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LMA (Liaquat Merchant Associates)

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Group Chairman: Liaquat H. Merchant
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 16
Languages:English, French, Gujarati, Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Liaquat Merchant Associates (LMA) is a leading and highly respected law firm in Pakistan. LMA provides an extensive range of legal services through its experienced partners and associates and has a dedicated commitment to providing quality legal services of the highest standards. LMA has offices and associate offices in Pakistan, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region and the UK.

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration
Banking & Finance
Civil & Commercial Litigation
Competition
Corporate & Commercial
Employment, Service & Labour
Franchising & Commercial Distribution
IT & Telecommunications
Insurance, Reinsurance & Takaful
Intellectual Property
Media & Entertainment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Pharmaceutical
Power & Energy
Privatisation
Public Procurement
Real Estate, Conveyance & Construction
Shipping & Aviation
Sports
Taxation & Customs
Tort & Clinical Negligence

Banking & Finance:
4 partners; 10 fee earners
■Recently drafted, reviewed and advised on standard finance and security documentation for Standard Chartered. Also issued legal opinions confirming compliance of all documents with the laws of Pakistan
Partners: Faresa Ahsan, Darakhshan Vohra and Hira Ahmad
■-Prepared finance and security documentation for Pak Bruinei Investment in respect of facilities amounting to approximately Rupees 4.5 billion over the past year
Partner: Darakhshan Vohra
■Conducted an extensive legal audit of the finance and security documents of over 600 customers of Bank AL Habib, including conventional financing and lendings which are extended through Shariah compliant modes of financing (Islamic Financing)
Partners: Faresa Ahsan and Hira Ahmad
■Advised clients and drafted standard documentation relating to various types of Shariah compliant modes of financing, including morabaha, modaraba, tijarah, currency salam, istisna and Islamic long term financing in respect of the State Bank of Pakistan’s concessional refinance
Partner: Faresa Ahsan
■Advised Allied Bank on integration of fintech companies with banking platforms and drafted standard documentation in respect of on-boarding of fintechs
Partner: Hira Ahmad

Contact: Faresa Ahsan
Tel: +92 21 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Hira Ahmad
Tel: +92 21 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
5 partners; 8 fee earners
■Review of, drafting and advice on commercial agreements pertaining to Syngenta’s business as leading manufacturer and distributer of agricultural products
Partner: Faresa Ahsan
■Advised Aman entities on various matters, including a grant arrangement for a fleet of ambulances which will ultimately be transferred to the Government of Sindh under public private partnership
Partner: Darakhshan Vohra
■Involved from the first stage of raising funds at both Angel and Series A funding Stages for PiPakistan. Also negotiated on behalf of PiPakistan in its successful bidding for PSL rights in the Region
Partner: Mustafa Mumtaz
■Advised Mastercard in relation to the law relating to payment services, banking, competition, data privacy and security and anti-money laundering obligations in connection with the offering of a variety of products and services in Pakistan from time to time
Partner: Hira Ahmad
■Engaged to advise the client on the structure of setting up of a Holdco in Singapore with a possibility of incorporating/ setting up multiple Opcos, which may include regularization of the existing Opco or the setting up of a new XOOP Opco in Pakistan Partners: Darakhshan Vohra and Hira Ahmad

Contact: Darakhshan Vohra
Tel: +92 021 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]

Civil & Commercial Litigation:
2 partners; 6 fee earners
■Representing Hashwani Hotels Limited as claimant against New Jubilee Insurance Company Limited in relation to a claim for loss and damage caused by fire with the value of the claim in excess of PKR 2 billion
Partner: Liaquat Merchant
■Representing Aga Khan University Hospital in multiple cases relating to alleged medical negligence, lack of duty of care and mal-treatment involving claims of billions of Rupees before the High Court of Sindh at Karachi
Partner: Liaquat Merchant
■Representing Bank AL Habib in its claim against Tuwairqi Steel Mills for recovery of USD 5 million and seeking attachment and sale of the properties of the defendant
Partner: Liaquat Merchant

Contact: Liaquat Merchant
Tel: +92 021 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions
4 partners; 8 fee earners
■Acted in an acquisition of a hydel power project in Pakistan with a projected capacity of 860 MW Partner: Darakhshan Vohra
■Engaged by a food company in respect of an asset acquisition which included acquiring the movable and immovable property/assets of a company in the business of oil refining
Partner: Hira Ahmad
■Advised on a joint venture by Shields with a foreign entity to set up a medical diagnostic centre in Pakistan
Partner: Darakhshan Vohra
■Appointed by Pak Oman Asset Management in the acquisition of 100% shareholding of Askari Investment Management Limited Partners: Darakhshan Vohra and Hira Ahmad

Contact: Darakhshan Vohra
Tel: +92 021 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]lma.com.pk
Contact: Mustafa Mumtaz
Tel: +92 021 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy
4 partners; 8 fee earners
■Representing Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited as its sole lead counsel and advising on corporate and commercial matters, including providing legal services in respect of the Rapid Bus System in and for Karachi
Partners: Mustafa Mumtaz and Darakhshan Vohra
■Acting for Pakistan LNG Terminals Limited from time to time in relation to LNG Operations and Services Agreement in respect of LNG Terminal located at Port Qasim, Karachi
Partners: Faresa Ahsan and Hira Ahmad
■Acted on behalf of Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited in connection with the establishment of new utilities and product movement and storage facilities in support of its new plant in Karachi
Partner: Hira Ahmad

Contact: Faresa Ahsan
Tel: +92 21 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Hira Ahmad
Tel: +92 21 3583 5101
Email: [email protected]