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

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels
9 FANE ROAD
LAHORE 54000
Pakistan

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ABS & Co. is best known for its commercial and constitutional litigation expertise. The team under the leadership of Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Salman Hanif Rajput frequently appears in both the High Court and the Supreme Court. It is also well-regarded for its skill at handling tax and employment/labour law disputes. Its arbitration practice continues to thrive and the department is increasingly advising on white-collar crime. Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi is an associate at the firm’s office in Lahore  and is recommended for his experience in constitutional matters. Amna Abbas left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

ABS & Co. is a firm on which you can rely on for expertise and best practices. Excellent litigators‘.

I have worked closely with Mr. Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi (Sr. Associate) and found him to be an exceptional lawyer with a special ability to communicate solutions in a very knowledgeable and friendly manner. Trustworthy, creative and technical, Mr. Soofi has provided excellent support and advice on the company’s strategy in relation to a high-stakes matter’.

 

Key clients

Engro Corporation Limited

Dawood Hercules Limited

PAKSAT

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)

Siddiqsons Tinplates Limited

United Bank Limited (UBL)

Habib Rafiq Limited

Zabeeh Group

Medipak Private Limited

Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)

Projects and energy Tier 2

ABS & Co. has a skilled team that advises on a broad range of issues relating to infrastructure projects through its offices in Lahore and Islamabad . It frequently advises both public and private sector clients on various large-scale projects and on procurement processes. It has considerable strength in the oil and gas sectors as well as in power, energy and aviation.  Names to note include the heads of department Amna Warsi, Ayasha Warsi and Sarjeel Mowahid.

Key clients

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority

Karachi Port Trust

Lahore Waste Management Company

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Through its offices in Lahore and Islamabad ABS & Co. routinely advises the management of corporate entities on the full array of legal matters from company acquisitions to mergers, regulatory matters and other commercial issues including agency and lease agreements. It is also known for its strength in advising on directors’ duties and its experience in drafting the constitutional documents for companies. Lahore-based Sarjeel Mowahid heads the department and has significant transactional experience. He has, in addition, advised clients on several project financings and corporate finance transactions and on numerous contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

I have had a brilliant experience with the entire team in terms of expertise. The lawyers know their job well and are very keen to learn about the latest happenings in the legal and regulations arena‘.

Sarjeel Mowahid has wide knowledge of all areas of law and adds value to the core of all work that leaves his table. He is very thorough in all his tasks. I must acknowledge that he has a special capacity to attract new clients by his exceptional legal skills and his untiring efforts to improve his learning curve. He  has also learned the art of client retention over a period of a long number of years spent in the profession. I wish him all the best!’.

Key clients

China Ghezouba Group Company Limited

Lahore Waste Management Company Limited

Bank of Punjab

Precision Wellness LLC

Heavy Mechanical Complex

Habib Rafique Pvt. Limited

Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Pvt. Ltd.

Punjab Thermal Pvt. Ltd.

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A (PGNiG S.A.)

Samson Group of Companies

United Bank Limited

Siddique Sons Tinplate Limited

Punjab Population Innovation Fund

Punjab Skills Development Fund

Labour and employment Tier 3

ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels has an excellent team that advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and covers the legal issues that arise on public/government employment contracts in addition to issues that arise in private employment. It advises on a wide spectrum of matters from industrial action and employee benefits through to drafting labour and HR policies. The Islamabad office has been busy advising on major pieces of litigation on employment and labour law matters too. Heads of team Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Imran Ahmed Malik are well-regarded.

Key clients

United Bank Limited (UBL)

National Bank of Pakistan

Bank of Punjab

Porsche

Punjab Skills Development Fund

Punjab Population Innovation Fund

Punjab Institute of Fashion & Design

McDonalds

Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)

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 alternative 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 it’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 for 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 alternative dispute resolution.

Corporate and commercial: The firm has substantial experience in 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 in 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 for 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 advises 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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Contacts : Naveed (info@absco.pk)