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Ahmed & Qazi fields a ‘very supportive’ team that is well-equipped to handle all aspects of corporate and investment banking and transactional work. It also has considerable expertise in Islamic financing. The ‘very knowledgeable, helpful and accessible’ Nadeem Ahmed is ‘good at finding solutions to issues’ and Naveed Zafar is ‘very pragmatic’. Highlights included advising National Bank of Pakistan on providing financing to Power Cement (one of the largest cement producers in Pakistan) to enable it to set up a new plant and expand its existing production capacity. Other key clients include Askari Bank, Faysal Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China as well as Sindh Bank.

HaidermotaBNR has a proven track record of acting in major cross-border deals. The team advises on a broad spectrum of banking and finance work including syndicated lending and convertible loans in addition to leveraged and acquisition financing. The practice also advises on all aspects of Islamic financing. Clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company, Credit Suisse and the Central Directorate of National Savings. Senior partner Khozem Haidermota and Mohammad Anwer are the names to note.

Kabraji & Talibuddin has a strong reputation acting for a number of major banks, financial institutions and corporate entities on a broad range of complex onshore and cross-border financial transactions. Highlights included advising Shanghai Electric Power Company on the financing required by its subsidiary company so it could acquire a majority stake in K-Electric (a vertically integrated utility). Other key clients include Deutsche Bank, Habib Bank and Goldman Sachs Asia Bank. Kairas Kabraji and Syed Maaz are the primary contacts.

The strong team at LMA|Ebrahim Hosain is adept at advising on corporate and consumer financing, project financing, leveraged and acquisition financing, as well as on electronic-banking. The group also advises on the full range of Islamic and Sharia-compliant structures. The practice counts JS Bank, the State Bank of Pakistan and Pak Brunei Investment as clients. The names to note are Faresa Jafarey Ahsan and Darakhshan Sheikh Vohra.

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co has an ‘accessible and approachable’ team that ‘provides invaluable assistance throughout a transaction’ and is praised for its ‘understanding of the Pakistani markets and the needs of lenders in particular’. The group is well known for its work on syndicated financing, Islamic financing, redeemable capital issuances and on restructurings. Irfan Tayebaly  ‘adopts a solution-orientated approach’ and Vaseeq Khalid comes ‘highly recommended’ by clients. Recent highlights include the team's engagement by a consortium of banks in connection with a sukuk issue of PKR7bn – the financing is to be used for various large-scale developments. Significant clients include the Bank of Punjab, Summit Bank and MCB Bank in addition to the National Bank of Pakistan.

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE advises sponsors, developers and lenders on the full range of banking and capital markets financing. Case highlights include advising the National Bank of Pakistan on a standby letter of credit facility for a major gas supply agreement. The firm's client roster also includes the Hub Power Company, the Bank of Punjab and Asian Development Bank. Managing partner Ahsan Z Rizvi and Bilal Shaukat are the names to note.

Akhund Forbes routinely acts in complex, high-value transactions involving acquisition financings, Islamic financing and project finance. Major clients include Tanzanite Tower and Deutsche Bank. Managing partner Rabel Akhund heads the team. It is currently advising Edotco Group SDN Berhad (Deordar) on a major leveraged financing transaction.

The key contacts at Chima & Ibrahim are Khalid Ibrahim and Salman Chima. Previous work for the banking and finance team includes assisting Pakistan Mobile Communications in obtaining long-term multi-financing facilities totaling PKR7bn.

The team at Ijaz Ahmed & Associates enjoys a steady flow of instructions from international law firms and has been busy advising on some major banking and finance mandates. It advised the Water and Power Development Authority on a large financing package that was provided by a syndicate of financial institutions – the package is to be used to construct and develop the Dasu hydropower project. Other important clients include Barclays Bank, Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company and National Bank of Pakistan. Ijaz Ahmed and Altaf Qureshi  are well-regarded.

Orr, Dignam & Co. advised Pak-Arab Pipeline on various local currency and foreign currency financings for its motor gasoline expansion project. The team is recommended for Islamic finance transactions, project finance and acquisition matters. Maudood Khan and Asim Nasim are the primary contacts.

Salman Butt and Shehzad Elahi are recommended for their bankings and finance expertise at Cornelius, Lane & Mufti. Recent highlights include advising on the structuring of various receivable securitisation transactions as well as on the issuance of sukuk bonds.

Mandviwalla & Zafar has an active practice acting for a range of local and international clients on issues such as project financing and debt matters. The team is also skilled at advising on all forms of Islamic financing. It routinely acts as transaction counsel for banks and financial institutions in local currency transactions as well as bilateral and syndicated transactions. Senior partner Mehmood Mandviwalla is a key practice contact.

Surridge & Beecheno receives regular instructions from major international law firms and acts for both borrowers and lenders. Respected senior partner Khalid Rehman, who is based in Karachi, is the name to note at the firm.

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