Ali Naeem

Ali Naeem specialises in tax disputes, investigations and litigation. He acts for both corporate and individual clients and frequently advises law firms and other professional firms on contentious tax matters and disputes. Prior to joining CTL, he worked at the MIRA and was directly involved in handling tax disputes and has represented MIRA at Tax Appeal Tribunal and courts on various tax disputes.

Ali holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, and Bachelor of International Business from Charles Stuart University of Australia.

Firm Overview:

CTL Strategies LLP is a multi-disciplinary law firm that provides comprehensive legal solutions to both local businesses operating globally and foreign businesses with interests in the Maldives.

We, at CTL Strategies, look to assist our clients in all aspects of their business, regardless of the minutia of the task. Our services range from helping local and foreign companies get started by assisting them with the inception of their business in the Maldives to advising them on all aspects of any commercial transaction they may undertake.

CTL Strategies is comprised of corporate lawyers, tax advisors and chartered accountants who are well versed in all domestic laws concerning any financial undertaking that you may intend. Our lawyers take up the role of both business advisor and legal counsel which make them uniquely suited to providing comprehensive guidance for businesses looking to make strategic decisions which impact their future.

We are particularly known for our skilful work in highly complex tax matters. Our clients can rely on us at every level of tax audits, investigations, and controversies and we represent them in any litigation that may arise from a tax dispute. We understand the value of a strategic approach to all of those stages and we use that approach to achieve the best outcome for our clients. The calibre of our work in all areas of taxation law is unrivalled and acknowledged by our peers in the industry.

From our website, you will find an overview of our services. We understand that each business has its unique features and thus require services specifically tailored to their needs. Please browse through and contact us if you need our assistance.

Dheena Hussain

Dheena Hussain is our exclusively recommended Tourism & Leisure Law expert in the Maldives on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dheena directly using the contact details listed above.

Dheena graduated in Law from the University of Birmingham in 1995 and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1998. Since then she has obtained a Masters degree in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London.

Dheena has worked on a number of important local and international projects and her current practice draws upon her experience in banking and finance, foreign investment, corporate, commercial and company law as well as in the areas of intellectual property and telecommunications.

Dheena has in recent years been instructed by corporate and individual clients in matters involving foreign investments, telecommunications, employment and tourism industry related disputes.

Dheena Hussain has served as a member of the Law Commission of the Maldives and has also been a lecturer in criminal law at the Faculty of Sharia and Law of the Maldives College of Higher Education. Her assignments with the government include a posting with the Ministry of Defence and National Security as Legal Officer, with the Maldives Police Service as Senior Legal Officer and with the Ministry of Defence and National Security as Deputy Director General.

Firm Overview:

We are a dynamic and vibrant commercial Law Firm able to provide you with professional advice and an all-round one-stop service.

Our team of highly trained lawyers have individual expertise in a number of areas to ensure that you are able to obtain comprehensive specialist legal advice under one roof.

Shah, Hussain & Co. Barristers and Attorneys is a young firm of lawyers supported by a capable administrative staff and state-of-the-art technology in prime offices. Whilst large enough to meet the demands of our major corporate clients for work of the highest professional standards, we also offer a highly personal and cost-effective service to private clients.

Husnu Al Suood

For the past two decades, Mr. Husnu Al-Suood has been one of the mainstays of the Maldivian legal environment. With an illustrative career in both public service as well as private practice, Mr Al-Suood in widely regarded as one of the best legal minds of his generation. In the past, he has served in such distinguished capacities as the Chief Judge of the Civil Court of the Maldives and the Attorney General of the Maldives. He has also served as Chairman of the National Law Reform Commission, President of the Clemency Board, Member of the Judicial Services Commission and Member of the Human Rights Commission. He is also founding member of the National Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and the Maldives Law Institute.

Mr Suood was a key member of the Maldivian democratic movement that culminated in the first ever democratic elections held in the country and was for a time an elected Member of Parliament for Addu Constituency of the Special Majlis, which drew up the current Constitution of the Maldives.

He is a well published author and his legal opinions are held in high regard both nationally as well as regionally. Some of his key publications include Maldivian Legal System, Our Rights Our Country, International Human Rights and Understanding Maldivian Company Law (which is used widely by practitioners, students and judges locally).


– Bachelor of Law (Hons), International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
– Master of Laws, University of Queensland, Australia

Special Positions Held:

– Chief Judge, Civil Court of Maldives (1997 to 1999)
– Attorney General of the Maldives (2009 – 2010)
– Member of the Judicial Services Commission (2008-2010)
– President of the Clemency Board (2010)
– Chairman, National Law Reform Commission (2009-2010)
– Member, Special Majlis (Constitutional Assembly), (2005 – 2008)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships:

– President, Bar Association of Maldives
– President, Maldives Law Institute
– Advocate of the Supreme Court of Maldives
– Member, Law Society of Maldives
– Principle Referee, Maldives Law Review
– Founder, Maldives Centre for Human Rights and Democracy


On December 2011, Suood was awarded the National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Services in the field of law/legal services by the Government of the Republic of Maldives.

Asia Law Profiles recognizes him as a leading individual in the field in their 2014 edition.

Firm Overview:

Welcome to Suood & Anwar LLP, the Maldives’ premier law firm.

Established in the year 1994, Suood, Anwar and Co. has, over the last decade, earned renown for excellence and service nonpareil. Our lawyers are consistently ranked amongst the top tier of the Maldives and, today, we have as our clientele key government agencies, international financial institutions, several multinational corporations and some of the biggest corporations in Maldivian business.

Please browse through our website to find more information about us and our practice, and please feel free to contact us if you require any guidance or assistance.

Firm Rankings:

Chambers & Partners UK ranks Suood & Anwar LLP as a top tier (Band A) business law firm in the Maldives.