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Masoud Zabeti

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Finance & Banking Disputes


Masoud is Head of the Finance & Banking Disputes Group. He focuses on complex litigation and arbitration, as well as regulatory matters. Much of his work is multi-jurisdictional with a particular focus on Russia, the Middle East and the main offshore financial centres.

Legal 500 has praised Masoud for being a "master tactician", "determined", "bright, focused, experienced and a committed street-fighter" and for generating “superb client feedback”. Legal 500 has also recognised Masoud as a Leading Individual in Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail.

In the field of investment banking he is a "go to" authority for and against financial institutions on disputes arising from complex investment products and funds, and also advises in trade finance disputes. Masoud represents financial sponsors and creditors and debt and equity investors on a range of disputes and restructurings involving significant corporate and property acquisition finance. In the field of retail banking, his practice has centred on developing strategies for clients to deal with mass consumer mobilisation and he is also an expert on payment systems.

Masoud has extensive experience in using effective civil powers granted by the Courts across many jurisdictions to trace and freeze assets and secure evidence. Masoud has also advised clients on major investigations, including some of the most substantial data compromise matters. He recently addressed the 'Russia Talk Investment Forum' organised by the Russo-British Chambers of Commerce in London and Moscow to celebrate the RBCC's centenary.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Partner, Glovers (2000 - 2005 Solicitor, Glovers); Qualified, Peters & Peters

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Masoud Zabeti - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'well resourced and experienced team'¬†acts in¬†large finance disputes, particularly in the private equity and hedge funds space. The team defended Maze Sarl against a Commercial Court claim concerning enforcement action taken by VTB, Russia's second largest bank over the majority shares in Vivacom, the largest telecoms network in Bulgaria, such shares being pledged to VTB as security for a ‚ā¨150m loan. Masoud Zabeti¬†heads the finance and banking disputes group; James Oldnall¬†is 'a very able individual'; and¬†Adam Epstein¬†is 'very clever, thoughtful and meticulous in his preparation and running of a case'. Derval Walsh, Mohammed Khamisa QC¬† and¬†Genevieve Quierin¬†are also highly rated, along with contentious regulatory partner¬†Guy Wilkes, who¬†was hired from Mayer Brown International LLP.¬†

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Mishcon de Reya LLP is widely respected for its expertise in fraud-related disputes but it also has robust practices in commercial and finance-related litigation, including shareholder disputes, and insurance, IP and property disputes. The firm recently launched an eDiscovery offering. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department; Masoud Zabeti leads the finance and banking disputes group; and Kathryn Garbett heads the fraud defence group. Other recommended advisers include Richard Leedham, Gary Miller, Shaistah Akhtar and Sonia Campbell.

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