Name: Ahmer Bilal Soofi
Firm Name: ABS & Co
Jurisdiction: Pakistan
Practice Area: Commercial Law

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Professional Biography:

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Ahmer Bilal Soofi is the Senior Managing Partner of the firm and the head of its dispute resolution practice. As an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Lahore and Islamabad. He has more than thirty years of experience in representing the government, ministerial departments, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, listed and unlisted companies, high-net individuals including foreign sovereigns on a broad range of contentious matters that include commercial, constitutional, tax, employment, trade, energy and investment disputes.

He has consistently been ranked as one of the leading individuals in Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. He is “highlighted for his long-standing experience in advising on public law, as well as international arbitrations” and is praised for being a “true professional with legal acumen and strength in drafting”. One client notes that he “has refined the art of anticipating opposing counsel’s moves and devising effective counterstrategies” and is known for being “widely respected by the Supreme Court as well as the High Court for his intellect and delivery”.

He is a member of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the OIC Arbitration Centre. He served as the Federal Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs during the caretaker setup in 2013 under whose watch Pakistan completed its first transition of civilian rule from one elected government to another. He is a Member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of OIC and has served as the Chairman of the UN Advisory Committee on Human Rights in Geneva. He regularly advises the government on international treaties, international sanctions, UNSC Resolutions, BITs and other bilateral and multilateral issues related to public international law and is frequently invited to deliver talks at the National Defense College Islamabad, Command and Staff College Quetta, National Management College Lahore, Naval War College Lahore and several other institutes. He has previously been invited for delivering similar lectures at International Development Law Organization Rome, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka, Shanghai University China, Fletcher School USA, Royal United Services Institute, London and Harvard Law School, USA.

Firm Overview

ABS & Co. is Pakistan’s pre-eminent law firm ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers.

We provide a broad range of legal services ranging from corporate and commercial advisory on transactional matters to dispute resolution and international arbitration. Over the years, we have advised multi-nationals, public listed companies, business conglomerates, foreign investors, private equity and hedge funds, banks and financial institutions, regional and international companies, sovereign states, public sector organizations, statutory bodies, diplomatic missions, regulatory agencies and high net individuals.

The firm prides itself on being full-service with a strong practice in advising clients on a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation issues that cut across diverse sectors like oil and gas, mining, real estate, power, banking and finance, energy, natural resources, construction, petrochemicals, aviation and transport.