Attend our seminar, co-organised with the British Pakistani Lawyers Association, to learn about the business opportunities and practicalities for UK lawyers in Pakistan.

British Deputy High Commissioner John Tucknott will provide his insights on the current political and economic context. 

  • Date: Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • Time: 08:30 – 10:00
  • Venue: Latham & Watkins LLP, 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3XF, United Kingdom
  • Audience: Solicitors, barristers, law students, businesses, media - all with an interest in Pakistan

Pakistan, the sixth largest nation in the world, has been identified as one of the “Next Eleven”, having the potential to become one of the world’s largest economies in the next 30 years. Sitting at the crossroads of China, India, Iran, Central Asia and the Middle East, the country is at the focal point of a growing regional market for consumer growth, infrastructure projects and trade. Earlier this year, the governments of China and Pakistan signed a number of agreements for an investment of $34 billion in Pakistan’s energy sector and approximately $11 billion in its infrastructure as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China’s “One Belt, One Road” development strategy for Asia.

Thus Pakistan represents great potential business opportunities for UK lawyers. To highlight these opportunities the Law Society of England and Wales have teamed up with the British Pakistani Lawyers Association to organise a breakfast briefing on the opportunities in Pakistan.

The event will provide practical insights from the British Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, John Tucknott, as well as leading lawyers doing international crossborder business in Pakistan. 

Our new guidebook, ’Doing legal business in Pakistan’, which provides an overview of how to do legal business in Pakistan, will be launched at this event. 

To register your interest to attend please email Sonam Khan at


Format of event

08:00 - 08:30 Registration and complimentary breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40  Welcome by Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society of England and Wales
08:40 - 08:45 Introduction by Shahid Jamil, British Pakistani Lawyers Association 
08:45 - 09:00 Overview of current political and economic climate in Pakistan by John Tucknott, British Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan
09:00 - 09:05 Q & A
09:05 - 09:45 Panel discussion with:
- Ashar Qureshi, Partner, Freshfields
- Nomaan Raja, Partner, Latham & Watkins 
- Ahsan Rizvi, Managing Partner, RIAA Barker Gillette 
09:45 - 09:55 Q & A
09:55 - 10:00 Closing remarks by Saira Awan-Malik, British Pakistani Lawyers Association


The panel

Ashar Qureshi - Partner, Freshfields

Ashar is a partner in Freshields’ London office. His experience includes broad corporate finance practices and he has been involved in a full spectrum of capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions embracing a wide variety of industries, products and jurisdictions. His experience ranges from equity to debt securities (including high yield), complex hedge fund and private equity instruments and structures. He regularly advised governments, corporations and major international financial institutions along a full spectrum of transactions and issues. Ashar has been recognised by a number of publications such as Chambers Global, Legal Experts, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading capital markets and business lawyers, developing early in his career a reputation for advising in particular on sovereign and sovereign related transactions and the related policy issues.

Nomaan Raja -  Partner, Latham & Watkins 

Nomaan is a member of the Corporate Department and Chair of the Middle East Corporate Practice of Latham Watkins. His practice focuses on capital markets transactions, high-yield bond offerings, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. His practice includes general securities and corporate matters, including the representation of underwriters, initial purchasers and issuers in debt and equity offerings and other related transactions. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Raja practiced with leading law firms in New York and Lahore, Pakistan.

Ahsan Rizvi - Managing Partner, RIAA Barker Gillette

Ahsan is globally recognised as a leading international corporate lawyer. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial legal matters including contract negotiations, strategic planning, commercial arrangements, banking and finance, corporate and financial restructuring, privatisations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and project finance. He has particular expertise in complex cross-border transactions in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. He has undertaken high-stakes dispute resolution work in London, Brussels, Singapore and Pakistan. His clients include multinational corporations, high net worth individuals, family business groups, financial institutions as well as governments and international organizations. Additionally, he has expertise in drafting statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks. Ahsan has held a number of prominent positions, including Director of the Karachi Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the Committee on Cyber Laws Legislation and IPR of the Ministry of Science & Technology of the Government of Pakistan. 

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