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In order to bring diversity in terms of experience, practice areas, and as well as the locations in and outside Pakistan, SQA has on board the following attorneys/professionals practicing across the country and outside Pakistan who remain available and committed to the Firm for the collective services to the Firm’s clients alongside their private practices

Sardar Rahat Azeem

​Sardar Rahat Azeem
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan

Sardar Rahat Azeem, Advocate High Court is a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) and also holds LLM and MBA degrees. His area of expertise include corporate finance, public policy, strategic financial management, legal drafting, Corporate and Taxation. He remained associated with Khalid Majid Rehman Chartered Accountants and KPMG (2002-2006) and served apex policy forum Ministry of Finance from 2006-2018

Dr. Shoaib Suddle​
Off-Counsel

Dr Suddle has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, anti-corruption, and justice sector modernization and capacity building. He has served in federal and provincial public organizations dealing with white-collar crime, economic crime agencies, such as Director Economic Crime, Federal Investigation Agency, Federal Tax Ombudsman of Pakistan, Director General of Intelligence Bureau, Director General of Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Interior. As head of some of these organizations, he gained hands-on experience in dealing with intricate public policy, extradition and institutional reform issues, financial crimes committed nationally, regionally, and internationally, institutional overhauling for efficiency and effectiveness, systemic reforms, including the landmark replacement of the anachronistic 1861 Police Act with the Police Order 2002. Dr. Suddle has published extensively and is the most highly decorated veteran public servant in Pakistan. In recognition of his exemplary services, he is the recipient of top national awards of Hilal-e-Shujaat, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal, and President Police Medal. He is a PhD in white-collar crime and alum of the University of Cardiff, UK.

  • He is leading multiple organizations and government initiatives, such as:
  • One-Man Commission on Minority Rights, appointed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (since 2019)
  • Expert, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, Geneva (since 2017)
  • Director and Senior Fellow at the Global Think Tank Network, Islamabad (since 2017).
  • Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT)’s Committee of Experts on Rule of Law, and the Steering Committee for the Assessment of the Quality of Governance in Pakistan (since 2016).
  • Strategic Advisor to Centre for Research on Security Studies (CRSS), Islamabad, and chair of the FCO-sponsored Track II/1.5 Beyond Boundaries Dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan (since 2015).
  • Advisor to Turkish National Police (2004-2008)
  • Visiting Expert, United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI) on Crime Prevention and Treatment of Offenders, Tokyo (since 1993)
  • International Director at the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation, Tokyo (since 1993)

Ghulam Rasool​
Consultant

Mr. Ghulam Rasool is a foreign-qualified lawyer with extensive experience in providing legal opinions, drafting and vetting legislations, international agreements, treaties, conventions, memorandums of understanding, and protocols in a career stretching over 40 years. He has served as a Senior consultant at the Ministry of Law & Justice, Legal Specialist, Senior Consultant/Additional Secretary, and Joint Secretary at National Animal & Plant Health Inspection Services (NAPHIS) a Project of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research; Consultant to the Attorney-General for Pakistan; Deputy and Assistant Legal Advisor at Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Counsellor at Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait; and Research and Reference Officer at Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Omer Iftikhar​
L.L.B. (Islamia University, Bahawalpur)
Advocate

Mr. Iftikhar graduated from Islamia University, Bahawalpur. He assists partners in corporate, tax, transactional and contentious matters.

Asad Rajpoot​
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan Islamabad

Mr Asad Rajpoot is an experienced legal professional with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry as an Advocate, Adviser and Consultant in the public and private sector.

He has special interest and dexterity in Constitutional matters, has exceptional expertise and more than twenty years of experience in criminal laws, trials and practice; especially Anti Money Laundering. He is skilled in Corporate and Commercial Law, Contracts, Private Equity and Financial Structuring, Investment Banking, Banking Laws and Procedures. He is also competent in matters of Mergers and Acquisitions, Cross Border Transactions, AML, ADR, Regulatory and Compliance Affairs.

Mr Rajput is well versed in Construction Laws (FIDIC), MOU's and JVA's, Guarantees, Letters of Credit, Arbitration, Negotiations and Legal Drafting/Writing. He is a strong business development professional having managerial skills and a team player with a LLM in Corporate Law. He is an Advocate for and supporter of Constitutional, Human, Women, Children and Minority Rights at the global level.

Ashfaq Khan
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan, Peshawar

Mr Ashfaq Khan is a qualified and trained legal practitioner providing litigation and consultancy services in Peshawar on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues.

Yasir Riaz​
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Faisalabad

Mr. Yasir Riaz has a diversified experience in the fields of civil and criminal law in general and banking and corporate law in particular. He carries a distinguished experience of more than 18 years that is marked with successful advocacy at every level i-e. lower and higher courts.

He assists clients in solving legal or criminal litigation by representing them in the courts of jurisdiction. He is responsible for not only handling personal caseloads but also assisting other partners in high value complex cases. He is also in charge of preparing and drafting legal documents, such as wills, deeds, patent applications, mortgages, leases, and contracts, and drafting and negotiating all other legal documents for a range of national and international clients.

​Malik Sohail Ashiq Shujra​
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Lahore

Mr. Shujra has vast experience as a litigator before the High Courts, lower courts and specialist tribunals of Pakistan. He has appeared on behalf of and advised the textile, cotton, flour, banking, and education sectors, in addition to representing public sector entities such as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan, State Life Insurance Company, Multan Development Authority and Walton Cantonment Board. He is also well versed with laws relating to oil, gas, and power generation; and has a number of reported judgements to his credit.

Mr. Shujra’s expertise is not limited to litigation – he began his career with a reputable firm in Lahore where he was exposed to corporate and commercial legal work. He has also remained associated with the former Governor of Punjab, Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana, leading his cases in Mr. Rajwana’s stead when he was Governor.

Mr. Shujra’s extensive experience has given him the unique ability to provide quick and timely strategic advice to navigate the court systems of Pakistan – which he follows up with his flair and dexterity in the courtroom.

​Asad Khan​
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan Karachi

He practices in Karachi, litigating in administrative law with a focus on customs and tax law before the High Courts while also practising before statutory forums. In seven years of practice, he has litigated more than two hundred cases to conclusion before the Sindh High Court, with some forty odd cases having been successfully concluded before the Balochistan High Court. Including cases that are pending final adjudication as well those litigated before other forums, the tally is well beyond twice the above figure. He has represented multinational companies, an assortment of manufacturers and mining concerns, traders and service providers.

Muhammad Sohaib​
LL.M in International Business Law (University of Manchester)
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Multan

Mr Sohaib has worked as a consultant for DFID and regularly advises and is engaged in non-contentious work for international non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, and corporations. He specializes and has experience in construction contracts, capital market, banking and micro-finance, telecom, energy, employment/labor and service, competition, and construction & engineering. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters, including incorporation of companies, commencement, initial public offering (IPO), corporate governance, directors’ liability, securitization, Corporate Finance, Stock Exchange Listing, re-structuring, re-habilitation, Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan (SECP), Compliance and litigation, mergers, acquisitions, and winding-up.

He has served at the SECP in the capacity of Registrar of the Appellate Bench for seven years and drafted the new Companies Act, 2017, dealt with administrative issues, and assisted the Appellate Bench of the SECP. He has represented corporations, government departments, and agencies before various tribunals and courts.

Syed Shahbaz​
Attorney
Dubai

Mr Syed Shahbaz is a legal consultant who is active in corporate and commercial law practice, and transactional work. He as in-depth experience in entrepreneurship & Client Relations Management.

Li Chen​
Attorney
China

Mr Li Chen has an education background of both science and law. He is a member of professional committee of patent in Beijing Lawyers Association. Mr. Chen has been engaged in legal services covering the field of intellectual property, comprehensive legal business and commercial litigation for 12 years. He is mainly responsible for administrative and civil disputes involving antitrust, standard-essential patent SEPs, trademark, Copyright, technological secret, domain name, etc. Besides, Mr. Li also provides customers with comprehensive professional legal services such as strategic layout of intellectual property and compliance disputes. With profound professional background and practical experience, Mr. Li has dealt with over 400 dispute cases concerning antitrust/competition, intellectual property and commercial litigation. He has won many difficult and complicated patent cases heard by the Supreme Court to maximize the customers’ benefits. Mr. Li also made patent strategic planning for large domestic enterprises and served as the perennial legal advisor for many companies and organizations.

Kiran Gore​
Attorney
United States of America

Kiran Nasir Gore is Counsel in Washington D.C. working on all facets of international dispute resolution. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Gore has developed expertise in public and private international law, foreign investment strategies, and international dispute resolution.

Her current and past clients include governments, corporations, institutions, and private individuals. Ms. Gore advocates before US courts, ad hoc arbitration panels, commercial and investment tribunals, and investigative authorities. In addition, she provides strategic advice on treaty law, conflict of laws, and legislative reform.

Ms. Gore supports GW Law’s International and Comparative Law Program by teaching Fundamental Issues in US Law, a course for foreign LLM students to better understand the US legal system, alongside two different legal research and writing courses. Ms. Gore is also the coach and advisor to GW Law’s Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot team, which competes in Vienna or Hong Kong each year. She has been involved with the Vis Moot since 2008, having served as a competitor, coach to various teams, and an arbitrator during Vis Moot events around the world.

Muhammad Faisal Iftikhar​
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Rawalpindi

Mr Faisal Iftikhar specializes in civil litigation, arbitration, and general legal consultancy. He has a vast practice in cases relating to property and contractual disputes.

Raja Umair Mustafa​
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan

Mr. Raja Umair Mustafa has been practicing as an Advocate since February 2014 and is a life member of the District and High Court Bar Association of Islamabad. Mr Mustafa is an experienced litigator appearing regularly in Civil, Criminal, Family, and Rent matters and is currently engaged in several high-profile Rental Power Cases (RPP) under trial before the Accountability Courts.

Huge Mathew-Jones
Off-Counsel

Mr Hugh Mathew Jones has more than 35 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant. He is now a consultant having previously been a partner in two of the UK’s top 10 accountancy practices for 19 years. His experience lies in the specialist fields of valuation, forensic and investigations, and corporate finance. He was the national head of both the Corporate Finance and Forensic Services departments of PKF (UK) LLP. He also acted as Money Laundering Reporting Officer for PKF and sat on both the risk and professional indemnity committees. In addition, he has also worked as a finance director in both the software and car retailing industries. He has given evidence as an independent expert a number of times in the High Court of England and Wales and also before tribunals in international arbitrations.

Eirik Bjorge
PhD
Off-Counsel

Dr. Bjorge is a professor at the University of Bristol. He is an alum of Oxford College and the University of Oslo. His experience as counsel has included the presentation of states in UNCITRAL arbitration, ICSID Rules, Energy Charter Treaty, and before ICSID, European Human Rights Commission, Permanent Court of Arbitration, and International Court of Justice. He has served as an arbitrator in an ICC Case and has acted as an advisor in many international cases.

Syed Ishtiaq Haider Sherazi​
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Islamabad

Mr. Sherazi is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. His practice areas include banking, corporate, constitutional, general civil litigation, Ad hoc arbitration, pre- trial negotiations, conferences, settlements, and general consultancy in contentious matters. He also has extensive experience in contract negotiations, drafting, vetting and rendering legal advice on issues pertaining to commercial and construction contracts.

Muhammad Sheikh Iftikhar​
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Rawalpindi

Mr Sheikh Iftikhar Ahmed’s practice areas primarily include business and complex commercial litigation. He has successfully represented both individual and institutional clients in various high-stakes matters, including corporate litigation, contract, and matrimonial disputes, and investigations involving white-collar crimes. He regularly appears in all the subordinate courts and tribunals, the High Courts, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Dr. Tariq Mahmood​
London

Barrister Dr Tariq Mahmood, is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator with multi-jurisdictional experience, specializing in international commercial dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation). He has substantial experience in shareholder, director and board disputes; partnership disputes; business and commercial disputes; construction disputes. He is a Barrister in England and Wales and authorized to practice in Kashmir.

Zain Ul Abideen Qureshi
Barrister at Law
England

Mr Qureshi specializes in transactional work. He has rendered advisory services to microfinance banks in Pakistan and specializes also in contentious and non-contentious banking, construction, engineering, infrastructure, project finance, and energy-related matters. He also has experience in drafting principal contracts both domestic and international construction contracts, and has rendered legal opinions on Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Contracts, Institute of Civil Engineers (ICT) Contracts, New Engineering Contract (NEC), International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Contracts and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Documentation, and various tailored forms of transnational and domestic contracts, including, Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) & Engineering Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) Contracts.

Zafar Ali Khan
Chartered and Certified Accountant
Islamabad

Mr Zafar Ali Khan is a qualified Chartered and Certified Accountant (U.K and Pakistan). He is a highly-qualified professional with over 35 years of rich and diversified experience of finance, corporate management, policy formulation, investment planning, privatization, and power regulation. He has an ideal blend of academic and professional qualifications with working experiences for private, public sectors and the government within the country and abroad.

He served in National Electric Power Regulatory Authority as Member Finance for over five and half years (including as Acting Chairman/Vice Chairman) where he has worked on matters relating to power generation. Possessing a strong background of finance and corporate management, coupled with experience of working for the government at senior levels, he made a very useful contribution by strengthening the Tariff Division, improved tariff determinations and review framework, and developed tariff mechanism for wind, co-generation and Hydel Power Projects.

He also worked as a Managing Director (Chief Executive Officer), Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) for about four years which provides ‘one-window’ facility to investors in the private power sector by acting as one-stop organization on behalf of all ministries, departments and agencies of the federal and provincial governments in matters relating to establishing power projects and related infrastructure in the private sector. Further, he served as a Federal Secretary, Ministry of Privatization and Member Privatization Commission, Government of Pakistan for four years on strategically important assignments. He played a pivotal role in redefining the Pakistan Privatization Policy and restructured a number of power transactions and various banks after developing the enabling legal and financial framework.

He has also worked as Managing Director of three very large Engineering Companies, i.e. Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC), Heavy Foundry & Forge (HFF) and Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC). He possesses in-depth knowledge and requisite experience of the legal, financial, commercial and corporate governance issues confronting Pakistan industrial, investment and power sectors. His most recent experience includes but is not limited to working as advisor / team leader for a number of projects revolving around corporate governance, human capital management, corporate restructuring, power & energy sector reforms etc. for clients like The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID IESCO, Rouch Power, COMSATS, PEMRA, etc. He has worked extensively in the U.K., Middle East and Pakistan with reputable international professional firms of Chartered Accountants (A.F. Ferguson, Moore Stephens, Price Waterhouse) and successfully managed International Privatization Road Shows.

​Syed Nida Zahra
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Rawalpindi

Her expertise includes appearing before courts and tribunals in civil law including property, employment (service law), commercial law, banking, contracts, consumer protection, industrial relations, family and constitutional writs. She has been handling the litigation work in Islamabad High Court, Lahore High Court principal seat and Rawalpindi Bench in Civil and Criminal Appeals and Revisions, Writs under Article 199 of the Constitution, Islamabad and Rawalpindi Civil, District and Sessions Courts, Consumer Courts/Tribunal in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Rent Controller Courts, Federal Service Tribunal (FST) and Writs in service matters.

Muhammad Ali Farooq
Advocate High Courts of Pakistan
Lahore

Mr. Farooq spent the first few years of his legal career at reputable firm in Lahore where he worked on high-profile constitutional cases before the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan and also gained wide-ranging experience in corporate and commercial legal advisory and drafting.

After having gained hands-on litigation and advisory experience, Mr. Farooq worked with the Government of Punjab, in a unit created to establish the Punjab Public Health Agency. He utilised his expertise in constitutional and administrative law to draft the legislation for the creation of the agency and saw it through various stages – where he was appreciated for his pragmatic approach to cut through red tape and became recognised as a problem-solver. It is these abilities that have enabled him to ably advise and represent other public sector entities such as Pakistan Railways, Punjab Revenue Authority, and the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution.

Mr. Farooq has taken his abilities as a pragmatic problem solver to the private sector as well. He provides legal consultancy services to KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. where he advises on taxation law and litigation, in addition to routinely holding training sessions and seminars for auditors on law and tax reforms. Recently, Mr. Farooq has made a name for himself in negotiating international commercial intellectual property agreements.

Azm Ali
MA (Pol. Sc.), LL.B (Gold) Punjab University
Advocate High Court
Partner

Azm earned his LL.B degree by securing the first position and was awarded two gold medals by the University of Punjab.

His primary area of practice is PPP projects and project financing in the infrastructure sector. He has worked on the following notable assignments:

  • Project counsel for 720 MW Karot Hydropower Project, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, with a total project cost of approx. US$ 2 billion (2014 to till date)
  • Counsel for the Government of Sindh concerning the financial closing of a public-private partnership-based water supply project; concession agreement was executed in June 2021, and financial closing was achieved in November 2021
  • Counsel for a borrower concerning the financing facilities of approx. Rs. 1.24 billion availed by a telecom company for its tower business in July/August 2021
  • Counsel for a borrower concerning the financing facilities of approx. Rs. 4 billion availed by a real estate company for its multipurpose real estate project in Islamabad in August/September 2021
  • Counsel for the Alternative Energy Development Board, Government of Pakistan (AEDB), in the financial closing of four (4) solar PV power projects with a total cost of approx. US$ 150 million and a cumulative capacity of 250 MW in February 2021
  • Preparation of RFP documents for the reverse auction (first of its kind in Pakistan) for wind and solar projects in Pakistan with industry consultations in 2020/2021
  • Counsel for the AEDB concerning the financial closing of twelve (12) wind power projects with a total cost of approx. US$ 800 million and a cumulative capacity of 610 MW in November 2019
  • Assisting AEDB in the preparation and finalization of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy 2019
  • Preparation of wheeling framework (first of its kind in Pakistan) for sale of electricity from 18 MW Pehur Hydropower Project to the industrial consumers of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2019/2020
  • Advising a Chinese bank concerning the breach of financing agreements of three (3) solar power projects (100 MW each) in Pakistan and preparation of default notices and rectification documents in 2018/2019
  • Counsel for AEDB concerning the financial closing of two (2) solar power projects (10 MW and 18 MW) in 2016
  • Project counsel for two small hydropower projects (6 MW and 11 MW) in Pakistan in 2016
  • Preparation of a standardized package of concession agreements for small hydropower projects (up to 25 MW) in Pakistan in 2015
  • Preparation of green paper on wheeling of electricity in Pakistan for the Punjab Power Development Board in 2014/2015

Email: azm@sqalaw.com

Nudrat Piracha
SJD, George Washington University
Advocate High Courts
Partner

Dr. Piracha has extensive experience in International Commercial Arbitration and International Construction & Investment Disputes. She has worked as counsel in ADR and arbitration before ICC, ICSID, SCC, DFIC-LCIA, and Adhoc Tribunals. She is also serving as a member of a committee constituted by the prime minister to consider Pakistan’s investment legal framework and international law.

Her qualification in three international jurisdictions (Pakistan, US, and the UK), and over seventeen years of experience in ADR, mediation, negotiation, arbitrations, and affiliations with the world’s most prestigious organizations provide her with a vast network of expertise and experiences to draw upon.

She believes there’s immense potential for social and political change in Pakistan through legal reforms and that lawyers can play a vital role in developing any country. Her dedication to this purpose is evident in her continual hard work at SQA.
Email: nudratpiracha@sqalaw.com

Farrukh Karim Qureshi​
Barrister at Law
Advocate High Court of Pakistan
Senior Partner

Mr. Qureshi has been involved in international arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), Washington, the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Ad Hoc Tribunals.

He specializes in construction/engineering and public-private partnership contracts, project finance, securitization, corporate, constitutional, arbitration, human resource policies, public-private partnerships, and advisory work.

Besides leading one of the premier ADR practices in Pakistan for 35 years, he has acted as counsel to the Government of Pakistan, multinational organizations, banks, diplomatic missions, and others.

Email: farrukhqureshi@sqalaw.com

Hamid L. Sharif
BA (Hons) Kingston University
LL.M (Cantab)
Barrister

Hamid L. Sharif is experienced in cross-border project finance transactions across different infrastructure sectors in developing Asia. He led the Asian Development Bank (ADB) work on legal and judicial reform in the Asia Pacific. Apart from project finance,  he has advised on constitutional. and corporate matters. He strongly advocates alternate dispute resolution.
He is a member of the Expert Committee of the China International Commercial Court functioning under the Supreme People's Court of China.
Hamid L. Sharif has over 30 years of experience in international development. He has served in senior positions at the ADB and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.(AIIB). He was the inaugural Managing Director for oversight functions at the AIIB and was Country Director for ADB in China managing a portfolio of over $10 billion.
As Head of Procurement for ADB, Mr. Sharif sighted procurement of over $8 billion per year across infrastructure sectors in developing countries including China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. As a lawyer and Assistant General Counsel at ADB he has experience of both sovereign and non-sovereign international financial transactions and the law of international organizations.
As the Representative for The Asia Foundation, he was a strong advocate for the rule of law and conducted a dialogue on civil-military relations with major political parties, academics, and retired military officers. He conceived of and implemented the creation of the Free and Fair Elections Network.