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


‘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


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




Stealth Startup

Encore Pay

Scilife Pvt Ltd

NDC Group


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


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


‘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


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


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



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.


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


‘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


Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC

Venturedive Technology Services Limited


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


‘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


MIC Global

Waada Digital

ZoodPay SA

OrientSwiss SA




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


‘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


‘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


‘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


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


‘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


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.


‘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


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


‘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


‘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.