Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Faresa Jafarey Ahsan leads the team at Liaquat Merchant Associates that has extensive experience in advising clients on real estate development, construction and conveyancing matters.

Real estate and construction in Pakistan

Orr, Dignam & Co.

Orr, Dignam & Co. acts for property developers, hotel owners and infrastructure providers on a regular basis. The team is well-placed to advise on construction and infrastructure projects under FIDIC contracts. In the past it has also advised some domestic and foreign clients on various onshore and offshore projects. Aliya Yusuf is one of the primary contacts.

Key clients

Emaar

ARY Group

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Advising ARY Group on the establishment and development of a project involving residential houses / apartments, shopping malls, retail spaces and various amenities and open spaces for which the ARY Group formed an unincorporated joint venture with the Pakistan Defence Officers Housing Authority.
  • Advising Siemens on several construction disputes with contractors relating to various construction projects in Pakistan.

Qureshi Law Associates

Qureshi Law Associates is skilled across all aspects of construction law in addition to frequently advising on procurement and engineering contracts. It is adept at advising on a wide array of matters from the establishment of the corporate entity to any contentious property issues. It has many local and international clients and receives a steady flow of instructions from some key international law firms. Karachi-based Zia Junejo and Lahore-based Adnan Aslam Qureshi co-head the department that  is also recommended for its experience at handling various claims  that arise under and EPC contracts, as well as BOT and BOO public-private partnerships.

Key clients

British Petroleum (Pakistan)

Gulistan Group

ILF Consulting (Germany)

Allied Bank

Bank of Punjab

National Bank of Pakistan

Individual Persons (Litigation list below)

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

M/s IPS Solar Park- JA 23 (Pvt) Ltd

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

Solution de Energy (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised various individuals on various constitutional petitions including a challenge to the Canal Drainage Act and applicability of drainage laws to provincial authorities.
  • Conducted legal due diligence/review of the tender documents for ILF Consulting (Germany).
  • Advising Gulistan Group on its legal agreements with DHA and MAF-Carrefour for the construction of a Carrefour supermarket in Lahore.  

ABS & Co.

The property and development team at ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels has worked on some important development projects such as advising on the construction, development and financing of housing societies, industrial estates, five-star hotels, resorts, shopping centres, golf clubs, apartment complexes and other high-rise buildings. It frequently works with developers, sponsors, local governments and development authorities. Sarjeel Mowahid Salman Hanif Rajput and Shahrukh Iftikhar are the notable senior members of the team.

Key clients

Engro Corporate Limited

McDonald’s

SIZA Foods Pvt Ltd.

GAM Corp Pvt Ltd.

Highland Resorts Zahid Traders

Royal Orchard

FDHL

Habib Rafique Ltd.

AM99Samsons Group of Companies

Siddiqsons Group

Imaraat Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advising Future Development Holding Pvt. Ltd. on the construction and development of the CapitalSmart City Housing Project which spans over an area of almost 15 square kilometres.
  • Providing corporate advice to its client about the construction of high end villas in  the Defence Housing Authority Quetta.

Cornelius, Lane & Mufti

Cornelius, Lane & Mufti has a strong team that advises on all aspects of real estate development and construction. Recent highlights have included advising project developers on large housing schemes as well as on the construction of a large multi-purpose commercial building. Salman Butt is a leading member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Salman Butt

Key clients

Bahria Town (Private) Limited

Packages Real Estate (Private) Limited

Global Arts Limited

Etihad Town (Private) Limited

Zameen Media

Work highlights

  • Advising Bahria Town (Private) Limited on the development of low cost housing in collaboration with Government of Pakistan.
  • Advising Etihad Town in relation to its housing scheme in Lahore, including regulatory approvals, sale and purchase documentation and collaboration agreements.
  • Advised Zameen Media (Pvt) Limited regarding a joint venture project in Islamabad for the development of real estate with one of the leading UAE based real estate developers.

Mumtaz & Brohi, Barristers and Corporate Counsel

Mumtaz & Brohi, Barristers and Corporate Counsel is best known for its work on some significant arbitrations and litigation relating to FIDIC based construction contracts. In addition, Muhammad Mumtaz Ali and Ehsaan Ali Qazi  have also acted as court-appointed arbitrators in their individual capacities in several construction disputes.

Testimonials

‘Mumtaz & Brohi are expert in legal & contractual matters. Their experience and approach is very professional. They have been working with us as a legal and contractual adviser as well as dealing with our arbitrations and litigation in courts. They are very sincere in their work as well as to the client and very much devoted and hardworking. They are approachable at any time and anywhere for assistance and support’.

‘Their contractual & legal services mean  a lot to our company because their advice always helps us to cope with different contractual and legal matters in a proper way. They are very much punctual in their work and every time make the client satisfied with their outcome with results that are favourable to the company’.

Key clients

Civil Aviation Authority

Sambu Construction Co. Ltd

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Mohmand Construction

Rakshani Builders

Daelim Industrial

Skyways Construction

Leonardo S.p.a

LCC Pakistan (Private) Limited

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority

Nayatel Pvt.ltd

Phoenix Securities Pvt.ltd

Miltech (Pvt) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Sambu Construction in arbitrations against National Highway Authority concerning the Lowari Tunnel, Lower Dir, Chitral.
  • Representing Sambu Construction in its various disputes currently pending arbitration against Water and Power Developmental Authority in relation to the 108 MW Golan Gol Hydro Power Project, Chitral.
  • Assisting China State Construction Engineering Corporation in its disputes being adjudicated by the mutually appointed Dispute Adjudication Board as well as Arbitral Tribunal in relation to one of the biggest road construction projects of Pakistan, the 392 KM Multan-Sukkur Motorway (M-5).

Raja Mohammed Akram Co.

The real estate and construction team at Raja Mohammed Akram Co.  has a broad range of experience. It has handled some complex projects for state and for private entities. It also has considerable strength in property disputes. It is skilled at assisting clients on issues as diverse as planning, construction and development issues. Lahore-based Aneesa Agha has advised on numerous lease transactions for clients in the retail and commercial sector. Karachi-based Basil Nabi Malik  and Islamabad-based Asad Ladha are also recommended.

Key clients

Medikay Cardiac Centre

Work highlights

  • Advised Medikay Cardiac Centre with respect to the construction and operation of a new state-of-the-art cardiac centre in Islamabad.

Rizwan Faiz Associates

Rizwan Faiz Associates has particular expertise in the engineering and construction sector. It also has considerable strength in BOT contracts and concession agreements for large scale highway construction projects. Another core area of focus is advising on major litigation and arbitration relating to lease agreements or contractual claims under significant projects. Practice heads Rizwan Faiz and Afzal Khan Shinwari are the names to note.

Key clients

Public Private Partnership Authority of Pakistan (P3A)

Interconstruct (Pvt.) Ltd

Exim Bank

National Highway Authority (NHA)

Elite Estates (Pvt.) Ltd

Jamshoro Power Company

Central Power Generation Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Public Private Partnership Authority of Pakistan P3A on the power of its board of directors to conduct its business during the transition phase of promulgation of the new amended act by parliament, specifically in the context of upcoming national motorway concession projects connecting Kharian and Sialkot, as well as the Sukkur and Hyderabad.
  • Appointed as the legal advisor for NHA regarding the Sialkot (Sambrial) – Kharian motorway concession agreement, including advisory role during the post-bid evaluation, drafting and vetting of the concession agreement, evaluation of financial close by the successful bidder, as well as the execution of the concession agreement.
  • Advised Jamshoro Power Company Ltd concerning its planned 2x660MW thermal power plant and the invoking of force majeure clauses due to the COVID pandemic by the EPC Contractor (Siemens-Harbin JV) as well as the Project Implementation Consultant (Mott/MacDonald)