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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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Legal Developments by:
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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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