Zaki Rahman is a Barrister at Law from Lincoln’s Inn and a graduate from the University of Sussex.
During his career, his practice has been spread across a wide spectrum of areas including commercial law, company law, infrastructure projects, oil and gas, banking law, mergers and acquisitions, power projects, initial public offers, telecommunications law, media law, privatizations, real estate, sports law, public-private partnerships and labour law. In addition to his transactional practice and litigating in courts, he has appeared as legal counsel as well as expert legal witness in international commercial arbitrations. Recent work includes:
- engaged by the Government of Pakistan as an expert legal witness in an ICSID arbitration in London involving a multi-billion dollar claim against the Government by a foreign investor;
- engaged by the Government of Balochistan as an expert legal witness in an ICC arbitration in London;
- acting as legal counsel for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) in the proposed cross-border transaction involving import of gas through TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline and subsequent sale of such gas locally;
- acting as legal counsel for SNGPL on its upstream LNG purchase, regasification and transportation contracts with PSO and SSGC and its downstream gas sale and transportation contracts for three 1200 MW power projects;
- acting for the Pakistan Cricket Board in connection with the structuring of the Pakistan Super League (the first franchise based sports league in Pakistan) and sale of media, sponsorship and related rights in excess of US$ 100 million;
- representing Newsweek Pakistan in connection with its business;
- advising the British American Tobacco Group on its business in Pakistan;
- advising Shell International Limited on Pakistani law related matters
- representing a client in the Lahore High Court in a matter involving fundamental legal issues relating to enforceability of arbitration awards;
- representing a client in the Lahore High Court in connection with certain constitutional challenges pertaining to the establishment and functioning of the Punjab Revenue Authority.
In the past, he has been ranked by “Chambers & Partners” as a recommended corporate and commercial lawyer in Pakistan with clients stating that “he always impresses with his timely delivery, understanding of our requirements and high standard of communication” and that he is “very competent and professional”. He has also been cited by ‘Asia Pacific Legal 500’ in the past as one of the notable and recommended corporate lawyers in Pakistan and described as being “exemplary” by market sources quoted in the guide.
Since 2009, he has been a Pakistan contributor on corporate and contractual law issues for the annual “Doing Business” report of the World Bank. In 2015, he was engaged by the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade to provide recommendations on legislative changes that can be introduced in order to make public-private partnership laws more investor friendly.
He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where he teaches courses on legal practice to final year law undergraduates. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Rising, a not for profit society established for the promotion of education and human resource development in Pakistan.
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