15 February 2017

Azam & Rai lawyer presented Certificate of Appreciation by the World Bank Group

Azam & Rai lawyer, R.M.S. Azam, has been presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for contributing to the Pakistan section of the World Bank Group's Doing Business 2017 Report, which provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

02 June 2016

Azam & Rai ranked as a leading law firm in Pakistan in media law by Media Law International

Sector: Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Azam & Rai has been ranked among the top 13 law firms in Pakistan in media law in 2016 by London-based Media Law International.


Media Law International is a guide to leading media law firms worldwide, providing comprehensive coverage of firms and practitioners with media law expertise across 52 jurisdictions.

01 December 2015

Azam & Rai lawyer presented Certificate of Contribution by the World Justice Project

Azam & Rai lawyer, R.M.S. Azam, has been presented with a Certificate of Contribution for contributing to the Pakistan chapter of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2015 by The World Justice Project (WJP) (worldjusticeproject.org), a multidisciplinary and multinational initiative to advance the rule of law worldwide.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

04 August 2015

Tenure extension of Pakistan Engineering Council's Chairman and Governing Body challenged in the Lahore High Court through Azam & Rai

Sector: Dispute Resolution

Azam & Rai has filed a Writ Petition in the Lahore High Court on behalf of a member and candidate of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) against extension in tenure of the PEC's outgoing Chairman and Governing Body.

The extension of the PEC Chairman's and Governing Body's tenure has also been declared without lawful authority by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan (MOST), which has also, on the complaint of a PEC member, appointed an Inquiry Commission to inquire into failure of the outgoing Chairman and Governing Body to hold elections before expiry of their term in accordance with the Pakistan Engineering Council Act, 1976. It is pertinent to mention that there is no provision in the PEC Act, 1976, or the rules and regulations made thereunder, for extending the 3-year term of the PEC's Chairman and Governing Body.

In the Writ Petition, the Petitioner has prayed, inter alia, that (i) extension in tenure of the outgoing Chairman and Governing Body be declared illegal; (ii) they be restrained from functioning as such; and (iii) that MOST appoint an Acting Chairman and Acting Governing Body as part of a neutral and impartial caretaker setup to hold free and fair elections of the PEC.

16 May 2015

Azam & Rai ranked as a leading law firm in Pakistan in media law by Media Law International

Sector: Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Azam & Rai has been ranked among the top 15 law firms in Pakistan in media law by London-based Media Law International in their 2015 Edition.


Media Law International is an exclusive guide to leading media law firms around the world, providing comprehensive coverage of firms and practitioners with media law expertise across 47 jurisdictions.

21 October 2014

Azam & Rai participates in SECP consultation on introducing Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in Pakistan

Sector: Partnership Law

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, was invited to and participated in an advocacy and stakeholders' consultation session on the introduction of Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in Pakistan by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The LLP, as a new business vehicle in Pakistan, is expected to fill the gap between business vehicles such as sole proprietorships/partnerships, on the one hand, and companies registered under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, on the other hand. The LLP regime will provide a platform to small and medium enterprises, which would increase their global competitiveness and also assist professional firms of lawyers, chartered accountants, etc. to conduct their affairs more transparently and effectively. Additionally, the LLP would facilitate further documentation of Pakistan's informal economy and will convert an informal and unregulated sector into a formal and regulated one.

During the consultation session, the concept of limited liability partnership and the first draft of the proposed Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2014 came under discussion, on which Azam & Rai also provided key inputs. The SECP also invited Azam & Rai to submit detailed recommendations on the draft LLP law.

10 October 2014

Azam & Rai partner presented Certificate of Contribution by the World Justice Project

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, has been presented with a Certificate of Contribution for contributing to the Pakistan chapter of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2014 by The World Justice Project (WJP) (worldjusticeproject.org), a multidisciplinary and multinational initiative to advance the rule of law worldwide.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

23 September 2014

Azam & Rai participates in IFC's Corporate Governance Dispute Resolution Workshop for Lawyers

Sector: Dispute Resolution

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, participated in the “Corporate Governance Dispute Resolution Workshop for Lawyers” held under the auspices of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group) at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on 23 September 2014.

13 June 2014

Azam & Rai ranked as a leading law firm in Pakistan in media law by Media Law International

Sector: Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Azam & Rai has been ranked as a leading law firm in Pakistan in media law by London-based Media Law International in their 2014 Edition.


Over 140 researchers took part in the research to determine the rankings, which assessed law firms’ individual departments based on the qualities of their lawyers and the effectiveness and capabilities of the team as a whole. These factors were judged through extensive interviews conducted with clients and lawyers.

26 April 2014

Azam & Rai partner participates in South Asia Labour Conference

Sector: Employment & Labour Laws

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, participated in the South Asia Labour Conference held under the auspices of the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab with support from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development, Government of Pakistan, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU) at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore from 24-26 April 2014.

At the Conference, Mr. Azam represented the Center for Law and Policy (CLP), Lahore alongside Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad, Director CLP. The CLP is assisting the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab in its project for consolidation, simplification and rationalization of the labour and employment laws of the Punjab Province and their harmonization with ILO Conventions ratified by Pakistan.

During the Conference, Mr. Azam participated in the Working Group on "Harmonization of Labour Laws" and gave a presentation titled "Harmonization of Labour Laws and Policies in Pakistan in line with International Labour Standards" on behalf of CLP and the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab. Mr. Azam also gave inputs on the recommendations of the Working Group, which were presented in the Plenary Session of the Conference.

Among the Conference attendees were delegates from the ILO, the EU, representatives from member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Turkey, labour trade union representatives and employer federation representatives.

The Chief Minister of the Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif was the Chief Guest at the Conference's Inaugural Session and the President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, was the Chief Guest at the Concluding Session.

17 April 2014

Azam & Rai partner appointed on government committee for labour law reforms

Sector: Employment & Labour Laws
Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, has been appointed by the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab on the six-member Committee for the Consolidation, Simplification and Rationalization of Labour Laws in the Punjab Province. A Notification in this regard was issued by the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab on 17 April 2014.

The Committee has been tasked, initially, with submitting a proposal, with terms of reference, to the Minister of Labour & Human Resource, Government of the Punjab, for the consolidation, simplification and rationalization of labour laws in the Punjab Province and their harmonization with International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions ratified by Pakistan.

08 April 2014

Azam & Rai partner participates in Stakeholders' Consultation on Draft Punjab Labour Policy 2014

Sector: Employment & Labour Laws

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, participated in the Stakeholders' Consultation on the Draft Punjab Labour Policy 2014 held under the auspices of the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab and the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the Avari Hotel, Lahore on 8 April 2014.

At the Consultation, Mr. Azam represented the Center for Law and Policy (CLP), Lahore alongside Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad, Director and Ms. Hajira Qureshi, Assistant Director, CLP, which is undertaking the project for consolidation, simplification and rationalization of the labour and employment laws of the Punjab Province and their harmonization with ILO Conventions ratified by Pakistan.

The Stakeholders' Consultation was convened as a prelude to the release of the Punjab Labour Policy 2014 by the Government of the Punjab.

During the Consultation, Mr. Azam gave recommendations on the Draft Punjab Labour Policy 2014 on behalf of CLP.

Among the attendees at the Stakeholders' Consultation were the Punjab Provincial Minister for Labour & Human Resource, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar; ILO Senior Programme Officer, Mr. Saad Gilani; Secretary, Punjab Labour & Human Resource Department, Mr. Muhammad Yousuf; Commissioner, Punjab Employees Social Security, Mr. Farhan Aziz Khawaja; President of the Employers' Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Khawaja Muhammad Nauman; Deputy General Secretary of the Pakistan Workers' Federation (PWF), Mr. M. Zahoor Awan; representatives of various labour trade unions and other stakeholders.

24 March 2014

Azam & Rai partner participates in Stakeholders' Consultation on reform of labour laws

Sector: Employment & Labour Laws
Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, at the invitation of the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab, participated in the Stakeholders' Consultation Session held at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on 24 March 2014.

At the Session, Mr. Azam represented the Center for Law and Policy, Lahore, which is undertaking the project for consolidation, simplification and rationalization of the labour and employment laws of the Punjab Province and their harmonization with ILO Conventions ratified by Pakistan as part of the Pakistan-EU Trade Project to bring Pakistan's labour laws in conformity with international conventions to enable Pakistan to take advantage of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status, which was accorded to Pakistan for three years by the EU in December 2013. The GSP Plus status will allow almost 20% of Pakistani exports to enter the EU market at zero tariff and 70% at preferential rates, thereby increasing Pakistan's annual exports by around USD $2 billion.

The Stakeholders' Consultation Session was convened as a prelude to the ministerial-level South Asian Labour Conference to be held in Lahore from 24-26 April 2014 under the auspices of the Labour & Human Resource Department, Government of the Punjab, and supported by the Government of Pakistan, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU).

During the Session, Mr. Azam chaired the tripartite Working Group on the "Harmonization of Labour Laws and Policies in line with International Labour Standards" in which representatives from the government, industrial employers and labour trade union representatives gave their recommendations.

Among the attendees at the Stakeholders' Consultation were the Punjab Provincial Minister for Labour & Human Resource, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar; Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs, Mr. Tahir Khalil Sindhu; Parliamentary Secretary on Information, Rana Arshad Mehmood; ILO Country Director in Pakistan, Mr. Francesco d'Ovidio; representative of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Ms. Zoe Leffler; Punjab Assembly members, Ms. Aysha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Saira Iftikhar and Ms. Aalia Aftab; Secretary, Punjab Labour Department, Mr. Muhammad Yousuf; Commissioner, Punjab Employees Social Security, Mr. Farhan Aziz Khawaja; Provincial Secretaries of Law, Environment and Forestry from the provinces of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, as well as industrial employers, labour trade union representatives and other stakeholders.

19 December 2013

Lahore High Court suspends PTA's Enforcement Order in Appeal filed by LDI Licensee through Azam & Rai

Sector: Telecommunication Laws
In a First Appeal against Order (FAO) filed by Azam & Rai in the Lahore High Court, Lahore on behalf of a Long-Distance International (LDI) Licensee against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Lahore High Court has suspended PTA's Enforcement Order against the LDI Licensee.

The Appeal is in relation to a dispute arising from a Complaint filed with the PTA by a Local Loop (LL) Licensee against the LDI Licensee. On the basis of the Complaint, the PTA, through its Enforcement Order, had directed the LDI Licensee to revert to its original rates (Interconnection Charges) for provision of Value-Added Telephony Call Routing Services (Interconnection Services) to the LL Licensee, which the LDI Licensee had increased in accordance with the law and its Reciprocal Carrier Service Agreement (Interconnection Agreement) with the LL Licensee. Azam & Rai argued before the High Court that the PTA's Enforcement Order was in blatant violation and contravention of the express provisions contained in the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act, 1996, the Pakistan Telecommunication Rules, 2000, the Interconnection Dispute Resolution Regulations, 2004 and the Interconnection Agreement. Furthermore, the Interconnection Agreement contains an arbitration clause, which provides that any dispute between the LDI Licensee and the LL Licensee arising from or in connection with the Interconnection Agreement would be resolved under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules of Arbitration. Azam & Rai argued that the arbitration clause prevented the LL Licensee from lodging any Complaint with the PTA on the basis of the Interconnection Agreement and further prevented the PTA from adjudicating upon the dispute.

Azam & Rai's client is one of 14 LDI licensees in Pakistan and one of four LDI licensees, which Azam & Rai has represented, and continues to represent, before different High Courts in Pakistan in relation to various telecom-related disputes.

08 October 2013

Azam & Rai participates in NTC Seminar/Workshop on Trade Defence Laws

Sector: International Trade Laws
Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, was invited to and participated in the Seminar/Workshop on "Trade Defence Laws” held under the auspices of the National Tariff Commission (NTC), Government of Pakistan, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Trade Project at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Lahore on 8 October 2013.

The purpose of the seminar/workshop was to increase awareness about the legal and procedural aspects of trade remedy laws and how industries can avail remedies under these laws against unfair trade practices of dumping and subsidization. The seminar/workshop covered anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguarding measures.

27 September 2013

Azam & Rai designs M&A Course for university LL.M. Commercial Law degree

Azam & Rai has designed the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Course for the two-year LL.M. in Commercial Law degree of the School of Law & Policy, University of Management and Technology, Lahore.

The M&A Course has been designed in accordance with standards prescribed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

26 September 2013

Azam & Rai nominated for a 2013 Acquisition International Legal Award


Azam & Rai has been nominated for a 2013 Acquisition International Legal Award by Acquisition International, an international corporate finance magazine.

The Acquisition International 2013 Legal Awards, sponsored by the Merrill Corporation, celebrate and reward excellence, innovation and performance across the legal community. Award nominees and winners are determined through a rigorous process; combining votes alongside supporting evidence and in-house research to honour those most worthy.

24 September 2013

Azam & Rai engaged to provide pro bono legal services to The 1947 Partition Archive, a U.S.-based non-profit organization

Azam & Rai has been engaged to provide pro bono legal services to The 1947 Partition Archive, a not-for-profit organization based in California, U.S.A. Azam & Rai will provide legal services for the Pakistan aspects of The 1947 Partition Archive in conjunction with U.S. law firm White & Case, which is providing The 1947 Partition Archive with pro bono legal services for its U.S. operations.

The 1947 Partition Archive is a non-political, volunteer, citizen-powered non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing eye-witness accounts from all ethnic, religious and economic communities affected by the Partition of British India in 1947. It provides a platform for citizens to collect, archive and display oral histories that document not only Partition, but pre-Partition life and culture as well as post-Partition migrations and life changes.

21 August 2013

Azam & Rai advises Portuguese telecom company on Pakistan's foreign exchange and telecom laws

Sectors: Foreign Exchange & Telecommunications Laws
Azam & Rai has advised a Portuguese telecom company on the foreign exchange and telecom regulation aspects of its agreement with a Pakistani telecom company for provision of telecom services.

23 April 2013

Azam & Rai partner presented Certificate of Contribution by the World Justice Project

Azam & Rai partner, R.M.S. Azam, has been presented with a Certificate of Contribution for contributing to the Pakistan chapter of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2012-2013 by The World Justice Project (WJP) (worldjusticeproject.org), a multidisciplinary and multinational initiative to advance the rule of law worldwide.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is an innovative quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

16 July 2012

In Appeal filed by Multinet Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. through Azam & Rai, the Lahore High Court suspends PTA's Enforcement Order

Sector: Telecommunication Laws
In First Appeal against Order (FAO) No. 323/2012 filed by Azam & Rai in the Lahore High Court, Lahore on behalf of Multinet Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Lahore High Court has suspended PTA's Enforcement Order dated 30.06.2012. The Appeal is in relation to a dispute involving the payment of Access Promotion Contribution (APC) for the Universal Service Fund (USF) under the Access Promotion Regulation, 2005, pursuant to the Access Promotion Rules 2004 and the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act, 1996.

Multinet Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., an Axiata (formerly TMI) Group Subsidiary, is one of 14 Long-Distance International (LDI) Licensees in Pakistan.

Multinet Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. is one of four LDI licensees, which Azam & Rai has represented before various High Courts in relation to the dispute involving the APC for USF regime. Five out of 14 LDI licensees have consulted Azam & Rai in this regard.

03 July 2012

Azam & Rai obtains CVARS telecom license for foreign-owned telecom company

Sector: Telecommunication Laws
Azam & Rai has obtained a Class Value Added Registered Services (CVARS) license from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for Binbit Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., a telecom company owned by Mexico-based Spanish investors and associated with Binbit México SA de CV.

28 June 2012

Azam & Rai engaged by Canadian energy company for its disinvestment from Pakistani joint venture

Sector: Corporate/M&A Law
Azam & Rai has been engaged by a Canadian energy company for legal advice on a closing transaction and drafting of a Share Purchase Agreement involving the sale of its PKR 166,580,040 worth of shares in a joint venture company in Pakistan to a leading Pakistani energy company.

16 April 2012

Azam & Rai engaged by multinational IT company for procurement of Pakistani Work Visa for its CEO

Sector: Employment Law
Azam & Rai has been engaged by a multinational information technology company for procurement of a 2-year Pakistani Work Visa for its Chief Executive Officer.

05 April 2012

Azam & Rai participates in IFC's Corporate Governance Dispute Resolution Workshop for Lawyers

Sector: Dispute Resolution
Azam & Rai lawyers, R.M.S. Azam and Warda Shafiq, participated in the “Corporate Governance Dispute Resolution Workshop for Lawyers” held under the auspices of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group) at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on 5 April 2012.

03 April 2012

Azam & Rai incorporates new company on behalf of foreign investors

Sector: Corporate Law
Azam & Rai has incorporated a new company, DEFAP International (Pvt.) Ltd., on behalf of foreign investors based in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.

14 March 2012

Azam & Rai engaged by leading US law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, for trademark registration services

Sector: Intellectual Property Laws
Azam & Rai has been engaged by a leading U.S. law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, for advice on Pakistan’s intellectual property laws and registration of a U.S. client’s trademark in Pakistan.

30 December 2011

Azam & Rai engaged by foreign investors based in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia for incorporation of a subsidiary in Pakistan

Sector: Corporate Law
Azam & Rai has been engaged by foreign investors based in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia for incorporation of a subsidiary company in Pakistan for providing accounting, audit and financial advisory services to clients in major European countries and for conducting trade and commercial activities within the commodities market as well as consultancy on international trade relationships.

21 November 2011

Azam & Rai incorporates telecom company on behalf of domestic investors

Sectors: Corporate & Telecommunication Laws
Azam & Rai has incorporated a telecom company, Infostructure Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., on behalf of domestic investors.

26 October 2011

Azam & Rai engaged by major U.S. biotechnology company for legal advice on seed registration and certification in Pakistan

Sector: Agriculture & Biotechnology Laws
Azam & Rai has been engaged by a major U.S. biotechnology company based in California for legal advice on seed registration and certification in Pakistan and review of an agreement for field activities with a local partner.