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Pakistan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Akhund Forbes

Akhund Forbes routinely acts in complex, high-value transactions involving acquisition financings, Islamic financing and project finance. Major clients include Tanzanite Tower and Deutsche Bank. Managing partner Rabel Akhund heads the team. It is currently advising Edotco Group SDN Berhad (Deordar) on a major leveraged financing transaction.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Akhund Forbes

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 ‘technically excellent and really knows his stuff’. Sahar Iqbal is also well regarded.

Leading individuals

Rabel Akhund - Akhund Forbes

Sahar Iqbal - Akhund Forbes

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Akhund Forbes

Under the leadership of the ‘very thorough and knowledgeable’ Rabel Akhund, the team at Akhund Forbes ‘exceeds expectations’, according to clients. The group is noted for its expertise in M&As, joint ventures and corporate regulatory work in particular, and is lauded for its ‘availability and timely responses’ and clients note how it ‘works hard to achieve deadlines and to provide a seamless service’. In a large private M&A, the team advised Edotco Group SDN Berhad (Deodar) on the structuring of a complex demerger of the tower business of Mobilink and Warid and on the regulatory aspects of the deal. Gemini Office Holdings and Pakistan Catalyst Fund 1 are also clients. The ‘excellent’ Sahar Iqbal is another key figure who is singled out for ‘finding solutions’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 5

Akhund Forbes

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

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Akhund Forbes

Akhund Forbes advises a broad range of local and national clients, including MCB-Arif Habib Savings and Investments, on labour issues in Pakistan. The team recently acted alongside DLA Piper Middle East LLP and DeHeng Law Offices to advise clients on various local law issues. Sahar Iqbal is a name to note.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Akhund Forbes

The team at Akhund Forbes routinely acts in complex projects with an international dimension. It receives a steady flow of instructions from foreign law firms including Zhong Lun Law Firm and acts for major clients including Thal, Bina Puri Berhad Malaysia and House of Habib. The ‘efficient’ Rabel Akhund is praised by clients for his communication skills.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Akhund Forbes

In a recent highlight, acting for Edotco Group SDN Berhad, Akhund Forbes conducted due diligence on a portfolio of approximately 1,300 telecom towers across Pakistan. This instruction included reviewing title to the land, advice on local regulatory issues as well as on a myriad of licensing matters. Rabel Akhund is the main contact in the team.

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