Company: Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla
Designation: Executive chairman
The prominent and often outspoken lawyer has become one of the legal titans of the UAE. He helped design the legal framework for the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and also drafted a number of Dubai’s legislative structures.
Indeed, he revealed he initially suggested the UAE’s long-term visa system and 100 percent foreign ownership law in 1997. He made history when his firm merged with global law firm Baker McKenzie.