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Khan & Associates

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Islamabad, Lahore

The firm

Khan & Associates is a full service law firm which specialises in advising international businesses on virtually all aspects of doing business in Pakistan. The firm is intimately familiar with the particular legal needs of multinationals with interests in Pakistan, from banking and property rights to dispute resolution and employment law.

Pakistani law entails complex and often ambiguous legal and regulatory structures where standardised ‘one size fits all’ advice generally proves inadequate. The firm takes pride in its close collaboration with clients which allows it to tailor individualised solutions to unique requirements.

With most of the firm’s clients headquartered in OECD countries, its clients value its advice, which enables them to conduct business successfully in Pakistan while following OECD’s principles of propriety, integrity and transparency. Indeed, the largest foreign investor in Pakistan’s history and another foreign entity that fought one of the most significant commercial cases before the courts of Pakistan both selected Khan & Associates as their firm of choice in protecting their interests in Pakistan.

Areas of practice

Corporate and commercial: as a full service law firm Khan & Associates maintains a broad-based general practice, with an emphasis on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, tax anti-trust, banking and finance, employment, joint ventures, agencies and distributorship. Khan & Associates has the distinction of acting on behalf of the acquirer in Pakistan’s largest corporate acquisition to date – a US$2.6bn transaction – and continues to advise this acquirer on its business in Pakistan. The firm advised the government of Pakistan on the US$1bn international issue of Sukuk (Islamic bonds). The firm has also advised the government of Pakistan on its US$600m debut issue of Sukuk which were listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. K&A recently represented a major international port terminal operator and container handling company in legal proceeding before the highest tax appellate tribunal in Pakistan and a High Court

Dispute resolution: The firm’s speciality is complex high-stakes dispute resolution which sophisticated clients know is not litigated in the press. With a preeminent dispute resolution practice and unmatched expertise in matters covered by the New York Convention of 1958, the value of Khan & Associates current dispute resolution matters exceeds US$5bn. The firm regularly represents clients before Pakistani courts in different cities and is currently handling numerous cases for domestic enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments. It has appeared as counsel in international arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules. Most recently, the firm obtained injunctive relief for a client whose competitor was in the process of being awarded a procurement contract of approximately US$500m in violation of public procurement laws. The firm has a preeminent practice that cover all aspects of Pakistan public procurement laws. The firm has advised and acted for clients in courts in matters that exceed US$800m in value.

Energy, mining, oil and gas: the firm advises global firms on a variety of oil and gas, energy, mining, and infrastructure projects in Pakistan, with specific care to ensure compliance with environmental and other applicable regulations. The firm retains an edge by keeping abreast of the latest developments in the energy, mining and oil and gas sectors. K&A has carried out due diligence on behalf of a client for a proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a local utility company with assets exceeding US$2bn, generating annual revenues exceeding US$1bn and serving over ten million customers. K&A has advised a client on two contracts awarded for engineering, procurement and construction of two combined cycle power plants aggregating 2000-2500 MW (Gross).

Telecommunications: the firm offers extensive legal services to the telecommunications and IT sectors, including advising on acquisition, development, and sale of technology. Khan & Associates acted in the sale of Motorola Solutions wireless network business to Nokia Siemens, where it advised Motorola Solutions throughout the negotiation, including pre- and post-transaction. The firm has also advised on issues related to auction of 3G spectrum and the proposed restructuring of an international telecom operator.

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