We represent clients in the Superior Courts of Pakistan regarding trade law. As part of our service, we partner up with the International Trade Law Department in order to handle litigation matters and provide clients with the best possible solutions.

Our team have carried out numerous investigations under Pakistan’s anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard laws, structured international business transactions, effectively utilised international trade agreements, availed incentives for exports and protection through tariffs within the allowed parameters of the multilateral trading system. Besides having domestic clients, we also advise a diverse range of foreign clientele comprising manufacturers, exporters, importers (amongst others) on complex issues arising while doing cross-border trade.

We are well versed in the technical procedures applicable to trade remedy investigations (including the NTCL National Tariff Commission) and the opportunities available to exporters and producers under the laws of Pakistan to defend their interests.

We are frequently engaged by exporters from the British Virgin Island, China, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the UAE, and the Ukraine to pursue an effective defence in various anti-dumping investigations.

Mazhar Bangash heads the Trade Law Department and is singled out as a highly experienced and a seasoned International Trade Law expert and he has recently been appointed a panelist of the World Trade Organization (the WTO) for trade disputes.

  • A partner of the Firm acted as a Panellist in an anti-dumping dispute (DS 464) between the United States of America and Korea.
  • Acted as counsel for Pakistan in DS 500 against South Africa, challenging imposition of anti-dumping duties on Cement by South Africa.
  • Acted as counsel for Pakistan at consultations with Egypt in relation to anti-dumping measures imposed on Matches in Boxes by Egypt.

  • Anti-Dumping & Anti-Subsidy Investigation against exports of Potassium Silicate from Pakistan and UAE to Canada: The Firm successfully defended Pakistani and UAE based exporters in an anti-dumping & anti-subsidy investigation initiated by Canada. Based on our submissions, the case was decided in favour of UAE & Pakistani exporters and no anti-dumping duties were imposed.
  • Anti-Dumping Investigation against exports of Matches in Boxes from Pakistan to Egypt: Our partner successfully defended Pakistani exporters of Matches in Boxes in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Egypt. The Government of Egypt and the Pakistan exporters reached a mutually agreed solution and no anti-dumping duties were imposed.
  • Anti-Dumping Investigation against exports of Paperboard from Korea to the Philippines: The Firm advised exporters of Paperboard from Korea to Philippine in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Philippine.
  • Anti-Dumping Investigation against exports of BOPP from Egypt to Turkey: The Firm is advising exporters of BOPP from Egypt to Turkey in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by Turkey.

  • Anti-Dumping Investigation against Certain Paper from China, Thailand and Indonesia: The Firm successfully defended exporters from China, Thailand and Indonesia in the anti-dumping investigation. The exporters included APP, China, Double A, Thailand and PT Fajar, Indonesia. No duties were imposed against the exporters.
  • Anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of Hydrogen Peroxide from Belgium, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey: Successfully represented Hansol Chemical Company Ltd (Korea), OCI Company Limited (Korea) and OCI Corporation (Korea) in the anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of Hydrogen Peroxide. No anti-dumping duties were imposed.
  • Anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of Hot Rolled Coil into Pakistan from Ukraine: The Firm successfully represented major Ukrainian producers of Iron & Steel related products in the anti-dumping investigation. In addition, the Firm also advised Sumitomo Corporation, Japan in this investigation.
  • Anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of Colled Rolled Coils/Sheets into Pakistan from China and Ukraine: The Firm is representing major Colled rolled coils/sheets producers of Iron & Steel products in China in the subject investigation. The Firm is also representing Pakistan Iron & Steel Merchants Association, Karachi Iron & Steel Merchants Association and the Pakistan National Steel Merchants Association on behalf of the importers in the subject investigation.
  • Anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of Galvanized Coils/Sheets into Pakistan from China: The Firm is representing Hebei Iron & Steel Company and Bengang Steel Plates Co. Ltd in the subject investigation.
  • Corus Packaging Plus, Netherlands (“Corus Packaging”): The Firm represented Corus Packaging in an anti-dumping investigation initiated against dumped imports of Tin-Plate into Pakistan.
  • Anti-dumping investigation against alleged dumping of BoPP in Pakistan: RIAA successfully represented exporters from UAE and Oman in the anti-dumping investigation initiated by NTC. The clients are Taghleef Dubai and Taghleef Oman.
  • Anti-Dumping Investigation against Dumped Imports of Ceramic Tiles from China and Spain: The Firm successfully represented 29 Spanish exporters and their association, and the China Chamber of Commerce for Metals, Minerals & Chemicals, in an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Government of Pakistan.

  • Anti-Dumping
  • Competition
  • Countervailing
  • International Trade
  • Investigations
  • NTC and WTO Proceedings
  • Safeguard measures
  • Trade Remedies

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What clients say...

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’. Recommended individuals include[s] Hasnain Naqvee (who has ‘outstanding industry knowledge’).

Legal 500: 2016

Karachi-based Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is the key figure, drawing on his experience as former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG’s longstanding experience in the construction sector, includes the construction and development of hospitals and power and infrastructure projects. Acquisitions, sales, transfers and property leasing are other mainstays, as is project finance…

Legal 500: 2016

In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

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RIAA is ‘strong on telecoms-related work’, and has acted on for a number of high-profile clients in this sector.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘experienced’ tax department is praised as ‘top notch’. It is advising several multinational corporate clients on tax structuring to minimise fiscal exposure in Pakistan. Ahsan Zahir Rizvi leads on tax mandates.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘strong’ litigation department advised Clariant Chemical and Clariant International on a High Court dispute, and is also acting for K-Electric on a constitutional matter.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

Legal 500: 2015

Highlights for RIAA’s ‘renowned’ corporate practice included advising Unisys International on the sale of its majority shareholding in Unisys Pakistan to International Brands Limited.

Legal 500: 2015

Operating from five offices across Pakistan, RIAA Barker Gillette has broad experience in debt and equity capital markets and is instructed by a host of multinational banking clients.

Legal 500: 2016

The firm has an active transactional practice and is instructed by clients across the energy, telecoms, financial services and construction sectors. Complementary expertise in tax, employment and competition benefits [their] practice.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette’s disputes department handles cases spanning constitutional, employment, trade mark, energy and family law.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette’s disputes department handles cases spanning constitutional, employment, trade mark, energy and family law. Omer Soomro is a key contact in the Karachi office, handling High Court and arbitration proceedings.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette maintains an active energy practice, where it advises clients on compliance and liability under environmental law, and assists with licensing and regulatory approvals.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG receives instructions from insurance company clients in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Past work includes handling corporate transactions and international arbitrations.

Legal 500: 2016

RBG advises on corporate and commercial agreements relating to power, water and construction projects, and is becoming increasingly involved in matters concerning wind and other renewables.

Legal 500: 2016

Telecoms is an area of strength at RBGIAA Barker Gillette, with the team providing expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

Legal 500: 2016

Munir Ahmed is another key contact; his practice covers customs, sales tax and income tax.

Legal 500: 2016

Yousaf Khosa acts for numerous clients in the mining and petroleum sectors in both contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Mustafa.

Legal 500: 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette advises multinational corporate clients on tax structuring and restructuring. It is also active in tax litigation and appeals before the High Court.

Legal 500: 2016

Sources state: "[Omer Soomro]'s someone I really trust - he adds a lot to a case."

Chambers Commentary: Asia-Pacific 2016

Among recent highlights, [Omer Soomro] represented IM Technologies in a USD 197m construction dispute with Karachi Development Company.

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

Clients enthuse about Omer Soomro, describing him as "a very articulate practitioner" with a measured, strategic approach.

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

One source notes that he is "always looking to get the best deal for his clients."

Chambers Commentary: Asia Pacific 2016

RIAA Barker Gillette…"It is a powerhouse."

Chambers Guide: Asia Pacific 2016

[Bilal Shaukat’s] work highlights include advising Tapal Wind Energy on its establishment of a USD 90m wind power plant in Thatta.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Sources note [Bilal Shaukat] is "well known in the industry," and report that they "enjoy working with him."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Bilal Shaukat has a growing reputation in this sphere, especially in relation to coal and wind power projects.

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Renowned for his expertise in the power sector, peers highlight him as "one of the most experienced projects lawyers in Pakistan."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi continues to be revered by market commentators, who single him out for his "sharp legal mind."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

…a client asserts: "I would always recommend him." He acted for The Hub Power Company on the development and financing of a 1,320 MW coal power project.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Hasnain Naqvee is widely praised for his effective negotiation skills and tenacious approach. Commentators enthuse that they "find him to be skilled and well versed on projects,".

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Islamabad-based Yousaf Khosa has a broad practice that includes expertise in construction contracts and telecoms work, among other areas.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

“Bilal Shaukat receives plaudits for providing highly commercial advice on complex transactions. He continues to head the firm's corporate advisory practice.”

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is singled out by clients for the depth of his transactional experience and for "bringing a colour and vibrancy to the table."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Sources describe Ahsan Zahir Rizvi as "an exceptional practitioner" and "a backbone of the firm."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

RIAA has provided environmental advice on a number of domestic projects. Omer Soomro is noted for environmental matters.

Legal 500: 2015

“Large and well-reputed practice”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

RIAA’s banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’”

Tier 1: IFLR1000 2015

“Our relationship with the firm started 20 years ago and we have never looked back.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“They really take the time to listen to the case.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“I only use RIAA and no other firm in Pakistan – I have the utmost regard for them.”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“’Strong’ litigation department”.

The Legal 500: Asia Pacific 2015

“’Renowned’ corporate practice”

Tier 1: IFLR1000 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi (a former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange) is recommended for capital markets work.

Legal 500: 2015

…banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’ on project finance. Clients include the ‘pragmatic’ Bilal Shaukat, and Ahsan Zahir Rizvi, who is rated as ‘excellent’.

Legal 500: 2015

Hasan Rizvi is “technically assured and resourceful” and with "good local market knowledge".

Legal 500: 2015

"Clients enjoy working with Hasan Rizvi... He wins praise from sources for being 'extremely responsive, commercially practical and incredibly diligent'".

Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

"We have a very positive relationship with them. They are proactive, down-to-earth, thorough and extremely knowledgeable when finding solutions."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"I have the utmost regard for the firm; they are first class."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"They have vast experience of the power sector, and always provide alternative solutions to problems - they really take ownership of the projects they are working on."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the team is known for: Active on a wide range of conventional and renewable projects, including notable activity on the conversion of power plants to coal.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the team is known for: Offers high levels of expertise in the power sector, advising the sponsors on development, financing and regulatory issues.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

He keeps things on an even keel and so people trust him, even those on the other side."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Sources highlight his strong negotiation capabilities, with one noting: "He can see the other side's perspective, that is his greatest strength.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is held in high regard for his depth of expertise in the power sector.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is also praised for "his precision in giving advice. He is very to the point."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Senior partner Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is one of Pakistan's most highly reputed transactional lawyers: "He is one of the most individually outstanding people, both from a commercial point of view and a legal point of view."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"RIAA has a very strong reputation for handling commercial and corporate matters."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"They have been absolutely outstanding. I don't think there is a team more dedicated."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Excellent bench of practitioners with a full-service corporate offering. Often mandated on big-ticket M&A deals, particularly for corporations in the energy and power sectors.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

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