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Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Andrew Mackenzie is active in a range off arbitrated and litigated disputes. Areas of expertise include finance disputes and joint venture. Habib Al Mulla is also active in some matters, and is an ICSID panel arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Habib Al Mulla; Andrew Mackenzie


‘The team is well organized and capable of dealing with complicated legal matters.’

‘Andrew Mackenzie brings great energy and commitment to every case.’

‘Andrew Massey is a pleasure to work with. Always cool-headed even under pressure and a wonderful team player who delivers great results.’

Key clients

BankMed (DIFC)

FIMBank P.L.C.

United Arab Bank


Barents Re

Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

Working with its offices abroad, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla assists a range of local and foreign clients with US trade sanctions advice, internal investigations into fraud, as well as representing high-profile individuals in white-collar cases. Borys Dackiw heads the firm's broader compliance operation across the GCC region. Mohamed El Khatib is a key name in the litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Boris Dackiw


‘Up to date with global compliance changes.’

Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 2

Mohamed El Khatib, who is qualified in Egypt, is a key contact in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's practice. Tarek Saad is another notable name in the team, which covers a range of mandates including labour litigation, finance disputes and civil fraud matters, including some of the region's most sensitive matters. Locally-qualified name partner Habib Al Mulla is also active, and counsel Wael El Tounsy heads the real estate litigation team.

Real estate Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla handles a range of real estate transactions, including contentious matters. In one highlight, practice head Steven Henderson advised Al Rostamani Real Estate on its first hotel project, a DoubleTree (Hilton Brand) in Mankool, Dubai, adjoining the Burjuman Shopping Centre. Counsel Wael El Tounsy specialises in real estate and construction litigation; senior associate Keri Watkins' areas of expertise include hotel management arrangements and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Steven Henderson; Wael El Tounsy

Key clients

Jumeirah International

Dubai Real Estate Corporation

NCB Capital DIFC (previously Eastgate Capital Group)

Omniyat Middle East Real Estate Developments LLC

Dubai Properties Group (DPG)

Al Habtoor Group

Economic Zones World (the operator of the Jebel Ali Free  Zone) / Jebel Ali Free Zone

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

GEMS Education

Al Zorah Development (Private) Company Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle

Benchmark Group

Emaar Development PJSC

AWR Rostamani

Shipping Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Tarek Saad and senior associate Kirsty Cattanach handle a range of contentious work concerning vessel arrests, debt recovery and various other matters. Amir Alkhaja, a senior associate, is a notable UAE-qualified name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Tarek Saad


‘The team is forward looking and know the challenges that the shipping industry faces.’

‘The whole team is exceptional.’

Key clients

UAE Federal Transport Authority

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 3

Noted for its 'attention to detail and efficiency', Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla complements its finance transactional practice with expertise in banking litigation, investigations and financial services regulation, and stands out for its ability to handle cross-border transactions. Sandeep Puri has broad experience in banking and finance (conventional and Islamic) and capital markets transactions across the region. Gordon Prestige is a key contact for project finance.

Practice head(s):

Sandeep Puri


Attention to detail and efficiency.

Easily accessible and willingness to explain legal terms in details.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Emirates NBD

IndusInd Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

YES Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Omar Momany heads the corporate and M&A department at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, which is often involved in large, cross-border transactions. Outside of M&A, the team advises on joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance, with additional expertise in the firm covering compliance, regulatory, competition and employment matters. Hani Naja was promoted to the partnership in 2019. Pietro de Libero heads the competition law practice.

Practice head(s):

Omar Momany

Key clients

Allegion plc

Brenntag AG

Country Hill International

Frigoglass SAIC

Rhône Capital

Shamma Capital

Construction Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, on top of Andrew Mackenzie handling construction arbitration, is equipped to handle construction disputes thanks to its litigation capability. The firm represents prominent local employers and contractors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mackenzie


‘A hard-working team that works efficiently and has great knowledge of the construction sector and arbitration disputes.’

‘Andrew Mackenzie is very knowledgeable when it comes to construction disputes, how to run these matters efficiently and cost effectively and makes the client feel that they can trust his team with its case.’

Key clients


Barents Re

Arabtec Construction

Gulf Piping Company

Employment Tier 3

The 'exceptionally reliable' employment department at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla advises regional and multinational companies, and benefits from a broad office network that allows it to form cross-border regional teams. In litigation, the team stands out for its full rights of audience before local, DIFC and ADGM courts, in addition to free zone authorities and tribunals. Joanna Matthews-Taylor draws on almost ten years of experience advising across the gamut of employment and immigration matters in the UAE and Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Matthews-Taylor; Mohamed El Khatib


Amazing availability and flexibility.

Exceptional reliability, strong expertise and very pleasant in collaboration.

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