Our Expertise

Arbitration is a distinctive strength at Ashtar Ali & Co., and is recognised by Chambers and Partners for its skill at arbitration among various other forms of dispute resolution. The firm has handled several international arbitral proceedings, as well as acted for overseas clients in multiple jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and the Middle East.
Ashtar Ali & Co. has an exceptional reputation in the business community, with a thorough and professional approach to the banking field. We have represented leading financial institutions in various matters related to banking law and creditors’ rights.

Our integrated team of lawyers brings to bear market-leading expertise across all the major financial and commercial centres around the world. We are ideally positioned to respond to changing market conditions, to offer seamless solutions across national borders and to deliver local knowledge through our extensive network of offices.

We advise on a full spectrum of financial products, including asset finance, corporate & investment lending, Islamic finance, leveraged & acquisition finance, projects & infrastructure finance, real estate finance, restructuring & insolvency, and trade, commodities & export finance.

We help shape the market through the financial regulatory advice we provide to regulatory authorities, supra national bodies, governments and government agencies. As such, we are able to offer our clients direct insight into the sophisticated financial markets, enabling them to anticipate issues, manage the risks and succeed in their endeavours.
Our firm has played an integral role in shaping the country’s constitutional history over the past 30 years. At Ashtar Ali & Co., we are dedicated to advancing and protecting individual rights guaranteed by the constitution, and constitutional litigation is among the firm’s distinctive strengths.

Ashtar Ali & Co. has substantial experience in all matters relating to the corporate sector including incorporation, registration with the requisite regulatory authorities, corporate compliance and mergers and acquisitions.

We are a leading Corporate practice and are among a small group of elite firms at the top of the Pakistani and global market. What makes us one of the most respected international practices is our client base, the mandates we win, our industry expertise, as well as our reputation for creating value for clients and investing in relationships.

Our boardroom practice covers addresses all elements of company law, from advice on board procedures to issues arising in takeover situations, as well as, analysing corporate policies, codes of conduct, and assistance with shareholder engagement. Our integrated team includes experts in antitrust/competition law, funds and investment management, insurance, private equity, public policy. Our global insights and local depth also give us an edge in commercial, corporate restructurings, M&A, employment and benefits, intellectual property, tax and corporate governance.

We work hand-in-hand with banking and finance, capital markets and litigation teams to cover the full spectrum of business law advice and ensure a level of service and quality of advice that very few other firms can match on a global scale.
Ashtar Ali and Co. has one of the most qualified legal teams in Pakistan, providing comprehensive dispute resolution services across Pakistan to a broad spectrum of clients. Our highly qualified team is focused on resolving high risk litigation, international arbitration and regulatory investigations. We are committed to resolving disputes as efficiently as possible and are focussed on offering solutions that are practical and commercial. Our peers know that we are always prepared to proceed, however, and recognise our record in delivering results for clients in major litigation and arbitrations. Our credibility is also acknowledged by regulators and prosecutors, which assists with the effective resolution of investigations and other negotiations.

A global economy, diverging legal systems and increased cooperation amongst regulators presents companies with a wide array of legal challenges. We are uniquely positioned to advise on these issues and represent multinational clients in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and investigations.

Our global network provides an exceptional platform for handling major cross-border disputes and in recent years we have helped our clients to achieve success in some of the most complex international disputes and investigations.
Ashtar Ali & Co. is among the country’s leading practitioners for election matters. The firm has successfully represented a range of public officials in landmark election cases, and is known for navigating through the most contentious electoral disputes.

Our Firm’s reputation for fair, impartial handling of election matters has earned us praise from our clients. When called upon to litigate election matters, we are highly experienced, having handled the most nuanced and high-profile election cases, including election contests.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable in all aspects of municipal elections. We have prepared ballot measures, written measure analysis, advised election officials on code compliance questions, dealt with initiative and recall questions, written campaign finance ordinances, and dealt with an endless number of other questions, from absentee ballots, election signs, and all subjects in between. We have provided election consulting services to various city clerks and other public officials in numerous elections.

Election cases must be brought and defended immediately and assertively since election deadlines give such disputes priority over other matters. We have had great success litigating multifaceted and high-profile matters over the past years.


Voting Rights
Calling and holding of special elections
Initiative, referenda and recalls
Political Reform
Contested elections and recounts
Ballot arguments and designations
Political sign laws
Public information campaigns
Our firm has been variously engaged by financial institutions, regulatory authorities, national bodies and the Government of Pakistan at both federal and provincial levels, in drafting legislation and providing advisory services toward policy reform.

The legislative drafting practice at Ashtar Ali and Co. goes to the very core of our diverse corporate and commercial practice areas. Our Legislative Drafting Practice consolidates the firm’s expertise in the areas of legislation development and drafting, public and administrative law, procurement, structuring and governance of private and public-sector entities including federal and local Governments. We also work closely with the firm’s other practices to offer a thorough and collaborative spectrum of legal expertise.

A forerunner in providing comments on the Companies Act, 2017, our role as advisors to the Government of Pakistan and provincial governments, including to NAB and SECP have included drafting several rules and regulations geared towards meeting governments’ and companies’ development objectives. We also pride ourselves in advising various local and international banks on drafting comprehensive secured transaction law in respect of security interests over movables and to create an archive for logging security interests over movables created by entities other than limited liability companies (in particular small and medium-sized enterprises and rural initiatives).


We are regularly consulted by government entities in respect of the drafting of new laws or subsidiary legislation. This involves:

Carrying out a gap analyses to determine what is missing or could be improved in the existing legislation.
Consulting with all stakeholders to ensure that the full spectrum of concerns are understood and dealt with.
Advice on local legislation and policy issues;
Legal studies on legislation;
Drafting of new laws, regulations, rules, policies and resolutions;
Amendments to existing laws, regulations, rules, policies and resolutions;
Redrafting of bills to conform to the legislative structure in pertinent jurisdiction.
Ashtar Ali and Co. provides pioneering advice on the entire lifecycle of these assets, from the consenting and planning process, through to the construction, financing, operation, maintenance and ultimately their refinancing or sale. We are committed to helping clients keep pace with market and regulatory developments, as well as enabling entry into new markets, managing risk and strengthening your business by providing top tier legal advice combined with industry knowledge and an acute awareness of your commercial drivers. We advise sellers and acquirers (on M&A transactions), project sponsors, corporates, financial/passive investors, suppliers, manufacturers, governments and debt funders (including banks, bond arrangers and multilaterals) on energy transactions globally. These transactions are supported by our specialists in areas such as environmental, regulatory, antitrust, tax, employment and planning law.
The firm is a pathbreaker in the energy sector, with a thorough understanding of the regulatory aspects of the field, and the relevant legal knowledge of large-scale power projects. It has advised power and oil and gas companies, as well as both regulatory authorities and multinational corporations on the legal and commercial ramifications of their goals.