Haidermota & Co

Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading firm with a stellar reputation in M&A, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Additionally sought after for its expertise in advising on private equity investments, privatisations and strategic partnerships. Frequently active on complex cross-border transactions, representing both domestic and international clients from a range of industries including banking, power and telecoms. Clients benefit from the firm's full-service offering and nationwide coverage.

Strengths One client enthuses: "I would honestly sing their praises. They are responsive, they always follow up on everything, they are client-friendly and they are always on top of the work. What I look for is the legal expertise, and they deliver on that, but they are also pleasant people to be around."

Another client comments: "The team are very professional and provide timely feedback. With respect to commercial awareness, they are very considerate and know the market values very thoroughly."

Work highlights Acts as legal counsel to a Colgate-Palmolive company in relation to its intention to increase its shareholding, by an aggregate of 51%, in a listed company in Pakistan.

Notable practitioners

Ali Akber Vasi
is a "good name in the market and is user-friendly and good to work with," according to interviewees. He is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for his work on corporate transactions, including advising an impressive list of multinational clients on inbound investments. One client attests: "His financial background is valuable as he is able to see the bigger picture."

Khozem Haidermota
is a distinguished authority in the Pakistan legal market. He attracts significant praise from interviewees, who label him an "incredibly smart man" and appreciate that he "possesses vast knowledge and is very experienced, and always delivers workable solutions to complex issues." He offers clients extensive experience in transactional corporate matters, including M&A and market entry. One market source reports: "Khozem is the top corporate lawyer in Pakistan and is the go-to person for anything complex. He has incredibly diverse experience and has a unique ability to think out of the box. He is highly recommended for any high-end work."

Shabbir Harianawala
is held in high esteem by interviewees, who consider him an "incredibly safe pair of hands, who has a calm demeanour, but at the same time offers incisive advice that is practical and legally solid." He has longstanding experience in the corporate arena, advising on a range of acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. In addition to his corporate work, he also attracts praise for his litigation practice, with one client reporting: "He is a very competent lawyer with vast experience in litigation as well as corporate law matters."