Mazhar is the head of Pakistan’s Trade Law Department and also heads our Kabul office, which services international clients operating in Afghanistan.
His expertise in international trade law have been recognised not only in Pakistan but also internationally; he was recently appointed as a panellist at the WTO for trade disputes.
His international trade expertise includes WTO trade remedy instruments (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures); tariff related matters (tariff and non-tariff assistance/protection to the domestic industries); customs; trade policy incentives; WTO dispute settlement; and free and preferential trade agreements.
Mazhar previously worked with the National Tariff Commission and the Trade Remedy Investigating Authority of Pakistan as its Chief Legal Officer. He was involved in the drafting and implementation of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards laws of Pakistan. Mazhar successfully defends exporters facing anti-dumping investigations at various international forums.
Mazhar has made significant contributions towards Afghanistan jurisdiction where he advises multinational companies and NGO’s on their corporate matters in the country, including registrations/incorporations; government approvals; licensing; good governance and compliance with regulatory requirements.
He has additionally carried out extensive reviews of the civil & commercial, telecommunication, energy, property, criminal, labour, banking, tax and public procurement laws of Afghanistan.
RIAA BARKER GILLETTE fields a ‘professional team’ that advises on the full array of contentious matters from its four offices in Pakistan. The team routinely represents a broad range of clients in the Supreme Court, High Courts, tribunals and other regulatory bodies. It also regularly represents its clients in the courts of first instance and in domestic and international arbitrations. With both Yousaf Khosa and Asma Hamid (who recently joined the team after serving as advocate general for the province of Punjab) at the helm, the practice is adept at handling all forms of civil, commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, including white-collar crime. Other senior additions to the team include Shafaq Rehman and Adil Tirmizey, who were promoted to the partnership.