Sabeena Ahmed, Esq. is a principal and legal advisor to the firm's transactional and regulatory compliance consulting practice, which services broker-dealers, investment advisors, banks, futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, commodity pools, hedge funds, mutual funds, commodity trading advisors, swaps firms, and other SEC and CFTC-registered and banking entities. Sabeena is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Sabeena currently serves as Chair for the Derivatives & Futures Law Division of the New York County Lawyers' Association. She is also admitted to practice law before several U.S. federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law.
Savannah L. Castro, Esq. is a principal and legal advisor to the firm's corporate and immigration practice. Savannah is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and the District of Columbia. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Arizona State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. She is also admitted to practice law before several U.S. federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University.
Castro & Ahmed LLP specializes in corporate and financial services, futures and derivatives, securities, labor and employment, immigration, trusts and estates, wills and family law.
Sabeena's previous professional experience includes serving as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer to Bank of China International (BOCI), including its registered broker-dealer, BOC International (USA) Inc. and its registered futures commission merchant and CME Group Inc. clearing member, BOCI Commodities & Futures (USA) LLC; Senior Futures & Derivatives Counsel and Compliance Advisor to E*TRADE Financial Corp.; and General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Alpari (US), LLC, a CFTC-registered futures commission merchant and retail foreign exchange dealer and member of the NFA. She also worked in Merrill Lynch’s Office of General Counsel, the Division of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Bank of New York Mellon’s Legal Division and the Securities Fraud Prosecution division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Castro & Ahmed LLP, Savannah managed a boutique law firm, which specialized in immigration and transactional work. Savannah's previous professional experience includes serving as a contract negotiator and compliance officer for major educational institutions, including University of Southern California and New York University. Savannah's other professional experience includes family legal work in the tribunal courts of Arizona; the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Unit of Mesa, Arizona; and the Sanctuary for Families in Brooklyn, New York. Savannah is a certified mediator and has served in the Maricopa County Superior Courts of Arizona. Savannah is also a contributor for the ABA's Death Penalty Moratorium Death Penalty Project. Savannah's recent publications include A Practioner's Guide to Taking Land Into Trust for Gaming Purposes.