Firm Profile > ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels > Lahore, Pakistan

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels
LAHORE 54000

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ABS & Co. handles all aspects of commercial disputes as well as constitutional cases. Core strengths lie in advising on construction disputes and disputes between private parties and sovereign states. Other areas of expertise include advising on disputes over copyright, trade mark and patent infringement, as well as disputes in the telecoms industry. The agile team is also known for its advice on disputes relating to national security and foreign investment. Islamabad-based Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Lahore-based Salman Hanif Rajput co-head the team. Waqas Aziz Qureshi left the firm to found his own company.

Practice head(s):

Ahmer Bilal Soofi; Salman Hanif Rajput

Key clients

China Ocean Engineering Construction General Bureau (COECG)

Habib Rafiq

Zealcon Engineering

Siddiq Sons Tinplates Limited

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Limited

Punjab Thermal Power Limited

Samsons Group of Companies

Inland Water Transport Development Company

Water and Sanitation Agency, Lahore

National Bank of Pakistan

Habib Bank Limited

Mughals Pakistan Private Limited

Fizza Developers

Punjab Skills Development Fund

Punjab Population Innovation Fund

Projects and energy Tier 2

ABS & Co. fields a versatile team that is skilled at advising on a broad range of issues relating to major infrastructure projects. It has considerable expertise in the oil and gas sector as well as in power, energy and aviation. It is experienced at advising both public and private sector clients on a myriad of issues, including those relating to the procurement process. Amna Warsi is one of the primary members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Amna Warsi; Ayasha Warsi; Salman Hanif Rajput; Sarjeel Mowahid

Key clients

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority

Karachi Port Trust

Mughals Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.

Samsons Group of Companies

Alternate Energy Development Board

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

ABS & Co. advises the management of corporate entities on a broad array of matters, from company acquisitions to mergers, regulatory issues and other commercial matters such as agency and lease agreements. Other strengths lie in advising on directors’ duties as well as drafting constitutional documents for companies. Team head Sarjeel Mowahid is recommended for his advice on foreign direct investment and procurement laws. He is also well versed in handling a myriad of contractual disputes and is recognised for his due diligence work on large corporate deals.

Practice head(s):

Sarjeel Mowahid

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Reza Mirza


The team pays focused attention to attending to queries with a mindset of resolving the issues. Unlike other firms, it does not believe in complicating things for clients

Sarjeel Mowahid is one of the most competent lawyers around. I strongly recommend him both for his professionalism and support

‘Ahmed Reza Mirza is the most dependable resource at associate level and I  just love his excitement and passion towards his work

Key clients

Punjab Skills & Development Fund

Punjab Population Innovation Fund

Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company

Alternative Energy Development Board

MCB Bank

Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company

AM99 Pvt. Ltd.

Mughals Pakistan Ltd.

Inter State Gas Systems Pvt. Limited

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Pvt. Limited

Punjab Thermal Power Pvt. Limited

Fizza Developers Pvt. Limited

Habib Rafique Pvt. Limited

Zealcon Engineering Pvt. Limited

HBLPerformance Automotive Pvt. Limited

Psychic VR Lab

Lahore Waste Management Company

Filters Pakistan Pvt. Limited

Khyber Tobacco Company Limited

Walton Tobacco Pvt. Limited

National Tobacco Industries

Samson Group of Companies

Farm Dynamics Pakistan Pvt. Limited

United Bank Limited

Habib Metropolitan Bank

Bank Alfalah

Askari Bank

Palm Hospitality

Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan


Pakistan LNG Limited

Vinci Construction Pakistan

Air Link

National Bank of Pakistan

Allied Bank

Pizza Hut

McDonalds Pakistan

China Gezhouba Group Company Limited

China Three Gorges south Asia Investment Ltd.

NLC Trucking & Bus Services (Pvt) Ltd.

The firm: With over 30 years of experience and a team of more than 40 lawyers spread over two different offices, ABS & Co. is one of the largest and most experienced law firms in the country.

The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients, ranging from advice on corporate and transactional matters to dispute resolution and international arbitration.

The firm prides itself on having a strong practice in advising clients on a range of issues that cuts across diverse sectors such as real estate, power, intellectual property, finance/banking, cyber law, sports law, energy, natural resources, petrochemicals, mining and transport.

Similarly, the firm’s expertise in litigation is acknowledged and widely recognised, both locally and internationally. The firm provides its clients with a full range of services in respect of arbitration and alternate dispute resolution including pre-arbitral consultations, preparation of claims and/or defences, conduct of arbitral proceedings, applying or resisting stay applications, anti-arbitration injunction applications and other arbitration related applications in court, and contesting court proceedings in respect of enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Members of the firm’s team are linked with the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Vienna and have extensive experience in arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID and LCIA rules.

Over the years, the firm has developed this reputation due to the firm’s consistent and unwavering support to government, government-owned entities, public sector organisations, statutory bodies, diplomatic missions, regulatory agencies, regional and international companies, banks and financial institutions along with high-net-worth individuals and other publicly listed companies.

The provision of a broad range of legal services to such a diverse clientele allows the firm to bring regulatory, commercial and legal perspectives in its approach towards solving complex legal issues. The solutions the firm provides to its clients are comprehensive, innovative and, most importantly, viable.

Areas of practice: Litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution: The Firm has over 30 years of experience in civil, corporate and commercial litigation at all different judicial and administrative forums, including the Provincial High Courts, the Federal Shariat Court and the Supreme Court. The Firm provides a full range of legal services in respect of arbitration and alternate dispute resolution.

Corporate and commercial: The firm has substantial experience of advising on a broad range of commercial issues ranging from conducting negotiations and finalising commercial contracts to general advice on commercial transactions.

Foreign direct investments: The firm has developed an impeccable reputation for its advice on public and private investments in Pakistan. The team is recognised for its expertise in examining bilateral investment treaties and/or free trade agreements between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and other states, taxation treaties and international conventions.

Joint ventures: The firm has extensive experience of advising on joint ventures, strategic alliances and has advised on some of the major joint ventures in Pakistan. It is equally at home with smaller joint ventures, advising either investors or entrepreneurs in the start-up phase. Our firm is known for its expertise in rapidly developing sectors such as publishing, financial services, new media, telecoms, chemicals, aerospace, aviation, shipping, energy and e-commerce, as well as in more conventional markets such as real estate.

Intellectual property: The firm provides cutting-edge and market-leading solutions to its clients regarding the intellectual property challenges that they face. In this regard, the firm’s services include brand selection, availability, search and clearance in trade marks, copyright licensing, logos, patents and other related matters. Additionally, the firm provides innovative solutions to its clients on protection of intellectual property rights, bringing enforcement actions before the courts etc.

Corporate governance: The firm frequently advices its corporate clients on legal issues which regularly affect their businesses. The firm advises on all elements of company law, including corporate restructuring, insolvency law, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions and establishment of new corporate vehicles.

Legislation and Policy: The Firm regularly advises the Federal and Provincial Governments and various government entities on legislative, regulatory and policy issues.

Regulatory: The Firm also provides legal and regulatory advice to corporate and commercial entities including public listed companies. Our deep insight into government and regulation, developed through years of advising the government and various regulatory bodies, ensures that we provide our clients with commercially driven legal advice in respect of all legal matters. To this end, we have advised on oil and gas, mining, aerospace, aviation, competition, anti-trust, environmental and corporate legal regimes.

Investment and Free Trade Agreements: The Firm is renowned for its expertise in consultative advice, drafting and policy advocacy related to investment treaties and free trade agreements. In this respect, the Firm has developed a network of national and international experts who are available for contentious and non-contentious matters in respect of major economic and trade sectors including domestic regulation, international dispute settlement and offshore litigation.

The firm works by building strong relationships with in-house legal teams to provide reliable advice on matters relating to corporate governance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Int'l Arbitration Ahmer Bilal Soofi
Head of Intellectual Property Majid Bashir
Head of Corporate & Commercial Sarjeel Mowahid
Head of Energy & Infrastructure Amna Warsi
Head of Project Finance Ayasha Warsi
Head of Property & Real Estate Salman Hanif Rajput
Head of Regulatory & Sanctions Law Division Daud Aziz Khokhar
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Amna Abbas
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Iqbal Khan Nasr
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Usman Jillani
Corporate and Commercial Shahrukh Iftikhar
Dispute Resolution Imran Ahmed Malik
Dispute Resolution Ghulam Ali Raza
Jurisconsult Shehzad Haider
Dispute Resolution Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi
Intellectual Property Samar Masood
Corporate and Commercial Ahmed Reza Mirza
Dispute Resolution Jawad Alam Abbasi
Dispute Resolution Scheherezaad Qureshi
Dispute Resolution Ammarah Mahmood
Dispute Resolution Mohammad bin Majid
Corporate and Commercial Zainab Nasir Khan
Dispute Resolution Masood Ahmad Khattak
Intellectual Property Rafia Farrukh Rashid
Corporate and Commercial Zeeshan Ali Tarar
Corporate and Commercial Rawal Kazmi
Corporate and Commercial Muhammad Mufakhir
Dispute Resolution Sohail Asghar Chaudhary
Corporate and Commercial Tajwer Khan
Ali Raza
Dispute Resolution Ali Gillani
Coordinator Naveed Ahmad
Litigation Manager Tahseen Shaukhat
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Sarjeel Mowahid  photo Mr Sarjeel Mowahid Partner Head of Corporate & Commercial
Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi  photo Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi Managing Partner
Total Number of Lawyers : 44
Total Number of Lawyers in Islamabad : 18
Total Number of Lawyers in Lahore : 26
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