Zia is a partner and Head of Eversheds Sutherland’s Corporate Crime and Investigations group and a specialist in International Sanctions, AML and ABC. Ranked in Legal 500 he advises on all aspects of corporate and financial crime compliance and was previously the global head of Sanctions and AML/ABC Policy at Barclays. Zia is a current FCA approved ‘Skilled Person’ for Financial Crime. Zia qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1999 and is also qualified to practice in Ireland. Zia is the appointed sanctions training provider to UK Finance. Zia advises top tier global corporate and financial institutions and is regularly instructed to assist both their legal and compliance teams with highly technical and challenging corporate and financial crime related matters.
Zia was recognised by Chambers and Partners as a "Leader in the Field" of corporate crime and investigations. Chambers says that: "Impressed sources say he gets solutions for clients before problems start." He is also rated as "approachable" and "going the extra mile for clients" in the Legal 500. Zia was the 2015 winner of the Compliance Register award for ‘Best Financial Crime Consultant’.
Zia is a regular speaker at a number of financial services industry bodies including UK Finance, the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) the Anti-Money Laundering Professionals Forum (AMLP), the Association of Certified AML Specialists (ACAMS), and International Association of Money Transfer Networks (IAMTN). Zia has also written numerous articles on Sanctions, AML and ABC compliance for industry publications such as Complinet and Thomson Reuters Accelus and has also appeared on BBC radio (The Today Programme, The World at one, 5Live’s Wake up to Money) and TV (Daily Politics, BBC Breakfast, BBC World News).
Zia is also chair of the advisory board at MyComplianceiq.com, a specialist compliance e-learning portal, assisting the team with the formulation of their syllabus. Zia created and is editor of Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Sanctions Guide (https://sanctionsguide.eversheds-sutherland.com/), a comprehensive guide to sanctions compliance in 72 jurisdictions and is also a contributing author to ‘Anti-money Laundering Compliance for Law Firms’ published by ARK Group.