Firm Profile > ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels > Lahore, Pakistan
ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels Offices
9 FANE ROAD
ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 2ABS & 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:
‘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’.
Engro Corporation Limited
Dawood Hercules Limited
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)
Siddiqsons Tinplates Limited
United Bank Limited (UBL)
Habib Rafiq Limited
Medipak Private Limited
Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA)
Projects and energy Tier 2ABS & 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.
Corporate and M&A Tier 3Through 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.
‘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!’.
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.
ABS & Co. Advocates and Corporate Counsels > Firm Profile
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.
|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|
|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|
|Dispute Resolution||Ali Gillani|
|Litigation Manager||Tahseen Shaukhat|