Corporate and M&A in Pakistan
With Rabel Akhund at the helm, the team at Akhund Forbes is adept at advising on high-value corporate and commercial transactions. It is particularly noted for its expertise in M&A, joint ventures and corporate regulatory work. In addition, the team frequently works with foreign lawyers on complex cross-border deals, advising on diverse matters from leveraged buy-outs to hostile bids and friendly offers. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on joint ventures in the power and energy sectors. Sahar Iqbal heads the venture capital practice and is also respected for her work on private equity matters and M&A deals.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sahar Iqbal is a valuable resource at the firm and is highly rated. She provides dedicated services throughout the transaction along with support post-closure as well‘
‘Sahar Iqbal immediately attended to our concerns and we were quite pleased by her instant grasp and understanding of the matter at hand. She and her team did indeed make this rather complicated matter quite easy for us’
‘Sahar Iqbal very clearly explained the complexities of the case and walked us through it all, thereby alleviating our fears and concerns by simplifying the matter until we were very comfortable with it‘
‘The team provides a very friendly and focused service‘
‘The team is sensitive to the needs of the client, which is communicated through words and actions. The team’s conduct is such that one feels that one is in competent hands‘
‘The team is very responsive, with helpful advice and practical insights. It provides an international level of advice – it understands the concerns and drivers for international clients and is able to explain local laws in an international context‘
JS Bank Limited
Pakistan Catalyst Fund 1 LLC
Edotco Group SDN Berhad
Kojima Law Offices
DeHeng Law Offices
Sinotruck Import & Export Co. Ltd
Aisha Steel Mills Limited
Arif Habib Group
Edotco Pakistan (Private) Limited
Edotco Towers (Private) Limited
Zhong Lun Law Firm
Cheez Group, Shanghai
Cheezmall (Private) Limited
Avanza Innovations LLC, Avanza Holding FZE
Fatima Ventures Private Limited
Baker & McKenzie
Stanley Electronic Co Ltd
Thai Stanley Electric Public Co Ltd
Indus Associated Consultants
Latham & Watkins
Privatisation Commission of Pakistan
Norton Rose Fullbright
- Advised on the laws and regulations relating to the export of maltodextrin to Vietnam and other countries alongside Norton Rose Fulbright, including carrying out a review of packaging and labelling regulations, pesticides regulations and different contamination checklists.
- Advised the Privatisation Commission of Pakistan on the privatisation of National Power Parks Management Company.
- Produced a detailed report for Chongqing Changan Automobile on the legal and regulatory issues in Pakistan relating to an investment in the automobile sector.
- Advised China Power Hub Generation Company on the operation of its coal power plants in Pakistan.
- Advised Avanza Group on its multimillion-dollar joint venture with Premier Systems to establish a local online payment gateway system in the growing e-commerce market in Pakistan.
Haidermota & Co Advocates fields a large and experienced team that has particular expertise in complex restructurings and reorganisations. It has been involved in some significant deals for both acquirer and target companies, and has also advised investors and sponsors on landmark private equity deals. The group is also lauded for its advice on shareholder arrangements and on minority rights issues. The practice has particular strength in various sectors, such as oil and gas, payment systems and aviation, as well as infrastructure and energy. Khozem Haidermota heads the active team, which frequently advises listed companies on securities laws, disclosure requirements and other matters such as insider trading laws and confidentiality issues.
‘Professionalism, well qualified team, great market reputation, very responsive, strictly meets deadlines and keep to client’s brief.’
Deomaal Essarani Family
Proctor & Gamble (Private) Limited
Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited
TCS Holdings (Private) Limited
Vitol Dubai Limited
TPL Trakker Limited
Pak Arab Refinery Limited
Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. Ltd
Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited
Noor Financial Investment Company
Dalda Foods (Private) Limited
Baltoro Partners (Pvt.) Limited
Credit Suisse AG
Tencent Holdings Limited
Ant Financial Services Group
Telcoin Pte. Ltd.
Pakistan Catalyst Fund 1 LLC
JS Private Equity Fund I LLC
Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited
JS Bank Limited
Henkel AG & Company
Engro Corporation Limited
Lakson Investments Limited
- Acting as legal counsel to Parco in relation to the establishment of a large oil refinery in Pakistan with a capacity of 250,000bpd.
- Representing Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group in relation to its proposed acquisition of a cumulative 51% shareholding in Fauji Foods.
- Advised Engro in respect of its divestment of an approximately 24% stake in Elengy Terminal Pakistan.
- Acted as local legal counsel to Telenor, Telenor Microfinance Bank and Telenor Pakistan on the equity investment and strategic partnership between Telenor Microfinance Bank and Ant Financial Services Group (through Alipay (Hong Kong) Holding).
- Acted as local legal counsel to Vitol Dubai in relation to the acquisition of an equity interest in Gas & Oil Pakistan.
Mohsin Tayebaly & Co has a particular focus on mergers/demergers, acquisitions, IPOs and private equity work. Its client base includes leading international and local corporate and financial institutions and it has been involved in some of the most challenging and high-profile transactions in Pakistan. In addition, the team is skilled at advising on how to set up a business in Pakistan. Members of the highly respected practice include Irfan Tayebaly and Vaseeq Khalid. Mikael Rahim has been promoted to the partnership.
- Appointed by a company to advise on the separation/de-merger of some of its assets, liabilities and obligations and on the merger/amalgamation of some other matters with another company.
- Advised a company on the corporate restructuring/reorganisation of the assets, liabilities, obligations and undertakings of another company.
- Appointed as legal counsel by the Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited in relation to the demerger of the Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited under a scheme of arrangement with the objective of splitting its immovable properties and its business operations into two separate legal structures.
- Appointed by a company in relation to the reorganisation/re-arrangement of the assets, liabilities, obligations and undertakings of various companies.
Orr, Dignam & Co. has a strong and diverse corporate and commercial offering and advises a wide range of clients on a variety of complex transactions and reorganisations. It also has considerable niche expertise in technology, media and telecoms matters and advises a number of social media platforms on corporate and regulatory issues. In addition, the team is skilled at advising on labour and employment matters for its corporate clients and works closely with a number of foreign law firms. Aliya Yusuf is a highly respected member of the team.
Aliya Yusuf; Asim Nasim; Zahir Riaz; Shahid Raza
- Advised the owners of OMI Hospital in relation to the sale of a majority shareholding in OMI to Lakson Private Equity Fund and on the post-transaction shareholder agreements.
- Continuing to advise Pak-Arab Refinery (Parco) and Total Parco Pakistan in relation to certain aspects of the acquisition of Total Parco Marketing in the Bahamas.
- Advising United Bank on the sale of assets and liabilities of its subsidiary bank UBL Bank (Tanzania) to Exim Bank Tanzania.
- Advising Uber on Pakistani competition law in the context of Uber’s acquisition of Careem’s assets and operations in Pakistan. The team is also appearing before the Competition Commission of Pakistan on behalf of Uber.
- Advising Avia Solutions Group on Pakistani competition law in the context of its acquisition of the Pakistani aviation services business of the Chapman Freeborn group. The team is also appearing before the Competition Commission of Pakistan in this matter.
Kabraji & Talibuddin represents foreign and local banks and financial institutions as well as companies on the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. It has considerable strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters and frequently advises on joint ventures and inward foreign investment as well as large national and international transactions. The team is well placed to advise on competition law matters such as antitrust issues and the filing of pre-merger applications. Kairas Kabraji is a well-known practitioner and continues to advise on many high-value transactions, with particular skill in advising on major project financings. Alizeh Bashir was promoted to the partnership.
Kairas Kabraji; Danish Shah; Syed Maaz; Maheen Faruqui; Alizeh Bashir
Sastaticket (Private) Limited
International Petroleum Investment Company PJSC
Hub Power Company Limited
China Machinery Engineering Corporation
Careem Networks FZ-LLC
Aergo Capital Holdings Limited
- Acting for International Petroleum Investment Company in relation to its divestment in Abu Dhabi Petroleum Investments.
- Represented Hub Power Company in relation to its equity investment in Thal Nova Power Thar.
- Representing Careem Networks in relation to its proposed acquisition of Wemsol.
- Acting for Sastaticket in respect of the proposed investment by private equity investors.
- Acting for AerCap and Aergo Capital Holdings in relation to the deregistration and export of aircraft on lease and sublease with Shaheen Air International.
RIAA BARKER GILLETTE is well placed to handle complex cross-border corporate matters and is able to advise on related competition, employment and IP issues. The team has a particular focus on assisting clients in making greenfield and brownfield investments in Pakistan. Clients range from entrepreneurs to well-established companies and not-for-profit entities. Names to note include Bilal Shaukat, who advises financial institutions, insurance companies and multinational companies on M&A, competition law and project finance. The team has expanded at a senior level: Lahore-based Asma Hamid, who was previously advocate general for the province of Punjab, joined the practice and Shafaq Rehman and Adil Tirmizey were promoted to the partnership.
Ahsan Zahir Rizvi; Yousaf Khosa; Mazhar Bangash
Power Construction Corporation of China
Oxford Policy Management Ltd.
Shaheen Foundation, PAF
Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd.
Roomy Hotels (Private) Limited, (Mr. Asad Samar)
China Telecom Pakistan (Private) Limited
Sinohydro Corporation Limited
Shaheen Airport Services
Halliburton Worldwide Limited
Abu Dhabi Group, UAE
Tbea Xinjiang Sunoasis Company Limited
Laraib Energy Limited
Star Hydro Power Limited
Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Limited
Reliable Engineering Services (Private) Limited
Zameen Media (Private Limited)
Aga Khan Development Network
Pak- China Investment Company Limited
Shearman & Sterling LLP Beijing
Mirpur Hospital Project
Shajar Roads Limited
International Finance Corporation
MATCO Foods Limited
Government of Sindh
The Hub Power Company Limited
Gul Ahmed Wind Power Limited
Yunus Energy Limited
Clariant Chemical Pakistan (Private) Limited
Chevron Pakistan Lubricants Private Limited
Attock Cement Pakistan Limited
Archroma Pakistan Limited
South Asia Pakistan Terminals Limited
Karachi International Container Terminal Limited
McKinsey & Company Pakistan (Private) Limited
- Advised Alibaba Group on its acquisition of a company.
- Represented Alipay (Hong Kong) Holding in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank.
- Advised the government of Sindh on the establishment of the first special economic zone in the province.
- Acted as counsel to K- Electric in the setting up of a 700MW coal-fired power plant.
- Advised Abu Dhabi Group on the sale of a majority stake in Al Razi.
Vellani & Vellani merged with Islamabad-based Amhurst Brown, adding Javaid Akhtar and Tariq Nasir to its ranks. Clients include publicly listed and unlisted companies as well as private companies, partnerships and not-for-profit associations, trusts and societies. The well-established firm has strength in various sectors, including banking, microfinance, shipping, civil aviation, telecoms and coal washing. It has also been busy advising on substantial transactions in other sectors, such as chemicals, cement, edible oils, soaps and tea. Badaruddin Vellani is a primary contact for corporate matters.
Badaruddin Vellani; Ferzeen Bhadha; Fehem Ahson Hashmi; Danish Zuberi; Javaid Akhtar
Other key lawyers:
- Conducted a due diligence exercise for a client for the acquisition of a substantial stake in a mid-downstream oil company in Pakistan.
- Advised a client on a strategic investment in the region.
- Advising on an ongoing M&A transaction.
- Advising a client on a proposed equity investment in a large manufacturer in Pakistan.
ABS & Co. advises the management of corporate entities on a broad array of matters, from company acquisitions to mergers, regulatory issues and other commercial matters such as agency and lease agreements. Other strengths lie in advising on directors’ duties as well as drafting constitutional documents for companies. Team head Sarjeel Mowahid is recommended for his advice on foreign direct investment and procurement laws. He is also well versed in handling a myriad of contractual disputes and is recognised for his due diligence work on large corporate deals.
Other key lawyers:
Ahmed Reza Mirza
‘The team pays focused attention to attending to queries with a mindset of resolving the issues. Unlike other firms, it does not believe in complicating things for clients‘
‘Sarjeel Mowahid is one of the most competent lawyers around. I strongly recommend him both for his professionalism and support‘
‘Ahmed Reza Mirza is the most dependable resource at associate level and I just love his excitement and passion towards his work‘
Punjab Skills & Development Fund
Punjab Population Innovation Fund
Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company
Alternative Energy Development Board
Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company
AM99 Pvt. Ltd.
Mughals Pakistan Ltd.
Inter State Gas Systems Pvt. Limited
Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Pvt. Limited
Punjab Thermal Power Pvt. Limited
Fizza Developers Pvt. Limited
Habib Rafique Pvt. Limited
Zealcon Engineering Pvt. Limited
HBLPerformance Automotive Pvt. Limited
Psychic VR Lab
Lahore Waste Management Company
Filters Pakistan Pvt. Limited
Khyber Tobacco Company Limited
Walton Tobacco Pvt. Limited
National Tobacco Industries
Samson Group of Companies
Farm Dynamics Pakistan Pvt. Limited
United Bank Limited
Habib Metropolitan Bank
Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan
Pakistan LNG Limited
Vinci Construction Pakistan
National Bank of Pakistan
China Gezhouba Group Company Limited
China Three Gorges south Asia Investment Ltd.
NLC Trucking & Bus Services (Pvt) Ltd.
- Acting as general legal counsel to Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power, which maintains the 1,180MW RLNG thermal power plant.
- Advised various international NGOs, including Mercy Corps, on registering their legal entities in Pakistan.
- Advised Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company on opening new branches across Pakistan.
- Advised Xpress Money on the licensing requirements for providing remittance services.
- Advised NLC Trucking & Bus Services on the lease agreements and services agreements with fuel stations and various food chains for the development and construction of fuel stations and branches of food chains along the national highway of Pakistan.
Ahmed & Qazi's excellent team advises government bodies and government-owned entities as well as local and multinational corporations on the full range of corporate and commercial matters. It is known for its experience in advising domestic and foreign companies on their joint venture arrangements in Pakistan and on the establishment of branch offices in the country. The group regularly provides advice on day-to-day governance issues as well as on other areas such as the transfer of shares and the payment of dividends. It also has significant expertise in supply contacts and import and export-related issues. The highly respected Saim Hashmi heads the corporate offering.
Shanghai Electric Power Transmission & Distribution Engineering Company Limited
Yamaha Motors Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited
Institute of Business Administration (top educational institute)
IMGC Group of Companies
Abbas Steel Group of Companies
Azgard Nine Limited
Port Qasim Electric Power Company Limited
Martin Dow Limited
Taung Gold International
- Representing the bank and other creditors in the preparation of a comprehensive scheme of arrangement for more than 100 creditors of Azgard-9 under sections 279 and 283 of the Companies Act 2017.
- Advising Mega Conglomerate on a proposed large acquisition.
- Advising on a proposed merger or amalgamation of various listed companies into one company.
- Advising Engro Foods, a major manufacturer of food products in Pakistan, on a proposed name change.
- Advising Atco Laboratories on a rights issue.
Axis Law Chambers has a strong and varied practice that is particularly recognised for its corporate restructuring advice and for its M&A work. It is also well regarded for its advice on equity purchases and shareholder rights. Other core strengths include advising on compliance with takeover laws and on the procedure for obtaining merger approvals, project financing and real estate transactions, and digital and fintech-related matters. The vibrant team is also highly rated for its advice to foreign clients. Key names include Mian Tariq Hassan, Ali Zahid Rahim and Waqqas Mir. Syed Shahab Qutub is another notable practitioner.
‘The team is easily accessible and the turnaround time is quick. Its analysis is thorough and extremely well researched, yet presented in an accessible manner‘
‘Waqqas Mir is excellent at helping us plan how to handle evolving situations, be it general corporate matters or specific issues with the competition law authorities’
‘Syed Shahab Qutub is a highly qualified, results-oriented individual with a high level of integrity. He is quick to understand the problem and provide advice‘
‘Ali Zahid Rahim is a highly qualified, focused professional who is very reliable in his advice and understands complex businesses‘
BTN Marketing Consultants
Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP)
MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Co. B.V
Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited
Macsteel Global S.A.R.L BV
Mannan Shahid Forgings Limited
Blue Pine Mountain Homes / Reza Munir
- Drafted a project agreement for BTN Marketing Consultants relating to various aspects of the construction and marketing of a country club and a major housing development in Pakistan.
- Advised Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan on an inquiry initiated by the Competition Commission of Pakistan in relation to various matters, including its pricing structure.
- Represented Macsteel Global in relation to its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in the target company.
- Represented the buyers in connection with the acquisition of 80% of the shares of Mannan Shahid Forgings.
- Advised Blue Pine Mountain Homes on various matters relating to a housing scheme.
Chima & Ibrahim has a thriving practice that is skilled at advising multinational corporate clients. The full-service firm has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters from M&As to shareholder agreements and corporate reorganisations. Other strengths lie in restructurings and advising on regulatory matters. The group also has considerable experience on the contentious side. The primary contacts are Salman Chima and Khalid Ibrahim.
Under the leadership of Khwaja Hosain, FGE Ebrahim Hosain regularly advises leading national and international corporations on various complex transactions. The team has a proven track record in this area and has extensive experience in advising on project documentation and conducting legal due diligence on significant cross-border deals, as well as substantial experience in private equity matters. It regularly works with major international law firms and the team has considerable sector expertise in energy and power, as well as oil, gas and telecoms. Haroon Jan Baryalay joined the team in 2019 from Axis Law Chambers.
Other key lawyers:
Pakistan Cricket Board
Wateen Telecom Limited
Trans World Group
JCM Power Corporation
Worldcall Telecom Limited
Aequitas Private Limited
South Punjab Forest Company
Punjab Health Initiative Management Company
Tourism Promotion Service
Novo Nordisk Pakistan
Port Qasim Authority
- Advising Wateen Telecom on the acquisition of its majority shares by Elko Broadband.
- Advised the Pakistan Cricket Board on the finalisation of sponsorship rights and media rights agreements.
- Acting as local legal counsel to JCM Power, Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and the Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) in their joint acquisition of a majority stake in Jhimpir Power.
- Advising the local sponsor in connection with an investment by certain overseas investors in Bykea.
- Advising Belgium-based logistics company Ecu-Line Group on its proposed joint venture and the potential acquisition of its franchisee in Pakistan.
The team at Liaquat Merchant Associates has vast experience of all aspects of corporate and commercial law from corporate governance through to M&A. Other areas of expertise include advising on winding-up applications and liquidations. Hira Ahmad and Darakhsan Vohra are among the names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Hira Ahmad; Darakhsan Vohra
Qureshi Law Associates specialises in takeovers and joint ventures for large and complex projects, with particular strength in infrastructure and energy matters. The team receives a steady flow of work from international law firms, advising on various matters from the incorporation of companies and mandatory and secretarial filings through to legal due diligence and advising on shareholder agreements. Adnan Aslam Qureshi is the lead partner on a number of substantial projects.
Adnan Aslam Qureshi
Sino Energy Consortium
China Three Gorges
Solution de Energy Ltd
M/s Red Sea Petroleum (Private) Limited
Solar Blue (Pvt) Ltd
Integrated Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
Jafri Brothers (Pvt) Ltd
IB Vogt Gmbh
- Providing ongoing advice to Hydro China Dawood Power on various corporate matters.
- Providing ongoing corporate advice to Sino Energy Consortium.
- Attending to the annual statutory filings for K1 Solar Power Lahore.
- Advising on the establishment of the 590MW Mahl Hydropower Project.
- Advising Red Sea Petroleum on the proposed acquisition of a chain of petrol stations.
Ijaz Ahmed & Associates has a host of impressive clients and regularly works with major foreign law firms. Ijaz Ahmed is an experienced practitioner who, along with Altaf Qureshi, is highly rated. The skilled team has a varied workload and receives a steady stream of instructions on complex and high-value mandates. It has recently been active advising start-up companies and handling matters in the telecoms and energy sectors.
Ijaz Ahmed; Altaf Qureshi
Bank Alfalah Limited
Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Limited
Faysal Bank Limited
Colgate-Palmolive Pakistan Limited
Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited
Engro Corporation Limited
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited
Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited
Pakistan State Oil Limited
Nestle Pakistan Limited
- Advised Telenor Microfinance Bank (part of the Telenor telecoms group) on the integration of some services between the client and Zong (a competitor telecoms group).
- Advising a new tech start-up on the establishment of an online platform for the advertising and management of properties in Karachi.
- Selected by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) as one of the contributors to the SECP’s assessment of the ease of doing business index in conjunction with the World Bank.
- Advising a new start-up seeking to act as an insurance aggregator and turn-key solution provider to insurance companies.
- Advising Pakistan State Oil on its acquisition of Shell’s shareholding in Pakistan Refinery.
Khan & Associates is well known for its corporate work and its significant M&A practice. It is skilled at advising on joint ventures and agency and distribution agreements, and also handles a myriad of antitrust matters and has substantial capability in assisting with sharia-compliant energy funds in particular. Mansoor Khan is the main contact.
Other key lawyers:
Mandviwalla & Zafar routinely acts for banks, financial institutions and corporates on various M&A transactions and on corresponding regulatory issues. The team is skilled at advising clients on compliance with key regulations, including the Companies Ordinance 1984 and the Listed Companies (Substantial Acquisition of Voting Shares and Take-Overs) Ordinance 2002, as well as on local competition laws. Mehmood Mandviwalla is a distinguished practitioner.
Other key lawyers:
MJLA LEGAL frequently acts for foreign companies that are seeking to do business in Pakistan. It advises on a vast array of legal issues from corporate governance and ownership through to M&As. Mujtaba Jamal is well respected in the market.
Other key lawyers:
Rana Ijaz & Partners advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters under the leadership of Rana Sajjad Ahmad, who is dual-qualified in New York and Pakistan and is predominantly active in the energy, technology, telecoms, manufacturing and retail sectors. He frequently advises on the establishment of businesses, regulatory compliance and various contractual issues, as well as representing clients in court in contractual disputes.
Rana Sajjad Ahmad