Internal or regulatory-driven investigations into criminal or other improper conduct by individuals or their companies can raise serious issues, having long-lasting impact on risk management, reputation and costs. Delivering a thorough, carefully planned and credible investigation will minimise disruption to your business, help you maintain control of the process and ultimately could help mitigate the risk of corporate criminal, civil or regulatory liability and the resultant sanctions.


Further to Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s recent workshops in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah focusing on conducting investigations in the workplace, please find below some information which we hope you will find useful:

  1. Best practice guidelines to help you navigate the most common issues and challenges arising in each step of the investigation process;
  2. For financial institutions, a brief guide on managing regulatory investigation and enforcement action in the UAE financial free zones; and
  3. Our first global edition of Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Liability Handbook 2018, describing in up-to-date detail the corporate liability and corporate crime regimes of countries in EMEA, Asia and the Americas.

Visit Baker McKenzie’s dedicated Compliance & Investigations website to view these materials and other guides, toolkits and updates on developments in this field: http://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/expertise/practices/compliance–investigations#insight

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact one of our lawyers below.

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Borys Dackiw is the Head of Compliance practice in the Gulf based in the Firm's Abu Dhabi office. A partner of Baker McKenzie since 1995, Borys regularly advises clients across various industries on their compliance and anti-bribery policies and programs and has participated in whistleblower interviews relating to allegations of bribery and other bribery-related investigations. He also advises on mergers & acquisitions (including privatizations), private equity and general corporate and commercial law.

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Mohamed El Khatib is the UAE Head of the Litigation practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. Mohamed has over 25 years’ experience (including over 17 years in the UAE) in litigation across a number of industries and areas of UAE law including criminal, civil, banking, corporate disputes, real estate, construction and employment.

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Matthew Shanahan is a partner in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla's UAE Banking & Finance practice, based in Dubai. He has over twenty years of experience of financial services regulators and financial services regulatory regimes in the UK and Middle East. Matthew advises on all aspects of financial services regulation, including fintech, financial markets, anti-money laundering, investigations and data protection, and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts.

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Hugh Lyons is a partner in the firm's Dispute Resolution Practice Group in London. He regularly advises clients on litigation and investigations arising from financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud and financial misconduct. He has extensive experience in disputes in the Middle East, where he is admitted as an advocate before the DIFC Courts, as well as in other jurisdictions including the Caribbean, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Singapore and the US.

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Mazen Boustany is the UAE Head of the Financial Regulatory, Policy & Legislative Group of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He has over 22 years' experience in banking and finance law in the Middle East, including financial services regulation, Islamic finance, structured finance, securitisation, private equity, financial structuring and restructuring, cross-border transactions and investment funds. Mazen has helped draft many of the financial regulations for the UAE Central Bank and Ministry of Finance.

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Joanna Matthews-Taylor is the UAE Head of the Employment practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. She is experienced in the full spectrum of employment law issues, including recruitment, employment contracts, benefits, protection of confidential information and termination. She has also advised clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, cross-border secondments and the mobility of employees in the Middle East.

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Ghada El Ehwany is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate Practice Group in Cairo. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions. Ghada also advises on healthcare regulatory, structuring, insolvency, employment and compliance matters.

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Amir Alkhaja is the Head of the UAE Banking Litigation team of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. He is an expert in commercial, white collar crime and banking litigation, with over 15 years of experience in the UAE. Amir was previously a police officer in the Dubai Police and is a licensed UAE lawyer with rights of audience in local and federal courts of the UAE.

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Mohamed El Baghdady is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He is experienced across a number of specialized areas including civil, commercial and criminal law, energy and infrastructure, corporate disputes, real estate, construction, employment, intellectual property and tax.

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