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The UAE Federal Supreme Court recently dismissed an appeal filed by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) against taxes and administrative 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. This was considered to be the first time the…

On 3 February 2020, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) announced that the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court sentenced a former Chairman of an Abu Dhabi Government-owned company, as well as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to 15 years’ imprisonment for money laundering. In addition to receiving a 15-year imprisonment sentence, the individuals were ordered to return around AED 8 billion (approx. USD 2.18 billion) in misappropriated public funds, pay compensation to the companies they represented…

In brief A recent judgment by the Dubai Courts in favor of a major real estate company in Dubai had set a precedent on how the courts interpret sale and purchase agreements in relation to private islands registered for development. The defense strategy (which was proposed by Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla) carried out by the Dubai real estate company (acting as the Seller) and accepted by the courts involved: Registering the sale and purchase…

Over the past decade, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters have become increasingly important to organizations. Strong sustainability practices have become a critical business imperative, offering enormous opportunities for those who take it seriously and posing serious liabilities for those who don’t. In the context of disputes and enforcement, courts are beginning to recognize the gravity of environmental and climate change issues, while corporate accountability for compliance breaches arising from supply chains and business relationships…

As the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, businesses face significant levels of instability and uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to workplace operations and business pipelines, and resulting in a growth in the number and types of disputes. What will this mean for the future of disputes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? The Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team explores ‘The Future…