Admitted to the bar in 1987, Mr. Musthafa Zafeer has completed 27 years of legal practice with rich experience in litigation as well as in non-contentious and transactional practice areas. Mr. Musthafa is a pioneer in multi-jurisdictional issues and cross border transactions. As one of the most sought after legal experts and thought leaders in the UAE, he has been instrumental in structuring and advising major investments in the region and the Indian subcontinent. He has authored several articles and opinion pieces for major newspapers, magazines and legal journals and is a permanent speaker in many legal and business workshops and seminars conducted in the UAE, India, US and UK.
He is one of the permanent faculty members of Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) and Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Center (SHIAC) and his expertise in both common law and civil law makes him one of the unique legal practitioners of the current generation.
Under his leadership, Musthafa & Almana has achieved many accolades and the firm now has a unique positioning as the first Asian global legal and financial advisory firm. Also, his unmatched business intelligence and legal acumen has resulted in Musthafa & Almana introducing unique and innovative concepts that help corporate entities as well as individuals to legally streamline their businesses and personal matters.
In 2015, Musthafa & Almana has launchedtwo of Mr. Zafeer’s unique and innovative concepts, which aim to support aspiring entrepreneurs and established business groups namely MASS (Musthafa Almana Start up Support) and IAS (Internal Arbitration System).
Mr. Zafeer’s expertise in fashion law makes him the one and only fashion lawyer in Asia and the Middle East and under his leadership, the firm has established a unique practice division dedicated to Fashion Law. Apart from these niche practice areas, his areas of specialization include the business laws of UAE, India, UK and USA with specific expertise in mergers & acquisitions, franchises and joint ventures. His expertise in FDI related laws of the UAE, United Kingdom and India enables him to advise and provide expert legal services to foreign investors on entry and exit strategies in various sectors including real estate, hospitality, insurance, sports & entertainment and healthcare.
Mr. Zafeer is passionate about community outreach and corporate social responsibility and has implemented several schemes for the benefit of the underprivileged in India and the UAE.