Baker & McKenzie ties up with UAE firm

April 18, 2013 Baker & McKenzie is set to launch UAE law firm Habib Al Mulla on 1 July 2013. The merged firm will be known in the UAE as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, and will advise clients on local and international law in Dubai and, subject to regulatory approval, Abu Dhabi. The UAE presence will be jointly led by Dr. Habib Al Mulla as chairman and co-managing partner, along with Borys Dackiw, Baker & McKenzie’s managing partner for the Gulf region.

Habib Al Mulla opened its doors in the UAE in 1984, and now has more than 40 Arabic and internationally qualified lawyers in its Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices.

“We have been a leading player in the Middle East for more than three decades,” said Eduardo Leite, chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee. “The combination with Habib Al Mulla cements our presence in the UAE as it once again experiences strong economic growth. The merger is emblematic of our commitment to all our offices having deep local roots, allowing us to offer clients the benefits of a global platform while helping them navigate the most complex local legal issues."

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