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Mohammed Khamisa QC

Mohammed Khamisa QC focuses his practice on commercial litigation, concentrating on complex multi-jurisdictional cases which often involve fraud, particularly within the banking and financial services sectors. Mohammed was made Queen's Counsel in 2006. Regularly travelling to the Middle East, Mohammed advises clients from the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, and other regions on a wide range of matters. His range of experience across jurisdictions means that he is frequently retained to manage and advise on legal issues of the most sensitive nature. His deep understanding of the Middle East is complemented by a broad network in the region.

With 35 years of experience at the Bar and recently at an International Law firm, encapsulating many aspects of Commercial Fraud (including white collar-prosecution and defence), formerly Leading Counsel on the panel of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and other financial regulatory compliance,  Mohammed frequently leads and manages teams of lawyers, accountants, forensic experts, and other professionals as part of an investigatory team. His background and knowledge adds to the overlap between commercial litigation and regulatory investigations.

Mohammed formerly served as Standing Counsel for the British Government’s Department of Trade and Industry, where he gained deep experience on matters which often overlap into civil and criminal investigations, such as company and insolvency law, directors’ duties, directors’ disqualification, and personal insolvency. He also served as Chairman of the Code Compliance Panel (CCP), which is responsible for 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 Bar Standards Summary Disciplinary Panel.

Concentrations

  • Finance and banking services disputes
  • Commercial litigation
  • Fraud
  • Maritime Finance disputes
  • White collar and investigations

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a Middle East entity in a dispute with a global bank involving £83m.°
  • Represented a Dubai based business during the collapse of an investment fund involving $140m.°
  • Advised a Middle Eastern businessman and corporate entities in a multijurisdictional financial dispute involving. $250m with an underlying asset value of $33bn in the energy sector°
  • Advised a Middle Eastern logistics entity over a dispute involving oil sales and the collapse of a substantial financial institution.°
  • Advised a Middle East entities in a number of disputes with global lenders arising out of maritime financing agreements-$160m .°
  • Advising a Middle East entity in the recovery of $1bn award of damages following the a dispute with a state run entity
  • Advising a Middle East sovereign wealth fund
  • Advising a Global Pharmaceutical entity is a dispute relating to an investment fund $350m
  • Represented clients in matters concerning virtually all aspects of civil fraud; previous cases have included issues relating to property development companies utilizing tax incentive schemes and tax and banking fraud.°
  • Settled a multimillion-dollar dispute involving fraud, bribery, and compliance failures.°
  • Advising a client in a family breach of trust claim involving four jurisdictions -underlying trust valued at $3bn
  • Advising a conglomerate involved in a global dispute with a number of suppliers of branded clothing-underlying value of client $2bn
  • Advising client on assets recovery of $3-5bn fraudulently removed from State Treasury
  • Involvement in multiple multijurisdictional disputes across the finance and banking sectors.°
  • As standing counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry, advised and advocated on virtually all aspects of company law in the High Court and Criminal Courts including the Directors’ Duties and Disqualification Act, insolvency (personal and corporate), insider share dealing, company fraud (civil and criminal), company structures, and aspects of government policy in these areas.°
  • Appeared before the U.K. Tax Tribunals involving duty claims under European Union intercommunity tax law and VAT/Customs and Excise Duties laws.
  • Whilst at the Bar, appeared as a trial advocate for the prosecution and defence in a multiplicity of white collar crime cases with an emphasis on Serious Fraud in banking, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and VAT fraud.

 °The above representations were handled by Mr. Khamisa prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Queen’s Counsel, 2006-Present
  • Recorder of the Crown Court and County Court, 2003-Present
  • Standing Counsel, Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills (former DTI), 2004-2009
  • Serious Fraud Office, Panel of Queen’s Counsel, 2006-2011
  • Deemster (Part-Time Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Isle of Man)
  • Chairman, Phone-paid Services Authority, Code of Compliance Panel
  • Part-time Judge of General Regulatory Chamber
  • Past Equality and Diversity Officer of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Chairman of Summary Disciplinary Panel, Bar Standard Board

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Legal 500 UK, “London, Finance and Banking Litigation; previously as a Leading Silk in Fraud
  • Bencher, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Mbr IBA
  • Mbr Financial and Disciplinary Lawyers Association
  • Arab Bankers’ Association
  • IBA
  • Mbr Pre-application Judicial Education-Experts Group and Judicial Trainer
  • Legal Adviser(Pro Bono) Development in Literacy Charity
  • Chair Middle East Access Group
  • Advocacy Trainer Middle Temple

Credentials

Education
  • Bar-at-Law, Council of Legal Education
  • B.A. (Hons), Law, City of London Polytechnic
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Languages
  • Gujarati, Fluent
  • Hindi, Fluent
  • Urdu, Fluent
  • Kutchi, Fluent
  • Arabic, Conversational