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In brief The UAE Ministry of Finance (“MoF”) announced on 28 April 2022 a public consultation on the proposed federal corporate tax (“CT”) framework. The consultation will run until 19 May 2022 and businesses are encouraged to make their submissions online. The submission link can be found here: https://www.mof.gov.ae/en/resourcesAndBudget/Pages/Corporate-Tax-Submission-Public-Consultation.aspx It should be noted that the content of the public consultation document is not intended to reflect the final view of the UAE government. Therefore, the…

In brief The recently issued Rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (the “New DIAC Rules“) have come into effect on 21 March 2022. Following the joint press release of the DIAC and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), all arbitrations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings submitted to the DIAC after this date will be governed by the New DIAC Rules. The New DIAC Rules also align with the procedural developments entrenched in…

A recent judgment by the Dubai Courts in favor of a major real estate developer has shed light on how the courts interpret the termination of a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) entered into by an investor for a hotel apartment specifically for investment purposes. The Court of Cassation recently handed down a distinct judgment: the purpose behind the purchase of a hotel flat or hotel unit is critical for determining the right to terminate…

On 16 March 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, members of the Arab Competition Network (the “ACN”) held their first conference to launch this new network. This alert provides a high-level presentation of the ACN, as well as an overview of its mission and goals. Background and Goals of the ACN The ACN is a product of the efforts and collaboration of the Arab League and the Egyptian Competition Authority. The ACN aims to provide a platform…

Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International successfully represented a global e-commerce company in a series of appeals filed against administrative penalties imposed by the Federal Tax Authority (“FTA”) in connection with delayed payment of VAT due. The UAE Federal Supreme Court recently dismissed an appeal filed by the FTA to impose administrative fines and penalties against the company, and ordered that the FTA to repay the full amount…