Zafar Rafiq
Corporate and Restructuring Partner

Zafar trained and qualified at international law firm DLA Piper and after 7 years relocated and joined Gateley Plc. He then moved to DWF (formerly Cobbetts LLP) as a partner into the Corporate Services team and as National Head of Business Restructuring for 10 years. Zafar has also operated his own legal advisory business for over a decade.

Zafar specialises in and has decades of experience in business restructuring; refinancing; turnaround and corporate insolvency. He advises on recovery strategies to the management of companies who are suffering from financial/operational underperformance.

Zafar also advises corporate debtors and their boards of directors; insolvency office holders; secured lenders and creditors on all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency work. He has a remarkable breadth of experience (crossing numerous disciplines) and has acted on a wide range of workouts, reorganisations; confidential restructurings, stressed financings; distressed lending; business acquisitions & disposals and CVA’s, administrations, receiverships and liquidations.

He has acted on an array of high-profile matters across numerous sectors including construction; engineering; automotive; logistics; insurance; hospitality; retail & leisure and music and fashion.

Zafar has continued to teach delegates from international and national firms through BPP Professional for almost a decade on secured lending; effective security techniques and enforcement; directors’ duties; reorganisations; TUPE and private equity & venture capital.

Outside of work he spends his time with his family and enjoys travelling, football and swimming.

What clients say:

“Working with Zaf is always a pleasure. He is excellent at understanding the underlying issues and is always pro-active in finding solutions. His expertise in complex legal matters is outstanding and I can’t recommend him highly enough.”

“Zafar is a flexible out of the box thinker with a solution driven mindset. Commercially aware and orientated. He develops outstanding client relationships and is an excellent communicator as well as being technically very strong. He will always be a part of our team.”

“I was introduced to Zafar after he had provided invaluable assistance and legal advice to close family members following severe business difficulties they faced. Zafar has gone on to assist and support with several matters, all of which he has undertaken with as much dedication and tenacity as if it was his own. Zafar’s knowledge and skills in my opinion are unparalleled. He is truly excellent in his field and I will continue to recommend Zafar to any of my clients without hesitation.”

“Zaf has been an invaluable asset to our businesses and me personally over the past five years. His deep understanding of business dynamics, coupled with his responsiveness and extensive legal knowledge, has made navigating complex issues far more manageable. Zaf’s pragmatic approach and dedication have consistently helped us overcome numerous complex commercial challenges. I highly recommend Zaf for his outstanding legal expertise and commitment to client success”

“I have been working with Zafar for over 3 years through mutual clients. His technical knowledge coupled with commerciality, responsiveness and can-do approach has stood out head and shoulders above others to both myself and our clients. In addition to ability, Zafar is extremely personable and a pleasure to work with”

Tel: 07779 643942