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Masoud Zabeti, Mohammed Khamisa QC to Join Greenberg Traurig’s London Office, Strategically Expanding Firm's Global Disputes Practice

LONDON – 19 February 2020 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced today that two senior lawyers will join its London office, strategically expanding its global disputes capabilities. Joining as Shareholders are Masoud Zabeti, who served as the Head of the Finance & Banking Disputes Group at Mishcon de Reya LLP, and Mohammed Khamisa, a senior Queen’s Counsel in the Banking and Finance Group there.

“We are very pleased to welcome Masoud and Mohammed during this very exciting time at Greenberg Traurig. We just completed a record year of revenues and profits at the firm," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. “Our strategy has long been to build and change from strength, always being ready for what was coming next. In our major financial centres, and in Europe generally, balancing our strong and growing transactional practices with strong capabilities in dispute and restructuring practices is fully consistent with our core philosophy. But of course, we have been waiting for the right people--we have found them. Greenberg Traurig is one, unified, global firm of approximately 2,200 lawyers in 41 offices around the world, including five in Europe. One firm and one culture, empowering and respecting each individual in a collaborative and entrepreneurial firm focused on delivering value to clients. We look forward to welcoming others to the office shortly to support our newest additions.” 

Zabeti and Khamisa noted in a joint statement, “We look forward to working with our new colleagues, many of whom we are familiar with and greatly respect, and to further fuelling the growth of the firm's dynamic London office as we expand on the vision of the firm’s leaders and meet and exceed client needs and expectations.”

“This move reflects the firm’s commitment to growing a strong disputes, litigation and restructuring practice in London and Europe, as we have long done in the United States. During the past five years, our London office has gained more than 60 lawyers, in areas such as Real Estate, Funds, Finance, M&A, Private Equity, Tax, and Capital Markets,” said Fiona Adams, London Managing Shareholder and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. “Our teams collaborate strategically, on a global scale, as the intersection of finance, real estate, litigation, corporate, capital markets, and related practices present new opportunities and challenges for clients. And they do so in an environment that is respectful, empowering, collaborative, non-political, and merit-based.” 

Zabeti represents a range of clients in a variety of sectors in complex litigation and arbitration, as well as regulatory matters. Zabeti handles multijurisdictional matters concentrated in emerging markets, the Middle East, and major offshore financial centres. He acts on disputes arising from complex investment products and funds and advises in trade finance disputes. In financial services, Zabeti represents banks, private equity houses, hedge funds, asset managers, and inter-dealer brokers on a range of disputes, including those involving corporate and property acquisition finance. Zabeti also works with clients in utilising effective civil powers granted by courts to trace and freeze assets and secure evidence worldwide. He also advises clients on major investigations, including data compromise matters. He has been recognized by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in Banking Litigation: Investment & Retail. Legal 500 has also praised Zabeti for being a “master tactician,” “determined,” “bright, focused, experienced and a committed street-fighter,” and for generating “superb client feedback.”

Khamisa has a very diverse background from the English Bar and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, concentrating on complex multi-jurisdictional cases which often involve fraud, particularly within the banking and financial services sectors. He was made Queen's Counsel in 2006. Regularly travelling to the Middle East, Khamisa advises clients from the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Bahrain, and other regions on a wide range of matters. He has experience of dealing with white-collar crime having been on the Serious Fraud Office's Panel of Leading Counsel and other financial regulatory compliance agencies and formerly served as Standing Counsel for the Department of Trade and Industry. He is the Chairman of the Code of Adjudicatory Panel (CAP), of the Phone Standards Authority's (PSA) adjudicatory function, regulating premium rate phone paid services in the United Kingdom. He sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court and County Court and is a Panel Deemster of the High Court of the Isle of Man. He also Chairs the English Bar Standards Summary Disciplinary Panel.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Services Litigation Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Services Litigation Practice has wide-ranging experience assisting national clients and local businesses in a variety of matters affecting the financial services industry. From handling individual claims to managing nationwide class actions, the national team of experienced litigators regularly advises and defends banks, mortgage lenders and brokers, credit card companies, debt collectors, payday lenders, consumer finance companies and other financial institutions in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as before governmental agencies.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.