Mohammad Akram Sheikh

Akram Sheikh is our exclusively recommended Human Rights Law expert in Pakistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Akram directly using the contact details listed above.

Akram is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and is well renowned, in Pakistan and abroad, as an outstanding jurist.

  • Graduated in law from Punjab University in 1970 and commenced post-graduate studies at Queen Mary University of London in 1972.
  • Started legal practice in 1973.
  • Conferred status of Senior Advocate by full Supreme Court for exceptional services towards development of constitutional and criminal law.

Has advocated numerous ground-breaking cases, reported in national and international law journals, such as:

  • 1983 case of Safia Bibi, a blind girl and rape victim, charged and convicted for giving birth to an illegitimate child and sentenced to imprisonment and flogging (reported as PLD 1985 FSC 120) revolutionising Muslim law on rape and criminal evidence, Is taught in universities of Pakistan and abroad.
  • 1990 spearheaded introduction of Provincial Banking freeing the sector from Federal regulatory control.
  • 1999 case of Sheikh Liaquat Hussain (reported as PLD 1999 SC 504) laying down principles regarding role of the Army as agent of Federal Government;
  • 2001 case of Asfandyar Wali Khan (reported as PLD 2001 SC 607) regarding extra territorial nature of anti-corruption law;
  • Prosecuted Military Dictator Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf for Abrogating Constitution under the guise of Emergency Plus in 2007;
  • In 2007 led the movement for restoration of over 60 judges of Superior Courts in Pakistan and beyond, activating the American, Canadian, English and European Bar Associations. Activated American Bar Association (ABA) which led a procession in Washington for the restoration judiciary of Pakistan;
  • Argued against Emergency Rule in Pakistan (November 2007), before the Supreme Court.
  • Made efforts for restoration of Superior Judiciary which resulted in ouster of the Dictator.
  • Held prestigious offices of Secretary General, Vice Chairman and President of Bar Councils including the Pakistan Bar Council.
  • Has held important positions at national and international level such as Ambassador at Large with status of Federal Minister, Roving Ambassador of Pakistan.
  • Elected Council member of the Commonwealth Lawyer’s Association (CLA), active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and LawAsia and Union International des Advocates (UIA).
  • Contributed over 500 articles on various subjects including Disarmament, Human Rights, Criminal Laws and Eradication of Corruption.

Firm Overview:

Akram Sheikh Law Associates is one of the most prominent and prestigious law firm in Pakistan.

The firm was formed in 1974 by its founding member Mohammad Akram Sheikh. Mr. Sheikh was bestowed the title of Senior Advocate in 1993 for his services to the legal fraternity and an outstanding assistance to Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has also been the former President of Supreme Court Bar Association. In the book titled “Encyclopedia of Commercial Litigation” published by Kluwer, he scribed chapter of Pakistan.

Akram Sheikh Law Associates has a long established reputation as the corporate and commercial litigation law firm, offering extensive range of services to diverse clientele including multinationals, financial institutions, public and private sector bodies, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Ehtisham Qadir

Ehtisham Qadir is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Pakistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ehtisham directly using the contact details listed above.

Mr. Ehtisham Qadir is Partner of the Firm and co-heads the corporate and commercial department of the Firm.

His chief area of focus includes transaction advisory, energy, oil and gas and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises companies on matters relating to investment, project finance, construction, mergers & acquisitions, corporate & regulatory compliance, contract, anti-competitive action, tax, labour, telecommunication, property, foreign exchange regulation and intellectual property. His clients include government institutions, listed companies and industrial conglomerates.

Mr. Qadir is enrolled as an Advocate of High Courts of Pakistan. He has previously worked with RIAA Barker Gillette and Mandviwalla and Zafar during which he has advised various clients on energy (renewable and non-renewable) and infrastructure projects exceeding USD 2.7 Billion and mergers and acquisitions exceeding USD 1.9 Billion.

Mr. Ehtisham Qadir is presently serving as the Deputy Convener of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Standing Committee on “Law and Justice” and is a member of Finance and Tax Sub-Committee of Karachi Tax Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

A.Qadir & Company is a leading law firm offering breadth of services including tax advisory, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, competition and anti-trust, projects and financing, intellectual property and real estate to the leading companies and financial institutions. Our firm prides itself with a rich experience of four (4) decades having been founded in 1980 by our founder Mr. Abdul Qadir Memon.

A very dedicated team of highly skilled professionals helped the firm to progress successfully and today its clients range from entrepreneurs to government institutions, from retailers to listed companies and industrial conglomerates. We concentrate immensely on the requirements of our clients and nature of their businesses.

Our practice is to build on its reputation of exceptional service delivery along with appropriate and outstanding skills, expertise and advice tailored specifically for our client’s businesses. We believe in following a holistic attitude to ensure that our clients always receive professionally researched and best advice. It is our aim to provide full assistance to our clients in succeeding towards their objectives and goals as effortlessly and professionally as possible.

Syed Ali Bin Maaz

Syed Ali Bin Maaz is our exclusively recommended Aviation Finance expert in Pakistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Syed directly using the contact details above.

Syed has extensive experience working on corporate and commercial matters, with a strong focus on aviation finance, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and financial market transactions. In addition to his experience in the corporate field, Ali also advises in commercial dispute resolution matters and appears before the courts in Pakistan.

Syed acts for major clients most notably in the energy and natural resources and financial sectors. He provides specialist advice in relation to aircraft leasing and aviation financing and routinely advises power sector entities in negotiations of project documents, including fuel supply agreements and power purchase contracts. Ali has also recently been involved with power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. He has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in Banking and M&A (IFLR).

Firm Overview:

Kabraji & Talibuddin is a corporate and commercial law firm in Pakistan with a market-leading and innovative practice focused on project finance and energy, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution.

The firm was formed in Karachi in 1997 by the two name partners who have over 60 years of legal experience between them. Kairas Kabraji is prominently recognised in Pakistan and abroad as one of the country’s leading corporate and commercial lawyers. Salman Talibuddin is independently recognised as a renowned litigation and dispute resolution lawyer who has acted in several high-profile and major disputes.

The firm brings together an award-winning team with diverse experience to provide a full range of legal services. From routine matters to complex transactions and disputes, clients benefit from the team’s collective expertise through continuous and valuable partner involvement in each matter handled by the firm.

Saifullah Khan

Saifullah Khan, an international trade lawyer, has more than fifteen years of practical experience in the areas of international trade advisory. trade remedy laws (Antidumping, Subsidies & Countervailing Measures, Safeguards), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), TRIPS, Anti-trust and Competition Law, E-Commerce, Trade Agreements, Dispute Settlement and issues relating to para-tariff & non-tariff barriers.

Mr. Khan is engaged in providing a wide range of services covering every aspect of the Competition Law to safeguard the business interests of local as well as international clients. The professional services includes conducting a competition compliance training for advising clients ways and means to comply with the relevant provisions of the law, carrying out a competition compliance review/audit, providing consultancy on day to day competition issues, evaluating strategies against competitors, evaluation of contracts/agreements with suppliers, distributors, dealers, customers and suggesting necessary revisions, Mergers & Acquisitions, evaluation of product promotional strategy and material in light of competition law and rules and protecting the interests of businesses through invoking the provisions of the law and pleading their case before the Competition Authority to avoid any adverse action against the clients.

Mr. Khan has developed expertise and engaged in the advisory activities in the legal, policy and regulatory framework for e-commerce. He is currently advising Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan in connection with devising policy frame work for e-commerce in Pakistan in line with the guidelines and model laws framed/adopted by UNCITRAL. Mr. Khan also assists online businesses to maintain a compliant online business by offering legal services including contracts drafting, reviewing and negotiating, privacy and data protection, consumer protection, intellectual property and advertising etc. His firm is one of the contributors of Business for etrade development – a private sector arm of the “UNCTAD-led etrade for all initiative”. The firm is also a trust partner of safe.shop (a global trust mark) for Pakistan and UAE.

Mr. Khan is also working as Chairman of the Standing Committee on WTO Affairs of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) for the years 2017 & 2018. In the beginning of this year, Mr. Khan has been awarded ‘Special Achievement Gold Medal’ by FPCCI in recognition of remarkable contributions over the last year as Chairman of the Standing Committee of WTO Affairs. Mr. Khan has an extensive and global advisory portfolio in development of International Trade Management System, International Trade Agreements, Foreign Trade Development. Recently, Mr. Khan has been awarded a certificate of completion for the Mastering Trade Policy program, August 17 – 26, 2018, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.

Mr. Khan is a practicing lawyer and member of Islamabad Bar Council, management accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors – USA, Fellow Member of the Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) and Member Rawalpindi-Islamabad Tax Bar Association (RITBA). He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), United Kingdom.

Shabbir Harianawala

Shabbir Harianawala is a specialist M&A lawyer with a focus on telecom, oil & gas (upstream and downstream), banking and pharmaceutical sectors. Shabbir is also routinely sought by clients to advise on private equity and joint venture transactions and is well versed with complex shareholder arrangements, corporate re-organisations, foreign exchange & takeover laws, corporate governance, payment systems and general disclosures and compliances concerning listed companies. As Pakistan has a robust and well developed regulatory regime, Shabbir is routinely engaged to advise on various regulatory issues involving Competition Commission, State Bank of Pakistan, Securities Exchange Commission and other sector specific regulatory authorities.

Before moving to Karachi, Shabbir was heading the Islamabad office and was instrumental in developing the Islamabad office into a full-service practice and amongst the leading legal service providers in the region. According to Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, clients have praised Shabbir as “he has proved himself to be really, really competent, he’s good at his work and managing relationships” and “one of the sharpest lawyers I have dealt with in a long time.” Shabbir has also been consistently ranked by leading publications as amongst the leading lawyers in the country.

Due to Shabbir’s diverse exposure in several sectors, he commands a strong commercial grip on every step of the transaction and the underlying commercial sensitivities which helps him render effective and practical advice. Shabbir prefers to remain personally involved from kick-off until completion and is lauded for his accessibility and quick turn-arounds.

Outside work, Shabbir enjoys traveling. Additionally, he also likes to teach and has been a visiting lecturer to a leading business school in Pakistan on topics of business law and its practical application. Shabbir likes to read and write and has contributed editorials to leading newspapers of Pakistan (such as Dawn and Daily Times) on issues of socio-political significance.

Firm Overview:

At HaidermotaBNR, we are committed to providing practical solutions to complex issues faced by clients and establishing market standards for others to follow. We strive to challenge conventions and push existing boundaries.

Between our transactional, advisory and dispute resolution services the firm provides clients with a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution. Admired for its dynamism, our team has executed countless first-of-the-kind transactions across key sectors including Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial Advisory, Project Finance, Privatisation, and Public-Private Partnerships. Equipped with a deep market perspective and topnotch negotiation skills, we anticipate risks, and leverage opportunities. In tandem, our highly qualified and experienced litigation team, consisting of distinguished practitioners of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, offers clients an exhaustive service in the field of dispute resolution.

With a dedicated team of over 40 lawyers and offices in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and an affiliated office in Dubai we are always available to assist our clients in overcoming any legal challenge. Anjarwala, Collins and Haidermota (AC&H), our affiliated firm in Dubai, provides a broad range of corporate, commercial and property related legal services. AC&H has significant experience of handling transactions for clients in the Middle East, Pakistan, UK and Canada and benefits from being part of the Africa Legal Network (ALN).

At all times, we honour and value our clients’ goals, strive to exceed their expectations, and ensure “timely service delivery.”

Jibran S. Hassan FCA

Mr. Jibran is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and has rich experience of over 16 years at a senior level both locally and internationally. He started his professional career from A. F. Ferguson & Co., Chartered Accountants (a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers).

He served with Kinnevik Group (Sweden). Kinnevik which is today one of the largest listed investment companies in Europe with total assets of $ 7 billion. Over the past 30 years Kinnevik has set up numerous entrepreneurial new businesses within media, telecoms and business services. Mr Jibran carried-out assignments in many countries including USA, UK, Holland, Luxemburg, Denmark, Finland, Cambodia, Senegal, Tanzania, Bolivia, Guatemala and Peru.

Mr. Jibran holds extensive accounting & audit experience of multinational, public/ non-public companies, in manufacturing, trading, oil & gas, real estate, software and development sectors in accordance with US GAAP, IFRS, SEC & Int’l Auditing Guidelines.

Practice:

JASB, is a fertile valley in Iran which was populated during the 200 AD. The valley is famous for its abundant greenery and a network of gushing streams and it is this fertility and energy of running streams that is reflected in the manner and working of the firm.

JASB is the acronym of the first names of the founding partners of the firm viz-a-viz, Jibran Hassan, Arsalan Vardag, Saeed A. Chughtai and Basharat Rasool.

The founding Partners have qualified chartered accountancy from big four audit firms and represent cumulative professional work experience of over 80 years. The JASB provides a multitude of services to a wide variety of clients from its presence in Karachi and Islamabad. The symbol of the firm is reflective of the firm’s philosophy. The two arches at the top represent higher level of reasoning and logic i.e. Conscience.

Our firm’s color is “blue” which relates to trust, honesty and dependability, therefore helping to build customer loyalty. It indicates confidence, reliability and responsibility. It inspires wisdom and higher ideals but is also conservative and predictable.

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values are the basis of our approach to business which in turn is based on our Conscience to deliver multi-professional services with utmost integrity and professionalism.

Our Customers, the main beneficiaries of our expertise and services, will feel the difference in the way we treat them and engage them from the very outset of a particular assignment to understand their needs and to adopt a solution oriented approach without compromising on the integrity and professionalism.