Kawsar Zaman

Kawsar Zaman

Year of call: 2018
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Kawsar Zaman joined Chambers in September 2018. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ areas of practice.

Kawsar is a qualified solicitor transferring from Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy LLP where he specialised in Financial Services Regulatory Law. He advised financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory issues (including in respect of MiFID II, the Market Abuse Regulation and the Senior Managers & Certification Regime). He also has experience of high value commercial litigation including fraud and global regulatory investigations as well as international commercial arbitration matters, banking/finance transactions and private funds formation. In 2018, Kawsar was shortlisted for the Junior Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of England & Wales.

High profile and high value matters included representing:

  • A prominent Russian oligarch in respect of an LCIA arbitration concerning a joint-venture dispute.
  • A leading financial institution on internal disciplinary procedures relating to alleged improper conduct by traders involving the manipulation of Libor rate submissions.
  • A global investment bank on an ‘Information Request’ (investigation) from the PRA concerning allegations client failed to provide authorities with relevant information arising from a New York Department of Financial Services investigation.
  • Platinum Equity / Exterion Media Group as the borrower’s counsel on the refinancing of its €75 million facilities following a successful bid by Exterion Media for Transport for London’s £2 billion advertising contract; the largest outdoor advertising contract in the world.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch in updating its Banking Terms and ancillary documents for Korea.
  • HSBC on one of its largest projects ever involving the ‘ring-fencing’ of its retail and commercial banking activities.

Kawsar is an author of Clifford Chance LLP’s International Mediation Guide (Second Edition, 2016), a comprehensive summary of the current “state of play” in relation to mediation worldwide surveying 47 jurisdictions covering six continents.

Other Experience

  • Kawsar is experienced at managing complex and sensitive investigations:
    • Investigating Officer for a secondary school in respect of a sensitive staff grievance lasting 4 months involving 10 witnesses and producing a 40-page report of findings with recommendations.
    • Investigating Officer for a UK headquartered International NGO in respect of a disciplinary investigation involving senior members of staff.
  • Kawsar is currently:
    • a Social Mobility Ambassador for the Law Society; and
    • a Trustee of Toynbee Hall, which is home to the oldest surviving free legal advice centre in the world.
  • He has a good working knowledge of government and the civil service having worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for Education, and the House of Commons. In 2009, Kawsar was a Global Fellow of the Prime Minister.

Kawsar is qualified to receive instructions on a Direct Access basis.

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