asialaw Analysis

General business law
Akhund Forbes Hadi

Akhund Forbes Hadi demonstrates strength in corporate, commercial and dispute matters. The firm is currently working on a rich pipeline of significant government infrastructure mandates and has extensive experience advising foreign clients on its investments in Pakistan. Rabel Akhund and Sahar Iqbal are the key contacts.

Client feedback 

“Timely advice when consulted. Very helpful and result oriented. Always treated as a priority customer.” – Corporate and M&A 

Sahar Iqbal 

“We are very pleased by the service and results we received. 

“Good knowledge on labour law.”


Work highlights 

Advised the Privatisation Commission of Pakistan on the privatisation of two RLNG-based power plants.  

Advised Thai Stanley Electric Public on its joint venture with Stanley Electronic and Electropolymers. 

Advised the Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) and Central Depository Company of Pakistan (CDC) on the digitalisation of land records in Sindh through a land repository system. This will be the first ever system of its kind in the country envisioned to cater to the need for electronic registration of land and land titles. This is a groundbreaking, landmark and revolutionary transaction for the real estate sector in Pakistan. 

Key clients 

China Power Hub Generation CompanyCredit Suisse (Singapore)Gemini Office HoldingsSinosureSindh Solid Waste Management Board 

Ali Khan Law Associates

Newly established boutique law firm Ali Khan Law Associates was founded by Ali Khan, former partner of Haidermota & CoKhan is a reputable projects and infrastructure lawyer who has a track record of handling major PPP projects in Pakistan, including the very first PPP project in Sindh, and current engagement in upcoming mega energy and infrastructure projects in the country. Muhammad Ghassan Gondal is another key partner to note.

Client feedback 

Very detailed and focused team and result-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A 

It specialises in corporate legal services and the quality of work is exceptional.” – Infrastructure 

“Ali Khan Law Associates provides exceptional legal services along with commercial and technical advice on contracts which shows the remarkable skills of the Firm. Itcore strength is to look at matters from multiple perspectives and find innovative solutions through an out-of-the-box thinking approach – based on the highest level of commercial, technical and industry knowledge of its human resources which gives the firm, and consequently the firm's clients, an incomparable edge in their dealings. The complicated advice does not translate into extensive documentations but is incorporated precisely as intelligible and comprehensible clauses of the existing contracts.  Nonetheless, the deep understanding of the firm's resources of the commercial and technical matters and industry knowledge enable them to provide advice in relation to intricate aspects of the project with a holistic thought process.” – Oil and gas 

Ali Khan 

“Young and dynamic.” 

“Ali Khan has great in-depth understanding of Public Private Partnership deals. He is always open to suggestions and provides great out of the box solutions to project structuring challenges.” 

He is highly respected and known for his knowledge and expertise in the field of project development. His unmatched intellect and vast experience in this field has proved to be beneficial for Energas as he assisted our company in shaping contractual matters, assisting in legal and regulatory issues and proficiently leading various negotiations on our behalf.”


Work highlights 

Advising the Government of Sindh (GoS), Asian Development Bank and Karachi Water & Sewerage Board on the development and execution of PRe26 billion wastewater treatment plant to be established at the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate. 

Advising Energas Terminal on the development of Pakistan’s first private, end-to-end project, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and LNG distribution project in Port Qasim, Karachi, with an estimated project cost of over $100 million. This project will enable effective curtailment of the gas supply shortage in the country. 

Advising Malir Expressway on a 25-year concession for the development of aexpressway being established in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. The project is the flagship project for the GoS and is the second largest project in terms of fiscal value that is being implemented in the province of Sindh on a PPP modality. 


Key clients 

Deokjae Connecting RoadsEnertech Holding CompanyFaysal BankSECMCTransKarachi 

Kabraji & Talibuddin

Founded in 1997 by Kairas Kabraji and Salman TalibuddinKabraji & Talibuddin is best known for its corporate and dispute resolution practice. Kabraji heads the firm’s corporate advisory and transactions practice. He has extensive experience in both domestic and transnational corporate and commercial matters, with a strong focus on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital market transactions, and debt and equity financing. Talibuddin, on the other hand, heads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice. He has over three decades of experience acting in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with a strong focus on commercial litigation and arbitration.

Client feedback 

Very responsive. The firm acted quickly when we encountered new issues arisen from the projects.” – Banking and finance 

“On-the-point analysis and responsive. Precisely flagged areas of concern.” – Competition/antitrust 

Work highlights 

Acted as Pakistan counsel for lenders in the Super Six wind projects, a first-of-its-kind program to finance six wind power projects in Pakistan. The Super Six project aims to generate more than 1000GW hours of electricity annually, enough to power 450,000 homes. 

Acting as local counsel for lenders in the financing of a 2 x 660MW power plant and a 7.8 million tonne per year mine project being set up by Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company and Sino Sindh Resources, respectively. This project is a notable coal mining project seeking to bring energy security to Pakistan and to alleviate the country out of the energy crisis. 

Acted for China Development Bank on the financing of the 1124 MW Kohala hydropower projectUpon completion, the project will be one of the largest private hydropower projects in Pakistan. 

Key clients 

International Finance CorporationK-ElectricRostrum 

Nawaz Hussain Sikander

Led by managing partner Imran Nawaz MemonNawaz Hussain Sikander is a corporate, commercial and litigation law firmIts dispute resolution team often advises high net worth individuals and corporations in a wide range of commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, commercial lease disputes, tax and custom disputes, joint venture disputes, construction contract disputes, and tender disputes. Mir Nasar AhmadAhmed Ali Hussain and Shamail Sikander are other key figures. 


Work highlights 

Representing Sardar Muhammad Ashraf D Baluch in a suit for declaration, recovery and damages, filed against the Province of Sindh and another. 

Representing Sapna Construction in a suit for specific performance, declaration, mandatory and permanent injunction filed against Special Economic Zones Management Company and others.

Vellani & Vellani

Full-service law firm Vellani & Vellani is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and intellectual property matters. The firm is particularly strong in Shariah-compliant financing structures and demonstrates strength across numerous sectors. Ameen Vellani and Badaruddin Vellani are key contacts, with partners Fehem Ahson, Danish Zuberi and Javaid Akhtar rising up the ranks.

Client feedback 

“It is experienced in energy projects.” – Energy


Work highlights 

Advised Engro Powergen Thar on the restructuring of the operations and maintenance contracts of a 660 MW coal fired power plant located in Thar, Sindh.  

Advised The Bank of Punjab, Askari Bank and National Bank of Pakistan on the financing of an LPG storage facility with capacity of 5,400 tonnes at Port Qasim, Karachi, along with bowser filling station and weighbridge. 

Representing Askari Cement on the expansion and construction of a cement manufacturing plant. 

Key clients 

Pakistan Gas Port Consortium