International law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has made two appointments to its office in the UAE.
Andrew Mackenzie has joined as partner in the firm’s UAE arbitration practice with Reggie Mezu appointed senior special counsel to launch the firm's Tax practice in the emirates.
Mackenzie joins from Hogan Lovells in the UAE, specialising in international arbitration law, with a particular focus on construction, engineering, energy, and insurance disputes.
Admitted as a solicitor in both Scotland and England and Wales, and as a Solicitor Advocate in the higher courts of England and Wales, he has been based in the UAE for more than eight years and also has full rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre courts.
Mezu, an international tax counsel with nearly 30 years' experience in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, joins from leading tax advisory firm Cragus Group to offer Baker McKenzie's global and local clients dedicated advisory and transactional tax support in the Middle East.
Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in the UK, he has been based in the UAE for 15 years.
Mezu has been regularly working with Baker McKenzie to advise clients on tax planning, corporate structuring, cross-border transactions, double tax treaties, reform and development of fiscal frameworks, general advice, and most recently, the new value added tax (VAT) regime in the Gulf region.
Dr Habib Al Mulla, Executive Chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, said: "We are delighted to have Andrew Mackenzie and Reggie Mezu join us to further support our clients operating in the Middle East through the life cycle of their operations, from structuring and advisory to dispute resolution.”
Last year, the firm promoted Tarek Saad to partner in the UAE Dispute Resolution practice and hired UAE Financial Services Regulatory partner Matthew Shanahan, bringing the number of partners based in the UAE to 19.