Ejaz did his B.A. Hons (Juris) at the University of Oxford. He then qualified as Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn and enrolled as an advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1994.
He has first-hand experience in drafting the framework for the regulation of the electric power industry in Pakistan.
He has extensive work experience in telecommunications, power, and corporate sectors. He was an honorary member of the Information Technology Law Forum of the Ministry of Telecommunication & Information Technology, Government of Pakistan. His work experience includes drafting and preparing legislation and regulatory frameworks.
He led the team for drafting the first information technology legislation of the country titled Electronic Transactions Ordinance, 2002. He leads the practice areas of power, corporate, telecommunications and IT networks and services procurements. He has also advised and worked in connection with project finance of infrastructure development projects, particularly independent renewable energy projects in Pakistan.
Mohammed Ahmed Shaikh (Partner)
BA, LL.B (Pb.), LL.M (UK)
Ahmed earned his LL.B from University of the Punjab in 1998. He was admitted to the Bar in 2000 and enrolled as an Advocate of High Court in 2002. He then read for LL.M in International Business Law at the University of Hull, England.
He brings with him diverse international corporate legal experience. He has worked in UAE for three years as a corporate legal counsel. He has advised some of the leading multinational companies and banks as their external corporate counsel and legal consultant.
From 2005 to 2008, he was the head of corporate legal at Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited-Mobilink.
His current areas of focus are Telecommunications, Commercial, Competition, Banking and Finance.
Rashid is an experienced advocate with over 15 years of contentious and non-contentious work experience in corporate, commercial, labour, judicial review and other work areas.
Before joining AQLAAL, he worked as senior associate at Legal Advisers Inc. and Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates, where he had the opportunity to handle a variety of legal matters while assisting senior counsel in various high-profile cases before the High Courts as well as the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He worked also as in-house counsel at Barclays Bank Plc and Karachi Electricity Supply Company Limited.
Muhammad Ashraf Tiwana did his LL.B (Hons) from University of Westminster, London. He enrolled as an Advocate High Court in 2001.
He is one of the founding partners of AQLAAL. After working at AQLAAL for some time, he moved in house with the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan where he headed the legal department for 4 years.
At the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, he has accumulated rich and diversified experience of regulation of corporate and non-banking finance sectors in his capacity as the chief legal advisor of the Commission. He has been actively involved in policy formulation and development of legal frameworks for the sectors regulated by the Commission. His expertise in the corporate and capital market laws of the country acquired by way of implementation and enforcement of laws administered by the Commission is unrivalled. His responsibilities included case management of thousands of court cases across the country filed by or against the Commission.
He is the author of the new governing law of the Commission which has been recently introduced in the Parliament. He was actively involved in the stakeholder dialogue, formulation and drafting of the upcoming demutualization and corporatisation law for the stock exchanges of the country. He has also been involved in formulation and development of primary and subsidiary laws for introduction of innovative financial products like REITS, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Private Pensions, Treasury Stock, Financial Derivatives, Margin Financing and other Leveraged Market contracts.
He has worked closely with international donor agencies like ADB, IMF, World Bank, etc and was involved in negotiating and finalizing as well as implementation of the conditions for loans and grants for Pakistan Government and its agencies.
His practice areas include transactional and contentious work in banking, financial, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, competition, corporate and commercial work areas.
Mr. Muhammad Bashir Kayani qualified as a barrister from the Lincoln’s Inn, London in 1971. He was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1989. He was appointed as the Standing Counsel for Pakistan by the President and held that office in both the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He has proverbial expertise in litigious matters regarding constitutional laws, labor laws, custom and excise laws and corporate laws
Hasnain Ashraf has an LL.B (Hon’s) from International Islamic University, Islamabad. He was admitted to the Bar in 2005. He has worked as an Associate and Senior Associate at Law Office of Sohaib Qadar and Amhurst Brown before joining AQLAAL in 2010.
He is a Board Member of Electronic Certification Accreditation Council a body corporate and regulator responsible for recognition of information, communications and transactions in electronic form and for accreditation of certification service providers under Electronic Transactions Ordinance, 2002. He is leading the team to develop the regulatory framework for the sector.
He regularly advise on various transactional, drafting and consulting assignments in power, telecommunication and real estate sectors for the public and private sector clients. He has also worked as an in-house counsel for Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited.
He has successfully completed Advanced Course on FIDIC Red and Yellow Book. His work areas are power, telecom, real estate, corporate and commercial.
Azm did his graduation in Law from University of the Punjab in 2012 and bagged the laurels of ‘Three Gold Medals’ by achieving the first position in LLB in Punjab Province. He also earned master degree in Political Science from the same University by securing first division in 2014.
Azm worked at various law firms and joined AQLAAL in Feb 2014. He currently assists senior partner in energy, commercial, and corporate litigation matters. Moreover, he is also handling the management of the firm.
Shahid Saleem is a member of the litigation team. He assists the Partners in drafting and legal research in the matters relating to the corporate and commercial litigation pending before the Hon’ble High Courts and the august Supreme Court.
Further, he is handling the cases and complaints relating to Public Procurement, Labour, Family, Rent and Service matters, etc. pending before the Civil Courts, Federal Service Tribunal, Industrial Relations Commission, Islamabad and Competition Commission of Pakistan.
Sardar Abrar Bashir currently assists the Senior Partner in matters related to corporate and taxation laws. Before joining AQLAAL, Abrar worked with various law firms assisting partners in criminal as well taxation matters.
Abrar completed his Bachelors in Arts from Azad Jammu & Kashmir University and earned his LL.B from University of Punjab in 2013.