Sandeep Puri

Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla


Sandeep Puri is a partner and head of the UAE banking and finance team at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Based in the UAE since 2003, Sandeep has extensive experience advising on banking and capital market transactions across the Middle East.

Practice Focus

Sandeep covers both conventional and Islamic finance across asset classes, including project finance, corporate finance, asset finance, real estate finance and capital markets (including sukuk).

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for the Shari’a compliant financiers on a AED 1.1 billion construction financing for a hospital, research centre and staff accommodation in Dubai.

  • Acted for a UAE listed real estate company on a AED 1.5 billion financing for several real estate developments in the UAE.

  • Acted for Seven Tides Limited on the refinancing of AED 2 billion facilities for the construction and development of commercial and residential real estate across Dubai.

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank pjsc on a AED 730 million real estate financing for an Abu Dhabi mixed use project located in Abu Dhabi.

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank pjsc on a AED 600 million financing for a large real estate project comprising over 700 residential units located in Barsha South, Dubai.

  • Acted for the consortium on a financing of the 800MW DEWA solar plant in Dubai (expected to be the world’s largest photovoltaic energy generation on a single site).

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank pjsc on a AED 1.2 billion Shari'a compliant construction financing for the IMG Group for the construction of the IMG Worlds of Adventure Theme Park in Dubailand.

  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank on a AED 400 million hotel development financing for a large UAE based conglomerate.

  • Acted for a UAE government related entity on a AED 440 million real estate development financing in Dubai.

  • Acted for PT Axis Telekom on a USD 1.2 billion murabaha financing - this transaction was a first in multiple respects at the time (including the largest Islamic financing ever undertaken in Indonesia and the largest Islamic hedge in Asia).


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2003)
  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant


  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK (Islamic Finance Qualification) (2015)
  • BPP Professional Education (Legal Practice Course) (2001)
  • University of Essex (Bachelor of Laws English and International Law) (1999)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Erasmus Prog.) (1998)


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Urdu