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Akhund Forbes

Capital markets Tier 1

Akhund Forbes is known for its ability to handle high-value and complex transactions. It advises on the full array of capital markets work, such as advising central depository companies, stock exchanges and real estate investment funds on various issues. The nimble team routinely advises on IPOs, rights and bonus issues as well as on the issue of bonds, sukuks and other capital markets products. Founding and managing partner Rabel Akhund is a recognised name for his advice to Pakistani corporates on a myriad of capital markets regulations and has advised on some of the largest and most ground-breaking recent transactions. Sahar Iqbal is well regarded for her work in this field and advises many leading asset management companies in Pakistan.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

With Rabel Akhund at the helm, the team at Akhund Forbes is adept at advising on high-value corporate and commercial transactions. It is particularly noted for its expertise in M&A, joint ventures and corporate regulatory work. In addition, the team frequently works with foreign lawyers on complex cross-border deals, advising on diverse matters from leveraged buy-outs to hostile bids and friendly offers. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on joint ventures in the power and energy sectors. Sahar Iqbal heads the venture capital practice and is also respected for her work on private equity matters and M&A deals.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Akhund Forbes is known for its work on high-value and complex transactions involving acquisition financing, Islamic financing and project financing in particular. Practice head Rabel Akhund is recommended for his advice to financial institutions and corporate borrowers on major domestic and cross-border transactions. Sahar Iqbal is another prominent member of the team. The practice is also rated for its work in asset financing (ship finance and all aspects of capital asset financing) and has a solid reputation for real estate financing as it frequently acts for property developers and financial institutions.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Akhund Forbes has a skilled and experienced team that advises a broad range of local, national and international clients on the full spectrum of labour and employment issues, including drafting HR policies in accordance with Pakistan's labour laws. It also works with a number of major law firms to advise on local law matters. Sahar Iqbal is well regarded.

Projects and energy Tier 3

Akhund Forbes is known for its advice on complex projects which often have a multi-jurisdictional dimension. Of late it has advised on projects in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, mining, minerals and energy, and is well equipped to advise on the regulatory aspects of these deals. The team has a solid reputation for its work with international clients looking for investment opportunities in the Pakistani power sector. Rabel Akhund is increasingly busy advising on major power and infrastructure projects.

TMT Tier 3

Akhund Forbes has been advising on various high-value and complex TMT matters of late. The team has been particularly active recently in the telecoms sector, advising several clients on the acquisition of telecoms towers throughout the country and on the regulatory landscape for telecoms services. Rabel Akhund is a primary contact and Sahar Iqbal has been increasingly busy advising on TMT issues.