How to do Business in the UAE
Legal requirements and ethical considerations presented by Taimur Malik
The School of Business Administration at AUD hosted guest speaker Mr. Taimur Malik, a lawyer and partner in the Middle East Practice of a leading international law firm, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.
Mr. Malik, has advised governments, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, listed oil and gas manufacturing companies in the GCC and Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of legal issues, both contentious and non-contentious, including corporate governance, anti-corruption policies, and aspects related to business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
It has always been our endeavor to create an alliance between academia and industry and to keep students informed of the applied fields, pertaining to the course-work taught in the class-room, and this talk, today, by an expert in the field of Business Law, further strengthens our commitment towards achieving that goal. It was a very well-attended lecture and students had an interactive and knowledgeable Q&A session towards the end of the lecture,” commented AUD’s Prof. Mahvish Gul, Adjunct faculty, Economics and Business.
Malik’s lecture focused on legal issues related to doing business in the UAE and was both very topical and informative for Business Administration students. It provided the students insight into the real world of business and its legal aspects; being residents of the UAE as well as potential entrepreneurs of the future, this proved very valuable to them.
Mr. Malik commented that he “was delighted to be at AUD and was very impressed with the diversity of the student body, quality of the questions asked by the students and the facilities available on campus”. He thanked Professor Mahvish Gul and Associate Dean Raj Kapoor for inviting him.
About Taimur Malik
Mr. Malik has advised Governments, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, listed companies and Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters including arbitration, litigation and mediation mandates, government concessions, infrastructure projects, corporate governance and anti-corruption policies, M&A and joint ventures in countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining Curtis, Mr. Malik served as the regional head of the legal department of Vale, the world's second largest metals and mining company, with responsibility for legal matters relating to multi-billion dollar projects in Oman and Malaysia and exploration activities across Middle East and West Asia.
He has also been a Research Scholar (International Commercial Contracts) at UNIDROIT in Rome and a Visiting Fellow at South Center in Geneva. Between 2005 and 2008, he was also the Executive Director of the Research Society of International Law, Pakistan’s only international law think tank and capacity building institution.
His experience includes advising Fortune 500 and listed oil and gas and manufacturing companies on their GCC focused corporate governance and anti-corruption policies, including aspects related to business ethics, corporate social responsibility and directors’ responsibilities.
Mr. Malik has been a guest speaker at universities, civil and military training institutes and think tanks in various countries including at the Foreign Service Academy and the Navy War College in Pakistan, Bank Muscat Learning & Development Center in Oman and Georgetown University Law Center in the U.S.
Mr. Malik’s articles on legal issues appear regularly in leading publications in various jurisdictions and he has also contributed chapters to books on joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East.
Mr. Malik was called to the Bar at the Honorable Society of Lincolns’ Inn, UK. He is an alumnus of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar as well as the General Management Program of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has also attended courses at the London School of Economics, The Hague Academy of International Law in Netherlands and at the Heidelberg University in Germany.