Haidermota & Co

Corporate/Commercial Department

Pakistan
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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 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 source comments: "The firm delivers high-quality services, which include an excellent turnaround time, providing commercially savvy advice and follow-ups after closing a transaction to understand whether there are any pending or arising issues that need to be addressed."

Another source states: "They are speedy and provide comprehensive support to establish the clients' business. They negotiate strongly for critical issues to secure the clients' benefit."

Work highlights Assisted Fullerton Financial with the USD230 million merger of NIB Bank and MCB Bank, being the majority shareholder of the former.

Advised Telenor ASA on the potential equity investment and strategic partnership between Telenor Microfinance Bank and Ant Financial Services Group, involving a USD185 million investment by Ant in Telenor Microfinance Bank.

Notable practitioners

Ali Akber Vasi focuses on assisting clients with a variety of corporate work, including takeovers, mergers and acquisitions. He is singled out as "thorough and able to see the bigger picture."

Khozem Haidermota stands out for his extensive experience across the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including divestments, acquisitions and privatisations. Sources portray him as "a practitioner who thinks out of the box, providing solutions that have not been explored before and setting a precedent."

Shabbir Harianawala has a proven track record in representing clients in corporate transactions in the telecoms, infrastructure and utilities sectors. One client remarks: "He is skilled at negotiations, has great dispute resolution capabilities and has the knack to address issues with a non-contentious approach," adding: "He maintains his composure also in times of absolute chaos and conflict."