Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla brings over 30 years’ local know-how, extensive global resources, and one of the largest litigation teams in the UAE with full rights of audience before all UAE and DIFC courts. As the first international law firm to fully merge with a UAE firm, we deliver unmatched on the ground support that reflects a deep understanding of local legal, regulatory and commercial practices. Our multidisciplinary team of nearly 60 lawyers offers a full range of local and international legal advice across our offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in both English and Arabic helping businesses optimize opportunities and mitigate risk in the Middle East and North Africa.

Baker McKenzie has been active in the Middle East and Africa for over 35 years, and as a pioneering firm, was most notably the first to enter both the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian markets. The firm has since established a substantial presence - this began with an associated office in Riyadh in 1979 and today we are present in 10 cities (in 8 countries) in the region.

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instill confidence in our clients. (www.bakermckenzie.com)


Represented by:

Dr. Habib Al Mulla

Chairman

Dr. Habib Al Mulla is Chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities. He has over 30 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr. Habib is a strong advocate for the improvement and modernisation of UAE Laws, and is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate level laws. He created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE and was the architect of the legal framework establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the first financial free zone in the UAE.

Dr. Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and is also Chairman of the UAE Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

In addition to founding the law firm Habib Al Mulla in the UAE 30 years ago, Dr. Habib has also served as legislative committee chairman of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies, Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association, and Vice Chairman of the DIAC Board.

Dr. Habib holds an LLB in Shari’a and law from the UAE University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Arabic and English.


Charlotte Bijlani

Partner

Charlotte Bijlani is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution practice in Dubai. Her practice extends to international arbitration and commercial litigation with specific expertise in construction and engineering, real estate, corporate, shareholder and contractual disputes. She also has experience in corporate insolvency and regulatory matters.

Charlotte's practice is predominantly focused on disputes in relation to major construction and infrastructure Project in the Middle East as well as corporate and shareholder disputes for both local and international clients. She has experience in working with a number of major arbitral institutions including LCIA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL as well as experience in litigating before the DIFC courts. Charlotte also advises on expert determination, mediation as well as dispute avoidance

Charlotte is admitted in England & Wales as a Solicitor Advocate with full rights of audience before the Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) of England & Wales and before the DIFC courts. She holds an LLB from City University, London.


Céline Abi Habib Kanakri

Counsel

Céline Kanakri is a Counsel at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai, and has been practicing in the Middle East for over ten years. Céline specializes in arbitration and is experienced in both UAE and international arbitration across a variety of areas including real estate, construction, corporate, commercial, companies law and banking and finance.

Céline’s arbitration expertise is underpinned by her understanding of UAE real estate and construction law, corporate and commercial law, companies law and her experience in the structuring and restructuring of governmental and semi-governmental entities. She is well-versed in UAE laws, having commented on draft laws and regulations, and drafted decrees, laws and regulations. Céline also has extensive experience in drafting expert legal opinions in a variety of areas including civil, commercial and construction law in support of arbitration proceedings.

Céline holds a BA in Lebanese and Comparative Law from the Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. She is fluent in English, Arabic and French.


Sally Kotb

Senior Associate

Sally Kotb is a Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and has been practising in the Middle East for ten years. Sally specializes in arbitration across a variety of industry sectors and has gained particular experience in conducting arbitration references under leading institutional arbitration rules, including in particular ICC, DIAC, CRCICA, ADCCAC, in both Arabic and English. Sally has extensive knowledge of UAE law and has assisted leading practitioners with drafting legal expert reports on complex issues of UAE law.

Sally regularly acts as a sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in arbitration cases involving real estate and construction disputes under the Rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). She has also gained particular experience in enforcement of international and domestic awards in the UAE.

Sally holds an LLB from Alexandria University, Egypt, and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University, USA. She is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is the author of numerous articles and guides on arbitration. Sally is fluent in Arabic and English.


Andrew Massey

Associate

Andrew Massey is an associate at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and has been practicing in the Middle East for five years. He specializes in arbitration across a variety of industry sectors and has gained particular experience in conducting arbitration references under leading institutional arbitration rules, including DIAC and DIFC-LCIA.

Andrew has experience in corporate and commercial laws, and has been involved in numerous complex disputes. Andrew has also acted in relation to disputes before the DIFC Courts and the Dubai World Tribunal.

Andrew holds a BA in Civil Law from University College Dublin, Ireland.