Lahore-based law firm offering Corporate Advisory and Commercial Litigation services
Law Firm OverviewFounded in 1967, Rana Ijaz & Partners, formerly Rana Law Chambers, provides advisory and litigation services in a broad range of areas including foreign investment, company law, contracts, banking law, white collar crime, intellectual property and international commercial and trade law.
For 7 years in a row, the firm has been recommended by the Legal 500 as one of the leading law firms in Pakistan. The combined work experience, both in Pakistan and the U.S., of the firmís partners is more than 70 years. This combination of local and international experience enables our lawyers to have a deeper understanding of the requirements and objectives of our international clients and render our legal opinion on relevant issues and devise effective legal strategies in connection with legal proceedings in Pakistan.
The firmís broad base of predominantly international clients includes international banks and corporations seeking legal advice on doing business in Pakistan as well as local and international companies that are being advised and represented on an ongoing basis in connection with their business operations and legal proceedings in Pakistan.
In addition to advisory and litigation services, the firm provides nominee director and company secretarial and compliance services specifically to its international clients.
Year this Office was Established: 1967
Languages: Urdu, English
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
At Rana Ijaz & Partners, we provide legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Arbitration & ADR
Our lawyers are well trained in alternative dispute resolution methods allowing us to successfully mediate and settle most disputes. However, where arbitration is necessary, the lawyers of RI & Partners have the skills and experience to safeguard the interests of their clients. Our firm is particularly proficient in domestic and foreign commercial arbitration.
- Banking and Finance
We offer legal services as advisers and litigators to various local and foreign financial institutions in the areas of financing as well as recoveries of loans and finances. Our services relate to loan documentation for commercial banks, investments banks and non-banking financial institutions such as syndicate financing agreements, documentation for financial derivatives, documentation for term finance certificates, documentation for housing finance, documentation for morabaha, musharika and other Islamic Finance products, lease agreements, hire purchase agreements and consumer finance agreements.
- Bankruptcy, Liquidation & Restructuring
Bankruptcy law is an active area of our practice. Our lawyers assist our clients in their dealings with financially distressed companies including companies that have filed for bankruptcy and/or in liquidation.
- Civil and Criminal Litigation
RI & Partners has represented and assisted both foreign and local clients in litigation spanning two or more national jurisdictions. The firm manages all aspects of such proceedings to ensure a unified, consistent approach. Our lawyers have considerable experience representing both foreign entities that are the subject of suits in Pakistan and corporations and individuals bringing suits against foreign entities in Pakistan. Our firmís reputable criminal defense practice extends beyond Pakistan. Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending clients in matters involving white collar crime, banking crime, corporate crime, import and export, environmental issues, securities and capital markets and tax cases.
- Corporate/Financial Transactions
Our lawyers have considerable experience in assisting foreign lenders and domestic enterprises in international asset-based transactions. The services that we provide include structuring transactions, drafting legal documents, negotiating on behalf of our clients or preparing our clients for direct negotiations, presenting legal opinions, as well as any other services that are required. Our lawyers are particularly experienced in Pakistani project financing, sophisticated financing and leasing in connection with aircraft and shipping transactions. Our lawyers are also experienced in advising on Pakistani exchange control laws and regulations.
- Corporate/Global Immigration
The firm advises and assists international clients in connection with a wide range of corporate immigration matters including obtaining Pakistani work permits for foreign nationals, applying for extension of work permits, Pakistani business visas, de-registration of work permit/visa documents and ensuring compliance with relevant immigration rules and regulations. Furthermore, the firm also offers assistance to international corporations whose local (Pakistani) employees are applying for business and work visas of foreign countries. The firm also provides assistance with legalization of documents including educational degrees, birth certificate and marriage certificates of Pakistanis relocating to another country. The firm has substantial experience in this area and is the local partner/representative of some leading international corporate/global immigration firms including Emigra, Berry Appleman & Leiden and Sterling Relocation.
- Cyber Laws
Our lawyers are experienced in handling many e-commerce issues including electronic financial transactions, online/internet banking, credit card fraud, privacy, identity theft, consumer protection, web-site development, digital security, encryption, marketing and advertising. Our lawyers also assist clients in protecting and defending their trade marks against infringement in cyber space.
We offer legal services in the energy sector in connection with oil, gas and electrical power generation. We offer legal advice on legislation and the regulatory and licensing regimes in power and the oil and gas sector. We offer legal advisory services with respect to all aspects of oil and gas matters throughout the lifecycle of the project from inception, tender, investment, structure, exploration and construction/infrastructure to production and extraction. We also offer advisory services in connection with logistics, shipping and trading aspects of oil and gas projects. Some other areas we offer our services in include energy distribution and transmission as well as oil, gas and mineral exploration and renewable power projects.
- Family Laws
RI & Partners has a dedicated group of lawyers who specialize in family law. We assist our clients with their legal issues relating to dissolution of marriage and child custody.
- Foreign Investment
The firm offers advice in connection with foreign investment in Pakistan. The range of the firmís services in this area includes advice in relation to Pakistanís investment policy for the specific sector/industry, company registration and relevant foreign exchange regulations.
- Intellectual Property
Our firm provides assistance with preparing applications for patents and trademark registrations and pursuing these applications through issuance by the IPO and protection against infringement of clients' intellectual property. We also work with our international associates to obtain corresponding protection in countries outside Pakistan.
- International Commercial Transactions
International trade and commerce are active and expanding areas of our practice. Our lawyers have knowledge of domestic and international trade laws and practices. We offer comprehensive advisory and litigation services to our clients in connection with contractual disputes involving non-payment, non-conforming goods and misrepresentation and fraud committed by a party.
- Labor Law
The lawyers at RI & Partners provide their clients legal assistance in matters involving labor contracts, labor insurance and the settlement of labor disputes.
- Real Estate Transactions
RI & Partners has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate transactions and we have successfully guided our clients through the most complicated transactions. The services we provide include assignment and transfer of land use rights, development and management of tracts of land, commercial and residential sales and purchases, mortgages, property based debt restructuring and rescheduling.
- Securities & Capital Markets
We represent underwriters and initial purchasers in connection with securities offerings and stock exchange listings. We also handle debt and equity securities offerings. We represent issuers, officers, directors and shareholders with respect to their legal obligations. We also serve our corporate clients in connection with public merger and acquisition transactions. Our firmís Securities Group works closely with our Mergers and Acquisitions Group on corporate finance transactions involving initial public offerings, stock consideration, due diligence and other securities-related activities.
- Tax Laws
Tax implications are an important aspect in structuring commercial transactions. The firm advises clients on tax issues relating to commercial transactions like joint ventures, share purchase agreements and purchase of business as running concerns. Our lawyers advise foreign clients regarding tax implications of their investments in the local market.
- White Collar Crime
Our firm has a large practice group in the area of white collar crime. The breadth and depth of our firmís experience in the area of criminal law has fully equipped us in the area of white collar crime. Lawyers in our firmís white collar crime group have extensive experience in all aspects of criminal defense from investigation to trial and beyond, as well as advising businesses on compliance issues. Lawyers in our firmís white collar crime group have advised and assisted international law firms including the law firm of DLA Piper in high-profile white collar crime matters that involve multiple jurisdictions. These matters involve money laundering, international banking fraud and illegal property transactions.
Mr. Rana Sajjad Ahmad
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation
Mr. Rana Muhammad Ahmad
Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking Law, Bankruptcy, Business Formation
Mr. Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan
Appellate Practice, Assault, Banking Law, Bankruptcy, Battery
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