Shaheena founded SC Legal in 2022 backed by her 20 years’ experience in litigation, advisory and transactional work in multiple practice areas of the law, whilst she was a member of Chambers of Sir Hamid Moollan QC.
Shaheena’s pride is her ability to create an environment where her clients trust her for her open, honest, quick and solutions-driven advice.
Shaheena leverages her courtroom skills in her transaction advisory practice. She is recognized for her impeccable intellectual ability to take on major assignments on which she delivers results uncompromisingly fast and taking a hands-on commercial approach in achieving her clients’ objectives. She provides human touch to her individual clients and has worked with many local entrepreneurs and understands the complex needs and demands of the industries. She sees the commercial side of the case not just its legal intricacies.
She has appeared before most courts and tribunals in Mauritius and also the Privy Council and is particularly well regarded with real estate litigation, commercial and corporate matters, and civil cases. She practises in areas of the law such as civil, corporate, tax, structured financing, financial services, securities, family, real estate, insurance, insolvency, labour, trust, arbitration, administrative, compliance, intellectual property, technology and environmental. She assists clients before the regulatory and investigating bodies. She works for clients in diverse sectors such as energy, real estate, distribution and manufacturing, telecommunications, financial institutions and construction.
Shaheena is hugely experienced in the global business framework and advises on all corporate matters in the global business sector. She acts as legal adviser to a number of Mauritius domiciled funds investing in India, Asia and Africa and licensed entities on their investments, using companies, limited partnerships, protected cell companies, trusts and foundations. She has a formidable command of the legal aspects of structuring, negotiation and drafting of the relevant agreements. She assists clients in listings, amalgamations, share dealings and offerings on and off the market and migration from and to Mauritius. She also effects compliance audits. She has advised on various finance and credit instruments, such as loans, debentures, bonds and all forms of securities. She also advises trustees and settlors on trusts and related matters including migration of trusts.
Shaheena has developed a keen interest in technology law and is building on her expertise in virtual assets, blockchains, tokenisation and application of ESG principles and climate change policies to businesses and believes in the net-zero challenge .
Shaheena also is an independent director on the board of a number of companies in Mauritius and believes that businesses cannot succeed unless its board is composed of sustainability-savvy directors.
Shaheena was a State of Mauritius Laureate in 1995 (Economics Side) and then obtained her LLB with Second Class Honours First Division from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2000, where she achieved High Distinction in Banking law, Law of the Internet, Taxation law, Torts, Economics, Evidence, and Administrative law. She was awarded Arthur Andersen Prize for Taxation for best results in Taxation Law. She then did the Bar Vocational Course at Council of Legal Education, Mauritius, where she was ranked first and recipient of the Professor Fernand Bouland Cup (Best results in criminal law) and Professor Raymond Hein Memorial Prize. She was awarded a distinction in all subjects.
Boards and Association
Shaheena was the Chairperson of the National Savings Fund Technical Committee, set up under the National Savings Fund Act. She is a former board member of Capital Asset Management Ltd, a subsidiary of the State Investment Corporation, the investment arm of the Government of Mauritius. She is a former member of the Information and Communication Technology Council, a former director of the National Housing and Development Corporation Ltd, and currently the Vice President of the Muslim Family Council. She acts as a board member of a few Global Business Companies.