TMT in Pakistan

Bharucha & Co.

Bharucha & Co. is one of the oldest IP boutique firms in Pakistan. It excels in all aspects of IP law, from patents, trade marks and designs through to copyright and domain name registrations. Other areas of expertise include advising on licensing, franchising and contentious IP matters. It routinely acts for large domestic and international corporations, predominantly from the US, Europe and Asia, and has advised a handful of Fortune 500 companies. Mohammad Fazil Bharucha and Abdul Aziz lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mohammad Fazil Bharucha; Abdul Aziz

Ali & Associates

Boutique IP law firm Ali & Associates advises on the full array of matters from trade mark and copyright issues to anti-counterfeiting matters, litigation and enforcement. The team consists of four partners and approximately 40 other attorneys and IP professionals. It advises a wide range of major corporates and also routinely advises the government, governmental agencies and ministries on various international treaty compliance issues and on recommendations to amend IP legislation. Senior partner Syed Auqil and managing partner Kairmullah Adeni are among the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Syed Auqil; Karimullah Adeni; Mohiuddin Adeni; Ali Kabir Shah; Shakeel Abid; Fouzia Bilal

Key clients

Societe Des Products Nestle S.A.

Honda Motors

Procter & Gamble

Baxter International Inc.

Nokia Corporation

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Lloyds Register EMEA

H-D USA LLC (Harley Davidson)

Netflix Inc.

Television Food Network

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

J&B Medical Group

Commscope Inc.

Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Ltd.

Master Group Of Companies

Ismail Industries Ltd.

Jaffer Brothers Pvt. Ltd.

Forward Sports Pvt. Ltd

Getz Pharma Pvt. Ltd

Khaadi

Bikea Technologies Private Limited

Hallmark Cards, Incorporated

Brands For Less

Car-Freshner Corporation

LT Foods Overseas Ltd

Lifestyle Equities (Polo Club Beverly Hills)

Ostindo International Pvt. Ltd.

Oriental Food Industries

Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc.

Tan Nhat Huong Co. Ltd

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing

Vuadra Limited

Vitabiotics Limited

Lotte Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Getz Pharma International on a multimillion-dollar purchase of IP assets and affiliated licensing arrangements as part of a cross-border, tripartite deal.
  • Advised Sony Pictures Entertainment on the execution of a representation agreement with a local representative to acquire landing rights from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.
  • Advised on brand protection strategies for Societe des Products Nestle, Procter & Gamble and Honda Motors.
  • Assisted Telenor/Telenor Microfinance Bank with its trade mark protection strategy and advised it on various internal group trade mark licensing matters.
  • Represented Dairyland when a petition was filed at the Supreme Court which claimed that all packaged milk brands contained harmful and poisonous chemicals.

Akhund Forbes

Akhund Forbes has been advising on various high-value and complex TMT matters of late. The team has been particularly active recently in the telecoms sector, advising several clients on the acquisition of telecoms towers throughout the country and on the regulatory landscape for telecoms services. Rabel Akhund is a primary contact and Sahar Iqbal has been increasingly busy advising on TMT issues.

Practice head(s):

Rabel Akhund

Other key lawyers:

Sahar Iqbal

Key clients

Edotco Group SDN Berhad

NBP Fund Management Limited

Facebook

MCB Arif Habib Investments and Savings Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company (Pvt.) Limited

Allied Advertising LLC

Mastercard

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook on the regulatory landscape for the provision of telecoms and IT services in Pakistan.
  • Advising NBP Fund Management on various services that it receives in the form of subsidised telecoms services and expanded network operations.
  • Advised MCB-Arif Habib Investments and Savings on its Kuickpay services agreement, which allows the client to provide online services to its customer base.
  • Advising China Power Hub Generation Company on various aspects of the technical support services it receives.
  • Assisted NBP Fund Management with the creation of a full range of virtual and branchless investment services.

Axis Law Chambers

Axis Law Chambers acts for a broad range of local and international clients, with particular expertise in information technology, telecoms and the travel sector. The highly regarded Sameer Khosa has advised on various operator agreements for global distribution systems and on infrastructure sharing agreements in the telecoms sector. Other areas of expertise lie in the emerging financial technology products sector. Mian Tariq Hassan routinely represents entities in the IT, fintech, engineering and manufacturing, and telecoms sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Sameer Khosa; Mian Tariq Hassan

Key clients

Enfrashare (Pvt.) Limited

Work highlights

  • Drafted an infrastructure sharing agreement for Enfrashare to provide for the licensing of the existing telecoms towers and passive infrastructure across Pakistan, as well as issues relating to the construction of several new towers.

FGE Ebrahim Hosain

FGE Ebrahim Hosain regularly advises banks and companies on their acquisition of software applications, as well as on software licence agreements, IT outsourcing agreements, and software and hardware maintenance contracts. The firm has advised some of Pakistan’s leading information technology companies on source code protection and on local regulatory requirements. The experienced team has also been engaged by a number of prominent news and media outlets to advise on various matters, including landing rights in Pakistan and trade mark disputes, and by several prominent local actors and musicians. Zaki Rahman and Shabnam Noorali are well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Zaki Rahman; Shabnam Noorali

Key clients

Cheetay Pakistan (Private) Limited

OLX Pakistan (Private) Limited

Augmentcare

Novo Nordisk Pakistan

Tourism Promotion Services

Kuwait Real Estate Company Limited

Taisei Corporation

Tourism Promotion Services Pakistan

Hashoo Group

Associated Biscuits International Limited

Arabtec Pvt Limited

Ten Sports

Ontex Pakistan

Qatar Airways

Tourism Promotion Service

Novo Nordisk Pakistan

Schneider Pakistan

Port Qasim Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising OLX on various issues related to online merchandise laws and privacy laws.
  • Advising AugmentCare on various issues related to technology laws and on the drafting of an online licensing agreement.
  • Advising delivery app Cheetay on its shareholders’ agreement and software licensing agreement.
  • Advised Novo Nordisk Pakistan on an automation contract, an app development and source code documentation.
  • Advised Tourism Promotion Services on local and international data protection laws.

Haidermota & Co Advocates

Haidermota & Co Advocates routinely advises financial institutions on their payment technology contracts. Other areas of expertise include advising on the issues surrounding the procurement of hardware, software licensing agreements, source code escrow agreements, and customisation and support services. The skilled team also advises a wide range of local and foreign entities on the local regulatory framework surrounding blockchain-powered services, cloud computing and data analytics. Senior partner Khozem Haidermota heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Khozem Haidermota

Key clients

Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited

Telenor Microfinance Bank Limited

Cyber Internet Services (Private) Limited

Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited

Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited

Edotco Pakistan (Private) Limited

Careem Networks Pakistan (Private) Limited

1LINK (Guarantee) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as local legal counsel to various banks on an equity investment and strategic partnership which will expand mobile payment services.
  • Advised a financial services company in relation to the establishment of a network which uses distributed ledger technology and blockchain in order to facilitate international remittances.
  • Advised a company on the use of its payment instruments, including conducting a review of some of its online business models.
  • Advising a company on its proposed business model using cryptocurrencies as a vehicle for money remittance services.
  • Acting as local counsel to a company in respect of a joint venture to start the first subscription video-on-demand streaming service in Pakistan.