Mr Bilal Shaukat > RIAA BARKER GILLETTE > Karachi, Pakistan > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy



Recommended as a leading lawyer by prestigious legal directories, Bilal Shaukat is the Managing Partner of RIAA Barker Gillette (Pakistan), and heads the corporate/commercial practice of the firm in Karachi. A distinguished member of the legal fraternity in Pakistan, his chief areas of focus include project finance, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure projects. He is particularly well known for his extensive experience in developing power projects, including coal, RLNG and renewable energy projects. He has worked on number of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and regularly assists clients with foreign and local financing facilities including Sukuks and Musharaka arrangements.  A seasoned professional with more than twenty years of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, Bilal regularly advises multinational companies, financial institutions and other listed companies in complex company, banking, competition, and income tax related matters. Bilal has also been active within the public sector and has rendered advice on the establishment and growth of private independent investment in state-owned enterprises. More recently, he has been busy with Public Private Partnership Projects and is currently advising the Government of Sindh on the development of a hybrid solar/gas power project for the K-IV Water Supply Project and the Dhabeji Industrial Zone Project.


Partner at RIAA Barker Gillette since 2008
Worked as a Senior Associate at Khalid Anwer & Co from 2003 till 2008


English, Urdu & Punjabi


Member of The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Member of Sind High Court Bar Association
Member of Sind Bar Council


University of Wales, Cadiff (Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies) 1999;
London School of Economics and Political Science MSc 1997;
University of Hull, England (LLB Hons);
University of Punjab (BA) 1994.



Lawyer Rankings

Pakistan > Capital markets

Experienced in equity capital market transactions, RIAA BARKER GILLETTE is well-positioned to guide its clients through complex legislation. With a full-service capability in capital markets, the offering encompasses bot IPOs and sukuk mandates, amongst other transactions. Bilal Shaukat leads the team, which is also strengthened by London-based partner Ahsan Z Rizvi.

Pakistan > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)


RIAA BARKER GILLETTE is distinguished for representing leading multinational banks, corporations, and developers across a swathe of sectors. The firm boasts full-service capabilities in the banking and finance arena and handles a wide range of financing and security arrangements, including enforcement actions, debt to equity conversions, and syndicated and substantial loan transactions, as well as Islamic modes of financing; one client praises it for its ‘in-depth understanding of project financing transactions‘. Taking an innovative approach to new financial instruments, the firm has represented high-profile banks and financial institutions, for example the Export-Import Bank of China, Citibank, IFC, ADB, and the World Bank. The team is led by Bilal Shaukat, who has particular expertise in power projects financing and is supported by Ahsan Zahir Rizvi, an expert in statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks. Hasnain Naqvee leverages his corporate knowledge and operates from the Lahore office. Adil Tirmizey is another key practitioner who advises some of Pakistan’s largest banks on multiple local and cross-border deals.

Pakistan > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Bilal Shaukat


Full-service firm RIAA BARKER GILLETTE excels at cross-border commercial arrangements handling IP and competition aspects of M&A transactions and is noteworthy in the areas of greenfield and brownfield investments in Pakistan. The team boasts particular expertise in cross-border acquisitions in the healthcare and agricultural sectors. Leveraging its cross-sector expertise, it acts for a diverse range of clients from leading companies to non-profit organizations, led by Karachi-based managing partner Bilal Shaukat who is a noted expert in petroleum and mining industries, and Islamabad-based Yousaf Khosa. Mazhar Bangash and Shafaq Rehman are other key names of note.

Pakistan > Projects and energy

RIAA BARKER GILLETTE has played a leading role in Pakistan’s era-defining projects, namely the development of the first independent power project, international airport, and motorway. Boasting ‘in-depth understanding of the energy sector’ the team provides clients with wide ranging advice, including on project structuring, EPC contracts, and shareholder agreements. The practice is headed by Hasnain Naqvee, who brings a wealth of experience in power projects and Pakistan’s private power sector. He is aided by Bilal Shaukat, currently advising the Government of Sindh on public private partnership agreements and the development of Dhabeji Special Economic Zone. They are supported by Ahsan Z Rizvi, who specialises in project development and financing documentation in connection with infrastructure and power projects. Yousaf Khosa is another key litigator and leverages his considerable expertise in the telecommunication, oil and gas, and construction sectors.