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 first-rate banking and finance practice that advises on the full spectrum of financial products, including syndicated lending and debt instruments as well as Islamic financing. It is also skilled at advising on all forms of financing that are backed by export credit agencies. The group has a proven track record of acting in significant cross-border transactions and routinely works with foreign financial institutions and multilateral agencies. It is a team of choice for financing transactions that involve complex security structures, inter-creditor arrangements and financial restructurings. The team’s experience also extends to advising on the establishment of microfinance banks and institutions in Pakistan. Names to note include senior partner Khozem Haidermota and Mohammad Anwer, who is recommended for his corporate finance work. Zahra Abid is another respected member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘We think Haidermota team is skilled and experienced in 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. During our collaboration with them, they 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 expertise to transactions is extremely impressive, and their outstanding negotiation ability is also noteworthy.’

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

‘Generally speaking, we think all the team members of Haidermota with whom we worked are diligent and responsible. 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 to meet his client’s needs. He is very experienced in both project and banking area, and we are impressed by his commercial and solution-oriented approach as well as his outstanding negotiating skills, which are of great help to the client.’

Capital markets Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates is experienced in all aspects of debt and equity capital market offerings. It regularly advises on convertible debt offerings, bonds, private placements and accelerated equity offerings as well as IPOs and de-listings. The practice also has significant expertise in listings, real estate investment trusts and other issues such as insider trading and regulatory matters. Clients include domestic and international corporate clients, banks and various financial institutions. Ali Vasi and Mohammad Anwer are key members of the team, which is led by Khozem Haidermota.

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Key clients

Central Directorate of National Savings

Citibank N.A.

Greentown Holdings Korea

United Bank Limited

Credit Suisse AG

Noor Financial Investment Company

Dalda Foods (Private) Limited

Pakistan Catalyst Fund 1 LLC

China Financial Futures Exchange

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Haidermota & Co Advocates fields a large and experienced team that has particular expertise in complex restructurings and reorganisations. It has been involved in some significant deals for both acquirer and target companies, and has also advised investors and sponsors on landmark private equity deals. The group is also lauded for its advice on shareholder arrangements and on minority rights issues. The practice has particular strength in various sectors, such as oil and gas, payment systems and aviation, as well as infrastructure and energy. Khozem Haidermota heads the active team, which frequently advises listed companies on securities laws, disclosure requirements and other matters such as insider trading laws and confidentiality issues.

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‘Professionalism, well qualified team, great market reputation, very responsive, strictly meets deadlines and keep to client’s brief.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Deomaal Essarani Family

Proctor & Gamble (Private) Limited

Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited

Cinepax Limited

TCS Holdings (Private) Limited

Vitol Dubai Limited

TPL Trakker Limited

Pak Arab Refinery Limited

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. Ltd

Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited

Noor Financial Investment Company

Dalda Foods (Private) Limited

Baltoro Partners (Pvt.) Limited

Credit Suisse AG

Tencent Holdings Limited

Ant Financial Services Group

Telcoin Pte. Ltd.

Pakistan Catalyst Fund 1 LLC

JS Private Equity Fund I LLC

Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited

JS Bank Limited

Henkel AG & Company

Engro Corporation Limited

Lakson Investments Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 1

With offices in three different cities manned by two partners and five associates, Haidermota & Co Advocates has one of the leading litigation practices in the country. The group is recognised for its experience in handling complex commercial disputes of all types. It has considerable domestic and international arbitration expertise, as well as sector expertise in banking, telecoms, energy and other diverse areas such as fraud, white-collar crime and regulatory investigations. Kazim Hasan regularly represents banks before all the High Courts of Pakistan and has extensive experience of filing amalgamation and demerger petitions. Hasan also frequently represents clients before the Pakistani regulators. The team was strengthened by the addition of Jahanzeb Awan to its ranks from Khalid Anwer & Co..

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Siza Foods (Pvt) Limited

United Bank Limited (Pakistan)

United Bank Limited (United Arab Emirates)

Capital Asset Leasing Corporation Limited

Commercial Bank International PSC (UAE)

Cybernet Pakistan (Private) Limited

TransAsia Refinery Ltd.

Pakistan Petroleum Provident Fund Trust Company (Private) Limited

Projects and energy Tier 1

Under the leadership of Umar Shereef and Owais Aziz, the first-rate team at Haidermota & Co Advocates regularly advises on the largest projects in Pakistan. Its excellent energy sector practice advises on diverse matters ranging from energy generation and distribution projects through to mining matters. The group also regularly assists with projects relating to urban safety and surveillance, as well as other key areas such as information and technology projects, mass transit systems, and education and healthcare projects. In addition, it has substantial experience in large-scale road and bridge construction projects. Major clients include leading national and international financial institutions, project companies, sponsors, multilateral agencies, construction companies and provincial governments.

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Testimonials

‘We think Haidermota team is skilled and experienced in 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. During our collaboration with them, they 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 expertise to transactions is extremely impressive, and their outstanding negotiation ability is also noteworthy. Compared with other firms we have cooperated with in this sector, Haidermota is more capable of dealing with complicated transactions involving multi-parties and with unique feature, and providing higher-standard of work with more cost efficient billing standard.’

‘Generally speaking, we think all the team members of Haidermota with whom we worked are diligent and responsible. 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 to meet his client’s needs. He is very experienced in both project and banking area, and we are impressed by his commercial and solution-oriented approach as well as his outstanding negotiating skills, which are of great help to the client.’

‘Regarding the projects and energy sector, we would also like to recommend Mohsin Tayebaly & Co.’

Key clients

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited

Power Cement Limited

Faysal Bank Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company Limited

Bank Al-Falah Limited

MCB Bank Limited

Sindh Mass Transport Authority, Government of Sindh

Act 2 Wind Power Limited

UniEnergy Limited

Artistic Wind Power Private Limited

Local Government Department, Government of Sindh

International Finance Corporation

Shanghai Electric Group 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

Environment Tier 2

Haidermota & Co Advocates has a strong environmental law practice that is fully integrated into its M&A, projects, infrastructure and energy departments. It has an excellent track record of advising companies that are investing in or developing projects, primarily in the energy, manufacturing, transportation and chemical sectors, but also in other areas such as agriculture and telecoms. It routinely advises on compliance issues in the context of environmental impact assessments and other diverse areas such as agricultural land use regulations for project development and protected forest regulations. Other core strengths include advising clients on contractual risks and environmental liabilities as well as on hazardous waste management obligations. The practice is also skilled at negotiating contractual indemnities for environmental liabilities. Khozem Haidermota and Umar Shareef are the names to note.

Key clients

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

Insurance Tier 3

Haidermota & Co Advocates is an up-and-coming insurance advisory firm with a dedicated team of insurance lawyers who advise on conventional insurance activities as well as takaful services in Pakistan. The team advises some major insurers on contractual and regulatory matters both locally and internationally. It is also skilled at advising on insurance brokerage and agency relationships and on the structuring of insurance and reinsurance arrangements. Khozem Haidermota, Mohammad Anwer and Jahanzeb Awan are well regarded.

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Real estate and construction Tier 3

Haidermota & Co Advocates regularly advises clients on large and medium-sized real estate projects. Its client base includes buyers, sellers and developers. It also acts for various public and private funds as well as financial institutions.

TMT Tier 3

Haidermota & Co Advocates routinely advises financial institutions on their payment technology contracts. Other areas of expertise include advising on the issues surrounding the procurement of hardware, software licensing agreements, source code escrow agreements, and customisation and support services. The skilled team also advises a wide range of local and foreign entities on the local regulatory framework surrounding blockchain-powered services, cloud computing and data analytics. Senior partner Khozem Haidermota heads the team.

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Key clients

Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited

Telenor Microfinance Bank Limited

Cyber Internet Services (Private) Limited

Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited

Multinet Pakistan (Private) Limited

Edotco Pakistan (Private) Limited

Careem Networks Pakistan (Private) Limited

1LINK (Guarantee) Limited

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 : 15
other lawyers : 38
English
Gujarati
Urdu
Contacts : Kazim Hasan
Contacts : Khozem A Haidermota
Contacts : Mohammad Anwer
Contacts : Ali Akber Vasi
Contacts : Ali Asgher Khan
Contacts : Shabbir Harianawala
Contacts : Zahra Abid
: Jahanzeb Awan
Contacts : M Umar Shereef
Contacts : Owais Aziz
Contacts : Uzair Karamat Bhandari
Contacts : Feisal Hussain Naqvi
Contacts : Iftikharuddin Riaz
Contacts : Mian Muhammad Kashif
: Mian Sami ud-Din