Prior to joining CMD, Arif worked at Related Financial Services, a broker-dealer, where he assisted Chief Compliance Officer in compliance matters, anti-money laundering (AML), know your customer (KYC), OFAC checks, securities offerings through private placements, regulatory disclosures, and EB-5 offerings. He also worked as an analyst at a risk consulting firm in Austin, Texas and as a litigation paralegal for a boutique law firm in New York.
Arif earned his LL.M. degree from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 2018. At Cardozo, he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and a Heyman Scholar, focusing on compliance and securities matters. He was also a member of the Cardozo team in LawMeets, a transactional law competition. Prior to attending Cardozo, he graduated with a degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis and received a law degree from Baku State University.
Arif is fluent in Russian, Turkish, and Azerbaijani. His admission to practice law in the State of New York is pending.