Leading international law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has strengthened its client offering in the UAE with the addition of partner Matthew Shanahan in the Banking & Finance team, solidifying the firm's commitment to the region.

Matthew Shanahan joins from Clifford Chance, where he headed up their Middle East Financial Services and Regulatory practice. With over 13 years of direct experience in private practice and at regulators, including seven years at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, Matthew specializes in advisory and contentious financial services regulatory matters. He advises banks, securities firms, other financial institutions and public sector bodies on all aspects of financial services regulation, as well as compliance and investigations matters. Called to the Bar of England & Wales, he also has full rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre courts.

"With the UAE rapidly becoming a global hub for trade and finance, we are seeing more regulations coming into force to ensure that the business and legal frameworks support the nation's economic vision," said Dr. Habib Al Mulla, Chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. “Matthew Shanahan brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to our clients navigating the evolving regulatory and commercial landscape, particularly in relation to financial services. We are very proud to welcome Matthew on board.”

This brings the number of partners based in the UAE to 18, with the firm offering clients a unique platform in the UAE, advising on banking and finance, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), employment, intellectual property, maritime and real estate matters.

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