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6th Annual Asset Recovery International
5 - 7 February 2025
The ConradDublin

Shaistah Akhtar
Partner at Mishcon de Reya (UK)


Shaistah is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution group specialising in complex commercial litigation, fraud, investigations and regulatory compliance. She is an expert on sanctions law and leads the team in this area.

Her experience spans a number of industry sectors ranging from financial services (global investment banks, investment funds, asset management firms and private equity houses) to pharmaceutical companies, real estate developers, software firms and the defence industry. She also acts for high net worth individuals.

She has particular experience in advising on contentious investor related claims and internal/external investigations, including shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud, negligence and misrepresentation claims, as well as matters involving contractual interpretation, warranties and termination. Shaistah has also acted in disputes and on enforcement actions both for and against governments involving state immunity issues.

Shaistah's practice frequently has an international element and she has extensive experience of litigation and investigations in a number of European, Middle Eastern, Asian and African jurisdictions. This includes advising on sanctions involving Russia, Iran, the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to many other jurisdictions where sanctions are in operation, in both an advisory and contentious capacity. She has led internal investigations relating to alleged violations and advised on regulatory challenges involving sanctions in numerous sectors including financial services, life sciences and the travel industry, including making reports to HM Treasury and OFAC. She has also advised the Law Society and OFSI on its Guidance on sanctions regulations.

Shaistah is ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500, described as "excellent" for commercial litigation, "tenacious”, a “real street fighter” and "simply first-class" achieving successful outcomes in some of the most challenging cases.

Agenda Sessions

  • Testing the arbitration myth – jurisdiction to enforce (and the practicalities of doing so)?