asialaw Analysis

General business law
CTL Strategies

CTL Strategies is known for its expertise on tax matters. The firm is experienced in providing tax solutions to businesses with interests in the Maldives. The firm also covers commercial law, employment, finance, foreign investment and tourism. Managing partner Ali Naeem specialises in tax disputes, investigations and litigation.

Client feedback

“They are competent and well versed in the areas they practice in.” – Tax

Abdulla Waris

“Professional at all times and offers sound advice.”

Work highlights

Advised a multinational conglomerate company on its business restructuring.

Advised a construction engineering company on its business structuring for the purpose of undertaking two large government infrastructure projects in the Maldives.


Praxis is a well established firm in the Maldives that offers expertise across a range of practice areas. The firm’s proficiency includes areas such as banking and finance, corporate and M&A, regulatory and litigation. Mohamed Shafaz Wajeeh is a key contact.

Work highlights

Advised Sifainge Co-operative on the engagement of contractors for a housing project.

Represented Paradise Resorts Development and Management on the transfer of leasehold rights over the island of Maafushivaru.

S&A Lawyers

Established in 1994, S&A Lawyers advises clients on M&A and divestitures of existing businesses, asset sales and purchases. It also represents businesses and corporate clients in commercial litigation in court. Managing partner Mohamed Shahdy Anwar advises various clients on a variety of corporate and commercial issues, ranging from project financing to litigation.

Work highlights

Advised OCBC Bank on a $305 million loan facility.

Acted for KSL Capital Partners on a facility for the acquisition of two operational tourist resorts in the Maldives.

Advised Dhiraagu on a facility from two foreign financial institutions.

SHC Lawyers

SHC Lawyers advises clients on corporate and commercial matters. Banking, finance, hospitality and real estate are among the firm’s key practice areas. Shuaib Shah is a key contact at the firm. His practice covers the structuring and implementation of banking and project finance transactions related to infrastructure development, telecommunications, aviation and the resort industry.

Client feedback

“SHC Lawyers are very punctual, efficient and provide the best legal advice in the Maldives.” – Real estate

Shuaib Shah

“Knowledgeable, skilful, creative, commercially savvy and has great communication skills.”

Work highlights

Advised Aareal Bank Asia on the refinancing of a $100 million loan facility.

Advised the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure on a landmark project for the Maldives government.

Advised Travco Group on transactions relating to its tourism business in the Maldives.

Key clients

Bank of Ceylon, Carlyle Group, Davidson Kempner Capital Management, FTI Consulting, Trans Maldivian Airways