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 strong and diverse corporate and commercial offering and advises a wide range of clients on a variety of complex transactions and reorganisations. It also has considerable niche expertise in technology, media and telecoms matters and advises a number of social media platforms on  corporate and regulatory issues. In addition, the team is skilled at advising on labour and employment matters for its corporate clients and works closely with a number of foreign law firms. Aliya Yusuf is a highly respected member of the team.

Leading individuals

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co. covers the full array of contentious matters from mediation and arbitration through to civil litigation. The dedicated team advises major domestic and overseas clients and works closely in collaboration with a number of overseas counsel in international arbitrations. It is skilled at advising on a diverse range of matters from constitutional challenges to trade mark appeals and corporate disputes. The group acts for a broad range of clients including multinational companies, banks, multilateral agencies and public sector corporations. Sajid Zahid and Taha Aliz are leading figures in the market.

Projects and energy Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co.'s strong energy practice is adept at advising upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies. The active team continues to be involved in a number of projects and acquisitions in the energy sector and has acted for a variety of clients in the power sector, including power companies, fuel suppliers, lenders and contractors, as well as insurers and consultants. In the midstream energy sector, the firm has advised on contracts relating to long-distance pipeline projects and acts for a number of refineries. Its work includes advice on transnational oil and gas projects and it has advised on several coal and wind power generation projects as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Zahir Riaz and Aliya Yusuf are among the names to note.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Orr, Dignam & Co. advises property developers, hotel owners and infrastructure providers on a frequent basis. The team is also well equipped to advise on construction and infrastructure projects under FIDIC contracts and has advised several domestic and international clients on onshore and offshore projects. In addition, the group regularly advises both public and private sector clients on major construction projects. Aliya Yusuf is one of the primary contacts.

Banking and finance Tier 2

With fully operational offices in Karachi and Islamabad, the team at Orr, Dignam & Co. is particularly recommended for its work on Islamic finance transactions, project finance and acquisition finance matters. The firm routinely handles a wide range of banking and finance matters, including asset financing, securitisation and export credit transactions. It has recently advised on several complex financial transactions involving banks, multilateral institutions and government agencies. Asim Nasim is among the primary contacts at the firm.

Capital markets Tier 2

Orr, Dignam & Co. has considerable experience in IPOs, company restructurings and due diligence reports. It has advised various entities on all aspects of capital markets-related matters, with a particular focus on assisting companies with any further issue of capital. It is also skilled at advising foreign companies on the legal and regulatory framework for investment in the country. Aliya Yusuf and Zahir Riaz are among the names to note.

Insurance Tier 3

Orr, Dignam & Co. advises on various insurance and regulatory matters. It routinely advises clients on insurance contracts and on litigation stemming from these insurance contracts. The team is also skilled at advising clients on the implications of terrorism-related claims.

 

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