Murtaza Zahoor

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MURTAZA ZAHOOR

Partner
LLB (Hons.) PGD (UK)

murtaza@ckrzia.com
+92 300 848 8484

He is a corporate litigator whose main stay of work involves constitutional litigation matters and judicial review cases at the High Court level in Pakistan and commercial & corporate litigation at the DIFC Courts in Lahore and Dubai. He has extensive experience and expertise in corporate & commercial matters with specific specialties in Banking, Construction, Project & Trade Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Public-Private Partnerships, and Multi-jurisdictional Transactions with a special focus on Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, Dubai DIFC and GCC countries. He is a registered practitioner at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts).

He has advised a wide array of domestic & international clientele in numerous multi-jurisdictional M & A transactions over $500 Million and recently advised a bank & lead the transaction on a debt to equity swap of PKR 1.8 Billion. He has been regularly drafting and advising banks & corporations on project & trade finance transactions and has handled projects of Foreign Direct Investment in the Retail and Consumer sectors in India, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, UAE & other international jurisdictions.

He is currently advising and providing complete legal support to various construction companies & conglomerates on commercial development projects, with each project transactions worth over PKR 2 Billion.

He has advised and provided complete legal support on the formation and organization of a Brussels based company which is developing renewable energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan. He has been the lead consultant for the company since its inception in Pakistan; involving all aspects including the formation of the holding organization, asset acquisitions, advisement & implementation of the labor & taxation structure, ancillary leases & contracts and on statutory & regulatory compliance.

He has advised and provided complete legal support on the formation and organization of a private luxury airline, involving all aspects including the formation of the holding organization, the acquisition of aircrafts, advisement & implementation of the labor structure, ancillary leases & contracts and on the Civil Aviation Authority rules and regulations.

In addition, he is one of the Pakistan contributors for the World Bank’s Doing Business reports from 2013 to 2015 and the World Bank’s Benchmarking Public-Private Partnership Procurement Reports. His contributions relate to public-private partnerships, minority investor rights, related party transactions and enforcement of contracts under Pakistani law.

He specializes in intellectual property (IP) matters involving valuation, IP management, licensing, finance, infringement disputes, and business transactions. His client engagements have often involved corporate reorganization, collaterization and migration of IP assets. Industries worked on include: software, entertainment, pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing. He has advised clients on issues regarding economic impact, market and operations analysis, damages in commercial litigation, license structuring and negotiation, business due diligence and risk assessment, valuation in expropriation and foreign markets.

He has authored numerous research papers, including: “Copyright eviction from the Public Domain: An analysis of overlapping Intellectual Property Protection (2013)”, “Foreign Direct Investment: Analysis of the Indian Retail Sector (2013)”, “The Creation and Subjugation of the Fair Dealing Defence in Copyright Law (2011)”, and “Documentary Credits: Principle of Autonomy & Documentary Fraud (2011)”.

He also regularly advises various land developmental organizations and has drafted the “DHA Construction and Development Rules & Regulations (2012)” and “DHA Municipal Rules & Regulations (2012)” along with the zonal and developmental byelaws of governmental and private land development organizations. He is currently advising on multiple commercial high-rise real estate projects in Lahore.