"Incredible depth of experience when it comes to fraud matters, and in particular those with an international element or where the National Crime Agency are involved."
The Legal 500 2021
"Thoroughness and eagerness. Very committed to the work he does."
The Chambers UK Guide
Syed's great depth of experience in serious fraud, financial crime and multi-jurisdictional investigations has earmarked him as a robust solicitor. He is proficient in both civil and criminal cases, where there is an allegation of corporate wrongdoing. Syed has substantial experience in advising corporate entities and their directors and officers in relation to investigations conducted by all the major enforcement agencies. He has also built an impressive reputation in the field of asset-tracing and recovery, with a respected track record regarding international disputes where urgent relief is required involving freezing orders and recovering misappropriated assets.
Syed is recognised for his sector-leading, pioneering cryptocurrency work, having secured a number of significant legal firsts when representing institutions and individuals. His specialist expertise in civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) has also led to him recording notable successes for clients in national and international cases.
He is known for his abilities in multijurisdictional, worldwide asset recovery cases – including obtaining and defending the full range of injunctions - high-stakes commercial and financial disputes and cross-border investigations involving attacks on clients’ interests by numerous governments or agencies. His skill in defending high-profile corruption, fraud and regulatory allegations and his ability to negotiate with investigators have ensured his clients receive the strongest representation.
The 2021 edition of The Chambers UK Guide ranks Syed as a solicitor to watch, calls him “a very technically gifted lawyer’’ and says he “gets on top of all the facts in complex cases’’. Chambers has described him as “very committed to the work he does’’ and said he “leaves no stone unturned and has a passion for what he does’’. It has repeatedly highlighted his expertise in POCA work and asset recovery proceedings.
His clients include corporates and their directors, financial institutions, hedge funds, high net worth individuals and international private clients around the world. Syed has a particular interest in litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and securities offerings (IPO’s, SPAC IPO’s and debt offerings) and works with private equity funds and private sponsors for public companies.
He is adept at advising corporate entities and their directors and officers on their regulatory and compliance obligations and in investigations conducted by agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency and HM Revenue & Customs. His ability to assess complex issues, establish the facts and analyse challenging sets of circumstances have seen him excel on internal investigations carried out for Rahman Ravelli’s corporate clients.
Syed routinely advises clients in FCA investigations into alleged market abuse, breaches of regulated activities and unauthorised trading. He is sought by asset management firms and chief investment officers at hedge funds facing enforcement proceedings and financial services litigation.
The Legal 500 has called Syed “a creative thinker’’, “a master of detail’’ and someone who “entirely devotes himself to his cases’’. It has drawn attention to the wide variety of global corporate wrongdoing and multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption investigations he has worked on and his cryptocurrency expertise. The 2021 edition describes his “incredible depth of experience when it comes to fraud matters, and in particular those with an international element or where the National Crime Agency are involved.’’
Syed is also in demand to work on cases where there is the possibility of securing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) for clients. The Legal 500 has noted Rahman Ravelli’s expertise in advising on DPAs and recognised that Syed “goes the extra mile to get the best results for his clients in leading on a multi-jurisdictional matter concerning this area”.
His recent work has involved global energy sector corruption allegations, major financial services cases, fintech companies and many of the most complex worldwide asset recovery cases.
The Chambers UK Guide 2021
Syed Rahman considers the FCA’s fining of a broker in relation to Cum-Ex
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fining Sunrise Brokers £642,400 led to Syed Rahman explaining the implications of the case.
Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence - November 2021READ MORE
Syed Rahman explains why a high-profile US case underlines the risks surrounding SPACs
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined the space transportation company Momentus and its former chief executive for misleading investors. The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that agreed a deal to take Momentus public was also charged.
The World Financial Review - September 2021READ MORE
Syed Rahman makes it clear that anonymity cannot be guaranteed when using cryptocurrency
As Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman secured a legal first in a cryptocurrency case, he was asked to write an article explaining its significance.
The Global Legal Post - August 2021READ MORE
Spear’s Legal Index recommends Rahman Ravelli and four of its lawyers
Rahman Ravelli and four of its lawyers have been highlighted in the Spear’s Legal Index 2021.
August 2021READ MORE
Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman explains the evolving nature of cryptocurrency fraud to Yahoo Finance
With the hacker who took $600 million from the Poly Network having started to return it, Yahoo Finance asked Syed Rahman to outline some of the recent developments in cryptocurrency fraud.
Yahoo Finance - August 2021READ MORE
Syed speaking at Crypto Fraud: Leveraging Civil and Criminal Strategies to Recover Crypto Assets forum
Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman has been invited to be a guest speaker at an international forum focusing on cryptocurrency fraud.
29th November 4pm
29 November 2021
ThoughtLeaders4 The Rising Stars of Asset Recovery
Syed Rahman will be a guest speaker at the Rising Stars of Asset Recovery conference.
20 October 2021
FIRE UK: Welcome Back!
Syed Rahman is to speak at a two-day international conference examining fraud, insolvency, asset recovery and cryptocurrency. The Rahman Ravelli partner has been invited to talk at the Thought Leaders 4 FIRE event, which is being held at the Hilton London Syon Park hotel on September 23 and 24.
23 September 2021
London Fraud and Financial Crime Conference
Rahman Ravelli’s Syedur Rahman and Josie Welland will be keynote speakers at this year’s Law Friends Society fraud and financial crime conference.
15 September 2021
International Trends in Crypto Investing
Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman is to be one of the key speakers at an international cryptocurrency online event.
9 June 2021
C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference
Crypto & Cyber Fraud Litigation War Stories
23 March 2021
Cryptocurrency fraud: Investigating, managing risk and recovering assets
Each and every aspect of cryptocurrency fraud was scrutinised at an international webinar hosted by Rahman Ravelli.
28 January 2021
WEBINAR: FIRE Year in Review: A Year Like no Other
Syedur Rahman to explain to an international webinar the Serious Fraud Office’s challenges for 2021. Rahman Ravelli's Syedur Rahman is to give an international audience his assessment of the most pressing tasks for 2021 facing the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
4 December 2020
WEBINAR: The Cum-Ex Files: Taking a close look at all aspects of Europe’s biggest-ever tax investigation
The response of enforcement agencies to Cum-Ex was analysed in depth during Rahman Ravelli’s online event examining the rapidly-developing, Europe-wide tax investigation.
30 September 2020
WEBINAR: Multilateral Development Banks – Their Investigations, Powers and Penalties
Multilateral development banks’ strengthening of communication links between themselves and with law enforcement agencies is leading to greater information sharing, a Rahman Ravelli-hosted webinar heard.
15 September 2020
WEBINAR: FIRE Starters - Banks: Fraud Claims arising out of Anti-Money Laundering and other Obligations
Banks’ obligations to prevent and detect fraud were detailed by Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman when he was key speaker at an international online seminar.
11 June 2020
Allowing Spent Convictions to be Used as Evidence
Syedur Rahman of Rahman Ravelli details a case where an application to rely on a defendant’s spent convictions was granted
November 2021READ MORE
SPACs and their legal responsibilities
Syed Rahman of financial crime specialists Rahman Ravelli outlines the reasons for the rise of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and the obligations imposed on those who run them.
October 2021READ MORE
The IMF and Crypto
Syed Rahman of Rahman Ravelli details the International Monetary Fund’s response to the challenges posed by cryptocurrency
October 2021READ MORE
A teenager has cryptocurrency worth £2 million seized by police investigating online fraud
A 17-year-old boy who set up a fake website as part of a cyber fraud has had cryptocurrency worth more than £2 million taken from him by police.
October 2021READ MORE
Business Crime 2021
For the third successive year, Rahman Ravelli has provided an expert chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Aziz Rahman and legal directors Syed Rahman and Nicola Sharp wrote the chapter, “The Business Crime Landscape’’.
Business Crime 2020
For the second consecutive year, Rahman Ravelli has written an expert chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide on Business Crime. The firm’s founder and Senior Partner Aziz Rahman and legal directors Syed Rahman and Nicola Sharp wrote the chapter, “The Business Crime Landscape’’.READ MORE
Syedur Rahman is known for his in-depth experience of serious fraud, white-collar crime and serious crime cases, as well as his expertise in worldwide asset tracing and recovery, civil recovery, cryptocurrency and high-stakes commercial disputes.