"Adept at defending clients in POCA matters related to money laundering and fraud."
The Chambers UK Guide 2023
"A creative thinker who goes the extra mile."
The Legal 500
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 has in-depth expertise in high-value international arbitration, with a particular emphasis on complex cross-border cases demanding urgent measures, including anti-suit injunctions and interim relief.
Syed has a dynamic practice involving complex sanctions issues and related litigation. He has notable cases in this area, including representation of public limited companies (PLC’s) trading on the London Stock Exchange in relation to international sanctions on Russia, public joint-stock companies (PJSC’s) trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange regarding UK and EU sanctions on Russia and a major Russian power engineering company headquartered in St Petersburg relating to international sanctions advice. Syed regularly prepares licence applications to release frozen funds or economic resources for designated persons and entities. He is also adept at challenging sanctions designations.
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 Chambers UK Guide regularly ranks Syed as an elite solicitor. It has called him “a very technically gifted lawyer’’ and has said 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. The 2023 edition of Chambers praises his ability to “forge ground in fast-developing areas’’ and his cryptocurrency case skills.
Syed’s 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. It has praised 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.’’ The 2023 edition calls him “one of the most well-respected names’’ in the legal world and emphasises his abilities in emerging areas such as SPACs and cryptocurrency fraud.
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 Legal 500 2022
Syed Rahman Outlines the Implications of FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s Conviction
With the founder of the collapsed crypto exchange FTX being found guilty of fraud, Syed Rahman was asked by The Law Society Gazette about the likely effect of the verdict.
November 2023READ MORE
Rahman Ravelli is named in The Times Best Law Firms 2024
Rahman Ravelli has again been classed as an outstanding legal practice in The Times Best Law Firms.
October 2023READ MORE
The Chambers Legal Guide ranks Rahman Ravelli as an elite firm for financial crime, sanctions and asset recovery cases
Chambers and Partners UK Legal Guide 2024 has again given Rahman Ravelli its highest ranking and praised its international expertise, particularly in financial crime, sanctions and worldwide asset recovery cases.
October 2023READ MORE
Aziz Rahman, Nicola Sharp and Syed Rahman contribute expert analysis chapter to the 2024 International Comparative Legal Guide - Business Crime
Rahman Ravelli’s Aziz Rahman, Nicola Sharp and Syed Rahman were asked to write one of the major chapters for the 2024 International Comparative Legal Guide – Business Crime.
October 2023READ MORE
Corporate Crime: Detection & Reaction
Rahman Ravelli to hold conference analysing the current challenges in corporate crime.
Thu 15th Feb 2024
KC Surgery: Asset Recovery
Syed Rahman to speak about concurrent civil and criminal claims at the KC Surgery: Asset Recovery conference.
28th November 2023
Syed Rahman Spoke About Cryptocurrency at a Channel Islands Conference
Syed Rahman gave a speech on cryptocurrency-related problems at a two-day conference in September.
28th September 2023
Syed Rahman was a Speaker at an International Cryptocurrency Disputes Conference
Syed Rahman was a speaker at the second annual “Crypto in Disputes’’ conference. The event, which was organised by ThoughtLeaders 4, was held at The Tower Hotel in London.
28th June 2023
Syed Rahman Was a Speaker at a Crypto and Digital Asset Fraud and Recovery Conference
Syed Rahman was a speaker at the two-day C5 Crypto and Digital Asset Fraud and Recovery conference. The event was held on June 13 and 14 at the Hilton London Kensington.
13th June 2023 - 14th June 2023
Rahman Ravelli Hosted an International Crypto Regulation Event
The event, entitled “Crypto Regulation Demystified: Navigating the Risks of Non-Compliance’’, took place on Wednesday, 29 March.
29th March 2023
Syed Rahman was a speaker at international DeFi webinar
Syed Rahman was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the FIRE webinar “Crypto: The Complexities of an Ever-Expanding Decentralised World’’.
6th March 2023
Syed Rahman spoke about the challenges posed by sanctions – and the solutions
Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman was one of the main speakers at the OffshoreAlert London conference on intelligence, investigations and recovery.
17 October 2022
Syed Rahman spoke on enforcement in cryptocurrency disputes.
Rahman Ravelli’s Syed Rahman was one of the main speakers at the next CFAAR (Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery network) event.
11 July 2022
Syed Rahman spoke about NFT’s at the Crypto in Disputes conference
Rahman Ravelli’ Syed Rahman was a keynote speaker at the ThoughtLeaders4 Private Client conference “Crypto in Disputes’’.
29 June 2022
Syed Rahman spoke on cryptocurrency at international asset recovery conference
Syed Rahman was asked to speak at OffshoreAlert's Miami conference on intelligence, investigations and recovery.
24 April 2022
Syed Rahman was a guest speaker at global asset recovery summit
Syed Rahman spoke on cryptocurrency-related asset tracing at the Thought Leaders 4 Fire “Next Gen of Asset Recovery’’ conference.
25 February 2022
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
Sanctions and the Binance DPA
Syed Rahman considers the sanctions aspects of the deferred prosecution agreement that the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange has concluded.
November 2023READ MORE
Ownership and Control Guidance
Syed Rahman outlines guidance issued on applying the UK sanctions test of ownership and control.
November 2023READ MORE
The Significance of the Litasco Case
Syed Rahman details how the case has restricted the definition of a designated person’s control of an entity.
November 2023READ MORE
Revised guidelines: LCIA releases its new Schedule of Costs, Guidance Note and terms and conditions
The LCIA has announced a new Schedule of Costs, which applies to arbitrations registered on or after 1 December 2023. To accompany the changes, the LCIA has updated its Guidance Note and terms and conditions. The LCIA’s statement and links to the new documents can be found on the LCIA’s website.
November 2023READ MORE
International Comparative Legal Guide - Business Crime 2024
Rahman Ravelli’s Aziz Rahman, Nicola Sharp and Syed Rahman were asked to write one of the major chapters for the 2024 International Comparative Legal Guide - Business Crime.READ MORE
CDR Essential Intelligence 2023 – Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery 2023
Syed Rahman has written a chapter about cryptocurrency for the 2023 CDR Essential Intelligence – Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery guide. His chapter, “Cryptocurrency fraud and asset recovery’’, details some of the most recent cryptocurrency developments and case law. He explains how those who have lost assets to cryptocurrency-related fraud should set about trying to regain them, including the strategies and legal applications that can be employed.READ 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, international arbitration, civil recovery, cryptocurrency and high-stakes commercial disputes.