Practice Areas

The firm conducts work in a wide range of practice areas, further details of which are given below.

Antitrust/Competition Law

 

We have expertise in Pakistan's competition law and regulatory framework. We offer comprehensive services on issues pertaining to merger control, deceptive marketing practices , prohibited agreements, cartel investigation, abuse of dominant position, market investigation and competition litigation.

 

We also assist businesses in obtaining premerger approvals, exemptions for prohibited activities from the competition law regulator in Pakistan. We posses particular expertise in pharmaceutical mergers, acquisitions, product portfolio divestment and rules of dominant position and its abuse under the competition law regime as applicable to pharmaceutical companies.

 

We offer advice on competition law compliance including competition law reference guides, competition law compliance audits and on how to prevent competition law issues from arising.

 

Entity Formation

 

We offer complete business entity formation services to our clients. We can assist in the formation of various kinds of entities like public (listed and unlisted) and private limited companies, registered or unregistered partnership firms, trusts, funds, establishment of branch offices by foreign companies etc.

 

Our lawyers guide our clients throughout the entity formation process and prepare all documentation and paper work required for entity formation.We can also assist business entities in registration before various authorities like the Federal Board of Revenue’s income tax and sales tax departments, the Board of Investment, Pakistan etc..

 

Intellectual Property Law

 

We offer a complete range of services in respect of patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, franchising etc. Our intellectual property attorneys can conduct searches for trademarks and patents to determine registrability/patentability of proposed trademarks and/or patents. We also assist our clients in the through the entire process of registration of trademarks/copyrights.

 

We draft, file and prosecute patent applications for our clients. We also have expertise in filing oppositions and defending oppositions of patents. We also offer renewal services for patents and trademarks.We can also assist in protection of intellectual property rights and carry out infringement litigation on their behalf.

 

We can help clients in all aspects of intellectual property law and we regularly act for clients before the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan.

 

Labour/Employment Law

 

Our lawyers have experience of appearing in and defending proceedings pertaining to a variety of labour law proceedings related to wrongful terminations, labour unions, industrial relations and compliance of labour laws applicable to industrial and commercial establishments.

 

We offer advice on all aspects of Pakistani labour law and have prepared comprehensive labour law compliance guidelines for our clients operating in various sectors and industries.We have also advised various executives of many companies including Adamjee Insurance Company Limited and Unisys Pakistan in matters pertaining executive compensation.

 

We offer representation before the Labour Courts across Pakistan, Federal Services Tribunals and the National Industrial Relations Commission.

 

Mergers & Acquisitions

 

We posses the necessary skills to assist our clients in all matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions. Our team of lawyers can advise on the most appropriate transaction structure and can handle the most complex of such transactions.

 

We are able to assist our clients in all areas of M&A transactions in a wide array of matters including conduct of due diligences, obtaining approvals from the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the State Bank of Pakistan, transfer of shares etc.

 

We are also able to advise our clients in matters pertaining to tax consequences, stamp duties and other incidental matters in respect of M&A transactions.

 

Litigation

 

Our team of litigation lawyers have expertise in prosecuting and defending proceedings before various courts and tribunals in Pakistan. Our lawyers regularly appear before the superior courts of Pakistan and tribunals of the Competition Commission of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, etc.

 

Our lawyers have acted for companies before the Competition Commission of Pakistan in areas of collusive behaviour and cartelization, abuse of dominant position, deceptive marketing practices, prohibited activities and non-compliance of regulatory filings.Our lawyers also have experience in power and energy litigation and have been involved in various contentious matters pertaining to power projects including breach of power purchase agreements, breach of operations and maintenance contracts for power utility companies etc.

 

In areas of intellectual property rights litigation, we have expertise in prosecuting and defending infringement proceedings before the Pakistani courts.

 

We also have expertise in recovery of finances cases filed by banks and can file and defend banking recovery cases for our clients.Our lawyers also possess expertise in commercial and general civil litigation in areas including but not limited to labour/employment law, breach of contract, suits for specific relief, company law and tort.

 

Real Estate, Tenancy/Rent Laws & Conveyancing

 

We offer comprehensive services in respect of sale and purchase of real property, conveyancing services to our clients.Our real estate lawyers also provide legal services in the areas of tenancy/rent law, prevention against wrongful eviction, eviction of tenants etc.

 

Taxation

 

We offer complete tax advisory services to our clients in respect of all forms of respect of direct and indirect taxes. Our commercial tax specialists assist our clients in tax planning and structuring in order to ensure that these clients discharge their tax liability correctly and in full compliance with the applicable tax laws of Pakistan.

 

We offer representation before all tax authorities of Pakistan regulated by the Federal Bureau of Revenue and the various tribunals and courts dealing with tax disputes and litigation for both international and domestic clients.

 

Our tax litigation and tax dispute resolution team can offer innovative solutions to resolve contentious tax matters and has successfully represented companies and individuals in tax related contentious matters before the Federal Bureau of Revenue and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

 

We offer complete tax filing solutions including preparation of internal controls for ensuring tax law compliance, preparation of income returns and filing, preparation of sales tax returns and other statutory forms.