Firm Profile > Orr, Dignam & Co. > Karachi, Pakistan

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

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co. has a solid and varied corporate and commercial practice that advises a broad range of clients on many complex transactions and reorganisations. The team is particularly experienced in technology, media and telecoms matters and advises several social media platforms on a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters. It works closely with some international law firms and routinely advises on shareholder issues, corporate governance and on the incorporation of companies in Pakistan. Aliya Yusuf is one of the main contacts.

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

Fauji Foundation

BB Energy

Axiata Group Berhad

Pak-Arab Refinery Company Limited

Pakistan Petroleum Limited

Oil Companies Advisory Council

Projects and energy Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co. is particularly renowned in the energy sector and is skilled at advising upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies on a regular basis. The busy team acts for a broad range of clients in the power sector including power companies, fuel suppliers, lenders and contractors as well as insurers and consultants. Recently the team has advised on several coal and wind power generation projects and on several long-distance pipeline deals. Zahir Riaz and Aliya Yusuf are among the key contacts.

Key clients

Mari Petroleum Co Limited

Pakistan State Oil Company Limited

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 and has in the past advised some domestic and foreign clients on various onshore and offshore projects. Aliya Yusuf is one of the main contacts.

Key clients

Emaar Pakistan

ARY Group

Eni SpA

Capital markets Tier 2

Orr, Dignam & Co. has substantial experience in IPOs, company restructurings, and due diligence reports as well as on all aspects of insider trading. It continues to advise various entities on potential capital market acquisitions in addition to advising companies on the legal issues that arise on the issue of capital. The department regularly advises foreign companies on the legal and regulatory framework for investment in Pakistan. Aliya Yusuf and Zahir Riaz are among the primary contacts.

Key clients

Pak Suzuki Company Limited

Pakistan Cables Limited

National Bank Pakistan Limited

Exide Pakistan Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Orr, Dignam & Co. handles a broad spectrum of contentious matters from mediation and arbitration through to civil litigation. It has a dedicated team that acts for a significant number of domestic and overseas clients and works in conjunction with a number of foreign law firms in international arbitrations. The team is well-equipped to advise on issues ranging from constitutional challenges to trade mark appeals and corporate disputes and acts for various multinational companies, banks, multilateral agencies, and public sector companies. Sajid Zahid and Taha Alizai are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Company law Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Company law Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Company law Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Construction Sajid Zahid sajid.zahid@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Construction Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Construction Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Technology transfer Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Technology transfer Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Banking and finance Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Banking and finance Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Banking and finance Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Privatisation Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Privatisation Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Shipping Sajid Zahid sajid.zahid@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Shipping Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Sajid Zahid sajid.zahid@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Civil litigation Hassan Raza syed.hassan@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Antitrust Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Antitrust Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Antitrust Adnan Bhaimia adnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Sajid Zahid sajid.zahid@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Energy Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Energy Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Telecommunications Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Telecommunications Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Telecommunications Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Mergers and acquisitions Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Mergers and acquisitions Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Environmental law Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Environmental law Adnan Bhaimia adnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Employment Adnan Bhaimia adnan.bhaimia@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Securities/capital markets Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Securities/capital markets Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Securities/capital markets Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Arbitration Sajid Zahid sajid.zahid@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Arbitration Taha Alizai taha.alizai@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Zahir Riaz zahir.riaz@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Project finance Aliya Yusuf aliya.yusuf@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Asim Nasim asim.nasim@orrdignam.com (0092-21) 32415384/ 32416003
Project finance Shahid Raza shahid.raza@orrdignam.com (0092-51) 2348645 to 2348649
Number of lawyers : 24
at this office : 16
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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