Aarij S. Wasti Partner


Speaks:  English, Urdu

Year of Call: 2021 - Ontario

Qualified: 2008 - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales

Qualified: 2006 - Pakistan, Advocate High Court (Islamabad)

Year of Call: 2004 - Alberta


Primary office:  Toronto




Aarij S. Wasti

Aarij Wasti is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner and member of its Entertainment & Sports Law Group. His practice includes a focus on brand protection, advising from planning through event-delivery.

Before joining Gowling WLG, Aarij spent 14+ years working on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 from bid to wind-up. His involvement on the project included:

  • Advising as external counsel on the winning bid in 2010.
  • Acting as the Senior Legal Counsel at Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar’s planning and infrastructure delivery entity for the FIFA World Cup (2013-2019).
  • Acting as the Director Legal & Compliance at FIFA’s event delivery subsidiary in Qatar (2019-2023).
  • Acting as Company Secretary for FIFA Ticketing’s subsidiary in Qatar (2021-2024).

As part of his work on the World Cup in Qatar, Aarij was a member of the FIFA Qatar management team, where he was responsible for regulatory and governance matters and oversaw the Legal & Compliance team across three divisions: legal, brand protection and compliance. During the FIFA World Cup 2022, he was a member of the core delivery team based out of the Main Operations Center where all decision makers were co-located for efficient tournament-wide communication, internal collaboration and crisis management.

Aarij’s previous experience at Qatar’s Supreme Committee also includes time as the lead of the Sports & Media team. His work included acting as lead counsel to legacy projects such as the development of corporate social responsibility programs, behavioural insights and innovation grants. He also advised on Qatar’s workers’ welfare program benefitting migrant labour.

Prior to the World Cup in 2022, Aarij acted as counsel to the Doha 2020 Bid Committee for the Olympic Summer Games.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pakistan Business Council – Qatar and was recently a member of the American School of Doha’s Board of Directors.

Aarij maintains licenses to practice law in Ontario, Alberta, England & Wales and Pakistan (High Court), and offers legal services in both English and Urdu.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2023

    • Rankings & Awards
       2023
      Legal 500 GC Powerlist Middle East
  • 2022

    • Rankings & Awards
       2022
      Legal 500 GC Powerlist Middle East
    • Career
       2022
      FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
  • 2021

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2021
      Year of Call, Ontario
    • Community
       2021
      Appointed Board Member Pakistan Business Council- Qatar LLC(G) by HE Ambassador of Pakistan to the State of Qatar
    • Community
       2021
      Elected Board Member of the American School of Doha (ASD)
    • Career
       2021
      FIFA Arab Cup 2021 (Director Legal)
  • 2020

    • Career
       2020
      FIFA Club World Cup 2020 (Director Legal)
    • Education
       2020
      Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs: Making Government Work in Hard Places
    • Education
       2020
      University of Cambridge: An Introduction to International Development
    • Education
       2020
      University of Pennsylvania, Carey Law School: Regulatory Compliance Law Specialization
  • 2019

    • Education
       2019
      University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management: BE101x: Behavioural Economics in Action
    • Career
       2019
      FIFA Club World Cup 2019 (Head of Legal)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Legal 500 GC Powerlist Middle East
  • 2018

    • Career
       2018
      FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (Brand Protection)
  • 2015

    • Education
       2015
      Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations: Master Certificate in Human Resources
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 (Official Observer)
  • 2009

    • Career
       2009
      Islamic Finance Qualification (IFC) from the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI)
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2008
      Qualified, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2006
      Qualified, Pakistan, Advocate High Court (Islamabad)
  • 2004

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2004
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2003

    • Education
       2003
      Juris Doctor (JD), Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • 1999

    • Education
       1999
      Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Desautels School of Business, McGill University

Memberships

Law Society of Ontario, Canada

Law Society of Alberta, Canada

Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA), England

Islamabad Bar Association, Pakistan