Leading international law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that it took home eight regional and national awards at the 15th annual International Tax Review (ITR) European Tax Awards, including the first ever “GCC Tax Firm of Year” award. Firms and in-house tax teams from 26 countries competed for these awards, which were presented during a gala dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel on 16 May 2019.

The firm also won “European Tax Disputes Firm of the Year”, “US Tax Firm of the Year in Europe” and “European Court of Justice Firm of the Year – Direct Tax”, as well as national awards in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Turkey.

ITR is a leading global publication dedicated to international tax strategy. The ITR European Tax Awards celebrate the best tax, transfer pricing and dispute resolution work across the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region over the past year.

“We are delighted that Baker McKenzie won the “GCC Tax Firm of the Year” award. We thank our clients and peers for this outstanding recognition of our work with them on the legal and tax aspects of their operations and transactions in the Gulf region”, said Reggie Mezu, Senior Tax Counsel at Baker McKenzie, based in Dubai.

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Reggie Mezu is a Senior Special Counsel in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He has practiced tax for nearly 30 years in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, including in the UAE for 15 years. Reggie regularly advises clients on tax planning, corporate structuring, cross-border transactions, double tax treaties, reform and development of fiscal frameworks, general advice, and most recently, the new value added tax (VAT) regime in the Gulf region.


Bastiaan Moossdorff is a Senior VAT Adviser in Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. He specializes in indirect tax and has practiced indirect tax for more than 7 years in the Netherlands, the UK, the UAE and the KSA. Bastiaan has multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary academic qualifications in law, accountancy and taxation.


Laya Aoun-Hani is a senior member of Baker McKenzie's International Commercial & Trade Practice Group in the Middle East. Laya regularly advises multinational clients from different industries on commercial transactions, multijurisdictional distribution and agency arrangements, commercial disputes settlements, competition law, trade compliance, sanctions and customs. She also has extensive experience in the Healthcare and Consumer Goods and Retail sectors.

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