Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Headquartered in Karachi, Haidermota & Co Advocates adeptly handles real estate assets and REIT schemes for local and domestic clients and assists with drafting trust deeds and vetting information memorandums for the SECP. The team is co-led by Shabbir Harianawala, a noted expert in the oil and gas industries; Zahra Abid, a specialist in the financial sector; and renowned industry veteran, Mohammad Anwer.
With offices in Lahore and Islamabad, Kilam Law is experienced in representing national development authorities and other public bodies. The team is co-led by Ali Naveed Arshad, who joined the firm from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and Ali Ibrahim, an expert in corporate M&A transactions. The third head is Haris Azmat, who handles substantial real-estate work for corporate clients. Recent addition Taimur Malik rounds off the leadership team.
Liaquat Merchant Associates is well-known for advising clients on property assets as well as construction related projects, building standards, and regulations. The team is led by renowned litigator Faresa Jafarey Ahsan, who is assisted by Shayan Ahmed, an expert in town planning regulations, and Hira Ahmed, who advises on construction contracts.

Real estate and construction in Pakistan

Orr, Dignam & Co.

With offices in Karachi and Islamabad, Orr, Dignam & Co. caters to local and international clients on a variety of property transactions. Real estate investment trusts are an area of expertise for the firm and the team is well-equipped to assist clients with preparing the relevant contractual and legal documents. The practice is co-led by Zahir Riaz, who is based in Islamabad and brings over 40 years of litigation experience to the practice. In addition, Aliya Yusuf and Asim Nas operate from the Karachi office with Shahid Raza and Umar Shahid rounding off the leadership team.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

Askari Welfare Trust

Fauji Foundation

BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited

S&P Global Pakistan (Private) Limited

Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited

Pakistan International Airlines


Pak Gulf Construction Limited

Pakistan State Oil

Barrick Gold Corporation

Lidl & Kaufland Services Pte. Limited

Sanofi Aventis Pakistan Limited

Rousch (Pakistan) Power Limited

IJM Investments J.A Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Barrick Gold Corporation with all land matters with respect to the reconstituted Reko Diq project, the largest foreign direct investment in the Balochistan province.
  • Advising Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited, the state-nominated entity, on the acquisition of land in Pakistan on which the gas pipeline would be laid in relation to the US$10bn Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India gas pipeline project.
  • Advising Tripack Films Limited on property issues relating to a prime commercial property.

Qureshi Law Associates

Qureshi Law Associates is well-known for its specialism in intricate and complex infrastructure projects, offering in-depth knowledge and expertise in land law, leases, and the transfer of business properties. The team has played an instrumental role in the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline project, reviewing tender documents and ensuring regulatory compliance. The team is co-led by Zia Junejo and Adnan Qureshi.

Practice head(s):

Zia Junejo; Adnan Qureshi

ABS & Co.

Skilled at handling projects involving large infrastructure, ABS & Co. is well-positioned to advise clients on the full life cycle of projects in the real and estate and construction space. Catering to both private and public entities in the real estate area, the firm has a specialised construction division in Lahore. Recently, the firm has been involved in preventing urban sprawl in cities through the development of a number of high-rise buildings in Lahore. The practice is led by Salman Hanif Rajput alongside Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi, who advises on a number of urban development projects. Zeerak Elahi is also a key member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Salman Hanif; Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi

Other key lawyers:

Zeerak Elahi

Key clients

Power Construction Corporation of China

Kingcrete Builders

Punjab Central Business District Development Authority

Habib Construction Services Ltd.

Newpeak Construction Services Pvt. Ltd.

Hunts & Coombs Solicitors

Mughals Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.

ZKB-Reliable JV

Guarantee Engineering

Calsons Ltd.

Maqbool Calsons JV


Farooq Ahmed

Mahir Builders & Developers

Work highlights

  • Represented Mughals Pakistan Private Limited in obtaining an award of Rs1.9bn for idling and prolongation costs arising from the construction of the Serena Hotel Project.
  • Advised Guarantee Engineers, Ch. Abdul Latif & Sons, Maqbool-Calsons JV, Matracon, and ZKB-Reliable JV on the preparation of claims arising from the construction of several significant projects.
  • Represented Kingcrete Builders in an arbitral dispute arising from the termination of the PKR12bn contract for the construction of the Federal Government Employee’s Housing Foundation Towers in Islamabad.

Faiz, Sharif and Shinwari LLP

With expertise in road infrastructure projects and the power and energy sector, Faiz, Sharif and Shinwari LLP is at the forefront of real estate transactions and construction related matters in the public sector. Heading the team is Islamabad-based practitioner, Riswan Faiz Muhammad, an expert in international arbitration alongside Afzal Khan Shinwari.

Practice head(s):

Rizwan Faiz Muhammad; Afzal Khan Shinwari

Key clients

Pakistan Accumulators (Pvt.) Ltd

Al-Tariq Construction Ltd.

Pavron Consulting

Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority

National Highway Authority

Heavy Mechanical Complex through their subcontractors, Al-Tariq Construction Ltd.

Jamshoro Power Company Ltd

Central Power Generation Company Ltd

Northern Power Generation Company Ltd

GENCO Holding Company Ltd

Elite Estates (Pvt.) Ltd

Pakistan International Airlines

National Transmission and Dispatch Company

Army Welfare Trust Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Pakistan Accumulators (Pvt.) Ltd on the liquidation of its assets worth Rs660m, as well as negotiation and representation before the development board and the company’s regulatory body.
  • Advised National Highway Authority on the Sialkot-Kharian motorway concession agreement, including taking an advisory role during the post-bid evaluation, drafting, and vetting of the agreement.
  • Represented Elite Estates, a subsidiary company of the Ora Group of Companies, before the National Highway Authority with regards to their application to gain access through the motorway link road to their luxury real estate project, The Eighteen.

Nawaz Hussain Sikander

Nawaz Hussain Sikander's caseload includes a mix of property-related transactions and disputes, and recently advised on a steady flow of major housing projects. It counts developers, corporate end-users, REITs, private equity and pension funds, and institutional lenders as its key clients. Practice head, Imran Nawaz Memon is recommended for property related transactions and disputes and leads the team alongside Shamail Sikander, who handles land purchases, leasing, financing and tax maters. Meanwhile, Mehrunnissa Katpar specialises in REITs and and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Imran Nawaz Memon; Shamail Sikander

Other key lawyers:

Mehrunnissa Katpar


‘The partners of this firm have diverse and extensive experience, and this is the reason they have made a prominent presence in the entire legal industry in such a short span of time. They are always focused on achieving the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Shamail Sikander’s strategic approach and attention to detail in every aspect of the matter differentiate him from other lawyers.’

‘The practice is unique in a way that it provides personal attention to every matter and client which makes clients feel valued.’

‘The quality that I value the most in them is that they address all my concerns and ensure that I am well informed about every legal implication that might arise in my case.’

‘Shamail Sikander possesses extensive and diverse experience in providing legal services related to real estate and construction. What sets him apart from others is his ability to resolve complex legal matters.’

‘The entire team at Nawaz Hussain Sikander is highly professional and hardworking. They have a strong grasp of the law, excellent commercial knowledge and a deep understanding of the real estate and construction market.’

‘Shamail Sikander is an excellent lawyer particularly for handling legal matters related to real estate and construction projects.’

‘Well known for its legal expertise in real estate and construction due to its strong commercial knowledge of this industry.’

Key clients

Indus Estate (Private) Limited

Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management Limited

Paragon Constructors (Private) Limited

Creek Marina (Private) Limited

Task Builders

ACM Properties (Private) Limited

Ghani Builders and Developers (Private) Limited

Fortune Builders

Arif Habib Real Estate Services (Private) Limited

Sheikhani Builders and Developers

Burj Builders and Developers

Faysal Asset Management Limited

Alfalah GHP Investment Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a set of high-profile investors for the establishment of an industrial zone on the proposed piece of land by entering into a Joint Venture Agreement with the seller.
  • Advised on the development of a residential and commercial housing society in Karachi, Pakistan.