Natasha specialises in advising on financial services and regulatory matters including anti-money laundering, combating terrorist financing, data protection and privacy, applicable in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Qatar Financial Centre and also has a broad range of corporate and commercial experience in general corporate matters and investment funds and asset management.
Natasha has developed a broad range of contacts within regulators such as the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC Authority), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), Nasdaq Dubai, the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority and the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. Her experience includes advising clients on DIFC, DFSA, QFC, QFCRA and UAE financial services related regulatory issues.
Natasha regularly meets with regulators to advise on regulatory issues relating to funds and asset management including the DFSA and the SCA. Natasha participates in and contributes to various consultation processes relating to amendments to DFSA, DIFC and SCA laws and regulations on a regular basis.
Natasha's experience includes:
- a confidential client in relation to the legality of audio recording conversations in the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai International Financial Centre in connection with regulatory requests for information from the US Department of Justice relating to a global investigation
- a confidential client in relation to allegations made by its counterparty in relation to a subsidiary, wrongfully alleging that the counterparty had incurred losses in respect to transactions undertaken by a merchant of the client
- a DFSA Category 4 Authorised Firm on the Preliminary Notice issued to it under Article 75(1) of the DIFC Regulatory Law
- SHUAA Capital PSC (acting as sponsor and joint bookrunner) and Emirates NBD (acting as joint bookrunner) on the initial public offering (IPO) and admission to the Official list of Securities of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and to trading on NASDAQ Dubai Limited of the ordinary shares of Emirates REIT (CEIC) Limited, the first Shari'ah compliant regulated real estate investment trust incorporated in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). This is the first Dubai IPO since 2009
- Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre on the establishment of an international financial centre , including advising on: the establishment of an IFC, drafting an establishment law, the DFSA regulatory framework, drafting of various primary legislation, key regulatory bodies and their roles and functions
Natasha joined Herbert Smith Freehills as a senior associate in the firm's corporate team in 2007. She has previously worked at top international law firms in Bahrain, London and Australia where she qualified as a solicitor in 1997.