Mehmood Mandviwalla

Founding and Senior Partner

Mr. Mehmood Mandviwalla has extensive experience spanning over 38 years in all aspects of commercial and corporate law including Banking; Corporate Finance & Securities; Arbitration; Commercial litigation; Energy; International Trade; Privatisations; Investment Funds; Educational Institutions; Venture Capital; Environment; Media; Arbitration; Acquisitions and Amalgamations; Underwriting Agreements; Insurance; Joint Ventures; Infrastructure Projects; Securitization; Credit Rating etc and Intellectual Property litigation.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has from time to time, assisted Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the corporate sector of Pakistan.

Mr. Mandviwalla is currently the president of SAARC LAW for the year 2016-2018. He is presently on the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Limited and Director on Board of Directors of Deposit Protection Corporation – A Subsidiary of State Bank of Pakistan.

Mr. Mandviwalla has served as a Director on the Board of the State Bank of Pakistan from 2013 to 2016. He was also the Caretaker Minister of Law and Prisons in the Caretaker Government of Sindh in 2013.

Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn)
Lincoln’s Inn, London, United Kingdom

LLB (Hons.)
London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom

Member
Sindh Bar Council
Sindh High Court Bar Association

Current Position
PRESIDENT SAARCLAW – Association of persons of the legal communities of the eight South Asian Countries

Firm Description

Mandviwalla & Zafar, an established law firm in Pakistan has the distinction of being the largest in the country, providing legal services across the country through its offices, in all the major cities nationwide. Having achieved this goal we set our sights even higher and in 2005 were the first Pakistani law firm to have established an actual international presence as opposed to having representations and affiliations, by setting up our office in Kabul.

The secret of our success lies in going to the heart of the legal issue and coming up with a commercially viable and legally enforceable solution for our clients. We work in close association with regulators and governmental units to keep abreast of all developments which, in turn, enables us to respond quickly to changes in the legal and regulatory environment, manage risk and to achieve business success.

Our size facilitates committed personal service and ensures that sufficient resources are available to meet the demands of the modern day legal practice. With offices across Pakistan and Afghanistan we have the ability to offer clients an integrated service on a broad range of business and financial transactions, whether public or private, cross border or mid-market. We are ideally placed to offer expert advice, from the letter of intent to due diligence and signing, to advice on risk management strategy that will enable our clients to strive ahead and prosper. We are committed to providing advice on a day to day basis to our clients.

Recent innovative economic policies have encouraged SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) to embark on a wide variety of new ventures. We have particular expertise on advising clients on the economic and fiscal reforms of these countries. We have considerable experience in advising on all investment related projects, banking and joint ventures in the SAARC countries. As a result of our close association with the legal communities of the SAARC countries we are fully conversant with the laws of this region and the developments therein. We pride ourselves on being an information resource on the laws and legal developments of the SAARC countries and being able to fully assist our clients in the SAARC region.

 

Salman Talibuddin

Salman has acted in wide range of commercial and corporate matters both contentious and non-contentious, including appearances in court and before arbitrators in civil litigation and international arbitration matters; acted as sole arbitrator appointed by consent of the parties in a number of disputes and advising in a wide range of commercial transactions including project finance, banking, construction and engineering contracts, debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Kabraji & Talibuddin:

was formed in Karachi in 1997 by the two name partners. Between them they have over sixty years of legal experience in Pakistan and elsewhere. As of 1 July 2012, Danish MH Shah was admitted to the partnership. The firm undertakes all forms of corporate and commercial work and specialises in Project Financing and Projects, especially private power. From a strength of two partners and eight associates in 1997, the firm has grown to a strength of three partners and 14 associates/trainees. The firm moved to new premises in November 2012.

Kairas Kabraji is recognised as one of the country’s leading corporate and commercial lawyers and inter alia specialises in company matters, projects and project finance and banking and finance. Salman Talibuddin is a leading member of the Karachi Bar and has also acted in major international commercial arbitrations. He also frequently acts as an arbitrator. Danish MH Shah has led or been part of the firm’s project finance team in several project finance deals, including Pakistan’s first wind power project.

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is one of the leading corporate lawyers of Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters including contract negotiations, corporate and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, energy sector, Islamic modes of financing and project finance.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has assisted the Asian Development Bank in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the securities and corporate sector of Pakistan. He is considered an authority in the fields of project finance, energy and telecommunications due to his experience and involvement in several major projects in these sectors.

Mr. Rizvi completed his LL.B. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979, was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 1980, and completed his LL.M. from the University of London in 1981. He has been practicing corporate law in Pakistan, UAE, England and Afghanistan. Mr. Rizvi is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Rizvi is the recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan and the Leading Corporate Lawyer Award 2006 to-date by AsiaLaw.

Mr. Rizvi has represented clients in the superior judiciary in more than two hundred matters and has undertaken international arbitration work in London, Brussels and Singapore.

RIAALAW:

RIAALAW in association with Barker Gillette LLP, brings together English law expertise in, inter alia, corporate & commercial, property, employment, dispute resolution with a team of UK and US qualified lawyers specializing in corporate finance, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy, petroleum, natural resources, telecommunications and trade law disputes.

The association of RIAALAW with Barker Gillette LLP enables the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette to avail the benefits of the combined strengths of both law firms. Due to RIAALAW’s affiliation with Lex Mundi, clients of Barker Gillette are able to have immediate access to the premier law firms of 160 jurisdictions across the globe. RIAALAW’s associated offices in Afghanistan, UAE and China, are available to provide the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette LLP with ready access to experienced legal acumen of international repute.

With the combined experience of more than two hundred years in legal practice in several practice areas the RIAALAW association with Barker Gillette LLP is able to provide its clients pragmatic, practical and cost effective legal services.

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is one of the leading corporate lawyers of Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters including contract negotiations, corporate and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, energy sector, Islamic modes of financing and project finance.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has assisted the Asian Development Bank in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the securities and corporate sector of Pakistan. He is considered an authority in the fields of project finance, energy and telecommunications due to his experience and involvement in several major projects in these sectors.

Mr. Rizvi completed his LL.B. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979, was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 1980, and completed his LL.M. from the University of London in 1981. He has been practicing corporate law in Pakistan, UAE, England and Afghanistan. Mr. Rizvi is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Rizvi is the recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan and the Leading Corporate Lawyer Award 2006 to-date by AsiaLaw.

Mr. Rizvi has represented clients in the superior judiciary in more than two hundred matters and has undertaken international arbitration work in London, Brussels and Singapore.

RIAALAW:

RIAALAW in association with Barker Gillette LLP, brings together English law expertise in, inter alia, corporate & commercial, property, employment, dispute resolution with a team of UK and US qualified lawyers specializing in corporate finance, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy, petroleum, natural resources, telecommunications and trade law disputes.

The association of RIAALAW with Barker Gillette LLP enables the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette to avail the benefits of the combined strengths of both law firms. Due to RIAALAW’s affiliation with Lex Mundi, clients of Barker Gillette are able to have immediate access to the premier law firms of 160 jurisdictions across the globe. RIAALAW’s associated offices in Afghanistan, UAE and China, are available to provide the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette LLP with ready access to experienced legal acumen of international repute.

With the combined experience of more than two hundred years in legal practice in several practice areas the RIAALAW association with Barker Gillette LLP is able to provide its clients pragmatic, practical and cost effective legal services.

Sajid Zahid

Mr. Zahid heads the Firm’s dispute resolution department but is also involved in general corporate commercial work. He has vast experience in contentious matters including litigation in the Superior Courts of Pakistan, arbitration under Pakistan laws and under international rules of arbitration as well as mediation.

Mr. Zahid is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. He became a Partner of the Firm in 1981. Mr. Zahid is based at the Firm’s Karachi office.

Dispute Resolution:

The Firm deals with all types of contentious matters including civil litigation, arbitrations and mediation covering a broad range of industries. A Joint Senior Partner heads this area with over 28 years of experience and is supported by a dedicated team which has successfully acted for major domestic and overseas clients. The Firm has also worked (with or without the participation of overseas Counsel) in international arbitrations.

Orr Dignam & Co:

The Firm was established in Pakistan in 1952 but has its roots in a firm of the same name set up in pre-partition India over 100 years ago.

The Firm currently has two offices in Pakistan: the main office is based in the main commercial city of Karachi whilst its other office is based in the capital: Islamabad.

The Firm has 7 partners all drawn from within the Firm, a Senior Corporate Counsel and 13 Associates.

The Firm is involved in all aspects of civil and commercial practice and is privileged to represent a wide cross section of clients in the public and private sectors, both national and multinational and to have been involved in several ground breaking transactions and the development of legislation.