Zia Ullah is a partner and co-global head of corporate crime and investigations at Eversheds Sutherland. With more than 20 years’ experience as a criminal lawyer, Zia has acted in prosecutions brought by a number of leading enforcement agencies, in addition to being lead lawyer on a number of internationally led investigations, including those involving US regulators such as OFAC. Zia is a globally recognised specialist in international sanctions and anti-money laundering. He is a Financial Conduct Authority Skilled Person for Financial Crime and advises on all aspects of corporate and financial crime. Zia was previously the global head of sanctions at Barclays.
Zia advises global top-tier financial institutions and other regulated entities in connection with sanctions compliance and has led a number of large-scale investigations into historic breaches in relation to sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zia advises UK-based clients in relation to OFAC enforcement cases and settlements under the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Zia regularly provides training in respect of sanctions and regularly presents to a number of financial services industry bodies, including UK Finance (formerly the British Bankers’ Association), Association of Foreign Banks, Anti-Money Laundering Professionals Forum and UK Association of Payment Institutions.