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Orr, Dignam & Co.
1-B, STATE LIFE SQUARE
I. I. CHUNDRIGAR ROAD
KARACHI 74000
Pakistan

Pakistan > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co. has a strong corporate and M&A practice that routinely handles complex deals and reorganisations. It has been active too in advising on a number of technology, media and telecommunications matters. The skilled team regularly advises some social media platforms on a wide range of corporate and regulatory issues too. In addition it works closely with some foreign law firms and is adept at advising on issues such as shareholder issues, corporate governance and the incorporation of companies in Pakistan. Aliya Yusuf is one of the primary contacts at the firm.

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

Fauji Foundation

BB Energy

Axiata Group Berhad

Pak-Arab Refinery Company Limited

Pakistan Petroleum Limited

Oil Companies Advisory Council

AerCap Holdings N.V.

Foundation Wind Energy Limited

DuPont Pakistan Operation (Pvt.) Ltd

Ericsson Pakistan Private Limited

The CBRE Group

Corteva Agriscience Pakistan

JC Penny

Nielson Holdings PL

Fererro SPA

CLSA Singapore

SK Capital Partners

Pakistan International Airlines

The ExxonMobil Group

RB Hygiene

Spotify

Emaar

Bestway Group Internal Reorganization

BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited

S&P Global Pakistan (Private) Limited

Marriott International

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap on the acquisition of 100% shareholding of GE Capital Aviation Services Limited from General Electric Company and joint control over Shannon Engine Support Limited with Safran Aircraft Engines.
  • Advising Ericsson on a wide range of corporate and compliance matters.
  • Advising CBRE on a wide range of corporate and compliance matters.

Pakistan > Projects and energy Tier 1

Through its offices in Karachi and Islamabad, the team at Orr, Dignam & Co. handles a broad range of innovative projects. The firm has a strong energy practice and frequently advises upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies. It has advised too on a number of significant projects and acquisitions in the wind power sector. Zahir Riaz  and Aliya Yusuf are among the primary contacts at the firm.

Key clients

Mari Petroleum Co Limited

Pakistan State Oil Company Limited

Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited

Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO)

Foundation Wind Energy Limited

Multiple Independent Power Producers

Pakistan LNG Limited / Pakistan LNG Terminal Limited

Multiple Independent Power Producers

Work highlights

  • Advising and acting on behalf of Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt) Limited in the $10bn Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project. Currently advising in relation to the Host Government Agreement between the Governments of Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and India.
  • Advising and acting on behalf of Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt.) Limited in relation to the construction of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project (formerly North-South Gas Pipeline). Currently advising in relation to negotiations between ISGS, the Government of Pakistan and the Russian Government, as well as on the finalisation of Shareholders’ Agreement and Memorandum and Articles of Association of the project SPV.
  • Advising Pakistan State Oil from time to time in relation to LNG contracts/procurements.

Pakistan > Real estate and construction Tier 1

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.

Pakistan > Capital markets Tier 2

Orr, Dignam & Co. is adept at advising on potential capital market acquisitions as well as on the legal issues that arise on the issue of capital. The group is experienced in advising on IPOs, restructurings and due diligence reports. It frequently works with international companies to advise on the legal and regulatory framework for investing in Pakistan. Aliya Yusuf and Zahir Riaz are among the main contacts.

Key clients

Packages Limited

Pakistan Cables Limited

National Bank Pakistan Limited

Exide Pakistan Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Packages Limited on its proposed acquisition of further shares in Tripack involving a public tender offer and related issues under take-over laws.
  • Advising National Bank of Pakistan on issues connected with related party transactions, insider trading policies and various related compliances applicable to listed companies.
  • Advising Pakistan Cables Limited on various compliance requirements applicable to listed companies.

Pakistan > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Orr, Dignam & Co. has a first-rate dispute resolution practice that covers all aspects of commercial litigation with particular expertise in banking law, corporate law, commercial contracts and aviation matters. The team also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration and has represented a large number of institutional clients in various disputes throughout Pakistan. It has been involved in recent years in a significant number of reported cases in the country too. Names to note include the heads of the team Sajid Zahid and Taha Alizai, who are both based in Karachi. In addition, the group regularly works with some leading international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

The Cummins Group (UK and UAE)

Phoenix Global DMCC

Sui Southern Gas Company Limited

Societies General SA, Swiss Company

The Porsche Group

Al Ghazi Tractors Limited

Engro Fertilizer Limited

Pakistan State Oil Company Limited

Habib University Foundation

Bakri Energy Limited

Pak-Arab Refinery Company Limited

The Engro Group

Pakistan Petroleum Limited

BBC Pakistan (Private) Limited

Marriott International

S&P Global Pakistan

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented The Cummins Group (UK and UAE) through the Single Bench and the Division Bench of the High Court of Sindh and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a highly contested case regarding their various agreements that contained foreign arbitration clauses.
  • Advising Phoenix Global DMCC on the recognition and enforcement proceedings regarding the Foreign Award passed by a Foreign Arbitral Tribunal.
  • Represented Sui Southern Gas Company Limited in several litigation matters before the High Court pertaining to the company’s employment policy and successfully represented the company before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Pakistan > Banking and finance Tier 3

Orr, Dignam & Co. operates out of its offices in Karachi and Islamabad and covers a wide range of Islamic financing matters in addition to project financing and acquisition financing matters. It handles a myriad of other complex matters too such as asset financing, securitisation and export credit deals. It is well-placed to advise various foreign financial entities on a whole host of issues. Asim Nasim is one of the primary contacts at the firm.

Key clients

United Bank Limited

Citibank Pakistan N.A.

Credit Suisse

Faysal Bank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

BE Energy Ltd

Institute of Bankers Pakistan

Deutsche Bank AG and the Bank of Singapore

Magnus Investment Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising Citibank N.A. on Pakistan banking laws, financial market infrastructure questionnaires, exchange control regulations, ISDA and GMRA matters.
  • Advising BE Energy Ltd on conventional and Islamic based financing arrangements with several financial institutions.
  • Assisting the Institute of Bankers Pakistan on its legal module for training sessions on real estate financing for bankers.

Pakistan > Labour and employment

Orr, Dignam & Co. frequently advises on a range of employment matters including employee share option schemes, employment contracts and golden handshakes. Sajid Zahid and Asim Nasim are among the key names to note.

The firm: Orr, Dignam & Co. is one of the largest firms of advocates in Pakistan with fully operational offices in Karachi and Islamabad. The firm was established in 1952 and reconstituted in 1972. It specialises in all aspects of civil and commercial laws and civil litigation, including corporate commercial and company law, privatisation, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, infrastructure projects, construction, banking, project finance, energy, oil and gas, power, insurance, commercial contracts, capital market, foreign investment laws, information technology, telecommunication, aviation and maritime. The firm also handles arbitration matters (both domestic and international) as well as civil and commercial litigation in the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The firm has represented clients and transactions involving various regulators including that of the power, telecommunication, banking, insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors. The firm has seven partners and a team of associates, including barristers, attorneys at law and advocates. The partners of the firm directly attend to the clients’ instructions and, where necessary, are assisted by the senior associates and associates depending on the complexity and requirements of a particular matter. The firm is instructed by and acts for various leading international law firms on a regular basis.

Areas of practice: The firm acts for a broad range of clients including multinational companies, banks, multilateral agencies, leading Pakistani business houses as well as public sector corporations.

Projects and infrastructure: The firm is involved in project and infrastructure work, particularly in power generation and transmission, oil and gas, fertilizer, cement and port facilities, transportation, and telecommunication. Services rendered in these areas, include contracts for technology transfer, concession and implementation agreements, turnkey and construction contracts, licences and royalty agreements.

Commercial litigation/arbitration: The firm is actively engaged in civil and commercial litigation, in the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan, involving a number of leading cases. The firm also has considerable experience in arbitration under the Pakistan Arbitration Act, 1940 and international modes of arbitration, including International Chamber of Commerce and London Court of International Arbitration.

Mergers and acquisitions: : The firm has been and continues to be involved in major domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, management buyouts and privatisations of public sector entities in Pakistan both on the buyers’ and sellers’ side.

Banking and capital markets: The firm also has an active banking and capital market practice, advising domestic and foreign banks, syndicates, multilateral lending agencies in respect of syndications, project finance, as well as domestic and international investment banks and brokerage houses and Funds regarding securities and derivative transactions and various Islamic modes of finance including sukuks and ijara structures. The firm has represented clients and transactions involving various regulators including that of the power, telecommunication, banking, insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Governments and agencies: The firm has undertaken comprehensive work in the preparation and study of reports on specific policy making areas for the Government of Pakistan and multilateral agencies. The firm has also assisted the Government of Pakistan in the drafting of legislation in various sectors, including the establishment of Central Depository Company, regulation in the electric power, downstream, oil and gas tax, anti-dumping regime and Aircraft Security.

Energy: The firm has a very well established energy practice encompassing oil and gas and electrical power generation. The firm’s practice includes oil and gas work. In the mid stream energy sector, it has been involved with the contracts relating to long distance pipelines and acts for a number of refineries and is currently advising in connection with the establishment of a new refinery and the upgradation of an existing refinery. The firm also regularly represents the leading oil marketing companies in the country. The firm is also involved in advising on aspects of a proposed transnational gas pipeline. The firm is involved in various agreements relating to electrical power generation projects and in electrical power projects in the alternative energy sector.

The firm is instructed and/or acts for various leading international law firms on a regular basis.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Company law Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Company law Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Company law Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Construction Sajid Zahidsajid.zahid@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Construction Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Construction Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Technology transfer Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Banking and finance Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Banking and finance Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Banking and finance Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Privatisation Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Shipping Sajid Zahidsajid.zahid@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Shipping Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Sajid Zahidsajid.zahid@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Hassan Razasyed.hassan@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Antitrust Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Antitrust Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Antitrust Adnan Bhaimiaadnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Sajid Zahidsajid.zahid@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Energy Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Telecommunications Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Telecommunications Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Telecommunications Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Mergers and acquisitions Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Environmental law Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Environmental law Adnan Bhaimiaadnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Adnan Bhaimiaadnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Securities/capital markets Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Securities/capital markets Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Securities/capital markets Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Arbitration Sajid Zahidsajid.zahid@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Arbitration Taha Alizaitaha.alizai@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Zahir Riazzahir.riaz@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Project finance Aliya Yusufaliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Asim Nasimasim.nasim@orrdignam.com(0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Shahid Razashahid.raza@orrdignam.com(0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
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Contacts : Karachi:
Contacts : Sajid Zahid
Contacts : Aliya Yusuf
Contacts : Asim Nasim
Contacts : Taha Alizai
Contacts : Adnan Bhaimia
Contacts : Islamabad:
Contacts : Zahir Riaz
Contacts : Shahid Raza

  • The Cummins Group (UK and UAE): Successfully represented the Client through the Single Bench and the Division Bench of the High Court of Sindh and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a majorly contested litigation regarding their various Agreements containing Foreign Arbitration Clauses.
  • Sui Southern Gas Company Limited: Represented the Company in several litigation matter before the High Court pertaining to the Company’s Employment Policy. The Firm has also Successfully represented the Company before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  • Societies General SA, Swiss Company: Successfully represented the Company before the High Court of Sindh in respect of the replacement of its Managing Director.
  • Abraaj Capital Limited: The Firm acted for the Abraaj Group in successfully defending the privatization of K-Electric Limited (a vertically-integrated power utility in Pakistan). The decision of the High Court passed this year in this matter, is one of the recent major decisions under Pakistan’s privatization law.
  • The Porsche Group: The Firm has been representing the Group of companies in Pakistan since 2008. As well as including a dispute regarding over the delivery of product in the last year in the Appellate Court on account of privity of contract.
  • Pakistan State Oil Company Limited: The Firm is representing PSO in a Suit and a Petition before the Islamabad High Court in relation to a dispute with a contractor relating to a bank guarantee furnished for a project relating to construction of storage facilities.
  • Pak-Arab Refinery Company Limited: The Firm has represented the Client before the High Court of Sindh at Karachi in dispute arising out of a Fuel Supply Agreement.
  • Al Ghazi Tractors Limited: Represented the Client in the High Court of Sindh and filed a Petition on the Client’s behalf. The Petition was heard and based on the positions taken by our Firm under the law on the Petitioner’s behalf, the Court ultimately decided the matter in the Petitioner’s favour.
  • AerCap Holdings N.V: Advised AerCap in the acquisition of 100% shareholding of GE Capital Aviation Services Limited from General Electric Company and joint control over Shannon Engine Support Limited with Safran Aircraft Engines.
  • Pakistan International Airlines Corporation: Advising Pakistan International Airlines Corporation on successfully acquiring several Aircrafts and Engines on lease from various lessors.
  • Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited: Advising and acting on behalf of Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt) Limited in the USD 10 billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project. Currently advising in relation to the Host Government Agreement between the Governments of Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and India.