Areas of Concentration
International Business Law
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law
International Intellectual Property Law
International Arbitration & Litigation
Regulatory and Public Sector
Scope of Practice
Shaima Abu Baker is a partner at Maalouf Ashford & Talbot's Dubai office. She has over 13 years of extensive experience in law, business and leadership, in both the public and private sectors and at international as well as local levels.
Shaima's experience includes working for several governmental entities in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including the Emirates Competitiveness Council, the Minister of State Office and Dubai Expo 2020. She has dealt with many regulatory and legislative reforms, including drafting and enforcing legislations, policies, and advising on issues relating to compliance and risk analysis.
Highlights of Shaima's Contributions include:
Assessing the impact of new legislations, bills, decrees, policies, and regulations on the UAE Rank in the Global Competitiveness Reports (The Ease of Doing Business Report of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Reports, the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, the World Justice Project-Rule of Law Index, the Human Development Report and OECD Gender Gaps Report, etc.)
Reviewing UAE legislations and policies, highlighted the gaps in practice and in legislations through benchmarking against international obligations and best practices, and proposed tailored made reforms in diverse legal specialties.
Conducting in-depth research to several bills and laws, including the SMEs Law, the Companies Law, the Competition Law, the Penal Code, Penitentiary Establishment Law, Labor Law, the real estate regulations, e-commerce regulations, the Civil Procedures Law, the bankruptcy law, the Notary Public Law, and the Law Regulating the Legal Profession.
Was seconded to Dubai Courts to simplify their procedures in enforcing contracts and resolving Insolvency and to recommend reforms.
Was part of the UAE delegation to the World Bank in Washington DC, in March 2014, to challenge the Ease of Doing Business Report’s methodology and to provide explanation and evidences on UAE performance development in two different areas Enforcing Contracts and Resolving Insolvency. As part of the delegation, Shaima personally delivered presentations benchmarking UAE legislations against the laws of France and Germany.
Proposing Rule of Law initiatives and advocated for legal reforms in collaboration with federal and local governmental entities to boost the UAE rank and performance in the Global Competitiveness Reports.
Drafting contracts, agreements, MOUs for the three entities including Dubai Expo 2020 contracts when Dubai was a candidate city and after Dubai won the bid to host the World Expo 2020.
Developing bylaws and policies for the three entities relating to HR, purchase and contracting, privacy policies, internship programs.
Advising on issues related to intellectual property, human rights, gender, labor, women empowerment, etc., proposed reforms, and drafting several right of reply to international organizations.
Education & Professional Certifications
Master’s degree in International Business Law, Paris Sorbonne University, Nov 09-Jul 10.
Master’s degree in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations, Paris Sorbonne University, Oct 08-Jul 09.
Professional Certificate in Advanced Negotiation Skills, Harvard Law School, Jun 14.
Bachelor’s degree in Law, the University of Jordan, Oct 98-Jul 02.
Diploma in International Nuclear Law, the University of Montpellier 1 & OECD, France Aug 11.
Diploma in International Human Rights Law, Cornell University Law School-USA, France Jul 10.
Diploma in Federalism, Constitutionalism, Decentralization, Diversity and Conflict Transformation in Multicultural Societies, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland Aug-Sep 05.
Shaima is fluent in Arabic and English and is conversant in French.