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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

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Gordon Prestige and Sandeep Puri advised a consortium of borrowers including Gransolar and Acciona on the shari’ah-compliant financing of an 800MW solar plant. Prestige also handles other project finance mandates, some of which are for Middle Eastern banks, while Puri's other deals also include Islamic real estate finance, investment fund finance and export credit agency-backed transactions. In addition to banking M&A, Mazen Boustany assisted IndusInd Bank with a loan to Gulf Petrochem Group. Matthew Shanahan, who joined from Clifford Chance in October 2017, is notable for financial services regulatory work.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Mazen Boustany, working with the firm's teams in Cairo and London, advised EFG Hermes as sole global coordinator on DIFC-registered company Ades International Holding's IPO on the London Stock Exchange. He also assisted the banks underwriting the IPO of Aster DM Healthcare, and acted for Dar Al Takaful on an AED50m rights issue on the Dubai Financial Market. Matthew Shanahan handles cryptocurrency-related work.

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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 acts on a range of cross-border deals, handling regional matters as lead counsel as well as the regional elements of global deals. Working with the firm's teams in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Pietro de Libero advised BRF on purchasing a majority stake in Banvit and on a subsequent joint venture with an arm of a leading sovereign wealth fund; the deal required competition sign-off in several jurisdictions, including one of the first filings under the UAE's competition law. Melissa Forbes-Miranda and de Libero also assisted Frigoglass with selling its glass bottle manufacturing subsidiary to ATG Investments for $12.5m. Special tax counsel Reggie Mezu, who is qualified as both a solicitor and tax practitioner in England,  joined from tax practice Cragus Group. Will Seivewright is now with DLA Piper Middle East LLP.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Andrew Mackenzie, who joined from Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, handles various arbitrations concerning subcontractor disputes, as well as disputes with insurers. Habib Al Mulla is also involved in disputes involving infrastructure projects, including document-heavy arbitrations. Arabtec and Efeco are clients, among others. Charlotte Bijlani is now at Watson Farley & Williams.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

At Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Andrew Mackenzie, who joined from Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, represents United Arab Bank in DIFC litigation attempting to enforce a personal guarantee against a Kuwaiti businessman, who alleges that the document is forged. Mackenzie and Mazen Boustany represent BankMed in a claim concerning a loan. McKenzie also handles arbitrations, including joint venture disputes. Habib Al Mulla  has been appointed by the UAE government to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and continues to act as counsel. Matthew Shanahan is a notable name for contentious financial services regulation.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Shanahan - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Dispute resolution: local litigation
Dispute resolution: local litigation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla covers the full range of UAE law litigation, including employment disputes, debt recovery and property litigation. Andrew Mackenzie - a new hire from Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP and now heading the arbitration team - is acting for Rotana Media Group in Dubai Court proceedings over its recruitment of broadcaster Olga Fares from MBC in Lebanon. Mohamed El Khatib, who is qualified in Egypt, heads the firm's UAE litigation practice; his workload includes fraud cases and various other civil litigation. Mohammad Al Shraideh has banking litigation expertise and represents HSBC in a case against a solar company in Fujairah to recover over AED100m. Habib Al Mulla is the firm's managing partner and the key UAE-qualified lawyer in the practice; his caseload includes internal investigations work. Tarek Saad is notable for insurance work.

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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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s practice, which acts for an impressive roster of multinational clients, houses two distinct advisory and litigation units. Senior associate Joanna Matthews-Taylor heads the department and advised Suez on the local employment aspects of its $3.4bn global acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies.

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

In 2018, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla boosted its practice with the hire of new IP head David Harper from Cedar White Bradley. The team, which advises on transactional, advisory and contentious matters, acts for a diverse range of regional and multinational clients, with strong showings in the tourism, TMT and healthcare sectors.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's Gordon Prestige handles murabaha work for banks, as does Sandeep Puri, whose work also includes real estate finance. The pair advised a consortium of borrowers on the shari'ah-compliant financing of an 800MW solar plant.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla¬†handles a mix of investment, development and leasing matters ‚ÄĒ it also houses specialist litigation expertise. Group head Steven Henderson¬†advised NCB Capital on the disposal of an office building to Aldar Properties. Counsel Wael El Tounsy, who leads the real estate litigation practice, and senior associate Keri Watkins¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Steven Henderson - Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

In 2018, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla boosted its team with the hire of UK-qualified senior associate Kirsty Cattanach, who is particularly well versed in dry shipping issues. Maritime and insurance specialist Tarek Saad leads a group that acts on a mix of litigation, casualty and transactional matters.

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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 ‚ÄúLease Law‚ÄĚ) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the ‚ÄúObligations Code‚ÄĚ). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the ‚ÄúNew Obligations Code‚ÄĚ), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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