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Baker & McKenzie merges with Habib Al Mulla

Founder of UAE firm to share the helm with global firm's Gulf managing partner 

19 April 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has sealed a deal to merge with UAE firm Habib Al Mulla.

The merged entity, to be known as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, will launch on 1 July 2013.

It will be jointly led by Dr Habib Al Mulla, as chairman and co-managing partner, and Borys Dackiw, managing partner for the Gulf region.

“The merger is emblematic of our commitment to all our offices having deep local roots,” said Eduardo Leite, chair of Baker & McKenzie’s executive committee.

Added Koen Vanhaerents, chair of the firm’s EMEA region: “We are committed to investing in high-growth markets, and the UAE has been among the fastest-growing economies in the world in recent years. GDP has more than doubled since 2006, while Dubai, the Gulf’s leading financial centre, has rapidly bounced back from the global financial crisis.”

Habib Al Mulla was established by Dr Habib Al Mulla in 1984. It has more than 40 Arabic and internationally-qualified lawyers at its offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Adding a fifth office in Dubai to Bakers’ practice in the UAE and Gulf, the merger will give the international firm more than 30 partners and 130 associates across the region.

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