As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, and governments and health authorities work tirelessly to defeat it, major economies are experiencing mounting pressure as consumer spending, production and investment are drastically curtailed due to virus-related risks.

We recognize that many of our clients are also facing significant and urgent business impact and legal challenges.

Our Baker McKenzie teams across the world are working with clients, regulators and various authorities to produce a variety of client updates and webinars to assist decision makers, including in-house legal teams, on how to navigate this incredibly challenging period.

You can access our Coronavirus Resource Center for information on the impact of this situation on your business and what you can do to manage these risks. It covers areas of immediate concerns such as employer obligations, contract issues, supply chain disruption, financing and force majeure, as well as more forward looking issues such impact on deals and IPO activity.


Coronavirus Outbreak: Global Guide to Force Majeure and International Commercial Contracts

This alert discusses force majeure and the Coronavirus impact from the perspective of English law and several of the more frequently adopted common law systems governing international commercial contracts, with an outline of several alternative remedies that may apply depending on the governing law of the relevant contracts. Read more.

Getting Ahead of the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Checklist for Multinational Employers

The Coronavirus outbreak has raised challenging issues for employers particularly those that operate in multiple locations, provide a variety of services, and employ a global workforce which travels routinely. This checklist is designed to help multinational employers revisit their preparedness protocols and re-evaluate the same for changes in locations of workforces and evolution in local laws. Read more.

EMEA Coronavirus: A Quick Guide for Employers

This guide addresses the most pressing issues employers are currently faced with in light of the Coronavirus outbreak and includes the latest updates in 19 jurisdictions across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The information in this document is presented as at 10 March 2020. Read more.

UAE Federal Transport Authority Circular No (2) of 2020 on Novel Coronavirus

The UAE and Kuwait are taking precautionary measures against the spread of the Coronavirus with the issuance of circulars to their respective port authorities. Kuwaiti authorities are prohibiting the berthing of vessels coming from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Italy on all Kuwaiti ports. Read the key measures the UAE Federal Transport Authority have put in place in their press release.


The situation is unprecedented and continues to evolve, and we will continue to monitor developments and provide updates as and when they arise. To discuss the business and legal implications for your company in the face of ongoing disruption, please do get in touch one of the contacts listed below.

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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).

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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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Omar Momany is the Head of the UAE Corporate & Commercial practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. With over 15 years' experience in the Middle East, Omar focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial matters and corporate/shareholders' disputes in the UAE and throughout the region.

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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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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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Tarek Saad is the Head of the Maritime practice at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He is seasoned in maritime and insurance law, with over 22 years' experience in the Middle East, and more than 10 years in the UAE, and is also involved in the drafting and review of the new UAE Maritime Law. Tarek has extensive experience in general litigation including civil, commercial, real estate, criminal, intellectual property and labor litigation in the UAE.

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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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Kellie Blyth is a Counsel and Head of the UAE IT & Communications practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. An experienced technology and privacy lawyer, Kellie has been based in the UAE for over six years, advising local and multinational clients in the technology, telecoms, financial services, insurance and automotive sectors in particular.

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