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 was elected as a Senator in 1997 and thereafter took oath as the Federal Minister for Law, Justice & Human Rights. While in office, Mr. Anwer conceived and developed Pakistan's request to the Asian Development Bank in revamping the entire legal system of Pakistan. The proposal was accepted and it culminated in the ADB's Access to Justice Program which has a budget of $350,000,000.
Mr. Anwer appears regularly before the Superior Courts in various high-profile constitutional, commercial and civil matters.
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.
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. Jahanzeb Awan is a partner at M/s Khalid Anwer & Co. / M/s A.K. Brohi & Co. Jahanzeb is an advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and he appears regularly before the Sindh High Court, Lahore High Court and the Islamabad High Court. Jahanzeb also appears before the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and other regulatory bodies.
Jahanzeb’s recent litigation engagements include (but are not limited to) obtaining a decree running into hundreds of millions of rupees on behalf of one of the largest banks of Pakistan against a defaulting customer, an order on behalf of an airline against the initiation of coercive action by the FBR, an order from the Lahore High Court against an illegal action initiated by the Punjab Revenue Authority against the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited, on behalf of the Mutual Funds Association (and its members) against an unwarranted action by the Federal Board of Revenue, the Islamabad High Court on behalf of a leading oil marketing company to strike down the demand notices of almost Rs. 500,000,000 (Rupees Five Hundred Million Only) raised by the Federal Board of Revenue, getting the demand notices raised on account of Electricity Duty and sealing of 850 BTS Sites suspended by the High Court of Sindh at Karachi on behalf of a leading cellular company of Pakistan, successfully obtaining interim relief from the High Court of Sindh on behalf of the largest cement manufacturer of Pakistan in a commercial transaction running into millions of dollars, successfully arguing on behalf of a refinery against the operation of a school in an industrial area, successfully obtaining an order on behalf of a steel mill to prevent the deportation of their expatriate engineers and technicians which would have completely halted the production process, obtaining an injunction against the irregularities in the appointment of commercial attaches abroad by the Government of Pakistan, obtaining relief on behalf of a subsidiary company of a leasing industrial group of Pakistan against any coercive (criminal) measures against the sponsors/ directors, on behalf of a leading shipping agency against the unlawful actions of the Department and on behalf of a leading telecom company against the Sindh Revenue Board. In addition thereto, Jahanzeb is also representing Indus Motor Company Limited, Ghandhara Nissan Limited, Pakistan State Oil Company Limited, National Bank of Pakistan and the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited (CDC) in various matters pending before the Sindh High Court, Lahore High Court and Islamabad High Court. Jahanzeb recently acted successfully for Pakistan State Oil Company Limited to obtain an order to stay the proceedings to refer the matter to arbitration in terms of the municipal legislation which brought the New York Convention into force in Pakistan. Jahanzeb was recently engaged by M/s Yunnan Coal Chemical Industry Group Company limited in relation to a commercial arbitration against a public sector entity.
Jahanzeb’s recent advisory/ transaction engagements include (but are not limited to) advising the insurers/ reinsurers in the United Kingdom in a dispute before the High Court in London arising out of the Rental Power Cases, advising JS Bank on all aspects of its acquisition of HSBC Middle East (Pakistani Operations), advising the Abu Dhabi Group (ADG) in relation to Singtel’s exit from Warid Pakistan (Private) Limited and advising National Bank of Pakistan in relation to the setting up of a power plant in Punjab. Jahanzeb was earlier involved in advising the State Bank of Pakistan in relation to the introduction of the New Compensation & Benefit Structure and the revision of its existing remuneration structure. Jahanzeb is also engaged by various clients for the purpose of negotiating complex commercial contracts both in Pakistan and abroad. Jahanzeb was recently engaged by one of the largest industrial groups in Pakistan (Gul Ahmed Group) to negotiate their contract with Huntsman Corporation (a global multi-billion dollar chemical company) in Singapore.
Jahanzeb was nominated for and attended the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the US State Department. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program for leaders of their fields. The alumni of the IVL Program include 330 current and former Presidents, Prime Ministers and many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors worldwide. Some of the notable alumni include Ms. Margaret Thatcher, Mr. Tony Blair, Mr. Gordon Brown, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, Ms. Indira Gandhi, Mr. Manmohan Singh, Mr. Paul Keating, Ms. Julia Gillard etc. As part of the program, Jahanzeb visited Washington DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Reno & Chicago and interacted with judges, leading lawyers, academics, policy-makers and members of leading think tanks.
Jahanzeb is also the Convenor of the Strategic Advisory Group which has been formed to monitor and review theEnhanced Democratic Accountability and Civic Engagement (EDACE) project which is being funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This project aims to find opportunities to make short-term, high-impact grants to improve rights awareness, citizen engagement, access to justice, and provision of security services to ensure that Pakistani citizen rights and democratic processes are strengthened at provincial and local levels.
Jahanzeb is also the Vice-Chairman of the Pak-Mauritius Friendship Association in Sindh. Jahanzeb is also the Alumni Ambassador of Goodenough College (London House), United Kingdom in Karachi.
Jahanzeb is a part of the distinguished faculty which conducts the certified training of directors of public listed companies offered by the Institute of Directors (IoD), UK in collaboration with the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. Jahanzeb also regularly conducts corporate governance awareness workshops as well as mandatory training of directors of public listed companies as per the Code of Corporate Governance. In this regard, Jahanzeb was invited to obtain the certification given by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to conduct the directors’ training program which is prescribed by the Code of Corporate Governance for directors of public listed companies. Jahanzeb was also invited to obtain the certification given by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) & the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR, UK) to train directors of listed companies in issues pertaining to Corporate Governance, in general, and alternative dispute resolution, in particular.
Jahanzeb has been involved in conducting training/ workshops for members of the subordinate judiciary (Judges of District and Civil Courts), members of the police force and advocates of the Karachi Bar Association. Jahanzeb has also been involved in carrying out workshops in the fields of Civil Trial & Advocacy for the members of the Karachi Bar Council.
Jahanzeb has also initiated the Lecture Series on Democracy, Human Rights & the Rule of Law. The concept underpinning this initiative is to connect leading scholars worldwide (and locally) with civil society activists, lawyers, and law students in Pakistan. Jahanzeb has organized lectures with, inter alia, Mr. Ryan Rowberry (Former Rhodes Scholar, US Supreme Court Fellow, Asst. Professor of Law at Georgia State University, USA) and Mr. David Fontana (Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University, USA), and Professor Clyde Wilcox (Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA) on lectures ranging from the US Legal System to comparative constitutional law and from human rights to the rule of law. These lectures have been organized in collaboration with the US Consulate, Karachi and the local law schools.
Jahanzeb serves on the board of various charitable institutions which are working actively in the fields of affordable healthcare, access to justice, education and old peoples’ home.
Jahanzeb is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. He has attended the Inns of Court School of Law (UK), the University of Sheffield (UK) and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).