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Hani Naja

Hani has been practicing since 2007 with a focus on M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and post-acquisition integration as well as corporate structuring, foreign direct investment and market entry in the Middle East with a particular focus on the UAE and Qatar. His experience also covers general commercial contracts such as agency and distribution and advice on corporate governance, compliance and competition matters.
Hani focuses on the healthcare, technology and the retail sectors but he also gained substantive experience advising both companies and government agencies in the defense sector and had significant exposure assisting governmental authorities with developing their internal structures and drafting legislations.
Hani is also the lead Pro Bono partner in the UAE and the Middle East.
Hani holds an MBA degree and a Masters in Management alongside his law degree. He is fully trilingual and practices in English, French and Arabic, all three at a professional level.
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie’s UAE offices in April 2012, Hani worked as a corporate associate at an international law firm in both Dubai and Doha between 2008 and 2012 and prior to that worked at an FMCG company and a private equity group in Kuwait.

On 28 September 2023, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued Federal Law No. 36 of 2023 (“New Competition Law”), which repealed and replaced Federal Law No. 4 of 2012. The New Competition Law signals a new era of enforcement by the UAE Ministry of Economy by providing a functional competition regime through, inter alia: extending a wider scope of application to almost all economic activities; expanding its mandate by prohibiting new conducts and introducing a new dominance test; and finally introducing administrative penalties and stricter financial penalties. The New Competition Law will officially enter into force on 28 December 2023, with the executive regulation to be published within six months thereafter.

On 3 July 2023, the UAE issued Cabinet Decision No. 66 of 2023 concerning the Executive Regulations of Federal Law No. 15 of 2020 on Consumer Protection. The most prominent changes in the Executive Regulations include the additional safeguards granted to customers and guidance on prohibited clauses and conditions to be included in contracts and Terms & Conditions with customers. With the widespread use of e-commerce globally, the Executive Regulations have also brought e-commerce providers under its remit and placed additional responsibilities on such providers.