Firm Profile > Haidermota & Co Advocates > Karachi, Pakistan

Haidermota & Co Advocates
D-79, BLOCK 5
KDA SCHEME NO 5, CLIFTON
KARACHI 75600
Pakistan

Banking and finance Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates has a superb team that advises on a whole host of financial products from syndicated lending and debt instruments to Islamic financing. The team is also well-regarded for its skill in advising on all aspects of financing that is backed by export credit agencies. It has a proven track record of acting in major cross-border transactions and often works with foreign financial institutions and multilateral agencies. It remains an excellent choice for advising on complex security structures, inter-creditor arrangements and financial restructurings. The team’s experience extends to advising on the establishment of microfinance banks and institutions in Pakistan. The key figures are senior partner Khozem Haidermota and Mohammad Anwer. Zahra Abid is also recommended.

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Testimonials

We instruct the firm on high-value matters relating to banks such as opinions on new products, financing/project finance and dispute resolution. As the premier banking and finance firm in Pakistan, Haidermota & Co is a one-stop shop for complex and routine matters alike‘.

‘It is one of the best, if not the best, banking and finance firms in the country. Probably the only one equipped to deal with complex transactions efficiently and with ease. The lawyers I would single out as being particularly good are Khozem Haidermota, Mohammad Anwer and Zahra Abid‘.

Khozem Haidermota is a brilliant, dynamic, innovative lawyer who has the ability to think out-of-the-box. His vast experience in banking and finance allows him to focus on the core legal and commercial risks. I have found him to be very up-to-date with current trends and recent developments in the law. I would say that he is almost in a class of his own in the banking and finance area‘.

Mohammad Anwer is a highly professional and technically sound banking and finance lawyer. I have found him willing to go the extra mile in order to meet deadlines‘.

Zahra Abid provided round the clock support to our team and her attention to detail makes her stand out. Zahra’s commercial awareness and willingness to accommodate tight deadlines proved invaluable during the course of the transaction‘.

I would automatically choose it as the go-to firm for anything innovative/complex that hasn’t been done before in this market. Unlike most corporate focused legal practices in Pakistan HMCO is truly a firm with multiple partners supported by a lot of associates. HMCO universally displays a fantastic work ethic‘.

Briefs are reviewed and responded to efficiently, partners and key personnel are readily available and there is a sincere appreciation of time constraints in transaction situations‘.

‘Khozem has one of the finest legal minds I have had the privilege to work with in the past two decades‘.

Key clients

United Bank Limited

Habib Bank Limited

Karandaaz Pakistan

International Financial Consulting Limited

Gul Ahmed Electric Limited

Metro Wind Power Limited

Act2 Wind (Private) Limited

Artistic Wind Power (Private) Limited

Liberty Wind Power 1 (Private) Limited

Liberty Wind Power 2 (Private) Limited

Nasda Green Energy (Private) Limited

Bank Alfalah Limited

Pakistan Mortgage Refinance Company

Clifford Chance

BankIslami Pakistan Limited

Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited

JS Bank Limited

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

Engro Fertilizers Limited

Citibank N.A.

Noor Bank P.J.S.C.

Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch

Cinepax Limited

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

National Bank of Pakistan

Capital markets Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates remains a first choice for major clients in the capital markets sector and routinely advises on the most complex debt-equity and securities offerings both domestically and where there is a cross-border dimension to the deal. It has significant expertise in listings, real estate investment trusts, and other matters such as insider trading and regulatory matters. In addition, the agile team has substantial knowledge of other areas such as convertible debt offerings, bonds, and private placements. Clients include corporate entities, banks, and other financial institutions as well as foreign equity firms. Ali Vasi and Mohammad Anwer are the key names to note in the team that is led by Khozem Haidermota.

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Habib Bank Limited

Karandaaz Pakistan

Pakistan Mortgage Refinance Company

Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited

JS Bank Limited

Citibank N.A.

Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited

Cinepax Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Under the leadership of Khozem Haidermota the large and experienced team at Haidermota & Co Advocates has developed particular expertise in advising on complex restructurings and re-organisations.  It remains a first choice for major companies seeking to do business in Pakistan with sector expertise in oil and gas, telecoms and payments systems as well as e-commerce and banking. It also has substantial experience in other areas such as aviation, pharmaceuticals as well as infrastructure and energy. The team garners praise too for its M&A work and also for its private equity experience in addition to its regulatory advice. It is strong too in other areas such as advising on shareholder rights and on minority rights issues. The group also frequently advises listed companies on securities laws and other matters including insider laws and confidentiality issues.

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Testimonials

It is a professional and well qualified team with a  great market reputation. It is very responsive and strictly meets deadlines and keeps to the client’s brief. It shows an understanding of the client’s objectives and respects suggestions from the client‘.

The team makes decisions and recommendations based on an accurate legal and factual analysis‘.

‘The team assesses the degree of legal risk that may be involved in different matters in a timely way. The team tries its best to achieve the desired outcome‘.

‘It demonstrates good judgment in planning and managing the matter. The team gets an understanding of the client’s objectives and respects the suggestions and thinking of its clients while demonstrating good judgment as to when to challenge the client’s decisions and suggestions‘.

Key clients

Packages Limited

International Finance Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Karandaz Pakistan

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. Ltd

EY Ford Rhodes

Elixir Securities

MCB Bank Limited

PkNet (Private) Limited

Dawlance Group of Companies

Vitol Dubai Limited

Gobi-Fatima Ventures

The Hub Power Company Limited

Lakson Business Solutions

United Bank Limited

Mitchell’s Fruit Farms Limited

ICI Pakistan Limited

Pak Arab Refinery Limited

Next Capital

Habib Bank Limited

IVM Intersurer B.V. (Dutch Insurance Company)

Lakson Investments Limited

PolyOne Corporation

ABB Group

UEG Renewable Energy Group (Private) Limited

Pakistan Catalyst Fund I LLC

Dalda Foods (Private) Limited

ArcelorMittal France

Straumann Holding AG

Indus Delta Capital Limited

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited

Refinitiv Limited

Epic Games

Dispute resolution Tier 1

With offices in three different cities and manned by two partners and five associates Haidermota & Co Advocates fields a large and well-recognised litigation team.  Under the leadership of Kazim Hasan and Jahanzeb Awan the group is well placed to handle all aspects of complex commercial disputes with particular sector expertise in areas as diverse as banking, telecoms, white-collar crime and constitutional law. It is also skilled at assisting in both domestic and international arbitrations. Hasan regularly represents banks in recovery cases before all the High Courts of Pakistan. Awan frequently appears before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the High Courts of Sindh, Islamabad, Lahore and Perhawar on a broad range of contentious matters.

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Haidermota & Co is a highly reputable law firm comprising of professionally competent lawyers. The lawyers have expertise in all kinds of civil and constitutional matters‘.

The individuals Mr Kazim Hasan and Mr Jehanzeb Awan are all accomplished lawyers and always willing to assist customers in the legal issues that they are faced with. They are accessible, responsive and very professional in their dealings‘.

 

Key clients

Sui Southern Gas Limited

Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited

United Bank Limited

National Bank of Pakistan

EY Global Limited

SIZA Foods (Private) Limited

Commercial Bank International PSC

M/s Capital Asset Leasing Corporation Limited

TransAsia Refinery Limited

Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited

Takaful Pakistan Limited

Getz Pharma (Private) Limited

Pakistan Petroleum Provident Fund Trust Company (Private) Limited

Environment Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates has a strong environmental practice that frequently advises companies on their investments and on the development of projects in the energy, manufacturing, transportation and telecoms sector. It is also experienced in other sectors including chemicals and agriculture. As a result the group is lauded for its work on issues as diverse as regulatory compliance (such as impact assessments) and hazardous waste management obligations. Other strengths include advising on protected forest regulations and on a whole host of contentious matters surrounding environmental liabilities.  Khozem Haidermota and Umar Shereef are prominent figures in the market.

Key clients

Mitsubishi Corporation

The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited

Shanghai Electric

Faysal Bank Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company Limited

Bank Al-Falah Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Act 2 Wind Power Limited

Metro Wind Power Limited

Gul Ahmed Electric Limited

Artistic Wind Power Private Limited

Local Government Department, Government of Sindh

Liberty Wind Power 1 (Private) Limited

Liberty Wind Power 2 (Private) Limited

NASDA Green Energy (Private) Limited

Pak Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO)

Projects and energy Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates is a known name for its work on major project financings under the direction of Umar Shereef  and Owais Aziz. Key clients include leading national and international financial institutions, project companies and sponsors as well as multilateral agencies, construction companies and provincial governments. The firm particularly stands out for its energy sector expertise and is well-versed in both alternative and conventional forms of energy. It is also recommended for its work on infrastructure projects and has advised on the development of numerous public-private partnership transactions on behalf of provincial governments. In addition the first-class team regularly appears before the various regulatory authorities in Pakistan including the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. It is a 'resourceful, experienced, knowledgeable and dependable' team.

Testimonials

We think the team at Haidermota is skilled and experienced in the projects and energy sector (especially  for hydropower and transmission line projects) in Pakistan, and has a firm grasp and in-depth understanding of this sector‘.

The lawyers are always result-oriented and capable of providing feasible and flexible solutions, even for those pioneering projects which are unprecedented in Pakistan. Their strong legal and transactional expertise are extremely impressive, and their outstanding negotiation skills are also noteworthy‘.

Compared with other firms we have cooperated with in this sector, Haidermota is more capable of dealing with complicated and unique transactions involving multiple parties and of providing a higher-standard of work with more cost efficient billing standards’.

‘In particular we are impressed by one of the partners Mr. Umar Shereef. Umar is a well-known and reputable legal expert in the sector, especially for independent power producer projects and he is pragmatic. He is very experienced in both the project and banking arenas, and we are impressed by his commercial and solution-oriented approach as well as his outstanding negotiating skills‘.

A very strong team at Haidermota & Co with leaders of the sector like  Umar Shereef. Haidermota has a large number of partners and associates who can deliver excellent legal services on a variety of projects, especially in the energy sector. I have worked extensively with  Owais Aziz, Babar Zaman Khan and Rahmat Kamal Ghanghro‘.

‘The main thing that stands out about the HMCO lawyers is their dedication, professionalism, depth of knowledge and customer focus‘.

 

Key clients

Act2 Wind (Private) Limited

Gul Ahmed Electric Limited

Metro Wind Power Limited

Liberty Wind Power 1 (Private) Limited

Liberty Wind Power 2 (Private) Limited

NASDA Green Energy (Private) Limited

Artistic Wind Power (Private) Limited

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited

Shanghai Electric Group Corporation

Power Cement Limited

Faysal Bank Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company Limited

Bank Alfalah Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Sindh Mass Transport Authority, Government of Sindh

UniEnergy Limited

Local Government Department, Government of Sindh

Lahore Ring Road Authority, Government of Punjab

International Finance Corporation

Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company (Private) Limited

Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission Company (Private) Limited

Sindh Carbon Energy Limited

Punjab Health Initiative Management Company

Eco Trade and Development Bank

Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Islamic Development Bank

Mitsubishi Corporation Limited

The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)

Fauji Cement Company Limited

Zephyr Power (Private) Limited

Tapal Group

Ib Vogt GmbH

K-Electric Limited

Habib Bank Limited

United Bank Limited

Bank of Punjab

Harbin Electric International Company Limited

Zonergy Group of Companies

Attock Gen Limited

Sapphire Wind Power Company Limited

UEG Renewable Energy Group (Private) Limited

Engro Powergen Thar (Private) Limited

Sphere Logic Partners

UGGC Avocats

China CAMC Engineering Co. Limited

Yellow Door Energy

TMT Tier 2

With Khozem Haidermota at the helm at Haidermota & Co Advocates the team is known for its skill at advising financial institutions on a vast array of TMT matters. It has particular expertise in payment technology contracts. The practice is adept at advising on the legal issues surrounding the procurement of hardware and software licensing in addition to source-code escrow agreements. The group also garners praise for its advice on various regulatory matters surrounding block-chain powered services, cloud computing, data analytics as well as overseas data-storage/processing.

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Key clients

Epic Games

Jazz Cash Carve Out

Lakson Business Solutions

PkNet (Private) Limited

TCS (Private) Limited

TPL Corp Limited

Haidermota & co. has been one of Pakistan’s top law firms with more than 60 years of experience as a premier provider of legal services. The firm has a dedicated team of over 40 lawyers and offices in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and an affiliated office in Dubai. The firm is recognized as one of the top firms in the country across key sectors.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking
Corporate
Privatisation
Securitisation
Mergers and acquisitions
Oil and gas
Telecoms
Project finance
Power generation projects
Structured finance
Islamic modes of finance
Foreign investment
Conveyancing
Information technology
Venture capital
Charitable trusts
Real estate/construction
Commercial litigation
Domestic and international
Arbitration
Dispute resolution
Cross-border joint ventures
Number of partners : 11
other lawyers : 41
English
Gujarati
Urdu
Contacts : Kazim Hasan
Contacts : Khozem A Haidermota
Contacts : Mohammad Anwer
Contacts : Ali Akber Vasi
Contacts : Shabbir Harianawala
Contacts : Zahra Abid
Contacts : Jahanzeb Awan
Contacts : M Umar Shereef
Contacts : Owais Aziz
Contacts : Babar Zaman
Contacts : Rahmat Kamal Ghanghro