"A huge wealth of experience and talent"
The Chambers UK Guide
"Best for Serious Business Criminal Law"
The Legal 500
Zulfi has in-depth expertise when it comes to all aspects of corporate crime investigations.
He represents corporates, board members, senior business figures and high net worth individuals. His clients rely on the extensive 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 banks seeking international financing and alleged multinational corruption by companies, through to fraud and money laundering on a global scale and the collapse of financial investment funds.
As a member of Rahman Ravelli’s corporate crime practice group, Zulfi is recognised as an exceptional white-collar crime lawyer and an obvious person to defend clients in multi-jurisdictional, high-profile and complex investigations. He is someone who can manage each and every aspect of such cases, as he has a thorough understanding of complex economic crime investigations, serious regulatory matters and a wide range of industrial and professional sectors.
Zulfi has managed major cases where Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) arrangements are relied on to secure information from another country. His SFO work on cases 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. He is also known for his intelligent management of complex commercial litigation relating to corporate misconduct, having had significant involvement in such cases.
Zulfi’s management of civil and regulatory proceedings that can run alongside a criminal investigation has shown his ability to devise and coordinate the most appropriate strategy for any situation a client may face. The ease with which he deals with agencies such as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), the City of London Police, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and international organisations means he can tackle several issues that may arise in an investigation.
Also as a member of Rahman Ravelli’s highly-regarded sanctions team, he uses his in-depth knowledge of various country regimes in the most notable sanctions cases across the full range of business sectors. He regularly advises and represents high-profile individuals and organisations in sanctions cases and related litigation around the world. Zulfi is adept at both preparing licence applications and challenging sanctions designations on behalf of global leaders.
Zulfi Meerza outlines the importance of the first non-SFO deferred prosecution agreement
Zulfi Meerza was asked by Law360 about the significance of the UK’s first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) not to be concluded by the Serious Fraud Office.
LAW 360 UK - November 2023READ MORE
UK and European sanctions assessed by Aziz Rahman, Zulfi Meerza and Angelika Hellweger
Aziz Rahman, Angelika Hellweger and Zulfi Meerza have written an in-depth analysis of UK and European sanctions for Den Hollander.
October 2023READ MORE
Aziz Rahman, Angelika Hellweger and Zulfi Meerza provide expert analysis chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide - Sanctions 2024
Aziz Rahman, Angelika Hellweger and Zulfi Meerza have written a chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide - Sanctions 2024.
September 2023READ MORE
OFSI’s report of a sanctions breach that went unpunished is considered by Aziz Rahman and Zulfi Meerza
Aziz Rahman and Zulfi Meerza wrote an assessment of the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation’s (OFSI’s) first report of a sanctions breach where a fine was not imposed.
Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence - September 2023READ MORE
Corporate Crime: Detection & Reaction
Rahman Ravelli to hold conference analysing the current challenges in corporate crime.
Thu 15th Feb 2024
Zulfi Meerza Spoke About Corporate Criminal Liability at TL4 Corporate Disputes 2023 Forum
Rahman Ravelli’s Zulfi Meerza was a speaker at the Corporate Disputes 2023 forum about recent developments in corporate criminal liability.
22 November 2023 - 23 November 2023
Rahman Ravelli hold an Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill Webinar
A webinar to examine all aspects of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill was organised by Rahman Ravelli.
10th July 2023 | 12:00 - 13:15 BST
Zulfi Meerza was a panellist at a Young Fraud Lawyers Association event looking at all aspects of sanctions
“Sanctions: Everything you need to know about this vital area of law’’, was held from 6.30pm on Thursday January 26, at 20 Cursitor Street, London.
26 January 2023
Navigating Russian Sanctions - The Lessons to Be Learned
Rahman Ravelli hosted a webinar addressing key aspects of the sanctions imposed on Russia and their effect on those with Russian business links.
Thu, Sept 29 at 2pm BST
Companies are being Urged to Self-Report
The advice from OFSI and OFAC is outlined by Zulfi Meerza.
November 2023READ MORE
The FCA Seeks the Experiences of Politically Exposed Persons
Zulfi Meerza of Rahman Ravelli details the Financial Conduct Authority’s efforts to hear from those affected by the UK’s Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) regime.
September 2023READ MORE
EU Looks to Target Profits Made from Sanctions Evasion
Zulfi Meerza outlines European Union moves to seize the illegal gains made by those breaching sanctions.
July 2023READ MORE
SFO Interception of Funds Bound For a Sanctioned Bank
Zulfi Meerza details how the Serious Fraud Office took a novel approach to ensure international fraud victims regain their money.
July 2023READ MORE
The International Comparative Legal Guide – Sanctions 2024
Aziz Rahman, Angelika Hellweger and Zulfi Meerza have written an expert analysis chapter for the 2024 International Comparative Legal Guide - Sanctions. Their chapter, “Investigations and enforcement across the main sanctions jurisdictions – and the right response to them’’, details the UK ‘s sanctions legal framework, its enforcement and the approach taken in the European Union and the United States.READ MORE
Senior Associate Solicitor
Zulfi’s in-depth expertise in corporate crime investigations, serious regulatory matters and complex commercial litigation makes him a logical choice to represent corporates, board members, senior business figures and high net worth individuals.