firm. It has worked on some of the most significant matters and legislation in the UAE, including the successful defence of Dubai Islamic Bank in a highly complex $2bn dispute, and the drafting and review of the new maritime law, the first in over 30 years, for the UAE Federal Transport Authority.

With over 30 years of experience in the Gulf region, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla is the firm of choice for local companies, leading multinationals and financial institutions because of its unmatched legal and commercial knowledge of the local market. The firm’s chairman, Dr Habib Al Mulla, drafted many of Dubai’s modern legislative structures and created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE, becoming the architect of the legal framework that established the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Named “Middle East Telecoms, Media & Technology M&A Legal Adviser of the Year” by Mergermarket and “Litigation Law Firm of the Year” by the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2017, the firm’s 60-plus lawyers have particular experience in the education, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality and hotels, maritime, retail and luxury brands, real estate and construction sectors.

  • Contacts

  • Dr Habib Al Mulla (executive chairman)

  • Other offices

  • Abu Dhabi

  • Dubai DIFC

  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 60
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Hindi

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