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Baker McKenzie

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

Spotlight TableUnited Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Baker McKenzie's respected Dubai office functions as a key base for the firm's international activity in the Middle East and Africa. Members of the UAE team are able to call on the unparalleled coverage of the firm's wider network to support their clients' cross-border needs, while offering robust support on regional and local matters. Combining its regional and global strength, the firm is well placed to advise on a broad range of inbound and outbound matters involving the UAE and Gulf region.,The UAE team performs highly in an array of international mandates, both contentious and non-contentious. The M&A team is well equipped to coordinate cross-border deals and also advise on the regional elements of global projects. Clients from sectors such as real estate, energy, financial services and manufacturing are all well served by the team. The group also offers extensive support on contentious mandates, helping clients navigate the UAE and DIFC courts, as well as bringing expertise to international arbitration proceedings.

Strengths

Multiple sources praise the firm's ability to combine local and international expertise. A client states: "Baker McKenzie's main strength is their understanding of local laws as well as global market practices. The fact they have offices in many countries serves as an important strength point."Similarly, another client adds: "Baker McKenzie provides an excellent combination of the pedigree of an international firm with the understanding of the domestic context that a local firm brings."

Discussing an international matter handled by the team, another client highlights the UAE team's "ability to draw on their global footprint and handle very multi-jurisdictional matters," adding: "It had Asian, European, North American and offshore elements, and their ability to handle intertwined issues was impressive. That's one of their best assets."

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