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Ahmed & Qazi, which is recommended for its ‘personal approach’, has recently been instructed on a number of debt swap and share transfer arrangements for several of Pakistan’s largest banks. For example, it represented the National Bank Of Pakistan, United Bank Limited and KASB Bank Limited as recipients in the transfer of 79% of shares in the Azgard Nine Limited group of companies in adjustment for its outstanding liabilities. The firm also advises on concession agreements, financing and the restructuring of finance facilities. Ishaq Shah and Saim Hashmi are recommended.
Lahore-based boutique Chima & Ibrahim attends to the financial and banking needs of multinational corporations such as Mobilink, Ericsson, Pepsi Cola International Ltd and Toyota Motor Corporation. Salman Chima and Khalid Ibrahim are recommended.
Cornelius, Lane & Mufti’s experience includes acting for borrowers and lenders on syndicated and structured finance matters. Its expertise includes structuring receivable securitisation transactions and the issuance of sukuk bonds. Salman Aslam Butt and Shehzad Ata Elahi are recommended.
Haidermota & Co’s large team has strength in depth, and provides a full spectrum of financial products and services including syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance, Islamic finance and restructuring. Shabbir Harianawala recently acted for Citibank NA in an innovative matter involving offshore Islamic financing to Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIA). The transaction was secured against PIA’s ticket sales in the UAE. Other clients include State Bank of Pakistan, International Finance Corporation and MCB Bank Limited. Khozem Haidermota is ‘user-friendly and proactive’.
Liaquat Merchant Associates handles large financing deals as well as the day-to-day banking and finance needs of an impressive roster of local and foreign clients, among them Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited, Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited and Bank AL Habib Limited. Key highlights included advising a bank on standard finance and security documentation for its wholesale banking activities. The firm’s Islamic finance instructions have increased. Faresa Ahsan heads the team.
Mandviwalla & Zafar is ‘technically excellent and has a proven track record’, particularly for representing banks and other financial institutions. Recent work includes acting for the lenders of a syndicated term finance facility made to International Complex Projects Limited to complete construction of the Dolmen Mall project. The team also acts for lenders and international development banks in debt and equity investments. Mehmood Mandviwalla is highly recommended, as is Sheeza Ahmed on the lender side.
Mohsin Tayebaly & Co has experience advising on multibillion-rupee or foreign currency financing facilities, including Islamic finance such as musharaka facilities. The firm advised lenders on sharia-compliant terms for a lease financing proposed by manufacturer Dadex Eternit Limited. The firm also advised the lender on a syndicated finance facility with Pak Telecom Mobile Limited. Mehreen Manto and senior partner Irfan Tayebaly are recommended.
Orr, Dignam & Co ‘stands out like a shining star, providing first-class service’. It has offices in Karachi and Islamabad, and represents national and multinational clients in both private and public sectors across a broad range of transactions. Recent work includes advising the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector on the $105m sharia-compliant financing of a steel mill. Maudood A Khan heads the team, in which Asim Nasim is recommended.
RIAA Law has expertise in project and energy financing, where it acts for lenders and borrowers alike. The firm represented United Bank Limited and Habib Bank Limited in the Pr2bn syndicated financing of the Nishat Chunian Limited and Nishat Power projects. The firm also frequently acts for foreign lenders. Ahsan Rizvi is a sharia law expert.
Surridge & Beecheno is renowned for its aviation practice, and has recently won a number of instructions on aircraft purchase and lease financings. Clients include Airbus Leading V Inc and JT Power Megatron. The firm also advises national and multinational banks on a wide range of issues.
Vellani & Vellani advises financial institutions on the financing of major power and infrastructure projects. Badaruddin F Vellani is the key contact.