Firm Profile > Khalid Anwer & Co. > Karachi, Pakistan
Khalid Anwer & Co. Offices
153-K, BLOCK 2
Khalid Anwer & Co. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Khalid Anwer & Co. has a strong reputation for its work on a whole host of contentious matters and continues to be involved in various high-profile constitutional and commercial disputes. Khalid Anwer is highly regarded. Managing partner Raashid Anwer is also recommended and regularly appears before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the High Courts on a number of constitutional and commercial matters as well as in domestic and foreign arbitrations. Syed Mustafa Ali is an Advocate of the High Court of Pakistan and is well-respected too for his work on a range of constitutional, banking, commercial and employment cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘We have been working with Khalid Anwer & Co. for decades and we have total confidence in its ability to handle all kinds of disputes and legal issues. Mr. Raashid Anwer is a very seasoned litigator and very well respected‘.
‘M/S Khalid Anwer & Co. is the most renowned law firm of Pakistan with unmatched legal expertise and experience. The lawyers have always been very effective and result oriented and very well understand the needs of the clients’.
‘We have engaged the firm in many complex dispute resolution cases and queries and hence have always been extremely satisfied with its performance. The lawyers are very well versed with the amendments in laws and have the ability of out of the box legal solutions. We are always amazed and extremely satisfied with how they have provided the legal services‘.
‘We as a company deal with Barrister Syed Mustafa Ali and find him to be extremely professional and well versed. He is very hardworking and always ensures that he provides exceptional services’.
‘The team at Khalid Anwer & Associates is very proactive and accurate in dealing with legal cases. This makes it the unique team to work with‘.
‘The team responds instantly to legal queries‘.
Pfizer Pakistan Ltd.
Lucky Energy (Pvt.) Ltd.
Sindh Education Department.
Pakistan International Bulk Terminal.
Arif Habib Group
Sapphire Textile Mills Limited
Gul Ahmed Textiles Mills Limited
Umer Group of Companies
Naveena Exports Limited
Naveena Industries Limited
Ismail Industries Limited
National Foods Limited
ATC Technology Consultants
Lucky Tex Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited
Continental Biscuits Limited
Labour and employment Tier 2
Khalid Anwer & Co. is strong on employment matters and continues to advise several major banks on complex employment issues. It is also skilled at advising former employees of large companies on their pension and retirement benefits. The agile team has been busy too helping employers in defending some large class-action cases. Raashid Anwer and Syed Mustafa Ali head the department.
‘Khalid Anwer & Co. is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and leading law firms of Pakistan as the senior partner Mr. Khalid Anwer is amongst the pioneers of the legal profession‘.
‘The team has unmatched legal expertise. M/S Khalid Anwer & Co. has always maintained a high level of success rate and the lawyers have offered out of the box legal solutions‘.
‘We generally engage with Barrister Syed Mustafa Ali and we have been very impressed with his professionalism and hard work. He has always respectfully dealt with our queries and cleared all our doubts as a client and has a very quick response time. He is very thorough in his work, well read and always up to date with the latest amendments in laws and recent judgements. We as a client are extremely satisfied with the quality of work we are receiving‘.
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd.
Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust
National Bank of Pakistan
Tax Tier 2
Khalid Anwer & Co. has a first-rate tax litigation offering. Recently it has been involved in some high-profile litigation relating to infrastructure cess cases, the gas infrastructure development cess cases as well as workers’ welfare fund and workers’ profit participation cases. It has also been busy advising on disputes about sales tax. Jawwad Qureshi and Raashid Anwer are the well-known members of the department.
Khalid Anwer & Co. > Firm Profile
The firm: The firm Khalid Anwer & Co. is a leading law firm in Pakistan. The senior partner, Mr Khalid Anwer, is one of the most senior advocates of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has been appearing before the superior courts of Pakistan for almost five decades. The firm has a total strength of 16 lawyers, with associate firms in Lahore and Islamabad.
Areas of practice: The firm has been at the forefront of high-profile constitutional and commercial litigation since Pakistan’s independence. Mr Anwer has been involved in several landmark constitutional and commercial cases. He appeared for the current Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif, successfully challenging the dismissal of his government by the then President of Pakistan. He thereafter appeared on behalf of the President of Pakistan to successfully defend the dismissal of the second government of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He was also engaged to challenge the military takeover by the then Chief of Army staff General Pervez Musharraf. Recently, Mr Anwer successfully defended the Federal Government in cases before the Supreme Court of Pakistan challenging the constitutionality and vires of the 18th and 21st amendments to the Constitution of Pakistan in a landmark judgment that will determine whether the Supreme Court has the power to strike down a constitutional amendment.
The firm provides a large range of services, including litigation and advisory services. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small companies. It regularly represents and advises the State Bank of Pakistan (Pakistan’s Central Bank), the Karachi Stock Exchange and the Central Depository Company. It is currently representing and advising the five largest banks in Pakistan (National Bank, Habib Bank, United Bank, MCB Bank and Allied Bank), the two largest insurance companies (Adamjee Insurance and EFU Insurance), the three largest industrial conglomerates (Nishat Group, Yunus Brothers Group and Sapphire Group), the largest textile company (Gul Ahmed Textile Mills), the two largest cement companies (Lucky Cement and DG Khan Cement), as well as a range of multinational companies (Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Procter & Gamble, Schlumberger, EMC, Toyota, Reyroile, Akzo Nobel and Reckitt Benckiser).
The firm recently obtained relief for ten independent power producers from the Supreme Court of Pakistan arising from defaults on sovereign guarantees of the Government of Pakistan. In addition, the firm successfully represented all of the major oil and gas powered IPPs against the Government of Pakistan in ADR proceedings relating to disputes regarding payments of billions of Rupees. The determination in these ADR proceedings is expected to have a major impact on the IPP sector as a whole and on the circular debt issue. The firm has been engaged by over 40 companies to challenge the vires of the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Act 2015 – the potential tax liability involved is several billion Rupees. It is also representing several cellular operators (including M/s Warid, Telenor, Ufone & Zong) in relation to a sales tax dispute of over Rs 50bn. The firm also recently advised Sui Southern Gas Company in relation to a dispute involving a tender valued at $5bn for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal. The firm has recently represented the shareholders of a company in a shareholders dispute arising from the demerger of a company in the textile industry with an annual turnover of Rs 6bn.
The firm has an impressive track record in relation to transactional work. It has been involved in advising both the sponsors and lenders in relation to power projects. It is presently advising on a number of acquisitions in the power sector and is retained by the sponsors of two wind-power projects. This year the firm advised on the Rs 6bn acquisition of a fertiliser company after successfully representing the buyers in litigation arising from the transaction. The firm regularly advises and represents clients in relation to corporate restructuring. It recently represented and advised sponsors of Jaffer Brothers (Pvt) Ltd and Sapphire Textile Mills Ltd in relation to their corporate restructuring.
|Arbitrations (including enforcement of foreign awards)|
|Company (including shareholders’ rights litigation|
|Constitutional (including human rights)|
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Petroleum and natural resources|
|Real estate finance|
|Legal secretarial services|
|WTO (and related matters, including anti-dumping)|