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Zulfi Meerza

Senior Associate Solicitor

"Bright and with a great future. "
The Legal 500 2024

"Bright and with a great future. "
The Legal 500 2024

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Zulfi has in-depth expertise when it comes to all aspects of business crime investigations.

He represents corporates, board members, senior business figures and high net worth individuals. His clients rely on the experience he has gained as both a defence lawyer and a financial crime prosecutor.

Zulfi spent five years as a criminal defence practitioner before then working for six years as a senior investigative lawyer at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). At the SFO, he worked on some of the most notable and highly-publicised investigations and prosecutions, many of which involved some of the world’s best-known corporates and financial institutions. The cases ranged from alleged fraud relating to a bank seeking international financing and the collapse of a legal financing fund, through to alleged corruption connected to the conduct of a multinational company.

As a member of Rahman Ravelli’s corporate crime practice group, Zulfi is recognised as an exceptional white-collar crime lawyer and a trusted person to defend clients in multi-jurisdictional, high-profile investigations conducted by a range of enforcement agencies, including HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the City of London Police (CoLP) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). He is someone who can manage several aspects of such cases, as he has a strong understanding of complex economic crime investigations, serious regulatory matters and a wide range of industrial and professional sectors. The 2024 edition of The Legal 500 international legal guide described him as, “bright and with a great future’’.

Zulfi has managed cases where Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) arrangements are relied on to secure information from another country. His SFO work on matters involving search warrants, production orders, section 2 notices and letters of request - and his first-hand knowledge of the deferred prosecution agreement procedure - make him an asset for clients in the most involved investigations.

Zulfi is also able to effectively manage any civil and regulatory proceedings that can run alongside a criminal investigation. He is able to devise and coordinate the most appropriate strategy for a client in these circumstances, including handling cross-disclosure, witness contamination issues and applications to ‘stay’ proceedings.

As a member of Rahman Ravelli’s highly-regarded sanctions team, Zulfi also uses his knowledge of the UK regime in notable sanctions cases across a range of business sectors. He regularly advises and represents high-profile individuals and companies in relation to UK sanctions compliance, preparing licence applications, sanctions breach investigations and challenging designations.

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Zulfi Meerza

Zulfi Meerza

Senior Associate Solicitor

zulfi.meerza@rahmanravelli.co.uk
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Zulfi’s in-depth expertise in business crime investigations and serious regulatory matters makes him a logical choice to advise and represent corporates, board members, senior business figures and high net worth individuals throughout the life of a case.

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