We provide the full spectrum of corporate legal advisory services to our clients comprising a cross-section of industries and sectors. We act for public and private organisations as well as family business groups and entrepreneurs.

We understand businesses and help them to evaluate and maintain their vision, constitution, composition, revenue and tax positions. We take the time to understand a businesses’ needs and operational and financial objectives to help build a successful and profitable enterprise.

We advise officers and directors on their duties and liabilities and negotiate and draft all types of contracts and agreements (including partnership and shareholder agreements). We regularly advise on complex domestic and cross-border business and financing transactions and provide general counsel services on a range of issues including asset management and corporate expansion. Our disputes resolution lawyers are able to handle a wide range of corporate disputes amongst others.

Renowned for the precision and swift delivery of our advice we focus on results and devising best possible commercial solutions. We also provide general corporate services such as corporate secretarial support to keep your organisation up-to-date and in good standing with both the provincial and federal authorities.

  • Compliance
  • Corporate and strategic advisory
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Director arrangements and responsibilities
  • Earn-outs
  • Entry and exit strategies
  • Foreign direct investment
  • General counsel services
  • Incorporations
  • Investment funds
  • Investments and security offerings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Regulatory and government affairs
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Shareholder arrangements
  • Tax

  • Agility Logistics, National Real Estate Company (NREC) and United Project Co. (UPAC): joint venture investment in USD 1b Reem Mall Project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Alcazar Capital Limited: various private equity investments and regulatory compliance with the DFSA Rules (pre RIAA Barker Gillette).
  • Middle Eastern family offices: fund formation and investments including Shariah-compliant structures (pre RIAA Barker Gillette).
  • National Bonds Corporation PJSC: strategic investment in AED 500m Shariah-compliant Marasi Real Estate Fund (pre RIAA Barker Gillette).
  • Pinnacle Infrastructure Fund: formation of a regulated fund manager and new USD 75m investment fund in the DIFC.
  • Star Marine Group: joint venture project in the GCC and related shareholders’ arrangements.
  • Taghleef Industries: USD 400m financial restructuring and incorporation of group holding structure in the DIFC.
  • The Carlyle Group: establishment of Carlyle MENA Investment Advisors Limited and related entities under the DIFC’s new Collective Investment Law enacted in July 2010 (pre RIAA Barker Gillette).
  • The Carlyle Group, US Private Equity Growth Capital Council, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (and others): in connection with the Investment Funds and Investment Management Regulations issued by ESCA (pre RIAA Barker Gillette).
  • The Catalyst Group: formation of investment holding structure in the DIFC, shareholders’ arrangements and acquisition of a food and beverage sector business in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Catalyst Group: formation of investment holding structure in the DIFC.
  • Worldwide Petroleum Services Group: formation of a regulated fund manager and new USD 30m investment fund in the DIFC.

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What clients say...

“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’”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 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

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 Rizvi leads on tax mandates.

Legal 500: 2015

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

Legal 500: 2015

Ahsan 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.

Legal 500: 2015

"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

"RIAA has 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 RIAA 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 RIAA 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

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

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Sources highlight Ahsan Zahir Rizvi’s 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

RIAA Barker Gillette provides notable expertise across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious banking matters, and counts numerous financial institutions among its clients. On the borrower side, the team has experience representing companies in the power, energy and transport sectors.

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 a practice covering mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures and privatisations.

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 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

RIAA Barker Gillette 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

RIAA Barker Gillette 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

RIAA Barker Gillette’s longstanding experience in the construction sector, with past work including the construction and development of hospitals and various 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

Telecoms is an area of strength at RIAA Barker Gillette, with the team providing expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.

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

RIAA Barker Gillette…"It is a powerhouse."

Chambers Guide: Asia-Pacific 2016

Renowned for his expertise in the power sector, peers highlight Ahsan Zahir Rizvi 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

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

Legal 500: 2015

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

Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: 2014

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

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