World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Habib Al Mulla

Company: Baker & McKenzie Habib al Mulla

Designation: Chairman

Country: UAE

As perhaps the UAE’s foremost lawyer, he made his name by founding the financial free zones concept that led to the launch of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Dubai Financial Services Authority. He then founded his own company which last year entered a merger with US giant Baker & McKenzie. Al Mulla is chairman of the new entity. Baker & McKenzie has more than 4,000 lawyers and 72 offices in 45 countries, raking in $2.31bn in the year to 30 June 2012. Habib Al Mulla’s team is just 40 lawyers strong, but among the most specialised and respected in the Arab world. Key areas of work include dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, banking, real estate and construction.

Law and order

Habib Al Mulla’s team of 40 lawyers are among the most specialised and respected in the Arab world.