Shahrzad Atai

Head of Middle East Desk

Shahrzad qualified in January 2011 and she joined a city firm. She has experience in property and finance (Residential and commercial property), refinance, international wealth planning, offshore structures, cross border transactions and advise on financial sanctions on Iran.

Shahrzad has acted for high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients, as well as family offices, and private individuals offering bespoke services and advice. She is familiar with investments and trusts for offshore structures, group of companies or just a single family.

Shahrzad has also acted as an external advisor to the UK Government’s legal department.  

Shahrzad was selected as an ambassador for Women Kind World Wide, and is a member of British Iranian Lawyers Association, Human Rights Watch and Development Studies Association.

Shahrzad speaks English, French, Italian, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani & basic Arabic

Practice areas

Financial Sanctions:·        

Advise on financial sanctions on Iran , application to HM Treasury (for licences, prior authorisation and notification)  in relation to :

  • purchase of property, sale of property ,
  • transfer of funds for purpose of immigration to UK through Investment visa,
  • existing contracts ( prior to the financial sanctions) and new contracts in relation to the items exempt from the sanctions ( i.e.: food and humanitarians) 
  • anticipation of future sanctions
  • cross border transactions
  • general advice

Banking Finance  and business law 

  • cross border transactions
  • assisting European companies to expand their professional services in Middle East
  • assisting  Middle Eastern Companies to expand their business in England.
  • comparison of International laws (with focus on English law and Iranian law)
  • commercial contracts
  • loan facility letter
  • sharia finance
  • refinance of group of companies
  • general advice

Property and finance:

  • Sale and purchase of residential leasehold and freehold property ( with or without mortgage finance).
  • Sale and purchase of commercial freehold and leasehold property ( with or without mortgage finance) including mixed use building, offices, hotels  and  restaurants.
  • Refinance of group of properties
  • Refinance of freehold property 
  • purchase of investment property through a pool of investment 


  • Set up and implementation of Offshore structures for foreign clients, with the purpose of owning a property in England.
  • Set up and implementation of Offshore structures for foreign clients, with the purpose of starting a business in England.
  • De-enveloping properties from offshore structures
  • Liquidation of offshore structures


Iran is open for buisness with a post brexit UK - published in CITY AM 14 November 2016

Brexit and Iranian Sanctions - published in the Global Legal Post 21 October 2016

Iran gets ready for business - published in The Global Legal Post June 2016


Shahrzad has recently been chosen as the winner in the Global Law Experts Annual Awards 2016 in the Cross- Border category: Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in England.


In November 2016 it was also announced that Shahrzad has  won Acquisition Finance (ACQ5) UK cross border lawyer of the year.  The firm has also won firm of the year in the same category.