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Baker McKenzie launches a new and expanded edition of the Cross-Border Enforcement Center, a high-level comparative analysis of the enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards across 44 jurisdictions, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). At the height of a pandemic, companies around the world are bracing themselves for an increase in disputes, the first signs of which are already starting to emerge. These include disputes over contracts, property and payment defaults, amongst others. As…

In brief The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance recently dismissed an appeal filed by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) against fines and penalties imposed by the FTA against a UAE company, a Dubai based beverage distributor, in connection with excise taxes. Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla represented the company. The court also ordered that the FTA repay the full amount of the penalties to the company. The Tax Dispute Resolution Committee had previously ordered…

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that 85 of our colleagues have been promoted to partner. Promotions take effect from 1 July. Across the Firm’s practice groups globally, Tax and Dispute Resolution saw the largest intake of new partners, with M&A also significantly adding to their numbers. In the Middle East, two noteworthy promotions were awarded to: Joanna Matthews-Taylor from the Employment and Compensation Practice and Mohamed El Khatib from the…

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…

Businesses in the UAE have by now, adapted to conducting their operations within the new VAT regime. Although the UAE VAT Law remains relatively new and contentious with many companies continuing to grapple with the emerging issues and ultimately with the Federal Tax Authority’s (FTA) interpretation of the law. There have been a few cases to date that involved successful challenges to the FTA’s assessment on taxes and penalties, where the UAE courts had intervened…