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Acting from its offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi, HaidermotaBNR handles the full range of complex commercial disputes, including in the real estate, construction, banking and telecoms sectors. Fraud and white-collar crime are other core areas of expertise. The team is advising a group of private investors in relation to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Pakistan. The SEC has issued notices to the investors as part of an investigation into market manipulation of shares of publicly listed companies. Other clients include Educational Systems, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines, the Salvation Army Pakistan and Emirates Bank. Key contacts are Uzair Karamat Bhandari and Kazim Hasan, along with Mian Muhammad Kashif.

Orr, Dignam & Co. deals with all aspects of contentious matters from mediation and arbitration through to litigation. The team also works with overseas counsel in international arbitrations. Sajid Zahid is leading the advice to SGS Group on various matters currently before the High Court of Sindh and, in particular, is leading the defence of the company in a case concerning the removal of a senior director of one of its subsidiary companies. In another key matter, the group is defending TNT in ongoing litigation relating to a contractual dispute about courier services which are being carried out in Pakistan and overseas.

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels is adept at handling all aspects of commercial disputes as well as major constitutional cases. Highlights included advising Performance Automotive (the only authorised dealer/importer of Porsche cars in Pakistan) on the filing of a writ petition challenging the Federal Government’s decision to impose a regulatory duty on the importation of new cars. Other significant clients include Punjab Skills Development Fund, National Bank of Punjab and China Three Gorges Corporation. Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Waqas Aziz Qureshi are the primary contacts along with Lahore-based Salman Hanif Rajput.

Ahmed & Qazi has a strong reputation for its work on contentious matters, with a range of banks, brokers, fund managers and other participants in the financial services industry on its client roster. The team, led by Jam Asif, also advises numerous media conglomerates on a range of disputes.

Khalid Anwer & Co. has an excellent reputation for handling high-profile disputes. Clients include Abu Dhabi Group, Gul Ahmed Group, Gulistan Group and Jaffer Brothers. Khalid Anwer has been involved in several landmark constitutional and commercial cases. The firm has been recently engaged by Fauji Fertilizer, a large manufacturer of fertilizers in Pakistan, to challenge an order of the Competition Commission of Pakistan relating to a significant penalty that has been imposed on the company.

LMA|Ebrahim Hosain represents multinationals and local corporates on a range of matters before the Supreme Court, the High Courts of Pakistan and the District Courts. Recently, the team was engaged by Hashwani Hotels in six cases brought against New Jubilee Insurance related to the recovery of loss and damage caused by fire to the Islamabad Marriott Hotel. The Aga Khan University Hospital, Mercury Garments Industries and Quality Steel Re-Rolling Mill are also clients. Zahid Ebrahim and Shabnam Noorali are the names to note.

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE handles the full range of litigious matters and is also skilled in international arbitrations. The team is representing the majority shareholders of English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pakistan’s largest biscuit manufacturing company) in a number of proceedings pending in the High Court of Sindh brought by minority shareholders. The proceedings relate to a rights issue of shares from the year 2000. Other key clients include Sindh Engro Coal Mining and McKinsey & Company Pakistan. Yousaf Khosa heads the team.

Abraham & Sarwana routinely advises on winding up proceedings and also acts for international and local banks in debt recovery mandates. Former judge SA Sarwana heads up the disputes practice.

Axis Law Chambers fields a ‘very dedicated and sharp team’. The ‘well-organised and successful practice’ handles the full gamut of contentious matters and is also recognised for its work in international arbitration, constitutional issues, as well as anti-trust and insurance matters. The ‘phenomenal’ Ali Zahid Rahim has a ‘tireless work ethic’ and Syed Shahab Qutub is an ‘extremely competent litigator who is quick on his feet and pays great attention to detail’. The ‘organised and hardworking’ Sameer Khosa is ‘extremely intelligent’. Associate Hira Jaleel is described as an ‘intelligent professional whose research and drafting skills have greatly impressed us’. Associate Muhammad Abdullah Tariq Gulzar is ‘meticulous and a great communicator’. The Australian Education Office, Punjab Revenue Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan are all clients.

Khan & Associates is handling numerous cases dealing with the domestic enforcement in Pakistan of foreign arbitration awards. Mansoor Khan is a leading name in international arbitration and has represented clients before the ICC and the ICSID tribunals.

Sajeel Mirza Mann & Shah fields a group of ‘talented and efficient lawyers’ in its disputes practice. Taimur Mirza ‘thinks things through to a logical conclusion and then presents things in a practical way to a judge’. Ishaq Shah  is skilled at providing ‘workable solutions’ and senior advocate Noor Fatima  is ‘immensely helpful’. Associate Muhammad Asad Ashfaq is an ‘experienced, knowledgeable and hardworking lawyer’. Key clients include Lucky Cement, Saima Builders and K-Electric.

Aitzaz Ahsan & Associates handles a wide range of complex civil litigation and arbitrations domestically and internationally. In addition, the team is skilled at advising on major constitutional matters and has particular expertise in white-collar crime and corporate disputes. Founding partner Aitzaz Ahsan is a name to note.

Farooq Amjad Meer is the key contact in Meer & Hasan Law Associates' disputes practice. The team handles arbitration and litigation for clients at all levels up to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Rana Ijaz & Partners continues to represent a UAE-based conglomerate in three commercial cases in Karachi in connection with the recovery of payments for a consignment of corrugated cartons. The firm is representing a major online automobile portal in Pakistan before the Competition Commission of Pakistan in relation to a complaint of unfair competition and a potential violation of antitrust laws. Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan is a well-regarded practitioner.

Tanveer Ahmed & Associates is particularly experienced in representing clients in real estate sector disputes. Tanveer Ahmed and Moiz Ahmed are the names to note. Recent highlights include representing a consortium of chartered accountancy firms in obtaining an interim injunction against the imposition of a sales tax on services that had been levied by the provincial government of Sindh.

Akhund Forbes has been advising on a range of complex civil, constitutional and financial cases. Osman Hadi is a key contact.

Abdul Sattar Pirzada heads the disputes department at Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates, which acts for clients including K-Electric and Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, as well as Pakistan Sugar Mills Association.

Irfan Mir Halepota is the primary contact at Irfan Mir Halepota & Associates which handles various local and cross-border disputes for a broad cross-section of clients.

Salman Talibuddin leads the disputes department at Kabraji & Talibuddin which has expertise in commercial and corporate disputes, along with projects and energy-related litigation.

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co senior partner Arshad Tayebaly is a ‘seasoned litigator who enjoys an excellent reputation with judges’. The team specialises in banking and finance litigation and corporate disputes. In addition, it has handled several constitutional and civil matters before the Supreme Court. Bina Puri Pakistan, Fullerton Financial Holdings and Star India are all clients.

Aftab Ahmed Khan is a key contact at Surridge & Beecheno where the disputes team handles litigation and arbitrations for a broad range of clients.

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