Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan

Founder & Managing Partner 

For over 50 years, Mr. Khan advised and represented several local and foreign clients in connection with a wide range of civil and criminal matters.  His clients included international banks and corporations that have been defrauded by Pakistani individuals either based in a foreign country or in Pakistan. Mr. Khan provided 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 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 advised and represented the client in civil proceedings in connection with issues related to enforcement of a foreign decree in Pakistan. He 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 was 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 is a dual-qualified lawyer (licensed in New York and Pakistan) having over 15 years’ experience of practicing law in Pakistan and the U.S. in practice areas including contracts, cross-border transactions, commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration. He has advised and/or acted as co-counsel on international arbitration proceedings including arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Dubai International Financial Centre – London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA). He has also advised and represented clients in court proceedings in connection with the enforcement of international arbitration agreements.

Sajjad is also the Founder & President of the Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA), Pakistan’s first international arbitration center and a member of the panel of arbitrators of the European Court of Arbitration (Irish branch), the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) and an Arbitrator of the Hangzhou Arbitration Commission (HAC).

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.

Sajjad advises clients in the energy, technology, telecom, manufacturing and construction sectors and represents them before courts and arbitral tribunals in matters involving contractual, commercial and investment disputes.

RECENT WORK HIGHLIGHTS – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • Acting as co-counsel for two leading distributors/suppliers of electronics in two international arbitration cases filed against one of the world’s largest multinational conglomerates.
  • Advising and representing a client in connection with a civil suit filed against it in District Court, Islamabad, for recovery of approximately USD 21 million. In view of the international arbitration clauses in the distribution agreements between the parties, our firm is challenging the jurisdiction of the court and seeking a stay of the proceedings under the Recognition and Enforcement (Arbitration Agreements and Foreign Arbitral Awards) Act 2011.
  • Advising and representing a globally recognized manufacturer of cosmetics in connection with a civil suit filed against them in Civil Court, Lahore, for recovery of approximately USD 3 million. In view of the dispute resolution clause conferring exclusive jurisdiction on courts in Germany, our firm is challenging the jurisdiction of the court and seeking dismissal of the suit.

RECENT WORK HIGHLIGHTS – ADVISORY/TRANSACTIONAL WORK

  • Reviewed and advised on agreements including shareholders agreement, loan agreement and transaction agreement in connection with an acquisition of a Pakistani oil company’s shares by an international entity in Dubai.  The transaction amount is approximately USD 5 million.
  • Reviewed and advised on shareholders agreements and asset sale agreement in connection with a real estate development project Involving construction of an apartment building in Lahore. The project/transaction value is approximately USD 2.3 million
  • Advised a global entity on whether a company incorporated outside Pakistan generating an insubstantial revenue amount in Pakistan is required to comply with any applicable merger laws of Pakistan if it is acquiring another foreign company that is generating no revenue in Pakistan. The total value of the global acquisition was approximately USD 36 million.

Sajjad is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the only lawyer based in Pakistan who is a member of CIArb’s Approved Faculty List (AFL) as a tutor for international arbitration law, practice and procedure. He has taught international commercial arbitration to LL.M. students and also conducted training workshops on international arbitration at leading universities in Pakistan, the Lahore High Court and the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).

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

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.)