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Shabaz Ahmed, an associate in DLA Piper’s Leeds office, practises in the corporate crime, investigations and financial services regulatory group. He has experience acting in corporate crime, investigations, and contentious and non-contentious financial services regulatory matters for individuals and corporates across a variety of sectors.
His corporate crime and investigations practice covers prosecutions and enforcement actions brought by authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority and the police, in addition to internal investigations, and litigation involving a financial services regulatory element.
Shabaz’s non-contentious financial services regulatory practice includes both transactional and advisory work. He has acted for purchasers of regulated businesses by conducting due diligence, advising on risks, drafting appropriate protections in deal documentation and assisting in post-completion regulatory filings. Shabaz’s regulatory advisory work has covered a breadth of topics, including anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, the regulatory perimeter, financial promotions, conduct of business, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, outsourcing and LIBOR transition, among others. Prior to training and qualifying as a solicitor, Shabaz worked for over two years in the regulatory compliance team of a well-known mid-cap brokerage, covering all aspects of the business.
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