DIFC Academy

The COVID-19 crisis is having a profound and rapidly evolving impact on the banking and finance sector. DIFC Academy in association with 3 Verulam Buildings Chambers proudly presents this webinar that will discuss the key legal and commercial implications for the sector, and will explore the possible areas of litigation, ranging from loan defaults through to the increased scope for fraud. It will be of interest to all participants in the sector, including banks, insurers and asset managers.

Webinar: Legal Implications of Covid-19 for the Banking & Finance Sector - 400.00 AED
From : 23 Jun 2020 01:00 PM || To : 23 Jun 2020 03:00 PM
Mode of delivery : Online Learning



Barrister | 3 Verulam Buildings

Saima Hanif is listed in the legal directories as a leading junior in financial services and commercial law.  She is recognised for her “excellent judgement” and is described as “technically very gifted”. She “packs a punch as an advocate” (Chambers & Partners) and is “excellent on her feet” (Legal 500).  She has been involved in several high-profile global disputes including 1 MDB, the Forex manipulation scandal and proceedings arising out of the collapse of Abraaj. 

Saima is currently instructed in the widely publicised SKAT ‘dividend arbitrage’ litigation and is instructed in Canadian proceedings as a legal expert on UK financial services law. She has extensive cross-border experience and is recommended as a leading Junior in Legal 500 EMEA (“she is well-versed in… the DFSA’s rules and their application”) and Asia Pacific (“a go-to junior…”).  She has completed secondments at Bank of England and the FCA. She is widely published.


Barrister | 3 Verulam Buildings

Sophia has a broad practice spanning litigation and international arbitration in all areas of 3VB’s work, including banking, financial services, insolvency, privacy and commercial disputes of all sizes. For 6 months in 2019, Sophia was a Judicial Assistant at the London Commercial Court, and was exposed to hearings from lengthy trials to urgent applications.

Since 2018 Sophia has acted for a Dubai-based defendant group in SKAT v Solo Capital Ltd & Ors, a multi-billion tax-fraud claim by Denmark’s tax authority. Acted for Sir Frederick and Amanda Barclay in urgent injunctions, and private and conspiracy claims against family members and a Barclay Group executive. Junior to Sir Ross Cranston in 2019 review of Lloyds’ handling of victims of criminal misconduct at HBOS. Obtained £14m judgment with Adam Kramer in Acorn UK Finance Ltd v Markel, insurance-fraud trial.

Sophia recently co-authored “Bank Resolution: Key Issues and Local Perspectives” for INSOL with Hodge Malek QC and James Potts. 


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Webinar: Legal Implications of Covid-19 for the Banking & Finance Sector
Jun 23, 2020 1:00 PM -To- Jun 23, 2020 3:00 PM

Webinar: Legal Implications of Covid-19 for the Banking & Finance Sector

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