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RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

D67/1, BLOCK 4, CLIFTON, KARACHI 75600, PAKISTAN
Tel:
Work +92 21 3587 2879
Fax:
Fax +92 21 3587 0014
Email:
Web:
www.riaabarkergillette.com
Dubai, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Kabul, Karachi, Lahore

Pakistan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE advises sponsors, developers and lenders on the full range of banking and capital markets financing. Case highlights include advising the National Bank of Pakistan on a standby letter of credit facility for a major gas supply agreement. The firm's client roster also includes the Hub Power Company, the Bank of Punjab and Asian Development Bank. Managing partner Ahsan Z Rizvi and Bilal Shaukat are the names to note.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE's team advises on a wide range of capital markets matters from IPOs to public and private debt and equity offerings on both domestic and international markets. Managing partner Ahsan Z Rizvi, who is a former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange, is the primary contact for the team.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE's team recently conducted legal due diligence for Daelim Industrial of Farooq Energy in connection with the acquisition of the 500MW Chakoti Hattian hydropower project. The group also regularly assists Uber on various corporate and regulatory matters, and also counts Sapphire Textile Mills, Chevron Pakistan Lubricants and Nokia Corporation as clients. Bilal Shaukat is a key contact.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

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.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE's practice is recognised for its advice on the full gamut of environmental law issues, with a particular focus on environmental permits in relation to coal mining projects.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE 's client roster includes New Hampshire Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance and EFU General Insurance. Mayhar Mustafa Kazi is recommended.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE has an excellent track record of working on major projects. Lahore-based Hasnain Naqvee is leading the advice to Etihad Power Generation on all aspects of the construction and development of a 74.40MW bagasse/coal-based co-generation power plant. This will be one of the largest bagasse-based projects in Pakistan. In other matters, Bilal Shaukat and Nadir Altaf are advising ThalNova Power Thar on the development of a 330MW nine-mouth coal-fired power plant.

Leading individuals

Hasnain Naqvee - RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE has considerable skill in construction contracts and particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. Highlights included advising China State Construction Engineering Corporation on the development of the M6 Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway; the team advised the client on the bidding process for the project and is now advising on the concession agreement to be entered into with the government.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE is well regarded for its work on contentious tax matters. It has filed a constitutional petition on behalf of McKinsey & Co before the High Court of Sindh challenging the show cause notice issued by Sindh Revenue Board and is contending that the client should be allowed to input tax adjustment on account of any tax paid under a reverse charge mechanism. In another key matter, the team obtained an interim injunction from the same court restraining the Federal Board of Revenue from taking any coercive action against its client in relation to any non-payment of super tax on previous income. Mayhar Mustafa Kazi is the name to note.

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