2019 has been marked with continued geopolitical uncertainty and market volatility. The projections for and opportunities in 2020 provide a more promising outlook, but there are a number of challenges locally and globally on the horizon, that all companies in the region need to be aware of.

During our Annual MENA Dispute Resolution Conference, Dr. Habib Al Mulla and other Baker McKenzie experts from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Egypt will present and lead interactive discussions on:

  • the challenges and opportunities on the horizon for 2020 in light of the legal, commercial and economic developments during 2019 and beyond; and
  • critical insight into avoiding and managing disputes including in arbitration, tax, banking, employment, cybercrime and insolvency.

This is a must attend for all in-house legal counsel and senior business executives in the region. The full agenda and list of speakers can be viewed here.

The seminar is FREE to attend, but seats are limited – please email [email protected] to RSVP. If you have any queries regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact Jenny Medina.

About this event

Date: Monday 27 January 2020

2:00 pm – Registration
2:30 pm – Welcome
2:35 pm – Impact of 2019 developments

Sector updates – Key insights into:
2:50 pm – Arbitration and Construction
3:05 pm – Cybercrime
3:20 pm – Employment Litigation

3:45 pm – Coffee break

Sector updates – Key insights into: (continued)
4:00 pm – Financial Litigation (onshore and offshore)
4:15 pm – Tax Litigation
4:30 pm – Insolvency

5:00 pm – Panel discussion – 2020: Risks and Rewards on the Horizon
5:30 pm – Networking reception

Location: Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay, Dubai


Dr. Habib Al Mulla is the Executive Chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and the Head of the Dispute Resolution practice in the UAE. He is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities with over 34 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr. Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is Chairman of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) UAE Committee and most recently served as Chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).


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.


Andrew Mackenzie is the UAE Head of the International Arbitration and Construction practices of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He specialises in international arbitration law, with a particular focus on construction, energy, technology and financial institution disputes. Andrew has been based in the UAE for over 10 years and also has full rights of audience in the DIFC courts. He has advised on complex commercial disputes under a variety of civil and common law systems from across MENA and Africa, tried cases in all of the major arbitration forums (both treaty-based and commercial) and also sits as an arbitrator.

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