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RIAA Barker Gillette


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What the team is known for

RIAA Barker Gillette frequently advises blue-chip clients from the power, energy and infrastructure sectors, drawing upon the firm's extensive expertise in projects work. Situated in Lahore and Karachi, the team routinely handles M&A, private equity investments, corporate restructuring, land transactions and tax advisory mandates. Increasingly active in competition and anti-dumping matters as well as privatisations. Sought after by clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Clients include VINCI, VentureDive and Daelim Industrial.


A client enthuses: "RIAA are responsive, professional and polite in explaining their advice, well researched in their opinions, and reliable in their response time. Apart from legal advice, they also share commercial and operational consequences of the options presented in their advice. We are very happy with their support and with the performance of their partners and associates."

Another interviewee finds that "RIAA Barker Gillette are very proficient, knowledgeable and efficient."

Work highlights

RIAA Barker Gillette advised the Privatisation Commission of the government of Pakistan on the privatisation of SME Bank.

Notable practitioners

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is acknowledged for his precise legal work and local expertise, with interviewees labelling him one of Pakistan's top corporate lawyers. He offers clients extensive experience on major M&A transactions.

Bilal Shaukat is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience on energy sector M&A. A client lauds his excellent commercial understanding and communication skills to match: "His strength is patiently listening to issues, honing in on what is relevant and significant, identifying the risks and clearly explaining the associated risks and solutions whilst weighing financial, commercial, operational and relationship risks and consequences."

Mazhar Bangash specialises in international trade and acts for exporters on advisory and contentious matters relating to trade remedies and tariffs. He also heads RIAA Barker Gillette's Kabul office.

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RIAA Barker Gillette is a firm well placed to advise on cross-border commercial arrangements such as competition, employment, foreign exchange and intellectual property. We have expertise in assisting clients making greenfield or brownfield investments into Pakistan. We advise on all types of local and international commercial agreements including financial contracts vital to a corporate’s business needs. Our clients range from entrepreneurs, to well-established companies to non-profit entities and more recently, we have been advising several investors seeking to invest in start-up businesses in Pakistan. Recently we have been engaged in numerous complex transactions as a Counsel to:

·        the Government of Sindh in the development of the first Special Economic Zone in the province

·         the Privatisation Commission in respect of the privatisation of SME Bank Ltd

.         a Saudi group of companies in their proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a listed Pakistani company engaged in the oil and gas sector

·         the Government of Sindh in the development of a tourist resort in Sukkur.

We also possess invaluable experience in complex debt and equity capital market transactions and legislation. We handle IPOs, private placements, secondary & debt offerings, derivatives securities, sukuk offerings and asset-backed offerings.


Bangash, Mazhar (Head of Department)

Khosa, Yousaf (Head of Department)

Rizvi, Ahsan Zahir (Head of Department)

Bangash, Mazhar

Rehman, Shafaq

Shaukat, Bilal

Tirmizey, Adil


Abu Dhabi Group, UAE

Act Wind (Private) Limited

Aga Khan Development Network

Amazon Inc.

Archroma Pakistan Limited

Attock Cement Pakistan Limited

Bhanero Textile Mills Limited

CBRE Corporate Outsourcing (Private) Limited

Chevron Pakistan Lubricants Private Limited

China Chamber of Commerce for Metals, Minerals & Chemicals

China Telecom Pakistan (Private) Limited

Clariant Chemical Pakistan (Private) Limited

Daelim Industrial Co. Limited

Eksportkreditt Norge As

Eltek Pakistan Pvt. Ltd


Government of Sindh

Gul Ahmed Wind Power Limited

Habibullah Coastal Power Company (Private) Limited

Halliburton Worldwide Limited

ICI Pakistan Limited

International Finance Corporation

Karachi International Container Terminal Limited

KCA Deutag

K-Electric Limited

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Limited

Laraib Energy Limited

MATCO Foods Limited

McKinsey & Company Pakistan (Private) Limited

Mirpur Hospital Project

Naveena Exports Limited

Nokia Corporation

Oxford Policy Management Ltd.

Pak- China Investment Company Limited

Pash Global

Power Construction Corporation of China

Reliable Engineering Services (Private) Limited

Roomy Hotels (Private) Limited

Sapphire Group

Sapphire Textile Mills Limited

SCG Plastics Co,, Ltd. Thailand

Shaheen Airport Services

Shaheen Foundation, PAF

Shajar Roads Limited

Shearman & Sterling LLP Beijing


Sinohydro Corporation Limited

SK Hydro (Private) Limited

South Asia Pakistan Terminals Limited

Star Hydro Power Limited

Tbea Xinjiang Sunoasis Company Limited

The Hub Power Company Limited

Uber BV

Uber International Holding BV

Water and Power Development Authority


WPP 2005 Limited

Yunus Energy Limited

Zameen Media (Private Limited)

Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd.



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Ahsan Zahir Rizvi
Senior Statespeople
Bilal Shaukat
Band 2
Mazhar Bangash
Band 4