RIAALAW (the "Firm") is the largest and most reputed law firm in Pakistan with 11 partners and 38 associates. The Firm currently conducts its practice in Pakistan from its offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. The Firm has offshore offices in Kabul, London and Beijing. The Firm is the exclusive member firm in Pakistan for Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.
For over two decades, the Firm has provided pragmatic and innovative solutions in a timely and efficient manner to a wide-ranging base of local and international clients seeking the highest professional standards.
The main areas of practice in which the Firm specializes comprise of Corporate Advisory, Project Finance and Corporate Finance, Privatization, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy, Banking, Telecommunications, Petroleum and Natural Resources, Litigation, Arbitration, Construction, Cyber Laws & Intellectual Property, Media, Competition Laws, Tax Laws, Insurance Laws and Trade Remedy Laws. The Firm also does substantial work in the emerging field of Islamic banking.
The Firm has the advantage of having qualified specialists in the aforementioned practice areas and adheres to high professional standards and a strict moral code, which is the key to its success and maintenance of loyal clients through the years. Nearly all lawyers of the Firm are foreign law graduates, barristers, or attorneys. Additionally, the lawyers in the Pakistan offices are well versed in all local languages and dialects.
The senior partners of the Firm have been engaged by multilateral agencies for the drafting of various corporate law regulatory frameworks for Pakistan. Mr. Ahsan Zahir Rizvi, Senior & Managing Partner of the Firm based in Karachi, has drafted the Telecommunication regulatory framework, the Oil & Gas regulatory framework, the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Bill and has been actively involved in the drafting of the Demutualization of Stock Exchanges Ordinance for the Government of Pakistan.
The Firm's corporate practice is strongly complemented by its litigation division, which is well experienced in representing foreign and local clients in courts and tribunals across Pakistan and in international arbitrations.
As recognition of the outstanding quality of its legal services, the Firm has received the following awards in 2013:
Awarded the Pakistan Firm of the Year Award by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013;
Awarded the "Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Pakistan" and "Franchising Law Firm of the Year in Pakistan" by Corp INTL for the year 2013;
Recommended as one of the top tier law firms by "IFLR 1000, The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, 2013";
Recipient of the 2013 Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award. The Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Award is presented each year to recognize five Lex Mundi member law firms that have supported the work of the Foundation and provided critical pro bono legal services helping to strengthen the global social entrepreneurship movement and improve the lives of the world's poor and disenfranchised.
Moreover, Mr. Ahsan Zahir Rizvi, Mr. Hasnain Naqvee, Mr. Yousaf Khosa and Mr. Bilal Shaukat, partners of the Firm have been ranked as "Leaders in their Field" by Chambers Global 2013.