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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Zia Ullah

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Zia is a specialist in financial crime and is a Partner in the Financial Services Disputes and Investigations team. He advises on a range of regulatory compliance issues with specific focus on Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABC). He was previously the global head of sanctions at Barclays.

His recent experience includes:

  • advising the UK branch of an international investment bank on US/EU sanctions on Belarus and Iran; 
  • drafting an international sanctions guide for a global health insurer;  
  • conducting an ABC review on behalf of a international bank;  
  • advising an oil and gas operator on an internal investigation into alleged bribery and corruption and  
  • dealing with the SFO investigation that followed.

Zia is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a "Leader in the Field" of corporate crime and investigations. Chambers says that: "Impressed sources say he gets solutions for clients before problems start."

He is also rated as "approachable" and "going the extra mile for clients" in the Legal 500. He has written articles on compliance in the financial services sector for numerous magazines and has also been quoted in national newspapers as well as appearing on radio and television.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises corporations involved in high-profile investigations undertaken by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, Trading Standards and the NHS Fraud Unit. The team provides ‘a very good overall service and responds quickly and effectively’. The firm continue to act for a Russian conglomerate on its cross-border response to a $200m fraud committed by former employees. Key practitioner Zia Ullah specialises in international sanctions, anti-money laundering and fraud cases. Jake McQuitty joined as partner from TLT. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Banking litigation

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘bright, industrious and efficient’ department is ‘easy to deal with’. Clients include UK-based and international banks, including HSBC Bank, BNP Paribas, Clydesdale Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken, as well as several challenger banks. Northern practice head James Southworth  ‘gives good strategic direction and has considerable charm’ and handles large and complex banking disputes, contentious regulatory matters and investigations. Zia Ullah specialises in fraud and financial crime compliance, and Sarah Naylor is ‘a real fighter’ who is experienced in retail and wholesale bank mis-selling claims as well as contentious financial regulatory issues. Principal associate Leonie Tear, who specialises in fraud and corruption investigations, and senior associate David Cook, who handles cybercrime, security and data protection issues, are also recommended.

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