Mr. Badaruddin F. Vellani
B.Sc. (Hons), Chem. Eng. (Loughborough),B. A. (Wales),
Barrister-at-Law, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Badaruddin F. Vellani
Badaruddin F. Vellani is a partner of the firm and has been practicing
as an advocate at Karachi since his return in 1982 after completing his
studies abroad. In January 1984 Badaruddin F. Vellani became a partner
in the firm.
His legal practice has concentrated on commercial matters, including
corporate work, mergers, demerger, reconstructions, acquisitions,
disinvestments, anti-trust matters and monopolies, corporate finance,
project finance, infrastructure projects, building and construction
contracts, and taxation, and has included litigation in the courts upto
the Supreme Court.
In addition to his general legal practice, he advises on industrial
property or intellectual matters including registration assignment and
licensing of patents, trade marks, copyrights, unfair competition
licensing and franchising, and litigation in each of these specialised
areas of work.
The experience gained through his legal practice has led to his being
invited to join the boards of directors of various companies
representing the interests of foreign investors.
He has also been the chairman of a working group for the setting up of
a legal information foundation and in a project funded by the Asia
Foundation for making the country's laws and regulations and the
decisions of the Courts in Pakistan available through the electronic
media including via the internet. He has also acted as a consultant on
an Asian Development Bank sponsored project and carried out by the Asia
Foundation for the Government of Pakistan on Pakistan Legal and
Judicial Reforms. He has also participated in a Symposium organized and
held in Manila in September 1999 by the Asian Development Bank on
Secured Transactions Law Reforms. He is a member of The General Council
of the Bar, Pakistan Industrial and Intellectual Property Association,
the Asian Patent and Attorneys Association, the Pakistan National
Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and a member of the
Task Force on Tax Administration.
Mr. Ameen M. Vellani
Advocate of the High Court of Sindh
Ameen joined the firm in 1991. His initial responsibilities included the setting up and administration of the firm's computer systems and related IT services, communications systems as well as advising on the design and construction of the firm's purpose built office building and the transition of the office to the new building, besides handling other administrative responsibilities. Ameen commenced legal practice soon thereafter. Ameen has extensive experience in intellectual property matters as well as commercial and corporate law matters including construction and engineering contracts, project finance (including syndicated conventional finance and Islamic finance), mergers and taxation.
Ameen was enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Sindh in 2003. He is registered with the Sindh Bar Council and is a member of the Karachi Bar Association, Sindh High Court Bar Association, Pakistan Industrial and Intellectual Property Association, Income Tax Bar Association-Karachi, as well as a member of International Trademarks Association, Asian Patent and Attorneys Association and Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Mr. Abdur Rahman
LL.B. (Hons), Barrister-at-Law,
Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
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Abdur graduated from the University of Sussex at Brighton in 1999. He was then enrolled and undertook the Bar Vocational Course at the University of the West of England, Bristol and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple and was called to the Bar in November 2000. He joined Vellani & Vellani in January 2001 for a period of two years thereafter joining a long established family practice. He has since been appearing actively before the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in matters as diverse as property disputes, shipping, taxation, customs, intellectual property, commercial disputes, local government, environment issues, constitutional issues, family disputes, banking and finance, competition issues and criminal matters.
Abdur rejoined Vellani & Vellani as a partner on 1 July 2015 and is currently heading the litigation department. He has been appointed as an Amicus Curiae on over 50 occasions by both the High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has also been certified by CEDR as a Mediator and a Master Trainer in Mediation and by the General Counsel of England and Wales as an Advocacy Trainer.
Mr. Javaid Akhtar
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales,
Advocate of the High Court, Pakistan
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Javaid Akhtar joined as a partner of the Firm in 2018.
After getting his LLB from King's College, London, he qualified as a Solicitor in England in 1995, having worked with the City Firm Cameron Markby Hewitt.
Pursuing an interest in oil and gas, initially he worked with the niche firm of Ayub Khan Kundi & Co. in Islamabad in 1995 and in 1998 went in-house with LASMO Oil Pakistan Ltd (now Eni Pakistan Ltd). He joined the corporate law firm Amhurst Brown in 2002 where he helped it became one of the preeminent oil and gas law firms in Pakistan. The firm already had recognition as a strong corporate practice with a successful track record in litigation and international arbitration.
Javaid's experience includes corporate and asset acquisitions, due diligence exercises, representations before an expert, handling foreign arbitration, contract drafting and negotiating, and general advisory work. He also has had the privilege of working with the Ministry of Petroleum to advise it on legislative reforms.
Javaid, the resident partner in Islamabad, looks forward to helping transfer the positive professional recognition of Amhurst Brown, internationally, to the already excellent reputation of Vellani & Vellani.
Ms. Ferzeen Bhadha
Advocate of the High Court of Sindh
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Ferzeen joined the firm in 1998 and has since been involved in corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, anti-trust, project financing, developing standards for the petroleum industry, the setting up and operation of manufacturing facilities, banking and financing transactions and privatisation. She has also participated in litigation proceedings in the High Court of Sindh for commercial and taxation matters and has also assisted senior counsel in the courts of Pakistan upto the Supreme Court. Ferzeen advises clients which are engaged in the field of beverages, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, natural gas, minerals, cement, steel, banking, microfinancing, logistics and fast moving consumer goods. She is enrolled as an advocate with the Sindh Bar Council and is a member of Sindh Bar Council and a member of Karachi Bar Association and also a member of the Pakistan Industrial & Intellectual Property Rights Association (PIPRA). She is also a member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and a member of International Trademarks Association (INTA) (based on firm's membership) and a member of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
Ms. Danish Zuberi
LL.B. (Hons), University of Wales
Barrister-at-Law, Advocate of the High Court
Member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
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Danish was called to the Bar in 1995. She started her legal career at Fazle Ghani, Advocates, one of the leading litigation chambers in Pakistan. Danish independently appeared before quasi-judicial and judicial forums, including, High Courts all over Pakistan. The areas of focus were commercial and corporate, including, contract, company, taxation and banking. In 2001, Danish joined Vellani & Vellani as an associate Barrister and her work comprised mainly of commercial and corporate litigation, including intellectual property matters. She was also involved in corporate and commercial transactional work. In 2003, Danish set up her independent law practice, advising clients on corporate and commercial litigation and other matters. In 2009, she joined Pakistan Petroleum Limited, a premium upstream oil & gas company of Pakistan, as Head of Legal. Besides heading the legal function, Danish set up and was heading the commercial department within the company. She also became the Company Secretary of the company in 2015.
Danish joined Vellani & Vellani as partner in 2016.
Danish has been certified by CEDR as a Mediator. She also has a keen interest in human rights law and has served on boards of various non-profit organisations.
Mr. Fehem Ahson Hashmi
LLB (Hons), University of London
Barrister-at-Law, Advocate of the High Court
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
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Fehem was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008. He commenced his legal career at Vellani & Vellani, during which time he worked on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters and also assisted with the dispute resolution and intellectual property practices. In 2012, Fehem joined one of the premier international law firms, Baker & Mckenzie, as part of their Corporate and Securities Practice Group in the Middle East where he advised a number of key global institutional clients on major regional M&A transactions and on dispute resolution matters. In 2015, he then joined the Corporate Practice of Clifford Chance Law Firm based out of Riyadh, where he continued to advise global and regional clients in the corporate and commercial spheres, including mergers and acquisitions, listing of securities, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, anti-trust, incorporation of companies and general commercial contracts.
Fehem has re-joined Vellani & Vellani as partner in 2017.