A recent decision by the Tax Dispute Resolution Committee (TDRC) upheld an appeal by an international corporate and investment bank against fines and penalties imposed by the UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) in respect of a voluntary disclosure made by the bank. Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla successfully represented and obtained the favourable decision for the bank, with the TDRC ordering the FTA (the Defendant) to repay the amount paid for the fines and penalties to the bank (the Plaintiff).

More importantly, the TDRC confirmed the same interpretation of the provisions of the tax law which was adopted in a recent decision by the UAE Federal Courts in a precedent case involving a UAE based company (also represented by Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla). The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance’s full reasoning is set out in the Annex hereto.

This latest judgment continues the successes recorded by Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla on tax matters before the tax tribunals and courts. We are happy to support you throughout the challenge process in relation to your tax dispute and litigation matters. For further information, please contact Mohamed El Baghdady and Reggie Mezu of the UAE Tax team or your usual Baker McKenzie contact.


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.


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.


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.

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