Bhavin Shah

Partner & Head of MEA
Associé et Responsable de la région MEA
+971 553 051777


Bhavin is a partner in FRA’s Dubai office and Head of MEA. He has more than 19 years’ experience in professional services, focusing on financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, investment companies, crypto institutions, development institutions, and regulators. Based in the region since 2009, Bhavin has served clients across Asia, Middle East, Africa, America, and Europe.

Bhavin’s expertise lies in complex legal matters, forensic and crisis management across the MENA region. He has advised on high-profile cases for clients such as Unicorn Bank, Arcapita, Abraaj, Standard Chartered, NCB, Riyad Bank, SABB, HSBC, Barclays, ABN AMRO Bank, Bank of China, and Finablr, among others. He has also advised Central Banks and Capital Market Authorities across the region and globally on special situations and/or monitorships.

Bhavin is a trusted advisor to Boards of Directors, CXOs, Governments, and Regulators. His experience with authorities includes advising ministries, central banks and other government bodies on various strategic initiatives. He is commended by clients for his ability to go into a crisis and transaction environment and drive change through both strategic and surgical measures. He has also taken interim management roles to help efficiently navigate through turnaround plans and communicate with stakeholders.

Previously, Bhavin led the Financial Services proposition within the Financial Advisory practice for Deloitte in the Middle East. He was also directly responsible for conceptualizing, building, and leading the Financial Services Regulatory Advisory (FSRA) practice, which provided a wide range of specialized services to clients on topics related to complex regulatory matters including Financial Crime, Sanctions, Consumer protection, DD, restructuring, and remediations.

Bhavin is a regular speaker at international conferences and a thought leader in the space of future of finance, crypto economy, corporate governance, cross-border disputes and litigations, financial crime and corporate transparency. Bhavin is the producer and host of online interview series Cryptonomy Talks and Fintech Pioneers.

Authority experience

US Department of Justice (DOJ)
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Ministry of Finance - UAE
Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE)
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)
Securities and Commodities Authority – UAE (SCA)
Federal Customs Authority - UAE (FCA)
Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)
Ministry of Justice - UAE (MOJ)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Awards & Recognition

2020 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum


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