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Ali Zaidi is a partner and Head of Restructuring & Insolvency and has worked on several high profile Insolvency cases including multi-million pound bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds.

He has experience in asset tracing abroad, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors, conducting Insolvency Act examinations, advising on asset avoidance schemes, pursuing directors personally for deceit and defending directors in disqualification proceedings.

He also has extensive experience of commercial litigation matters ranging from fraud investigations to partnership and shareholder disputes.

He is a past member of the Disciplinary and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He regularly lectures to groups of Insolvency Practitioners and Chartered Accountants and is a past Law Society Committee Member.

  • Acting for the Trustee in the bankruptcy of three debtors who together operated an illegal pyramid scheme called Planline. The matter involved undertaking detailed examinations of numerous antecedent transactions to place assets out of reach of creditors, pursuing investigations to recover assets in Italy, the Baltics and Switzerland and working closely with the Financial Services Authority (FSA – now the FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
  • Acting for the Liquidators of a multimillion pound land banking scheme, which misled investors about the true investment value and the expectation of future development of the sites. This matter involves hundreds of creditors in which the Liquidators are seeking to recover several million pounds and is being pursued in close co-operation with the FCA.
  • Acting for office holders in the Administration followed by Liquidation of a currency exchange company where allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful trading are being investigated against the former directors. In addition, various trust claims regarding the deposit of foreign currencies and the operation of various bank accounts are being investigated possibly culminating in claims against the Company’s former bankers.
He's professional, approachable and has a commercial understanding of the ground realities.

Chambers UK 2018

He's professional, approachable and has a commercial understanding of the ground realities.

Chambers UK 2018

Expertise

  • Restructuring & Insolvency: Overview

  • Administrations and Receiverships

  • Civil Fraud

  • Confiscation and Restraint Proceedings

  • Director Disqualification Proceedings

  • Individual and Company Voluntary Arrangements

  • LPA Receiverships

  • Restructuring processes

Credentials

  • Member of the Law Society

  • Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

  • Vice Chairman of the London Executive Committee of a charity called Mosaic, part of the Princes Trust

  • Ranked as Leading Individual in Chambers UK 2019

Quotes

He's very sensible and explains the legal details. He strikes a good balance between being pragmatic and knowing the ...
Chambers UK 2019

He's very sensible and explains the legal details. He strikes a good balance between being pragmatic and knowing the law.

Chambers UK 2019

He's professional, approachable and has a commercial understanding of the ground realities.


Chambers UK 2018

He's professional, approachable and has a commercial understanding of the ground realities.

Chambers UK 2018

Ali Zaidi strikes up good working relationships with clients


The Legal 500 2017

Ali Zaidi strikes up good working relationships with clients

The Legal 500 2017

Their lawyers demonstrate a complete understanding of the market and subtle nuances.


Chambers UK 2016

Their lawyers demonstrate a complete understanding of the market and subtle nuances.

Chambers UK 2016

The group's biggest strength is without a doubt their ability to tackle any situation, no matter how diverse or compl...
Chambers UK 2016

The group's biggest strength is without a doubt their ability to tackle any situation, no matter how diverse or complicated, with the same professional eye.

Chambers UK 2016

Team head Ali Zaidi at Edwin Coe LLP is thorough and tenacious


The Legal 500 2013

Team head Ali Zaidi at Edwin Coe LLP is thorough and tenacious

The Legal 500 2013

This team is quite rightly recognised as one of the outstanding personal insolvency practices in the market.


Chambers UK 2013

This team is quite rightly recognised as one of the outstanding personal insolvency practices in the market.

Chambers UK 2013

The practice enjoys a strong reputation for client service.


Chambers UK 2012

The practice enjoys a strong reputation for client service.

Chambers UK 2012

Edwin Coe is excellent at building and maintaining close relationships with clients.


Chambers UK 2011

Edwin Coe is excellent at building and maintaining close relationships with clients.

Chambers UK 2011

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Ali Zaidi

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Ali Zaidi is a partner and Head of Restructuring & Insolvency and has worked on several high profile Insolvency cases including multi-million pound bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds.

He has experience in asset tracing abroad, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors, conducting Insolvency Act examinations, advising on asset avoidance schemes, pursuing directors personally for deceit and defending directors in disqualification proceedings.

He also has extensive experience of commercial litigation matters ranging from fraud investigations to partnership and shareholder disputes.

He is a past member of the Disciplinary and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He regularly lectures to groups of Insolvency Practitioners and Chartered Accountants and is a past Law Society Committee Member.

Expertise

  • Restructuring & Insolvency: Overview
  • Administrations and Receiverships
  • Civil Fraud
  • Confiscation and Restraint Proceedings
  • Director Disqualification Proceedings
  • Individual and Company Voluntary Arrangements
  • LPA Receiverships
  • Restructuring processes

Experience

  • Acting for the Trustee in the bankruptcy of three debtors who together operated an illegal pyramid scheme called Planline. The matter involved undertaking detailed examinations of numerous antecedent transactions to place assets out of reach of creditors, pursuing investigations to recover assets in Italy, the Baltics and Switzerland and working closely with the Financial Services Authority (FSA – now the FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
  • Acting for the Liquidators of a multimillion pound land banking scheme, which misled investors about the true investment value and the expectation of future development of the sites. This matter involves hundreds of creditors in which the Liquidators are seeking to recover several million pounds and is being pursued in close co-operation with the FCA.
  • Acting for office holders in the Administration followed by Liquidation of a currency exchange company where allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful trading are being investigated against the former directors. In addition, various trust claims regarding the deposit of foreign currencies and the operation of various bank accounts are being investigated possibly culminating in claims against the Company’s former bankers.

Credentials

  • Member of the Law Society

  • Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

  • Vice Chairman of the London Executive Committee of a charity called Mosaic, part of the Princes Trust

  • Ranked as Leading Individual in Chambers UK 2019

Contact

Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7691 4074

Email:
ali.zaidi@edwincoe.com

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