Senior Partners: Kazim Hasan, Khozem A Haidermota, Umar Shereef, Uzair Karamat Bhandari, Feisal Hussain Naqvi, Iftikharuddin Riaz
Partners: Mohammad Anwer, Ali Akber Vasi, Ali Asgher Khan, Shabbir Harianawala, Mian Muhammad Kashif, Zahra Abid, Owais Aziz, Mian Sami ud-Din, Jahanzeb Awan
Number of partners worldwide: 15
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 38
Languages: English, French, Farsi, Gujarati, Urdu
HaidermotaBNR & Co. has been one of Pakistan’s top law firms with more than 60 years of experience as a premier provider of legal services. Established in 2003, Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz has consistently been ranked as one of the top litigation firms in the country. The merger of the two firms into HaidermotaBNR & Co. offers a team of over 50 lawyers and offices in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and an affiliated office in Dubai. The firm is recognised as one of the top firms in the country across key sectors.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Projects & Energy
Public Private Partnership
Capital Markets & Securitisation
Oil & Gas
Mergers & Acquisitions
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Banking & Finance:
All aspects of banking and finance, including project finance, structured finance, syndicated loan transactions, Islamic modes of financing, ECA backed financing, financing by multilateral agencies and financial restructuring and rescheduling. Experienced in financing involving the following sectors: power, oil pipeline, bulk cargo handling terminal, oil refineries, commercial airlines; cement, mobile companies, fertiliser, submarine fibre cable system and steel plants.
Vast experience in dealing with privatisations in Pakistan over a period of two decades (sell side and buy side). Involved in drafting of laws, rules and regulations relating to privatisation.
Projects & Energy:
On the project and energy side, the firm has advised on all major financing transactions (both as lenders or borrowers counsel) involving the following projects: power; gas pipeline; coal mining, financial restructuring and rescheduling of IPPs. Also advises Government on power related policy and regulatory matters.
Litigation expertise includes arbitration, both domestic and international (public and private international law), banking, bankruptcy, company, competition law, contractual, construction, electricity tariff and property-related disputes, including constitutional and administrative issues affecting the commercial sphere, selected taxation matters, intricate succession matters, defences in banking cases based on arguments of first impression, and select family law cases for both local and international clients.
Public Private Partnership:
The firm has been involved in leading infrastructure projects; advising sponsors, lenders, contractors and governments on their most complex and innovative PPP projects in Pakistan.
Capital Markets & Securitisation:
Considerable experience in advising on complex capital raisings and providing structuring solutions on all aspects of funds and securities. Advised on developing various innovative financial products.
Oil & Gas:
Has wide experience in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas matters. Experienced in acquisitions/divestitures of oil and gas companies, working interests, refineries and oil marketing companies, preparation of oil and gas laws and regulations, international pipeline construction and financing, privatisations and GDR issues in the oil and gas sector.
Provides the full range of corporate advisory services. The firm also represents clients before the regulatory, administrative and judicial authorities.
Extensive advisory work on several significant reforms and policies at federal and provincial levels including other state agencies. Advised State Bank of Pakistan on the drafting of laws for the financial sector.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Experienced in advising on acquisitions/divestitures of companies by way of sale of shares, mergers, demergers, reduction of capital, classes of shares, asset sales, private equity and venture capital investments, tender offers under takeover laws, disclosure of price sensitive information, competition laws and shareholders’ matters.
Advised local and foreign clients on real estate matters.
Technology, Media, Telecommunication:
Experienced in advising on all aspects of the telecommunication sector.