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Key clients in¬†Akhund Forbes' capital markets team include Silkbank and UBL Fund Managers, while it also receives a steady flow of instructions from international law firms including Zhong Lun Law Firm. In one major matter, the team advised Arif Habib as the underwriter to the issue of rights shares by Bank of Punjab. Senior partner Rabel Akhund¬†is ‚Äėtechnically excellent and really knows his stuff‚Äô. Sahar Iqbal¬†is also well regarded.

The skilled team at HaidermotaBNR routinely acts for banks, corporate entities and other financial institutions on the full array of capital market issues including debt, IPOs and bond issues. The team acted for Dalda Foods in relation to its IPO and rights issue and its listing on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The department also advised Citibank on the issuance of a large securities bond by an international corporation. Ali Vasi is the name to note.

LMA|Ebrahim Hosain advised Absolute Holdings on its acquisition of the shareholding of a publicly listed company. The matter was complicated by the fact that the target company had been suspended following allegations of trading violations. Mazars SCRL is another active client. Mustafa Mumtaz and Darakhsan Vohra are noted practitioners. 

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co¬†remains a ‚Äėprime choice for corporate finance transactions‚Äô. In a recent highlight, the team acted as the lead transaction counsel to a bank in respect of a Tier 11 privately placed, subordinated and secured term finance certificate. Irfan Tayebaly¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô;¬†Vaseeq Khalid¬† is ‚Äėbrilliant for capital market transactions‚Äô;¬†Mehreen Manto¬†is a ‚Äėgood all-round lawyer‚Äô.

In a matter that received considerable press coverage, Ijaz Ahmed & Associates advised the Pakistan Stock Exchange on the first-ever public offering of its shares. In another key mandate, the firm's capital market's team advised the Central Depository Company on its new licensing regime. Ijaz Ahmed and Altaf Qureshi are the main contacts.

Mandviwalla & Zafar has particular expertise in handling sukuk-related capital markets work, as well as considerable experience in M&A and banking and finance matters. Team leader Mehmood Mandviwalla is a well-regarded practitioner.

Orr, Dignam & Co. has significant experience in IPOs, company restructurings and due diligence mandates. The team often advises foreign clients on the legal and regulatory framework for investment in Pakistan. Maudood Khan heads the corporate department. Aliya Yusuf and Zahir Riaz are other names to note.

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE's team advises on a wide range of capital markets matters from IPOs to public and private debt and equity offerings on both domestic and international markets. Managing partner Ahsan Z Rizvi, who is a former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange, is the primary contact for the team.

Ahmed & Qazi has considerable expertise in advising on IPOs and other issuances. Its proven track record in capital markets work includes assisting the Karachi stock exchange with its demutualisation process. Naveed Zafar is a key figure at the firm.

Well equipped to advise on all regulatory compliance matters in Pakistan, Cornelius, Lane & Mufti regularly advises on the listing of equity and debt securities both in the local and international markets. Salman Butt is the name to note.

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