Ms. Shunana is a corporate lawyer skilled in both law & business that gives an added advantage in litigating and negotiating complex business transactions. Shunana graduated with a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law from the New York University and completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration program of the University of the West of England (Bristol). She has also acquired a First Class Bachelor (Hons) of laws degree from the Maldives National University.
Shunana was the first woman to receive an award in the field of Law in Maldives. She was awarded with “Leadership Excellence in the Field of Law, Gold Category” in the Maldives Professional and Career Women Awards 2019. In 2020, Shunana was awarded National Award “Rehendhi Award” for outstanding social work (in the field of law).
Shunana has secured numerous precedent-setting victories and has successfully secured a settlement in the largest class action lawsuit submitted at a Maldivian Courts. She litigated & won one of largest commercial claim against the Government of Maldives. She has also litigated as lead counsel in the most notable public interest lawsuits submitted at the Maldivian courts which includes the first gerrymandering lawsuit, largest class action employment dispute submitted at employment tribunal. Shunana is the founder of Public Interest Law Centre that provides pro bono services to socially and economically marginalized groups and individuals, work on various policy law reform and lobbying projects, and advocate for civil rights cause through social activism.
Shunana has years of legal experience and has represented both the Government of the Maldives, Government companies, and major private corporations including foreign investment companies, and individuals in complex commercial litigation in the courts of the Maldives. Shunana has assisted many foreign clients in setting up their foreign investment companies, including the setting up of luxury resort hotels and real estate businesses.
Prior to founding Shunana and Co.LLP, Shunana worked at the Attorney General’s Office for ten years. As a senior attorney at the Attorney General’s office, she has also litigated on behalf of the Government in numerous constitutional, commercial and civil cases lodged by and against Government ministries and departments in the Supreme Court, the High Court and the Civil Court of Maldives. She was also involved in international arbitration proceedings against the Government of the Maldives. Shunana had also provided legal opinions to Government Ministries and departments on contracts, international conventions and bilateral and multilateral agreements signed by the Government. She also provided legal opinions on bills passed by the Parliament before ratification by the President and reviewed draft laws and regulations.
Saadhih Naseer holds a law degree from Maldives National University. After completing Law degree, he has been working at the Attorney General’s Office as a State Attorney. At the Attorney General’s Office, he has litigated on behalf of the Government of Maldives in numerous high profile commercial, employment and civil cases lodged by and against Government ministries and departments at the Employment Tribunal, Magistrate Court, Civil Court, High Court and Supreme Court of Maldives.
Saadhih Naseer has also provided legal opinion to various government ministries and department on complex matters involving commercial contracts of government and other constitutional issues. He has also worked in vetting regulations and bills prior being submission to parliament.
Saadhih Naseer is well-known for his litigation and arduous drafting skills. He has negotiated successful settlements on behalf of international clients and represented both local companies and international clients at the courts of the Maldives. His expertise focuses on transactional and litigation of corporate, commercial, land and employment law issues.
Mr. Hassan Hameed has completed Bachelor of Laws LL.B (Hons) graduate of The University of the West of England (Bristol, UK).
Hassan Hameed has experience in working on high profile corporate cases both local and international. Hassan Hameed is exemplary in drafting complex commercial contracts and drafting legal opinion. Moreover, Hassan is exceptional in conducting legal research and analyzing legal information.
With extensive experience at senior management level in the private sector at leading businesses in the Maldives retaining expansive comprehension in various areas of corporate business that has given him an added advantage in dealing with commercial legal transactions. Experience at higher corporate level has given him experience in performing diligently in advising on legal matters ensuring that the best interests of the client’s business are protected
Aside from the corporate career, also recognized for the Pro Bono legal work as Board Member at the Public Interest Law Centre.
AHMED HAYYAN RASHEED
Ahmed Hayyan Rasheed completed his Bachelor of Shari’ah & Law (Honours) from Maldives National University’s Faculty of Shari’ah & Law while working with us at Shunana & Co. LLP, and has been involved in hundreds of litigation cases and transactional cases over the years. His practice areas mainly include, but is not limited to, Foreign Investments, Company Incorporation, Debt Collection Services, Property & Real Estate Transactions, Intellectual Property Law, Employment Law, Corporate & Commercial Law, as well as litigation of matters at the courts and tribunals.
Since joining Shunana & Co. LLP, Hayyan has worked on transactional works as well as high profile corporate & commercial cases against banks and consortiums, explaining complex legal issues in a clear and informative way to judges during hearings, delivering impacts that will have a positive result on the work he does, while conforming to the highest standards of legal and professional ethics. He also provides legal advice to the parent companies of some of the biggest businesses conglomerates in Maldives across multiple industries, some of which are multi-national.
In addition to having qualitative skills in litigation and research, Hayyan is equipped with the ability to solve problems and an ability to identify and understand threats that could be a problem in the future, thereby taking prevention measures which completely nullifies the origin of such problems. It also really shows his attention to detail and strategic planning abilities, which are also clear in his handling of litigation cases which had previously been with him during transactional stages as well. Hayyan is also known for his analytical skills, creativity and ability to handle confidential information.
Hayyan is also involved as a volunteer lawyer at Public Interest Law Centre (PILC) and has been involved in various aspects of PILC’s work that include being part of the team that litigated in the first ever gerrymandering lawsuit in the Maldives, data privacy case, and various victories in class action lawsuits, which also includes the largest class action employment lawsuit submitted to the Employment Tribunal. He is also part of the team of litigators involved in the some of the largest class action civil lawsuits submitted to the Civil Court, including the largest class action civil lawsuit submitted to the Civil Court.
He has also been involved in a lot of legal awareness works, including awareness sessions and traveling all over Maldives with the team of PILC conducting mobile legal aid camps, and contributing to PILC’s research and other works in various manners.
During his time in law school, he was the president of Society of Shari’ah & Law (SSL), the wing of Maldives National University Student’s Union (MNUSU) for law students. He was also an executive committee member of MNUSU, which is also the largest NGO in Maldives that has also done a lot of voluntary work for the public good, thus Hayyan still contributes to their work from time to time.
Ms. Aishath Naja holds an honors degree in Bachelors of Law (LLB) from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK.
Focusing her practice on the areas of corporate law, Naja has legally assisted domestic and international clients in both corporate and commercial matters. Naja has profound contract drafting and legal research skills and is dedicated to funding inventive ways to tackle legal issues and providing the best solution for her clients. Naja is also a volunteer member at the Public Interest Law Centre, where she provides pro bono legal aid services to the underprivileged individuals in Maldives.
Mariyam Inasha graduated with a Bachelor of Shari’ah and Law with Honours from the Maldives National University. Inasha has license to practice law in the Maldives granted by the Supreme Court of the Maldives in 2016 and license to act as a Public Notary granted by the Bar Council of the Maldives in 2020. Inasha is also a co-founder and board member of Public Interest Law Centre that provides probono service to socially and economically marginalized groups and individuals.
Inasha prior to working at Shunana and Co.LLP was a partner at Advocacy Chambers LLP for five years. She is well experienced in commercial and corporate legal matters. In addition to this she has also experience in Employment, family, land employment and public interest law issues.
Inasha comes from a solid commercial background and can be relied upon to always give expert legal advice in a way which ensures that a client’s competitive advantage is maintained. During her career, she had wide exposure to a broad range of complex legal matters. In her current role she provides the highest quality services to corporate entities and guards the entities against any legal risks.
Ms. Zeeniya is a lawyer with over 11 years of experience in the legal field. She completed her Bachelors’ degree at the Faculty of Shariah and Law attaining the top in her class in 2009. After her graduation, she immediately joined Attorney General’s Office as a Deputy State Attorney. In 2012, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her LLM in international maritime law at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta where she acquired it with Distinction. Currently she is filling the position of a Deputy counsel general at the Attorney General’s office of the Maldives and she is the Head of Legal Affairs Division since May 2017.
Over the years, at the AG’s office, she has gained extensive knowledge and experience both in providing legal advice and representing the State in civil matters in various Courts of Maldives including the Supreme Court. As the Head of Legal Affairs Division, her main responsibility now is advising the Government Ministries, Departments on a wide variety of legal issues, legal vetting of documents and review of contracts that are signed by the Government. Ms. Zeeniya, while working full time at AGO continued her private practice and has represented private companies and individuals at the Courts of Maldives.
Ms. Zeeniya is well equipped with necessary legal knowledge and experience which allows her to deliver insightful legal advice for her clients.
She is also a Board Member of Public Interest Law Center that provides free legal services to socially and economically marginalized groups and individuals.
Maisam Moosa Ali
Maisam Moosa Ali completed his Bachelors of Shariah and Law at Maldives National University in the year 2020.
Maisam targets his practice in commercial and contractual litigation. He has represented and defended businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigations.
Maisam is also well qualified in labour laws and is involved in legal team of largest class action employment case filed at the employment tribunal. His impeccable negotiation skills has been advantageous in negotiation and settlement disputes.
He is also part of Public Interest Law Centre’s legal team where he has worked closely with managing partner Mariyam Shunana on various civil rights movements, legal reform campaigns, and provided pro bono services to marginalized communities and individuals.