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FGE Ebrahim Hosain > The Legal 500 Rankings
Insurance Tier 1
FGE Ebrahim Hosain advises on all aspects of insurance from advising on the legal and regulatory framework through to insurance policies and insurance claims. The team is also recommended for its representation of companies in the Superior Court of Pakistan and the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the Federal Insurance Ombudsman. Key members of this first-rate team include Khwaja Hosain, Shabnam Noorali and Furkan Ali who all act for many insurance companies.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
FGE Ebrahim Hosain has a diverse and busy practice that frequently advises clients on real estate, construction and development matters. It is well-versed in all aspects of property acquisitions and rental issues as well as having considerable experience in assisting clients with mortgage deeds and license agreements. It is adept too at handling registrations before the different land registries. Senior partner Tufail Ebrahim specialises in real estate and conveyancing as well as construction disputes.
Tax Tier 1
FGE Ebrahim Hosain has an excellent tax practice that advises clients on all aspects of contentious and custom-related matters before government agencies and the Superior Courts of Pakistan. The team is skilled at advising on the full array of tax matters from corporation and sales tax through to property tax. Clients range from conglomerates to airlines, banks and insurance companies. Names to note are Khwaja Hosain and Zahid Ebrahim both of whom are well-regarded.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
FGE Ebrahim Hosain is recommended for its work in complex commercial, civil and constitutional law disputes. It receives a steady flow of instructions in cases in the oil and gas sectors and is skilled at handling disputes relating to public procurement, construction and joint ventures. Names to note include Zahid Ebrahim, Shabnam Noorali and Khwaja Hosain ( who heads the Lahore office).
Projects and energy Tier 2
FGE Ebrahim Hosain has been involved in some significant power projects with particular sector expertise in coal, LNG and wind power projects. Key names include Zaki Rahman who is recommended for his work on major infrastructure projects. Haroon Jan Baryalay is another known name particularly for his work on major project financing transactions and his expertise in advising on power purchase agreements and EPC contracts.
Corporate and M&A Tier 3
Senior partner Khwaja Hosain is a key figure at FGE Ebrahim Hosain. The team frequently advises major national and international corporations on a myriad of complex deals. It has substantial experience in advising on project financing documentation and in conducting legal due diligence on large cross-border transactions. Other strengths lie in private equity matters and sector expertise in energy and power as well as oil, gas and telecoms. Haroon Jan Baryalay is another name to note.
FGE Ebrahim Hosain > Firm Profile
|Arbitration||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Banking and finance||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Banking and finance||Zaki Rahman|
|Civil and commercial litigation||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Civil and commercial litigation||Zaki Rahman|
|Competition||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Corporate and commercial||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Corporate and commercial||Zaki Rahman|
|Employment, service and labour||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Employment, service and labour||Zaki Rahman|
|Franchising/commercial distribution||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Franchising/commercial distribution||Zaki Rahman|
|IT and telecommunications||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|IT and telecommunications||Zaki Rahman|
|Insurance, reinsurance and Takaful||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Insurance, reinsurance and Takaful||Zaki Rahman|
|Intellectual property||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Intellectual property||Zaki Rahman|
|Media and entertainment||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Media and entertainment||Zaki Rahman|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Mergers and acquisitions||Zaki Rahman|
|Power and energy||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Power and energy||Zaki Rahman|
|Privatisation||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Public procurement||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Public procurement||Zaki Rahman|
|Real estate, conveyance and construction||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Real estate, conveyance and construction||Zaki Rahman|
|Sports||Khwaja Ahmad Hosain|
|Furkan Ali||Furkan Ali is a Partner at the law firm of FGE Ebrahim…||View Profile|
|Haroon Jan Baryalay||Managing Partner, Islamabad Office Mr. Haroon Jan Baryalay advises clients on a…||View Profile|
|Zahid Ebrahim||Zahid F. Ebrahim is the Senior Managing Partner at the law firm…||View Profile|
|Khwaja Ahmad Hosain||Senior Partner Khwaja Ahmad Hosain is an Advocate of the Supreme Court…||View Profile|
|Chaudhary Muhammad Usman||Partner Mr. Chaudhary Muhammad Usman is an Advocate of the High Court…||View Profile|
|Shabnam Noorali||Barrister Shabnam is a Partner at the law firm of FGE Ebrahim…||View Profile|
|Mr Zaki Rahman||Partner Zaki Rahman is an Advocate of the High Court and a…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 32 at this office : 6
LanguagesEnglish Urdu Punjabi
1. CLIENT: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
COMPANY/FIRM: FGE | Ebrahim Hosain
TESTIMONIAL: We value FGE | Ebrahim Hosain’s continued commitment towards our needs and appreciate their provision of valuable and reliable legal advice which is not only well-researched and well-backed by law but also commercially practical. The firm’s extensive experience and vast knowledge in corporate and legal matters ensures delivery of services of the highest quality, be it in terms of negotiation and finalisation of commercial contracts or representation in local litigation and international arbitrations.
The partners, Ahmad Hosain and Zaki Rahman, are extraordinary intellectuals who are fully engaged and hands-on about all the assignments they undertake for us and the entire team is brilliant to work with in terms of their hard work, professionalism and responsiveness. We can always rely on their support.
2. CLIENT: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)
COMPANY/FIRM: FGE | Ebrahim Hosain
TESTIMONIAL: Mr. Khwaja Ahmad Hosain, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, and his law firm FGE Ebrahim Hosain at Lahore situated at 156-1, Upper Mall Scheme, Scotch Corner, has been engaged and continues to be engaged by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for provision of legal services in corporate advisory, transactional and dispute resolution matters. He and his Lahore office have been acting for SNGPL in such matters for more than 10 years.
- Notable engagements in which he and his firm have represented SNGPL are as follows:
Represented Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (‘SNGPL’) in international arbitrations held in London under the London Court of International Arbitration Rules;
- Represented SNGPL in domestic arbitrations held under the Arbitration Act 1940;
- Represented SNGPL in constitutional and civil matters before High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan;
- Counsel for SNGPL in connection with its gas sale agreements and in connection with the sale of its LPG business;
- Counsel for SNGPL in LNG project documentation.
I can confidently say that Mr. Ahmad Hosain’s performance is remarkable. I have seen Mr. Hosain and his law firm working will full dedication and interest. Mr. Hosain always handle each and every intricate issue/taxing litigation matter with thorough professionalism. His indefatigable energy, articulated communication and excellent drafting skills are his strength.
FGE | Ebrahim Hosain is committed to providing an environment that is diverse and inclusive. Inclusivity is a core value of the firm and our vision. At FGE | Ebrahim Hosain, we strongly believe that diverse teams drive innovation and assist in building long-lasting relationships with clients. We are proud that, in contrast with many of our competitors, 50% of the lawyers working at our Lahore office are female. Building a diverse and dynamic workforce is crucial to our ethos and we are working hard to ensure that we maintain a diverse workforce at all levels.
Furthermore, engaging in pro-bono work has been an integral part of our practice. Our Senior Partner, Khwaja Ahmad Hosain appeared pro-bono on behalf of civil society in the Orange Train metro case in the Supreme Court where the Supreme Court established a committee to monitor work and imposed various conditions on the Government in respect of construction of a project near heritage sites. The firm also acted pro-bono in a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the Action in Aid of Civil Power Ordinance.
The firm regularly assists the Government in projects which aim to advance economic development and social welfare in Pakistan. Our Partner, Zaki Rahman was appointed as a legal expert by the Government of the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in connection with an Asian Development Bank Project for improvement of water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management in five cities in the Province. Furthermore, our firm represents the Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for the procurement and installation of water metering systems in the city of Lahore on a public private partnership basis.
A. International Arbitration
Our firm has been at the forefront of international arbitration for a number of years and regularly advises and represents clients in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Currently our Senior Partner, Mr. Khwaja Ahmad Hosain is lead counsel in the following arbitrations:
- Lead counsel for Pakistan LNG Limited (an LNG company) in two London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos. 204593 and 204638 against PGP Consortium Limited. These two Arbitrations have been consolidated. The matter value is more than USD 100 million.
- Lead counsel for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (a gas transmission and distribution company) in three consolidated London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos. 194272, 194273, 194274 against Orient Power Company, Sapphire Electric Company and Saif Power Limited. The matter value is more than PKR 1 billion.
- Lead counsel for SNGPL (a gas transmission and distribution company) in two London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos. 194492 and 194493 against National Power Parks Management Company (a government owned power plant). The matter value is more than PKR 4 billion.
- Lead Counsel for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (a gas transmission and distribution company) in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations No. 194490 against Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Limited (a government owned power plant). The matter value is more than PKR 8 billion.
Our Partner, Zaki Rahman has also been actively involved in international arbitrations for several years. Currently Mr. Zaki Rahman is lead counsel in the following international arbitrations:
- Lead counsel for the Pakistan Cricket Board in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos. 204931 and 204932 against Blitz Advertising (Private) Limited (a media company). These two arbitrations have been consolidated. The matter value is over USD 40 million.
- Lead counsel for the Pakistan Cricket Board in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos. 204854 and 204855 against Techfront International FZE (a media company). These two arbitrations have been consolidated. The matter value is over USD 7 million.
- Lead counsel for the Pakistan Cricket Board in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Arbitrations Nos 204806 and 204859 against Blitz Advertising (Private) Limited (a media company). These two arbitrations have been consolidated. The matter value is over PKR 1 billion.
B. Expert Report on Insurance Laws
Our Senior Partner, Khwaja Ahmad Hosain provided an Expert Report on behalf of Clyde & Co to be filed in the English High Court in relation to aviation insurance laws in Pakistan. The report contained an analysis of insurance laws in Pakistan, aviation policies and the validity of ‘cut through clauses’ in insurance contracts.
C. International Advisory Matters
Khwaja Ahmad Hosain regularly advises the Pakistan Cricket Board on International Cricket Council matters including forthcoming international events. This includes coordinating with Clifford Chance LLP on Pakistan law matters in connection with various contentious issues faced by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Furthermore, Mr. Hosain was recommended by Clifford Chance LLP to advise Mazars Consulting (a leading international audit, tax and advisory firm) in connecting with a dispute with local management.
D. Government Appointed Expert on Bi-lateral Investment Treaties and International Legal Obligations
Khwaja Ahmad Hosain has been appointed by the Federal Government of Pakistan as a legal expert on a committee to advise the Government on bilateral investment treaties and other international legal obligations.
A. Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
Our Senior Partner, Khwaja Ahmad Hosain was lead counsel for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (“SNGPL”) in Orient Power Company Private Limited vs. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited through Managing Director.1 He successfully acted for SNGPL in the Lahore High Court with regards to enforcement of the foreign arbitral award rendered in favour of SNGPL in LCIA Arbitration No. 142710. The award amount is approximately PKR 800 million.
This is a landmark judgement for enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Pakistan. The Lahore High Court held that High Courts have exclusive jurisdiction to recognize and enforce foreign arbitral awards. Additionally, the Lahore High Court held that the use of public policy as a ground to refuse recognition of foreign arbitral awards under the New York Convention is extremely limited.
The decision of the Lahore High Court allowing enforcement has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Khwaja Ahmad Hosain appeared in the Supreme Court in this matter and submitted detailed arguments before the Supreme Court on the scope of the New York Convention and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
B. Workplace Harassment Law
Our Senior Partner, Khwaja Ahmad Hosain is representing artist and singer Meesha Shafi before the Supreme Court. This is an important case as it will decide which categories of persons are protected under the workplace harassment law i.e. Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 (the “Act”).
Mr. Hosain was granted leave to appeal by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court. In the leave granting order, the case is described as a case of “first impressions” which means the legal points raised regarding the interpretation of the Act have not been heard by the Supreme Court before.
C. Constitutional Law
Our Partner, Zaki Rahman is lead counsel for the Pakistan Cricket Board in a writ petition filed by the Pakistan Cricket Board before the Lahore High Court on the important constitutional question of whether a provincial legislature can impose tax on an entity established by the federal government pursuant to a federal law.
D. Contract Law (Media Rights Agreement)
Our Senior Partner, Zaki Rahman is lead counsel for the Pakistan Cricket Board in a case before the Lahore High Court dealing with principles governing the grant of injunctions on encashment of insurance guarantees.
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