Mr. Khalid Anwer, Barrister-at-law, holds degrees in economics and law and is a graduate of St. John's College, University of Cambridge.
Mr. Khalid Anwer started his legal career in 1962 and rose to prominence quickly. He became a partner at A. K. Brohi & Co. (as the firm was previously known) with Late Mr. A. K. Brohi who was a leading lawyer of his time and one of the greatest lawyers in the history of Pakistan.
Mr. Khalid Anwer has been involved in several landmark constitutional and commercial cases. Mr. Anwer appeared for ex-Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif to successfully challenge the dismissal of his government by the then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. He thereafter appeared on behalf of the President of Pakistan to successfully defend the dismissal of the second government of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He was also engaged to challenge the military takeover by the then Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf. He persuaded the Supreme Court to lay down a road map for the restoration of democracy and a three year time limit for holding fresh elections. Furthermore, there is a plethora of landmark reported commercial decisions in which Mr. Anwer has successfully represented clients in the Supreme Court or the High Courts.
Mr. Anwer appears regularly before the Superior Courts in various high-profile constitutional, commercial and civil matters.
Mr. Raashid Anwer is the Managing Partner of the firm.He has graduated from Cornell University and his experience of appearing before the Superior Courts of Pakistan spans almost a decade and a half. He deals, inter alia, in civil, commercial, constitutional, tax, labour and employment matters. Mr. Raashid Anwer has, inter alia, appeared before the Superior Courts in the following high-profile matters:
(a) He appeared for Allied Bank Limited before the Sindh High Court and was able to persuade the Hon’ble Court to execute a Judgment / Decree in favour of the Bank for an amount of Rs. 2.4 Billion by ordering the sale of the assets of the Judgment-Debtor. This, in monetary terms, is, quite probably, the largest judgment ever given in favour of a financial institution by the Sindh High Court.
(b) He is currently representing several of the leading cement manufacturing companies (including Lucky Cement and D.G. Khan Cement which are the two largest cement manufacturers in Pakistan) before the Lahore High Court against the decision of the Competition Commission of Pakistan to impose a fine of over Rs. 3 Billion against some of our clients.
(c) He appeared on behalf of the downstream value added textile sector in Writ Petitions filed before the Lahore High Court by the exporters of cotton yarn against the quotas imposed by the Government of Pakistan on the export of cotton yarn and successfully persuaded the High Court to uphold the restrictions imposed by the Government.
(d) He is also appearing for a leading foreign steel company (i.e. Al-Tuwairqi Steel Mills Limited) which is setting up a $200 Million steel project in relation to a writ petition filed by the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation in which they have sought to restrain the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation from supplying 180 MW of electricity to our client (who will then become the single largest electricity consumer in the entire country).
(e) He is currently representing the National Industrial Parks Development and Management Company as well as its parent institution the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) in three very hotly contested suits in the Sindh High Court. The cases involve title to a very large piece of land situated right at the entrance of the planned Industrial Park located in Korangi, Karachi. It may be noted that the total estimated cost of developing this Industrial Park is approximately Three Billion Rupees.
Mr. Raashid Anwer has, inter alia, been involved in the following advisory/ transactional work as well:
(a) He has advised clients on a wide range of corporate issues including privatisation projects, joint venture agreements, mergers/acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions as well. Clients whom he has advised and/or represented in Court (on behalf of our Firm) include Procter and Gamble, Gillette, Schlumberger, Toyota, Rolls Royce, Novartis, EMC, AIG/New Hampshire Insurance Company, the State Bank of Pakistan, the Karachi Stock Exchange, the Central Depository Company, three out of the five largest Pakistani commercial banks (National Bank, MCB Bank and Allied Bank), the three largest textile groups in Pakistan (Nishat Mills, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, Sapphire Textile Mills), the two largest cement companies in Pakistan (Lucky Cement and D.G. Khan Cement), PTCL and the two major players in the cellular phone market (Mobilink and Ufone). He has also advised clients in relation to various aspects of project finance and/or restructuring including (but not limited to) representing the Lender of Davis Powergen Ltd. which is an IPP being set up in Jhang, Punjab.
(b) He has also advised clients in relation to various aspects of project finance and/or restructuring including representing the Lenders of Davis Powergen Ltd. which is an IPP being set up in Jhang, Punjab as well as advising the acquirers of the two AES power plants in Pakistan.
(c) He had earlier advised the purchasers of AES Pak-Gen Ltd well.
(d) He has advised the Dewan Group in its negotiations with the Steering Committee set up by the State Bank to deal with the largest bank default in Pakistan’s history.
(e) He has advised on the merger of the Asset Management Companies of MCB Bank and Arif Habib Investments, and the corporate restructuring (involving both mergers as well as demergers) of a number of large corporate groups including the Sapphire Group and the IBL Group.
(f) He has also advised the Government of Pakistan (as well as several trade associations) in relation to international trade issues vis a vis the European Union. In 2005, he was requested to accompany (and brief) the Pakistani Prime Minister prior to his negotiations in Brussels for accession to the European Union’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme. In addition, he has also been asked to make presentations at several bilateral meetings between the Government of Pakistan and the British Department of Trade & Industry as well the Italian Trade Ministry.
(g) He has also successfully represented the largest Pakistani exporters in Anti-Dumping cases initiated by the European Commission in relation to Bed-linen, P.E.T. and Ethyl-Alcohol.
(h) He has also represented Pakistani exporters in relation to safeguard measures sought to be imposed by the Turkish Government in relation to the import of fabrics and garments.
(i) He developed (on a pro bono basis) the basic proposals for the Ministry of Law, Government of Pakistan for submission to the Asian Development Bank for reforms to the judicial sector under the Access to Justice Program.
(j) He also frequently advise on an on-going basis both the Karachi Stock Exchange and the Central Depository Company of Pakistan (CDC) on various regulatory issues both with their own regulator (i.e. the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan) as well as with their regulatees (i.e. stock brokers and Issuers/participants in the Central Depository System).
Mr. Abidi started his legal career in 1962. He has appeared regularly before the Superior Courts of Pakistan in his career which spans over five decades. He appears in arbitration, banking and civil law matters. In particular, he has an extraordinary command over civil law and procedure.
Mr. Abidi is a life-member of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Yousuf Nasim appears regularly before the Superior Courts of Pakistan and also frequently advises clients with regards to disputes, regulatory issues, company law and shareholders’ rights, mergers & acquisitions, taxes and other levies, competition law, banking law, international trade, engineering and construction contracts, transactions, public procurement, and claims for wrongful death.
Some of the clients he has advised or represented in the past on critical matters include Sapphire Group, Jaffer Brothers, MCB Bank, Deutsche Bank, Procter & Gamble Pakistan, K-Electric, Sui Southern Gas Company, Indus Motor Company, Insurance Association of Pakistan, and the Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan, to name a few.
He completed his primary schooling at the Karachi Grammar School in 2003. He obtained his HBA from the University of Toronto in History, Political Science and Philosophy in 2007. He received his LL.B. and LLM (Commercial Law) from the University of London in 2009 and 2011 respectively. He joined the firm in 2010 and has been a partner since 2015.
Syed Muhammad Ali Mehdi graduated with an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of London in 2009 and went on to obtain an LLM in International Commercial Law from Newcastle, UK in 2010. He joined the firm in the year 2013 and is presently a Senior Associate at the firm.
He regularly appears before the High Courts of Pakistan and also assists various partners of the firm in a range of litigation matters before the High Courts of Pakistan as well as the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has also represented clients before the District & Sessions Court, Banking Courts, Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue, Customs Tribunal and the Environmental Protection Tribunal. He has experience in commercial, civil and constitutional litigation. In particular, he has vast experience in relation to matters pertaining to Banking and Finance, White-Collar Crimes and Taxation.
Before joining Khalid Anwer & Co., he worked as an associate in the chambers of Mr. Justice Faisal Kamal Alam and Mr. Justice Arshad Hussain Khan prior to when they became Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Sindh.
Habib Kazi has completed his LLB (Hons) from the University of London International Programme. He regular advises clients on Banking, Commercial, Constitutional, Civil, Employment, Labour, and Taxation laws. He is also involved in corporate advisory and transactional matters including, inter alia, Legal Due Diligence, Mergers & Acquisitions, shareholders with respect to protection of their rights and he assists his Senior Counsels in the High Courts and in the Supreme Court of Pakistan by drafting pleadings.
Habib played an active role in vigorously defending the clients’ interests before the Honourable Sindh High Court which ultimately lead to a settlement between the shareholders and directors of a Company. Thereafter, he also advised them in relation to the restructuring of their Company which was eventually approved and sanctioned by the Honourable Sindh High Court.
Furthermore, he has actively participated in litigation pertaining to recovery of loans worth Billions of Rupees for various Banks which includes, inter alia, National Bank of Pakistan and Allied Bank of Pakistan.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the legal department of a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, wherein, he regularly advised them in commercial and regulatory matters.
Mr. Muhammad Adil Saeed has been a part of the firm since 2016 and has rights of audience in the High Courts of Pakistan. He completed his initial education from schools in Pakistan and Srilanka. While pursuing a business degree at Aston University, Birmingham, he discovered his true calling and thereby decided to pursue a degree in law, which he successfully completed from the University of London.
Mr. Saeed regularly advises clients on Taxation, Procurement, Industrial, Service, Constitutional, Civil, Commercial, Competition, Property, Banking and Succession matters. He has played an active role in defending, before the High Courts and the Supreme Court, various Anti-Dumping Duties levied by the National Tariff Commission on complaints filed by the clients of the firm. None of such challenges against the Anti-Dumping Duties have been successful so far. Mr. Saeed has been a part of various landmark cases. Recently he was a part of a public interest litigation wherein the firm successfully challenged an award of tender by the Province of Sindh involving life-saving medicines, which was consequently set aside.