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The firm

Established in 1992, ABS & Co is a well-reputed law firm with a city-smart outlook. The main office of the firm is located in the vicinity of the Lahore High Court in a stand alone building close to the Punjab Bar Council. The firm also has an office in Islamabad to accommodate the firm’s increasing workload. In its administrative and professional set-up, ABS & Co is comparable to international corporate and commercial law firms. The firm has an excellent team of professionals supported by a number of paralegals, clerks, a full-time manager of finance and administration, and one manager of litigation.

The firm provides a diversified range of litigation, consultancy, alternate dispute resolution, advisory and institutional capacity building services, case research, and expert opinion services to multinational companies, industry associations, government bodies, statutory bodies, diplomatic missions, regulatory agencies and other entities.

Areas of practice

Litigation: the firm has experience of civil and commercial litigation at all levels, including at tribunals, Civil Courts, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. To date, the firm has handled more than 2,500 cases (excluding bulk litigation). Three of its lawyers are members of the Supreme Court Bar and appear before the Supreme Court regularly.

Arbitration and alternate dispute resolution: the firm provides a full range of arbitration services, including formulating arbitration clauses, preparing claims and conducting arbitration proceedings. The firm is linked with the leading arbitration forums of the world, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Vienna. The firm has also provided advice to the Federal Government on the ratification of the UN Convention on Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958. The firm is also representing the Government of Pakistan before ICSID and the Government of Balochistan before ICC in the ‘Reko Diq’ arbitration.

Investment agreements: ABS & Co offers specific expertise in consultative advice, drafting, and policy advocacy related to free trade agreements, preferential trade agreements, etc. In this respect the firm has developed a network of national and international experts who are available to it on major economic and trade sectors, including domestic regulation, international dispute settlement and offshore litigation.

Corporate and governance: the firm frequently advises on all elements of company law, from the writing of minutes of meetings to the establishment of new corporate vehicles. The firm works by building strong relationships with in-house legal teams to provide reliable expert advice on matters relating to corporate law, listing rules, liability and risks to directors, and other corporate governance issues.

Regulatory: the firm provides legal and regulatory advice to companies, partnerships, funds, banks, insurers and other financial institutions. Its senior partner’s practical industry experience ensures that it is able to provide commercially-driven legal advice in respect of matters pending before the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Competition Commission, environmental tribunals, etc.

Oil and gas: the firm has represented clients on transactions, including the drafting and finalising of concession agreements, joint operating agreements, farm out/in agreements, leases, title work, representation before regulatory bodies and litigation. It has advised on matters involving upstream and downstream work and its lawyers are familiar with contracts used in licensing, exploration and production, development, transportation and abandonment of oil and gas fields, and associated agreements.

Telecommunication: the firm represents providers and users of telecommunications services, including independent telephone companies, and cellular and private radio licensees. It has also handled a range of telecommunications transactions, including sales and acquisitions, carrier agreements and telecommunications outsourcing contracts.

IP: ABS & Co understands new challenges in intellectual property protection and can provide unique and global solutions. It has developed people and processes to promote sound and cost-effective stewardship of intellectual property. Its legal services in this regard include brand selection, availability, search and clearance of trade marks, etc.

Contact Ahmed Jawwad (ahmed.jawwad@absco.pk)

Languages
English
Pashto
Punjabi
Urdu

Other offices Islamabad

Number of lawyers 35

at this office 22

Above material supplied by ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels.

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