Firm Profile > ABS & Co. > Lahore, Pakistan
ABS & Co. Offices
9 FANE ROAD
ABS & Co. > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 2ABS & 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.
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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
Punjab Skills Development Fund
Punjab Population Innovation Fund
Projects and energy Tier 2ABS & 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.
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
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Mughals Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.
Samsons Group of Companies
Alternate Energy Development Board
Corporate and M&A Tier 3ABS & 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.
‘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’
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Alternative Energy Development Board
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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
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Psychic VR Lab
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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
Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan
Pakistan LNG Limited
Vinci Construction Pakistan
National Bank of Pakistan
China Gezhouba Group Company Limited
China Three Gorges south Asia Investment Ltd.
NLC Trucking & Bus Services (Pvt) Ltd.
ABS & Co. > 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 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.
|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|