Bapsy Dastur

Bapsy Dastur

United Kingdom UK United Kingdom UK


Bapsy Dastur is a globally recognized specialist in the field of corporate law, compliance and risk, ranking as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the Middle East (2015) and one of the world’s leading General Counsels in the Legal Era General Counsel publication (2017).

Bapsy has unique multi-jurisdictional legal, compliance and risk expertise across diverse industries most recently with VFS Global at their dual headquarters in Dubai and Zurich. 

Earlier in her career, Bapsy has led mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, sales of equipment and services for large infrastructure projects and financings of over US$100 billion with roles at General Electric, GE Capital, ABB, Stolt Nielsen and ANZ Grindlays Bank.

She has been appointed a Director at TRACE International, an international non-profit membership association working with over 300 companies internationally to raise their anti-bribery compliance standards.  

A sought-after speaker at forums including the prestigious Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, she shares her expertise in the areas of international law, corporate risk, compliance programs, and the hidden costs of corruption in society at large.

A passionate advocate of women’s empowerment, Bapsy has:

  • Mentored and coached students, especially women, from developing countries who wish to pursue a career in law and compliance
  • Developed with C5, the first formal awards for women working in compliance
  • Served as a judge for numerous Women in Compliance, Women of the Future and Middle East Legal awards
  • Represented the private sector at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) diversity and womens equality event in Paris (2019)
  • Served as the Chair of the Women’s Network in GE and established the Women’s Network at VFS
  • Currently a member of the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s working group on gender equality.
  • In keeping with her strong belief in the Zoroastrian faith, Bapsy promotes the diverse and rich culture and heritage of the Zoroastrian people. Bapsy is a:
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Shapurji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies at the School of Oriental and African studies
  • Trustee of Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
  • Trustee of Zoroastrian Studies.