Celine Kanakri

Celine Abi Habib Kanakri

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Biography

Céline Abi Habib Kanakri is counsel at the Dubai office, where she focuses on UAE and international arbitration across a range of industry sectors. Ms. Kanakri has drafted several UAE decrees, laws and regulations, and submitted comments on others. She also draft legal opinions in support of arbitration proceedings.

Practice Focus

Ms. Kanakri has been practicing in the Middle East for over 10 years and is experienced in UAE and international arbitration. This is underpinned by a strong understanding of UAE corporate and commercial law and extensive experience with the structuring and restructuring of governmental and semi-governmental entities. Sector experience includes: p real estate, construction, and banking and finance.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial dispute (DIAC Rules), between shareholders of a UAE investment company, for investments in the Abu Dhabi health care sector and involving the stock exchange.
  • Advised on a multibillion AED corporate and commercial dispute between the heirs of shareholders in a UAE-based group of medical and pharmaceutical companies. Arbitration was in Arabic, through a court-appointed panel, following ADCCAC Rules.Advised on a multimillion AED commercial construction dispute (DIAC Rules), between a Fortune 100 contractor and an employer, concerning work in an eminent project in Dubai.
  • Advised on a multibillion AED construction dispute (DIAC Rules) between a contractor and a semi-governmental entity responsible for the development of land in Dubai.
  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial construction dispute (ICC Rules) between a contractor and a sub-contractor, over the execution of construction works in a renowned Dubai project in Dubai under the ICC Rules.
  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial real estate dispute (DIAC Rules) between the owner of a hotel and the hotel operator.
  • Advised on a number of commercial real estate disputes between real estate developers and purchasers (DIAC Rules).
  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial banking and finance dispute between a UAE investment company and a Saudi stock market investor. Arbitration was in Arabic and under DIAC Rules.
  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial dispute (DIAC Rules) between an energy drink manufacturer and a franchisee following termination of a franchise and distribution agreement.
  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial dispute (DIAC Rules) between buyers of a company and sellers following the acquisition of a company.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • UAE International Chamber of Commerce - Member

Admissions

  • Lebanon (2005)
  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant

Education

  • St. Joseph University of Beirut (Bachelor of Arts Lebanese Law) (2004)

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French