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Acting from offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, HaidermotaBNR’s team handles a range of commercial disputes, particularly in sectors including real estate, construction, banking and telecoms. Fraud, white-collar crime and insolvency are also areas of expertise. Current mandates include acting for Samsung in an IP rights infringement dispute against local mobile phone distributor Digicom Technologies. Other clients include Pakistan’s SEC and Data Steel Pipes Industries. Key names include senior partners Uzair Bhandari and Kazim Hasan, along with Mian Muhammad Kashif.

Orr, Dignam & Co. is well known for representing both national and international clients in the full range of contentious matters. The team is acting for FedEx and TNT in an ongoing contractual dispute before the High Court of Sindh concerning courier services in both Pakistan and abroad. Key figure Sajid Zahid is leading on the case.

Former judge S A Sarwana heads up the dispute resolution practice at Abraham & Sarwana, where clients include Cambridge International Examinations and Givenchy Parfums. Zaki Ahmed is a name to note.

Jam Asif is the key contact for litigious matters at Ahmed & Qazi. The practice group has a strong track record representing clients from the financial services and media sectors in a range of disputes matters.

Khalid Anwer & Co. has a strong reputation for handling high-profile litigation cases. Clients include Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, State Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank and Sapphire Group. Name partner Khalid Anwer is the key practitioner.

Mansoor Khan is the name to note at Khan & Associates, particularly for international arbitration matters.

LMA|Ebrahim Hosain’s expertise spans a broad range of litigious matters, including company, contractual, labour, aviation and intellectual property disputes. Zahid Ebrahim and Shabnam Noorali are the names to note.

Recent highlights at RIAA Barker Gillette include successfully acting for Attock Cement in a contractual dispute with a Cyprus-based company regarding the importation of steam coal worth $2.7m from South Africa. Key names include Yousaf Khosa and Mayhar Kazi, who was promoted to the partnership in July 2016.

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels is representing CaraGreen Corporation in a dispute regarding the acquisition of over 2000 acres and an associated residential development with an aggregate value of PKR20bn. Name partner Ahmer Bilal Soofi is ‘responsive, personable and to the point’; Waqas Aziz Qureshi is another key contact.

Managing partner and senior advocate of the Court of Pakistan Aitzaz Ahsan is the name to note at Aitzaz Ahsan & Associates. The team has particular expertise in white-collar crime and corporate disputes, as well as criminal litigation.

Former judge Fakhruddin G Ebrahim is the key name at Fakhruddin G Ebrahim & Co, where the team handles both litigation and arbitration.

Drawing on support from the corporate and transactional practice, the team at Axis Law Chambers is particularly adept in shareholder and banking and finance disputes, as well as having expertise in international arbitration. Sameer Khosa ‘provides useful and direct advice that shows a genuine understanding of the client's needs and goals’. Clients include Pakistan Tobacco and the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cornelius, Lane & Mufti is well known for representing both international and local clients in litigation before the Supreme and High Courts, as well as having expertise in arbitration. Hamid Khan and Salman Aslam Butt are noted for commercial and criminal litigation respectively.

Irfan Mir Halepota is the main contact at Irfan Mir Halepota & Associates, where the team is known for handling local and cross-border litigation for a broad range of clients.

Advocate of the Supreme Court Syed Ali Zafar oversees the team at Mandviwalla & Zafar, which has offices in all major Pakistan cities as well as Dubai and Kabul. The practice has a strong reputation for handling all types of dispute resolution.

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

Rana Ijaz & Partners continues to act for Kuwait-based technology-company International Turnkey Systems (ITS) in a $10m-plus payment dispute with a telecommunications company operating in Pakistan. Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan is the name to note.

Sajeel Mirza Mann & Shah has expertise in handling projects and energy-related disputes; the firm’s client base includes K-Electric and Saima Group. Taimur Mirza is ‘a thorough professional with in-depth business knowledge’.

Tanveer Ahmed & Associates’ ‘services are fantastic’, according to clients: ‘they argue the case as though it was their own matter’. The team has particular expertise in representing clients in contentious matters related to the real estate sector. 2016 saw Tanveer Ahmed and Moiz Ahmed successfully act for a client who sought to obtain the title to a property as part of an inheritance for his daughter.

Junaid Daudpota and Faisal Daudpota are the key contacts for dispute resolution matters at Daudpota International, and handle matters ranging from corporate restructuring to intellectual property litigation.

Salman Talibuddin leads the litigation team at Kabraji & Talibuddin, where areas of expertise include commercial and corporate disputes, alongside projects and energy-related litigation. Past work includes defending Thai Airways in claims brought against it under the Carriage by Air Act (2012) concerning the destruction of baggage during a terrorist attack at Jinnah International Airport.

The team at Mohsin Tayebaly & Co has experience representing both local and international companies in banking litigation, international arbitration, and competition disputes, among other areas. Senior partner Arshad Tayebaly is noted for his expertise handling commercial disputes.

Khurram Rashid is the key name at Surridge & Beecheno where the team handles litigation and arbitration disputes for a broad array of clients.

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