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Expertise

Civil and Commercial Litigation

The experience of our lawyers in contentious commercial and civil litigation spans over a number of years. Not only do we regularly represent multinationals and local corporations before the Supreme Court, High Courts of Pakistan and the subordinate District Courts, but also counsel Government functionaries on complex constitutional matters.

The spectrum of our litigation practice ranges from property law disputes, real estate and construction matters, constitutional petitions, white-collar crime, contractual disputes, intellectual property matters, employment disputes, taxation and customs duty assessments and liabilities, domestic and family disputes, shipping and admiralty, telecommunications, as well as media.

Corporate and Compliance

Our team works with and is affiliated with the dedicated corporate and commercial law firm i.e. MSB Consultants, on all matters related to corporate and compliance issues. This collected team of qualified lawyers believes in securing the most water-tight arrangements for clients in the most pro-commercial and risk-averse manner.

Contracts are at the very core of any corporate or commercial relationship, and our team can draft and advise over a wide variety of them, of a basic or highly complex nature. Our corporate team advises governmental organizations and all sectors of businesses from people in executive roles, to shareholders, investors and lenders.

Given that our firm is integrated into the legal and business fabric of Pakistan, as well as worldwide, we are a key player to advise on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public company takeovers, venture capital, private equity and equity capital markets transactions. We also lead our clients through every step of the legal process, making sure that they are in the know and adequately advised.

Since a large proportion of our clients are local and foreign companies, we advise them on all aspects of the governance and administration of companies, including compliance with the SECP. In terms of compliance, some laws are fluid and not in stasis, and thus we help our local as well as foreign clients be notified of such changes that would affect their businesses, and offer dynamic solutions to retain the balance that work best for our clients’ needs and objectives.

Service, Employment and Labor

We provide legal advice and representation to our domestic and international clients in relation to all matters pertaining to employment and labour laws, and we also provide advice in matters relating to the complex legalities of human resource management.

Our services include advice in relation to employment, termination, regulatory requirements and dispute resolution. We continue to represent companies, employees and civil servants before the Labour Courts, Service Tribunals, High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan.

In addition, we advise businesses of all sizes, i.e. from start-ups to international Fortune 500 companies on the different facets of employee benefit programs, including EOBI and Provident Funds.

Real Estate and Construction

We understand the dynamics of real estate from all legal tangents. Our clients include property developers, public and private owners, operators, investors, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, lenders and real estate investment trusts.

We have extensive experience in advising clients on real estate development, construction and conveyancing matters, and have successfully represented parties at all legal forums in relation to property ownership, rent and construction disputes.

In addition, we offer legal advice and due diligence for clients investing in real estate, drafting legal documentation for property acquisition and construction as well as negotiating terms of appointments on behalf of construction companies in relation to infrastructure construction projects. Our team handles conveyancing, mutations and registrations on behalf of our clients before various land registries and registrars of assurances.

Taxation and Customs

We advise and represent a number of clients on contentious tax and customs related matters, before government authorities as well as the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan. Our practice covers advice and representation in matters involving corporate taxation, sales tax, income tax, property tax, custom duties, coercive recovery by the Federal Board of Revenue and other local government taxes.

Our tax practice accommodates businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals who are seeking guidance and counseling pertaining to all aspects of provincial and federal taxation. Our advocates have helped numerous individuals and business entities to manage their taxation figures, as we know taxes dictate vital business decisions, including where to locate, how to structure, who to hire, etc. Our services include tax planning considerations in structuring corporate mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs, partnership issues, tax issues in commercial loans, leases and work-outs, real estate tax issues, tax matters of concern to international clients with business operations in Pakistan or the overseas, and tax litigation, etc.

White Collar Crime

Our firm has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal prosecution/defense from investigation to trial and beyond, as well as in advising businesses and individuals in relation to the legal strategies which they need to take in order to mitigate the loss/damage.

Our firm’s advocates have advised and represented several high-profile individuals, both at the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan that had matters that involved complex legal and evidentiary issues. We can deal with a wide array of issues in this area, including but not limited to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), money laundering, international banking fraud and illegal property transactions.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property refers to creations of the intellect for which a monopoly is assigned to designated owners by law. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are the protections granted to the creators of IP, and include Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, Industrial Design Rights, and in some jurisdictions, trade secrets. It is important to note that even artistic works including music and literature, as well as inventions, words, phrases, symbols, and designs can all be protected as intellectual property.

There is nothing more deflating than to see someone claiming your intellectual property/invention/discovery as theirs. Also, the risk of online theft and data breach has increased tenfold since the dawn of the digital paradigm. In light of the above statement, our attorneys offer a comprehensive range of legal services for the identification, development, acquisition and protection of intellectual property assets and related technology. Our advocates have represented various companies and individuals in relation to their IPRs and infringements, and have successfully obtained favorable orders from the Honorable Courts on behalf of our clients.

Compliance and Government Investigations

Our team of lawyers are adept at handling the entire spectrum of government enforcement cases that arise for our clients, ranging from policy making and training, to routine government summons/notices and agendas, and even to full blown crises, such as law-enforcement raids on organizations culpable of malpractices.

We fully support our clients during and after proceedings, in order to have the best possible results for them. On the whole, a key agenda of our dealings of these high-stakes’ governmental engagements is that we can maintain order and a lack of disruption to our clients’ businesses, as well as we can manage matters in the most subtle and private manner.

Tort and Clinical Negligence

Healthcare disputes can often turn ugly and lead to long-standing antagonism between the conflicting parties, if not resolved timely. Our team represents healthcare providers and hospitals in a number of capacities. Our lawyers are proficient at representing clients of medical negligence claims. Also, Pakistan’s leading hospitals regularly seek our advice and representation in relation to their contentious disputes. We are on hands to settle medical disputes, no matter how big or small.

Regulatory and Administrative Proceedings

Handling administrative and regulatory matters is the forte of advocates at our firm. We have represented clients in a wide array of matters, including cases related to antitrust issues, civil investigative demands, environmental permitting and compliance, and land use and zoning matters, etc.

Admiralty & Shipping

Our team is experienced in representing clients in maritime disputes involving a broad spectrum of issues, including, but not limited to, arrest of ships, charter parties, collisions, cargo claims, maritime liens, etc. Having expertise in the Pakistani maritime law as well as international conventions, our lawyers deal with claims of collision and casualties. Finally, we represent our clients in defending any claim in rem or in personam at the time of instituting proceedings at the competent courts.

Insurance

We advise in insurance matters on the legal and regulatory framework applicable to our jurisdiction. We advise clients on insurance contracts and litigation on insurance claims, and our team of experienced advocates have particular expertise in handling bad faith and punitive damages claims. We also specialize in marine insurance.

Cross-border transactions

Our cross-border work encompasses various industries, including, but not limited to, healthcare, technology, financial institutions, manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as litigation and compliance expertise. Due to the fact that a number of our clients are multinational, we have pursued a strategy of building relationships with leading law firms around the world to better serve these clients. We leverage these relationships to provide exceptional service to our clients for their cross-border needs. Our international work emphasizes cross-border mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, environmental compliance and all types of litigation.