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.
MUHAMMAD BASHIR KAYANI (Of Counsel)
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 (Associate)
LL.B (Hon’s), LL.M(IIUI)
Hasnain Ashraf has an LL.B (Hon’s) and an LL.M in corporate law from International Islamic University, Islamabad. He was admitted to the Bar in 2005. Mr. Ashraf started his career as a corporate counsel in 2005 at Law Office of Sohaib Qadar. Before joining AQLAAL in 2010, he was a senior associate at Amhurst Brown in Islamabad. He joined PTCL as in-house counsel in 2012 and recently joined back at AQLAAL.
His work areas are Energy, telecoms, intellectual property, corporate and commercial.
Rida Jamal assists the senior team members in matters related to telecom, commercial, corporate and competition laws. She earned her LL.B from the University of London in 2012.
Sonia Ahmad assists the senior team members in matters related to corporate and energy laws. She earned her LL.B from the University of London in 2012.
Saqib Javed currently assists Senior Partner in several areas including corporate and commercial matters, telecommunication law as well as laws on disabilities and other public interest laws. He earned his MA in History in 2008 and LLB in 2012 from the University of Punjab and is currently also President of The Blind Association, Islamabad Region and a broadcaster at BBC Urdu Radio Station.
Mehraj Khan Tareen (Associate)
B.A, LL.B (University of Peshawar)
Mehraj Khan Tareen is a member of the Litigation team. Her area of work includes Civil, Corporate and Commercial litigation. Further, she also deals with matters related to family laws. Mehraj completed her LL.B from University of Peshawar. She has worked with various law firms, is Advocate High Court and joined AQLAAL Advocates in 2012.
Roheen earned her LL.B degree from London University and completed her LL.M from BPP University, London specializing in financial regulations and compliance.
She joined AQLAAL in 2013 and assists senior members of the team in the areas of finance, corporate and commercial
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.