BA, LLB (Punjab) LLM (London)
He is the Founding Partner of CKR ZIA and a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of diversified legal experience. He worked as attorney at prestigious law firms ad chambers for several years and rendered legal services in all the major legal disciplines on transactions and contentious matters. He specializes in the laws of banking, companies, contracts, energy, finance, foreign investment, oil & gas, telecommunication and commercial arbitration.
He has been advising a diversified group of clients, including banks, companies, foreign businesses, industrial projects, multinational enterprises and statutory corporations. He has acted as counsel in relation to bi-lateral investment treaties; headquarters and framework agreements; foreign collaboration agreements and JVs; LNG import, regasification and marketing projects; gas sale and transportation agreements; third-party access in gas transportation; oil marketing and distributorship agreements, independent and renewable power projects; documentation of waste-to-energy projects; wind power projects (US$ 200 million); hydel power projects (US$ 500 million); capital market support fund (US$ 250 million); national credit guarantee and liquidity scheme (US$ 550 million); private fund regulation; international procurement contracts (US$ 450 million); debt portfolio acquisitions (US$ 1,000 million); financing and security agreements (US$ 1,500 million); foreign debt settlement (US$ 35 million); construction projects; securitization and IPOs; foreign direct lending; acquisitions and mergers; regulatory licenses and competition consents; and commercial arbitrations and enforcement actions.
He has been advising the Pakistan Government and multilateral institutions on law and policy reforms. He regularly advises the administrative entities and regulatory authorities on laws of AML/CFT, banking, business organisations, capital markets, energy, finance, and international cooperation. He acted as an international assessor and domestic trainer on law and policy on AML/CFT. He was consulted by UNODC, World Bank, IFC, ADB, USAID and Harvard Law School on reform of banking, commercial, financial and energy laws. He lectured on business and commercial laws for several years at leading academic institutions. He holds LLM degree from London, UK and BA & LLB degrees from Pakistan. He is a Life Member of Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore District Bar Association.
He has written a number of research papers, including: “Restructuring National Savings” (2017), an analytical report on the legislative instruments for restructuring the national savings organisation; report on the “National Assessment of AML/CFT Regime of Pakistan” (2017), an analytical & empirical report developed for the Financial Monitoring Unit of Pakistan; “Reform of Private Fund Regulation” (2016), a research report developed for USAID on the reformatory measures for strengthening foreign investment in private find industry; “Structural Option for the Corporate Rehabilitation Law of Pakistan” (2015), an analytical report developed for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan; “Framework for Asset Management Companies in Pakistan” (2010), a research report for Competitiveness Support Fund of the Government of Pakistan; “NPA Resolution Mechanism & Lessons Learnt” (2006); “Proposed Corporate Rehabilitation Law” (2003); and “The Legal Regime of Secured Transactions in Pakistan” (1999).