Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

Catering to global brands, Majeed & Partners, Advocates & Counsellors At Law continues to expand its corporate and commercial practice. Saqib Majeed heads the practice and brings over 20 years of litigation and cross-border transactional experience to the firm.

Corporate and M&A in Pakistan

Akhund Forbes

Renowned for its industry knowledge and experience in complex transactions, Akhund Forbes has been at the forefront of several recent high-value M&A transactions advising major asset management companies and sovereign wealth funds. Notable for its internationalist outlook, the team has recently opened an office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Other areas of expertise include growth technology and the telecomms sector. Of late, the firm advised major conglomerates such as Arif Habib, Singaporean sovereign wealth fund MCB and Qist bazaar on a variety of transactions including mergers, asset management, and equity investment. The practice is co-led by industry veteran, Rabel Akhund and Sahar Iqbal, a noted expert in privatisation and other high-value corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rabel Akhund; Sahar Iqbal


Testimonials

‘Rabel Akhund is very responsive and has a strong knowledge of the local laws of Pakistan, as well as a strong grasp of international best practice.’

‘Experienced and efficient.’

‘The team is dilligent and responsible.’

Key clients

Edotco Group SDN Berhad


Sumitomo Chemicals Pte Ltd


Kelly Drye & Warren LLP


Kojima Law Offices


NBP Funds Management Limited


MCB Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited


Applus


Aisha Steel Mills Limited


Arif Habib Corporation Limited


Edotco Pakistan (Private) Limited


Edotco Towers (Private) Limited


Zhong Lun Law Firm


Baker & McKenzie LLP


Stanley Electronic CO., LTD


Thai Stanley Electric Public Co., LTD.


Facebook Inc./Meta Platforms, Inc.


Privatisation Commission, Government of Pakistan


China Power Hub Generation Company (Pvt.) Limited


Jun He Law Offices


Abraaj Pakistan Pvt Limited


Gemini Office Holdings Limited


Osborne Clarke


Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd.


DeHeng Law Offices


VIKOR Healthcare (Pvt.) Limited


Credit Suisse (Singapore)Limited


Habib Rice Products Limited


Kleiner Perkins


Perkins Coie LLP


Sequoia Capital


Simmons & Simmons


Karachi Down Syndrome Program


Ericsson Pakistan Private Limited


Unifonic


Vezeeta.com


Kearney


Timwetech


Stealth Startup


Encore Pay


Scilife Pvt Ltd


NDC Group


Tencent


Advaya Legal


Pay Core


Mason Hayes & Curran LLP


Dechert LLP


Asia Impact Investment Fund II (Singapore) VCC


GEAPP UK Limited


Müller & Bleher Holding GmbH & Co. KG


Marshall, Gerstein & BorunLLP


Spotify


Qist Bazaar


Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan


Sanofi Aventis Pakistan


JS Bank Limited


Advans Pakistan


Sidley Austin


Sofy AI


Beerbabl & Co


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership


Work highlights


  • Advised Qist Bazaar on Bank Alfalah’s equity investment in and embedded financing for Qist Bazaar which is a leading buy-now-pay-later company.
  • Advising on the sale of a client’s shares in one of Pakistan’s leading and listed AMCs to the other sponsor which is one of the top 5 commercial banks of Pakistan.
  • Advised Credit Suisse and Fullerton Financial Holdings in relation to divestment.

Haidermota & Co Advocates

With offices in Karachi and Islamabad, Haidermota & Co Advocates is the go-to firm for complex restructuring and re-organisations, and has been at the helm of landmark transactions in Pakistan in the areas of M&A, private equity, creative equity structures, and shareholder arrangements. The firm regularly acts for major clients across a range of industries including oil & gas, telecoms, and e-commerce. The team is co-led by Khozem Haidermota, a practitioner with broad expertise who spearheads many big-ticket transactions, M&A specialist Shabbir Harianawala, and Ali Vasi who is an expert in takeover and competition. Fellow practice co-head Owais Aziz heads the firm’s Islamabad practice. Zahra Abid and Mohammad Anwer are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Khozem Haidermota; Shabbir Harianawala; Ali Akber Vasi; Owais Aziz


Other key lawyers:

Zahra Abid; Mohammad Anwer


Testimonials

‘Haidermota & Co is one of the best law firms in Pakistan with an office in Dubai as well. They are the best advisors in all corporate matters at most the competitive fee.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable with great understanding of the law and industry. Moreover, they are highly accessible even during their business travel.’

‘High quality and experienced practice.’

‘The team at Haidermota is very diverse, which brings a holistic level of competencies to their services. My experiences with the firm illustrate its solid ability to evaluate legal topics with a keen focus on business impact. The team is able to meet tight deadlines when called on.’

‘Shabbir Harianawala is smart, commercial and great to work with.’

‘Shabbir Harianawala is very focused on client service and is very well-versed in corporate law and M&A topics, even with challenging timelines.’

‘Attention to detail, out of box solutions.’ 

Key clients

Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Government Holdings (Private) Limited, and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited.


His Excellency Nasser Abdulla Hussain Lootah


Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan


Packages Limited


CopilotProviderSupportServices, LLC (USA)


Saudi National Bank


Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte. Ltd


JS Investments Limited


Metro Wind Power Limited, part of Metro Wind Group


Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd


Muller & Phipps Pakistan Limited


Cargill Pakistan Holdings Limited


Dalda Foods (Private) Limited


Cloudways Limited


FFC Energy Limited


Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited


Mashreq Bank


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Dawood Group


Mastercard


Pak-Arab Pipeline Company Limited


Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited and VEON Ltd.


Martin Dow


Alif Capital Holdings Limited


Vitol Dubai Limited


Kuda Technologies Limited, City School (Pvt.) Ltd. and Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited


MCB Bank Limited, EY Ford Rhodes, Elixir Securities


Amazon Mall (Private) Limited


EFU Services (Pvt.) Ltd. and other shareholders in Allianz EFU Health Insurance Limited


Allied Bank Limited


Salaam Takaful Limited


Li & Fung Limited


Ontex BV


Unifrutti Group


Tufail Group


Karandaaz Pakistan


Epic Games


Acsertia Limited


Matrix Analytics, Inc.


The Sponsors of Swat Ceramics (Pvt.) Ltd


Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc.


Humayun Baigmohamed Trust and Beneficiaries


NayaPay Pvt. Ltd.


Shareholders of Autosoft Dynamics (Private) Limited


DXN Holdings Bhd


Ideal Standard International


Work highlights


  • Advised a consortium of large energy sector players in Pakistan on their participation in the reconstituted Reko Diq mining project, to be established alongside the Government of Balochistan and Barrick Gold.
  • Advised Nasser Abdulla Hussain Lootah, who intends to increase his consolidated shareholding in Summit Bank.
  • Engaged as the legal counsel as part of a consortium with Ernst & Young for drafting a first of its kind asset fractionalization framework for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
     

Orr, Dignam & Co.

Overseeing major domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Orr, Dignam & Co.’s diverse clientele includes multinational corporations (operating within and outside Pakistan), foreign and local banks, and multilateral agencies. The team advised several international hotel chains on franchise agreements in Pakistan. Operating from the Islamabad office, co-heads Zahir Riaz and Shahid Raza leverage their respective years of practice in the field to advise on complex and high-value transactions. Umar Shahid is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Zahir Riaz; Aliya Yusuf; Asim Nasim; Shahid Raza; Umar Shahid


Testimonials

ODC is extremely knowledgeable about the laws in Pakistan and has the ability to communicate such understanding clearly to clients. A polished approach to addressing questions and communicating with clients, imbues confidence about ODC’s ability to handle matters on the ground.’

‘Shahid Raza is extremely pleasant to work with. He knows the law, the practice, and the precedents, which allows him to provide us with prescient advice on how the authorities will react to certain submissions.’

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.


Fauji Foundation


AerCap Holdings N.V.


Foundation Wind Energy Limited


Ericsson Pakistan Private Limited


Fererro SPA


Société Internationale De Télécommunications Aéronautiques SCRL (Sita)


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited


S&P Global Pakistan (Private) Limited


Marriott International


General Electric


Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited


Channel VAS Pakistan (Private) Limited


DuPont Pakistan Operation (Pvt.) Ltd


The CBRE Group


Corteva Agriscience Pakistan


JC Penny


Nielson Holdings PL


CLSA Singapore


SK Capital Partners


Pakistan International Airlines


The ExxonMobil Group


RB Hygiene


Spotify


Emaar


Pakistan State Oil


Packages Limited


IGI Limited


Barrick Gold Corporation


VoiceFriend LLC


Lidl & Kaufland Services Pte. Limited


Kaufland Pakistan (Private) Limited


Knowledge Platform (Private) Limited


SK ON Co. Limited


Sanofi Aventis Pakistan Limited / Sanofi (France)


Wateen WiMAX (Private) Limited


Rousch (Pakistan) Power Limited


IJM Investments J.A Limited


Work highlights


  • Assisting Barrick Gold Corporation with the reconstituted Reko Diq project, the largest foreign direct investment in the Balochistan province.
  • Acting for Sanofi and Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan Limited on the acquisition of the entire shareholding held by Sanofi Foreign Participations B.V.
  • Acted as Pakistan counsel and advised ENI, one of the super-major oil companies of the world, on its divestment from various companies operating in upstream oil and gas sector in Pakistan.
     

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE

Full-service firm RIAA BARKER GILLETTE excels at cross-border commercial arrangements handling IP and competition aspects of M&A transactions and is noteworthy in the areas of greenfield and brownfield investments in Pakistan. The team boasts particular expertise in cross-border acquisitions in the healthcare and agricultural sectors. Leveraging its cross-sector expertise, it acts for a diverse range of clients from leading companies to non-profit organizations, led by Karachi-based managing partner Bilal Shaukat who is a noted expert in petroleum and mining industries, and Islamabad-based Yousaf Khosa. Mazhar Bangash and Shafaq Rehman are other key names of note.

Practice head(s):

Bilal Shaukat; Yousaf Khosa; Mazhar Bangash


Other key lawyers:

Shafaq Rehman


Testimonials

‘The team of RIAA Barker is solution-oriented. Whatever the issue, the team finds out the most practical solution. Other than this, the team is really cooperative and responsive.’

‘The individuals are really focused on details to each and every assignment, making sure not to miss any detail in the assigned tasks. Moreover, every individual we work with has a comprehensive knowledge of their respective tasks.’

‘The unique part about this practice is that they are willing to provide solutions on the go and respond whenever required. Quick thinking and always willing to provide viable solutions.’

‘We have closely worked with Bilal Shaukat who is really well versed and always provides detailed responses.’

Key clients

Imanami Corporation


Inspire Brands, Inc.


NovaQuest Capital Management L.L.C


Syngenta Pakistan Limited


Bhanero Textile Mills Limited


Bhanero Energy Limited


Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA)


All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association


Samuda Chemical Complex Limited


Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories


POSCO Korea


Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC


Venturedive Technology Services Limited


Sarmayacar


500 Global


Turbo Systems Verwaltung AG and Turbo Systems Switzerland Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Advised Syngenta Pakistan Limited in setting up a one-stop locations offering end-to-end solutions to farmers across Pakistan and offer essential products and services.
     
  • Assisted Hyatt International LLC, a leading hotel brand engaged the firm to assist Hyatt in setting up a franchise in Pakistan.
     

ABS & Co.

Catering to government, statutory bodies and financial institutions, ABS & Co. handles a broad range of corporate and M&A transactions. It represents several high-profile clients across a swathe of industries along with an established practice in the fintech space. The team is led by Sarjeel Mowahid who operates from the Lahore office; he is recommended for restructuring, FDI and corporate finance transactions. Samar Masood, who was promoted to partner in 2022, and Islamabad-based Shahrukh Iftikhar jointly lead the team. Ahmed Reza Mirza, Natalia Najam, and Manahil Gilani are other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Sarjeel Mowahid; Samar Masood; Shahrukh Iftikhar


Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Reza Mirza; Natalia Najam; Manahil Gilani


Testimonials

‘The legal consultant team stands out due to their personalized approach, crafting solutions tailored to each transaction. Unlike generic methods, they prioritize nuanced strategies that align with clients’ visions. The team’s collaborative style, both in-person and virtually, accelerates transactions while their embrace of technology ensures seamless communication. Inclusivity enhances their diverse perspectives, contributing to high-quality advice.’

‘The individuals I collaborate with stand out due to their professional yet approachable demeanor. Unlike competitors, they avoid imposing rigid approaches, preferring adaptable solutions tailored to each client. They excel in simplifying complex legal concepts for easy understanding and proactively identifying risks with mitigation strategies. Notable individuals like Ahmed Reza Mirza and Samar Masood go the extra mile to empower clients with transparent insights. Overall, our team’s distinctive qualities encompass a balance of professionalism and approachability, adaptable strategies, and a knack for simplifying legal complexities, setting us apart as a choice that truly caters to clients’ unique needs.’

‘ABS & Co has a stellar reputation in the market for delivering exceptional legal services with a customer centric approach. Their large and diverse team are capable of handling client matters comprehensively and their research initiatives are sure to make a positive impact on the general legal sphere.’

‘We have worked with Samar Masood for the last few years on a wide range of legal matters and find her approach, knowledge and client handling exceptional.’

Key clients

TMC Private Limited


Idealz E-Comm Private Limited


Habib Rafiq Engineering Limited


MediPak Limited


Intellextual Solutions Private Limited


AsiaPak Investments


Swipbox Development ApS


Baadmay Tech (Pvt) Limited


Walk Through AI Limited


Petroleum Exploration (Pvt) Limited


Dr. Emran Amir


Raqami


MIC Global


Waada Digital


ZoodPay SA


OrientSwiss SA


HRL


LCBDA


CGGC


Work highlights


  • Advised TMC Private Limited on the purchase of the ERP Business from Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited.
  • Handled the launch of the first-ever instalment card by ZoodPay and Mastercard in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia and other territories.
  • Advised Petroleum Exploration on the legality, applicability and right of sale of gas to third party.

Kabraji & Talibuddin

Kabraji & Talibuddin is particularly active in the financial services, TMT, shipping and aviation sectors and is a popular choice for joint ventures, FDI, securities, and private equity mandates. The team saw an increasing number of instructions from private equity and start-up companies which it advises on matters relating to venture capitalism, funds, and investments. The team is co-led by industry veteran Kairas Kabraji and High Court advocates Maheen Faruqui and Syed Ali Bin Maaz.

Practice head(s):

Kairas Kabraji; Maheen Faruqui; Syed Ali Bin Maaz


Key clients

International Finance Corporation


Atlas Technologies Solutions


Associated Liners (Private) Limited


Work highlights


  • Advising on the equity investment in Alliance Healthcare Limited by the International Finance Corporation for the expansion of its existing healthcare facilities in Peshawar.
  • Advised Atlas Technology Solutions on a multi-jurisdictional analysis of the client’s separation of business and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Advised the International Finance Corporation on its buyback of shares in Bank Al Falah Limited.

Liaquat Merchant Associates

Comprising a large specialist M&A team, Liaquat Merchant Associates offers a full-service corporate and commercial offering from incorporations and financing to winding-up and liquidation. The team regularly acts for government entities, multinationals, and leading banks, and has particular expertise in the areas of privatisation and the pharmaceutical sector. The team is led by Karachi-based Faresa Jafarey Ahsan. Ahsan is supported by Shayan Ahmed, who advises on regulatory matters across a range of industries and on corporate, competition, employment, and investment matters and Mustafa Mumtaz , who handles complex transactions and sales.

Practice head(s):

Faresa Jafarey Ahsan


Other key lawyers:

Syed Shayan Ahmed; Mustafa Mumtaz; Hira Ahmad


Testimonials

‘A very vibrant team, always receptive. Integrated, well-read and informed, they provide quick responses and detailed legal opinion with well-founded precedents and international references as well.’

‘The relationship management is immaculate with a corporate touch. Faresa Jafarey Ahsan and Syed Shayan Ahmed are supremely informed with national and international legal developments.’

Key clients

Gamalux Oleochemicals Limited


DLA Piper


Karachi Hydrocarbon Terminal Limited


Dow University of Health Sciences


Wemsol (Private) Limited


State Life Insurance Corporation


Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP


Schneider Solutions and Services (Private) Limited


Exim Bank of Pakistan


Sui Southern Gas Company Alternate Energy


Alere Medical Pakistan Private Limited


Sui Southern Gas Company Limited


FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited


K & L Gates, Australia


Citco Mercator


Work highlights


  • Acting on behalf of SNA Equity SDN BHD on its acquisition and subscription of approximately 88m equity shares of Gamalux Oleochemicals.
     
  • Advised Dow University of Health Sciences on establishing and setting up of a not-for-profit company whereby the client aims to establish a sero-biology facility with a project value of PKR 250m.
  • Successfully rendered all incorporation services for Sui Southern Gas Company Limited in respect of incorporation of its subsidiary.

Qureshi Law Associates

Specializing in takeovers and large-scale joint ventures, Qureshi Law Associates is distinguished for its in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure and energy industry and handled a steady flow of multimillion-dollar transactions acting for major Chinese companies. Demonstrating this, it advised Tianjin Energy Investment Group on its acquisition of 24% of the shares of an existing project company pertaining to the establishment of a 300MW coal power project. 'Powerhouse' Adnan Aslam Qureshi leads the team and has overseen large-scale transactions. Basharat Ali Mehmood is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Adnan Aslam Qureshi


Other key lawyers:

Basharat Ali Mehmood


Testimonials

‘Available, responsive, hands on and great client service. Former regulator experience is the perfect addition to the incredible technical expertise and commercial approach. Presented insightful solutions to all the challenges we faced. ’

‘Lead partner is a powerhouse.’

 

Key clients

Hydrochina Dawood Power (Pvt) Ltd


Sino Energy Consortium


China Three Gorges


Next Vision (Pvt) Ltd


M/s Red Sea Petroleum (Private) Limited


M/s IPS Solar Park-IPS 22 (Pvt) Ltd


M/s Tianjen Energy (Pvt) Ltd


Pakistan Power PV 01 (Pvt) Ltd


M/s IPS Solar Park- JA 24 (Pvt) Ltd


K1 Solar (Pvt) Ltd


Work highlights


Vellani & Vellani

With offices in Karachi and Islamabad, Vellani & Vellani advise clients across a range of sectors including banking, shipping and pharmaceuticals, and some of the world’s leading brands. The team is co-led by Karachi-based Ferzeen Bhadha and Badaruddin F Vellani, a practitioner with over 35 years of experience. Fehem Ahson Hashmi is the third head who has notable expertise in cross-border M&A transactions in the Middle East. Javaid Akhtar and Tariq Nasir lead the Islamabad office.

Practice head(s):

Badaruddin F. Vellani; Ferzeen E. Bhadha; Fehem Hashmi; Danish Zuberi; Javaid Akhtar; Tariq Nasir


Testimonials

‘Vellani & Vellani is a well and long established firm. It provides full legal services and has different specialists covering different sectors which enables seamless and top-notch advice. You can easily reach out to an associate and get good-quality advice. They assign a team to a client rather than an individual, to ensure there is always availability.’

‘Fehem Hashmi is an absolute star. He gets fully involved and the advice you get from him is not only legal but commercial and practical also.’ 

‘Have good knowledge and experience. ‘

Key clients

Arenco Group, U.A.E


Wong Partnership LLP


Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd


Homburger


Wolf Theiss


Rentokil Initial Asia Pacific Management Pte Ltd


Baker Botts L.L.P


Krishna & Saurastri


Ascent Performance Group Limited


Acmatex Corporation (Pvt.) Limited


Kuaishou Technology


Andalus Holdings ADGM Co


Ghandara Tyre & Rubber Company Limited


Fauji Oil Terminal & Distribution Company Limited


Clifford Chance in association with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H)


Baker Hughes Inc


Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.


Go Petroleum FZE Limited


Chevron Brands International LLC


Lyra (Private) Limited


BluWin Limited


Atome Financial Singapore Pte ltd


Sunpo Industries (Private) Limited


Beacon of Bright Beginnings Foundation


Linked International Private Limited


Lakson Investments Limited


FUCHS Petrolub Group


Zil Limited


Unilever Tea Pakistan Limited


MedznMore Pte. Limited


Work highlights


  • Advised Fauji Cement Company Limited and Askari Cement Limited in relation to their amalgamation.
  • Assisted Baker McKenzie, as local counsel, on the global sale and carve-out of the Baker Hughes Nexus Controls business to General Electric.
  • Advising Sika AG, a Swiss multinational specialty chemicals company, on its market-leading global acquisition of the MBCC Group, and on the divestment of certain MBCC Group businesses.
     

Kilam Law

Headquartered in the commercial heart of Lahore, Kilam Law leverages its unique international experience and local knowledge to cater to the needs of a growing client roster. The practice is jointly led by Ali Ibrahim, who strengthens the practice with his significant experience of handling both commercial and contentious matters, and Taimur Malik, who joined the firm from Clyde & Co earlier in the year, bringing his expertise in international transactions and international law firm pedigree to the domestic market. They are supported by Ali Naveed Arshad, who operates from the firm’s Islamabad office.

Practice head(s):

Ali Ibrahim; Taimur Malik


Other key lawyers:

Ali Naveed Arshad


Testimonials

‘The firm has connections offshore and a solid understanding of International Arbitrations.’

‘Ali Naveed Arshad is an outstanding lawyer. His understanding of Middle Eastern laws  and his understanding of LCIA/ICC makes him a reliable partner for any business.’

‘Quick turnaround time, high-quality client servicing, and attention to detail.’

‘Ali Ibrahim has a high attention to detail and is exceptional at assessing multiple scenarios.’

Key clients

Descon Engineering Limited


Ortho Clinical Diagnostics


Intech Process Automation (Pvt.) Limited


Ernst & Young Middle East


Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A.


Transamerica Life (Bermuda) Limited


MedzNMore (Pvt) Limited


KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. Chartered Accountants


SPGPrints B.V


Red Bull (FZE Dubai & Pakistan)


Oilco Petroleum (Pvt) Limited


Noor Care (Pvt) Limited


Buch Hospital (Pvt) Limited


Clyde & Co. LLP (Dubai)


New Era Technology Private Limited


Regalis Healthcare


Conatural Beauty Pvt Ltd


Dhabi Hospitality Private Limited


Republic Women’s Wear


KIPS Education Institute


PASCONS Construction Company


AlphaBold Inc. USA


Evernex Dubai


Century Insurance Company Limited


EFU General Insurance Limited


The United Insurance Company of Pakistan Limited


The Fatima Group


Kaizen Paint (Pvt) Limited (Formerly “Kansai Paints”)


GSK Pakistan Limited


RINA S.p.A


Boart Longyear


Work highlights


  • Advised APNA Microfinance Bank Limited on its potential reverse merger with another Microfinance Bank.
     

Bhandari Naqvi Riaz

With a network of offices across all of Pakistan’s major cities, Bhandari Naqvi Riaz handle a wide range of commercial work across multiple sectors. The team is ‘exceptionally dedicated to understanding clients’ commercial needs and crafting the documents required to best outline parties’ responsibilities and protect the clients’ interests‘. Uzair Karamat Bhandari, Feisal Hussain Naqvi and Iftikharuddin Riaz jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Uzair Karamat Bhandari; Feisal Hussain Naqvi; Iftikharuddin Riaz.


Testimonials

‘I am very pleased with the performance of the BNR legal team over the past year. They have consistently demonstrated their expertise and commitment to providing excellent legal services to our organization.’

‘The legal team is highly responsive and always makes themselves available to address any issues or concerns, no matter how small. Their focus on understanding our business goals allows them to provide proactive advice and insight that helps us avoid legal risks and operate effectively.’

‘The lawyers on the team work seamlessly together and have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. This level of organization ensures that all of our legal needs are covered efficiently. I appreciate that they take the time to explain legal concepts and implications in plain language that is easy for non-lawyers to understand.’

Key clients

Wateen Telecom Ltd|Wateen Solutions (Pvt) Ltd


Samsung EC Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd;|Samsung Gulf Electronics FZE; and |Samsung Electronics Company Ltd


Palm Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd


Mohtaram (Pvt) Ltd


ByteDance Ltd (TikTok)


Twitter, Inc.


Lahore Qalandars


Variant Architecture


Antofagasta Plc


Work highlights


  • Advised Wateen, a leading company in the market that offers customized commercial solar installations using international products, on the applicable legislation.
  • Provided legal assistance to Samsung on the matters which cover routine legal work and render legal advice on issues involving labor laws, consumer laws, data protection and privacy laws, intellectual property laws and telecommunication laws.
  • Provides general corporate advice to the Lahore Qalandars, a Pakistani professional cricket franchise.

Khalid Anwer & Co.

Headquartered in Karachi, Khalid Anwer & Co. advises many leading banks, companies, and industrial conglomerates on corporate and M&A transactions. The firm has seen a recent expansion in its corporate advisory work and is led by managing partner, Raashid Anwer, who specialises in privatisation projects, joint venture agreements, and corporate restructurings. Anwer is supported by Yousuf Nasim who leverages his fifteen years of experience in corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Raashid Anwer; Yousuf Nasim


Testimonials

This firm and its team are capable and approachable.’

The team is always forthcoming, humble and polite. They respect deadlines enabling their clients to bank upon them in making critical decisions.’

 

Work highlights


  • Represented the sponsors of the Metro Group, one of Pakistan’s leading industrial groups, in acquiring 26% shareholding in Agha Steel Industries Limited.
     
  • Advised the Sapphire Group in relation to a complex restructuring of their group companies.

Legal Oracles

Headquartered in Islamabad, Legal Oracles is singled out for its 'seamlessly combines legal excellence, strategic acumen, and a client-centric approach'. The team handles a broad mix of restructuring, corporate finance and M&A transactions. One of the few firms to represent clients in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the team advises international and national clients on compliance issues and specialises in assisting businesses looking to invest in greenfield and brownfield projects. The team is co-led by Mustafa Munir Ahmed, Saad Shuaib Wyne, and Ghazi Khan.

Practice head(s):

Mustafa Munir Ahmed; Saad Shuaib Wyne


Other key lawyers:

Ghazi Khan


Testimonials

‘Legal Oracles’ ability to comprehend the subtle intricacies of our industry and navigate the complexities of our M&A transactions was truly commendable. With their strategic expertise and profound knowledge of corporate law, Legal Oracles facilitated our journey through various challenges with unwavering confidence. If you are in search of a law firm that seamlessly combines legal excellence, strategic acumen, and a client-centric approach, I wholeheartedly endorse Legal Oracles’ Corporate and M&A practice.’

‘Saad Shuaib Wyne and Ghazi Khan both possess in-depth knowledge of corporate law and regulations and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and ethical conduct. I was impressed by their attention to detail in reviewing contracts, agreements, and other legal documents. Their meticulous approach has provided me with confidence in the accuracy and validity of our legal processes.’

‘As a valued client, I have had the privilege of witnessing Legal Oracles’ unparalleled expertise, commitment, and dedication in handling complex corporate matters. One of the most remarkable qualities of Legal Oracles was their approach to client collaboration. They actively involved us in every decision-making process, providing clear explanations and practical recommendations at each step. Their willingness to listen to our concerns and align their legal strategies with our business goals fostered a strong sense of trust and partnership.’

Key clients

China Telecom Global Limited


China Telecom Pakistan (Private) Limited


Boluda Towage S.L.


Estrada Construction Solutions (Private) Limited


Novatex Limited


Evercare Group Management Limited


Central Power Purchasing Agency (Guarantee) Limited


National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited


ZKB Construction


elGrocer Pakistan (Private) Limited


elGrocer DMCC


Core Securities (Private) Limited


Surfactant Chemicals Company (Private) Limited


Indus Breeze Roller Flour Mills (Private) Limited


SAF International


Sourcepath (Private) Limited


Islamabad Diagnostic Centre (Private) Limited


Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Jazz)


Roomy Hotels (Private) Limited


VEON Ventures B.V.


Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited


Pak Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone)


U Microfinance Bank Limited (UBank)


Bank of Khyber


Xiaomi Inc.


Xiaomi Pakistan (Private) Limited


Apple Inc.


Ecofin Technologies (Private) Limited


Delivery Hero Pakistan (Private) Limited


Delivery Hero Stores Pakistan (Private) Limited


Delivery Hero Kitchens Pakistan (Private) Limited


IGNITE (previously known as National ICT R&D Fund)


International Consulting Associates (Private) Limited


Evercare IGA Holdings Limited


Jade e-Services Pakistan (Private) Limited (part of the Alibaba Group)


Prism Energy (Private) Limited


World Fuel Services Pakistan (Private) Limited


Trillium Information Security Systems (Private) Limited


Pakistan MNP Database (Guarantee) Limited


All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association


Oil & Gas Development Company Limited


Hilton Pharma (Private) Limited


Helix Pharma (Private) Limited


Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited


AKD Securities Limited


K-Electric Limited


Bikiya Industries (Private) Limited


Coca Cola Beverages (Private) Limited


Philip Morris International


Philip Morris Pakistan Limited


Metro Pakistan (Private) Limited


Monsanto Pakistan (Private) Limited


Bayer Pakistan (Private) Limited


Getz Pharma (Private) Limited


City Schools (Private) Limited


Dr. A.Q. Khan School and Colleges (Private) Limited


Top End Network (Private) Limited (Raavi TV)


The Water Experts (Private) Limited


Allied Bank Limited


United Bank Limited


Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Nokia Solutions and Networks Pakistan (Private) Limited


Pakistan Association of Large Steel Producers


Alcatel Lucent Pakistan Limited


Alfalah Insurance Limited


All Pakistan Paper Merchant Association


Dairy and Cattle Farmers Association Pakistan


Rehman Medical Institute (Private) Limited


Work highlights


  • Advised Boluda Towage S.L as part of the global acquisition of Smit Lamnalco International B.V., which owns vessels/tugboats around the globe for a global deal value of more than 800m euros.
     
     
  • Advised Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited on the staggered deployment of the BiP Platform.
     
     

Nawaz Hussain Sikander

Nawaz Hussain Sikander boasts a comprehensive corporate practice, with a presence in both the public and private sector. On the M&A front, the team concentrates on assisting sellers and buyers, investors and owners, and boards of directors with a strategic focus on transaction financing. Co-leading the group is Imran Nawaz Memon, an expert in corporate, financial, and commercial matters, and Mir Nasar Ahmad, who specialises in M&A, antitrust and competition law, equity and debt capital makets. Mehrunnissa Katpar is skilled at advising clients on investment, corporate, and regulatory compliance matters and has notable experience in the fintech sector. Usman Siddiqui and Umed Ali are other names to note.

 

Practice head(s):

Imran Nawaz Memon; Mir Nasar Ahmad


Other key lawyers:

Mehrunnissa Katpar; Usman Siddiqui; Umed Ali


Testimonials

‘Very responsive and offers solution-based advice on a range of corporate matters. The practice pays great attention to detail and offers a holistic approach.’

‘Imran Memon’s problem-solving skills are a great aide to the legal advice rendered, and can provide insight into various perspectives, aiding stakeholders in their decision making.’

‘Highly professional and accommodating. They have a good knowledge of law as well as a commercial understanding of different industries. 

‘Imran and Shamail provide a one-window solution for all your legal matters, especially related to corporate and real estate matters.’

The team has a great mix of expertise that is very rare to find in a firm in Pakistan at least. Their commercial awareness of the sector is an additional factor that sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Provides exceptional legal expertise along with unwavering dedication.’

‘Imran Nawaz is an outstanding lawyer and has deep knowledge of the corporate laws of Pakistan. The quality that I value the most about him is his commitment to achieving the best outcomes for clients.’

‘Mehrunissa Katpar has stood out as a beacon of wisdom and strategic insight. Her advice, often a blend of deep legal knowledge and keen market acumen, proved pivotal in navigating the multifaceted challenges we encountered. Mehrunissa’s unparalleled grasp of both the fintech ecosystem and Pakistan’s regulatory nuances ensured that I was always equipped with foresight, turning potential roadblocks into steppingstones. Her unwavering dedication and transparent communication instilled a profound sense of trust, and her recommendations were often the bedrock upon which key decisions were made. It isn’t just her vast expertise, but her genuine commitment to the success of the project, which made her advice invaluable. The triumphant establishment of the loan marketplace owes as much to Mehrunissa’s sage counsel as it does to the collective efforts of all involved, marking her as an exemplary advisor in the industry.’

Key clients

Sindh Education Foundation


LRC (Private) Limited


Techno Engineering Services (Private) Limited


ACM Gold (Private) Limited


Matrixfit (Private) Limited


Abhi (Pvt.) Limited


Falcon-i (Private) Limited


Zahir Khan & Brothers


Patakero (Private) Limited


Manditech (Private) Limited


Farmwell (Private) Limited


Dosslani Hospitals (Private) Limited


Sardar Muhammad Ashraf D. Baluch (Private) Limited


Work highlights


  • Advised Techno Engineering Services (Private) Limited in structuring a project company for one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Pakistan. The cost of the project is PKR 307 Billion.
  • Assisted Blumont Pakistan (SMC-Private) Limited with the alignment of concession agreements of Education Management Organizations in Sindh.