Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan

Managing Partner 

For 50 years, Mr. Khan has advised and represented several local and foreign clients in connection with a wide range of civil and criminal matters.  His clients include international banks and corporations that have been defrauded by Pakistani individuals either based in a foreign country or in Pakistan. Mr. Khan provides expert legal advice and representation on white collar crime matters, money laundering, embezzlement, illegal transfer of money and assets to and from Pakistan and commercial disputes between a local and foreign entity that involve recovery of money. Mr. Khan has worked as a Special Counsel with the law firm of DLA Piper in a high-profile banking fraud/white collar crime matter involving assets worth 120 million GBP.  In this matter, KPMG (UK) was acting as administrator of a UK-based company that is connected to the illegal transactions and the company’s creditors include a consortium of three of the largest banking groups in the UK.  In this matter, Mr. Khan has advised and represented the client in civil proceedings in connection with issues related to enforcement of a foreign decree in Pakistan. He has also represented the client before both the Special Court for offences in respect of banks and the High Court in criminal proceedings that were initiated on behalf of the client in Pakistan. In addition to the private practice of law, Mr. Khan worked with the Government of Punjab as a Minister and Advisor on Law & Human Rights for around 5 years (2002-2007). Mr. Khan is an active and prominent member of the Pakistani bar and has been elected a member of the Punjab Bar Council and elected twice as a member of the Pakistan Bar Council, a council comprising around 20 lawyers elected from all over Pakistan.  He chaired some committees of the Pakistan Bar Council and was also elected as the Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Bar Council, the highest elected office for a lawyer in Pakistan.

Memberships

  1. Supreme Court Bar Association, Pakistan;
  2. Lahore High Court Bar Association

Rana Sajjad Ahmad (FCIArb)

Partner

Rana Sajjad has over 15 years’ experience of working both in Pakistan and the U.S. in the areas of corporate law, contracts, commercial litigation, securities & capital markets, legal due diligence, regulatory compliance, foreign investment and arbitration.  He has regularly advised and represented a wide range of clients in the energy, technology, telecom, manufacturing and retail sectors. Over the years, he has advised international corporations in relation to all aspects of their businesses including business establishment, corporate structuring, licensing, labor and foreign exchange controls.   He also represents clients in matters involving contractual and commercial disputes before Civil courts, District courts, High Courts and arbitral tribunals.  In the area of contracts, he has advised clients in connection with franchise agreements, joint venture agreements, EPC contracts, lease agreements, supply and services agreements.  In the area of dispute resolution, he is one of only 2 practising lawyers in Pakistan who have attained fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Before joining the law firm of Rana Ijaz & Partners in September, 2008, Sajjad worked in the U.S. for some leading large law firms including Fulbright & Jaworski.  His practice areas in the U.S. included international commercial arbitration, securities & capital markets, antitrust law and mergers & acquisitions. Among other work, he has advised a solar and wind power energy consulting firm based in Germany in connection with setting up a legal entity in Pakistan.  He has also advised a U.S. based technology-company in connection with incorporation of its wholly owned subsidiary in Pakistan, specifically on the structure of the subsidiary’s board and its shareholding. Currently, he is also advising and representing a Kuwait-based technology company, through its subsidiary in Pakistan, in connection with a payment dispute with a Pakistan-based telecommunications company.  The amount of the lawsuit filed by the company is over US $14 million. Among other clients, he is also advising and representing a U.S. based green power technology firm in connection with a commercial dispute with a local partner in Pakistan. In the area of commercial arbitration, he recently advised and represented a client in the hospitality industry in ongoing arbitration proceedings in connection with a lease agreement that the client entered into with one of Pakistan’s leading hotels.  He is also the Founder & President of the Center for International Investment & Commercial Arbitration (CIICA). In terms of advisory work, Mr. Sajjad has also advised a Japanese manufacturer of car navigation systems on Pakistan’s mapping and surveying laws in connection with issues involving regulatory compliance at each stage of the process for selling such systems in Pakistan. Mr. Sajjad has also advised a U.K. law firm on Pakistani law in connection with reciprocal enforcement agreements between Pakistan and the U.K. and legal issues related to enforcement of a foreign judgment in Pakistan. One of the fundamental issues was the potential enforcement of a costs order obtained in the U.K. against a claimant based in Pakistan.  In the area of securities & capital markets, Mr. Sajjad has advised Morgan Stanley, on a wide range of issues related to derivatives transactions subject to the terms and conditions of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreement that were proposed to be conducted by Morgan Stanley with a Pakistani counter-party. Before joining the firm in September, 2008, Mr. Sajjad worked for around 5 years in the U.S. and had the opportunity to work with some large law firms including Fulbright & Jaworski.  He is admitted to practice as an attorney in New York.  In terms of his practice areas in the U.S., he worked in the areas of international commercial arbitration, securities & capital markets, antitrust law and mergers & acquisitions.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice in Pakistan and New York

Memberships

1. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

2. New York Bar

3. Lahore High Court Bar Association

4. American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (Young & International Group)

5. International Court of Arbitration (ICC)

6. London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), (Young International Arbitration Group)

Education

  • LL.M. Columbia University, New York
  • LL.B. Pakistan College of Law, Lahore (PU)
  • BSc. (Hons.) Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  • B.A. Political Science, Economics (Government College, Lahore)

Rana Muhammad Ahmad

Partner

Mr. Ahmad specializes in banking law and also advises local and foreign companies on a broad range of issues including intellectual property, tax and regulatory compliance. He has reviewed and rendered legal advice in connection with several business agreements of one of the largest Chinese mobile phone companies operating in Pakistan. He has also assisted with setting up of a company that will provide technical support, consulting and advanced trading services in connection with the stock exchange in Pakistan. In terms of advisory work, Mr. Ahmad periodically advises a Swiss law firm on Pakistani banking and financial law in connection with cross-border financial activities and the regulations regarding financial products including foreign collective investment schemes. Mr. Ahmad has also advised an Italian client on Pakistani law on agency and issues including applicability of Italian law to the agreement and the scope of powers of the agent in Pakistan. Mr. Ahmad has also been the Lead Counsel for a U.S. based outsourcing company in an intellectual property matter involving infringement of the company’s medical software patents by a former employee of the company. Mr. Ahmad has been the Lead Counsel a technology company operating as a subsidiary/local company for a company based in Germany.  He has advised them on a broad range of matters including intellectual property, licensing, regulatory compliance, contractual disputes and litigation matters in Pakistan. Before joining the firm as a Partner, Mr. Ahmad worked with a couple of leading banks in Pakistan which has given him a critical edge in advising clients on relevant legal issues related to the banking industry.

Bar Admissions

  • Lahore High Court Bar Association
  • Lahore District Bar Association

Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (Young & International Group)
  • International Court of Arbitration (ICC)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), (Young International Arbitration Group)

Education

  • LL.B. Quaid-e-Azam Law College (PU)
  • MBA, Lahore School of Economics
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School (U.K.)