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Yousuf Nasim

Yousuf Nasim


Yousuf Nasim is a commercial lawyer with over thirteen years of experience handling matters in a wide variety of subject areas. These include Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Projects & Infrastructure, Employment Law and Tax law. He is a Recommended Lawyer in Legal500’s Asia Pacific Edition. He is registered as a Foreign Lawyer with the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority.

He has advised and represented Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, many of the country’s major industrial and financial conglomerates, a number of statutory and government-owned bodies, and high net worth individuals.


2023 – Currently advising and representing one of the parties in a complex US$800 million multi-party joint venture.

2022-2023 – Advised and remained part of the team representing Pakistan’s largest independent power producer in litigation involving a US$150 million Standby Letter of Credit.

2022 – Advised a major telecommunications MNC on a cross-border commercial arbitration valued at tens of millions of US Dollars.

2022 – Assisted the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, alongside IFC/World Bank Group, in drafting legislation for an electronic warehouse receipt system to facilitate collateralised agri-financing and the trading of agri-commodities on an exchange.

2022 – Advised, represented and negotiated on behalf of a local partner in a $500 million joint-venture with two oil & gas majors, for purposes of developing a domestic LNG terminal.

2017 – Represented and advised an investor in Supreme Court litigation involving the ownership of 32 acres of urban real estate.

2017 – Successfully advised the joint-venture partners on the transaction documents and joint venture agreement for the acquisition of the Pakistan Operations of a Fortune 500 chemical company.

2017 – Successfully advised several high net worth individuals on regulatory proceedings emanating from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers disclosures and on the promulgation of the Foreign Assets legislation.

2016 – Advised the only private electricity distributor in Pakistan in respect of Supreme Court proceedings challenging its privatisation – a transaction valued, in 2006, in several hundreds of millions of US Dollars.

2015 – Advised the state-owned gas supplier on a procurement dispute arising in the bidding for a US$ 500 million LNG Terminal.

2015 – Represented and advised the state-owned oil distributor in competition proceedings emanating from the disinvestment of Shell Pakistan.

2014-‘15 – Advised and formed part of the team representing a dozen private power producers in pre-arbitral proceedings involving a dispute valued in excess of US$ 500 million. It was a complex legal dispute as to the interpretation of the take-or-pay clauses contained in their power purchase agreements.

2014 – Advised and represented the Insurance Association of Pakistan in litigation involving Sales Tax on Services on insurance premiums, the collective liability in respect of which is in the hundreds of millions of US Dollars.

2013 – Carried out a due diligence of, and advised on an investment in a 1 GW power project.

2013 – Advised and formed part of the team representing a major US energy corporation in one of the first proceedings under the New York Convention in Pakistan to enforce a foreign award as a local judgment and decree.

2012 – Advised on the successful acquisition of HSBC Bank’s Pakistan operations.

2010-11 – Represented an international consortium of insurers in negotiating and settling claims arising on behalf of the legal heirs of over 140 deceased passengers in the crash of Airblue Flight ED-202, an Airbus A321.

2010 – Advised, represented and negotiated on behalf of one of Pakistan’s top four banks on the formation, through merger, of one Pakistan’s largest Asset Management Companies


Training for experienced commercial bankers on Warehouse Financing and Collateralized Commodity Financing models
World Bank/IFC

2022 – Conducted a national training organised by the World Bank/IFC for experienced bankers to familiarise them with the new Pakistani legal regime for electronic documents of title and the collateral financing model.

Private Silo Warehousing For Pakistan’s Grains

2020 – Part of a five-member multidisciplinary team which authored the Legal & Regulatory Framework Chapter in a USAID Report to encourage the use of electronic documents of title in agri-warehousing and collateral financing.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Governance Capacity Building
Academy of International Business Officials, Beijing (AIBO)
Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China

2016 – Attended a three-week seminar for the One Belt One Road (OBOR)/China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Attended the Silk Road Economic Belt – Xinjiang Karamay Forum 2016 held in Karamay.

Law of Trusts
University of London International Programmes
at Bay View College Karachi

2016 – Lectured second year law students on the Law of Trusts module.