Yasir Alibhai Advocate of the High Court of Sindh

Yasir holds a primary degree in Geography and Development Studies from King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London UK and joined the firm in April 2013 after having completed his LLB (Graduate Diploma in Law Conversion) from BPP University College, London UK. Since then, Yasir has worked extensively on matters pertaining to corporate and commercial transactions, incorporation and winding-up of companies, Islamic and project finance and tax issues, anti-trust law, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, property matters and has advised a range of local and international clients in various fields and sectors including energy and power, banking, pharmaceuticals, shipping, non-profit, media, real estate and fast moving consumer goods. He also has a wealth of experience in issues relating to intellectual property and has considerable experience pertaining to the preparation and prosecution of applications, oppositions, infringements and other matters relating to contemporary intellectual property rights in Pakistan and abroad. Yasir is enrolled as an advocate with the Sindh Bar Council and is also a member of the Karachi Bar Association, as well as a member of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) (based on the firm’s membership).

  • Bachelor of Laws, (Graduate Diploma in Law Conversion), BPP University (Law School) – 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies & King’s College London - 2011

Project Finance and Investment: 

  • Advising a Chinese joint venture in the set-up of a 2x660MW thermal power plant in Sahiwal, Pakistan with a proposed investment of up to USD 1.6 billion 
  • Advising a Chinese company on the set-up of an industrial complex and captive power plant in Faisalabad, Pakistan with a proposed investment of up to USD 2 billion 
  • Advising Citibank NA, Pakistan in its role as security trustee in respect of 4 financing projects for 50MW wind-power generating facilities in Sindh, Pakistan
  • Advising a consortium of Chinese lenders in relation to financing extended for the set-up of a 3.8 MTA coal mine in Block II Thar Coal Field and 2x330 MW mine mouth coal-fired power plant 
  • Advising a Chinese company in its role as EPC contractor for a mine-mouth IPP and incorporation of the project companies in Pind Dadan Khan, Pakistan 
  • Advising DP World on its joint venture with Inchcape Shipping Services in Pakistan to provide shipping liner agency services in Pakistan with an investment of PKR 48.5 million.
  • Advising Medtronic AG (a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions) on its direct entry and investment in the Pakistani pharmaceutical and health services business and incorporation and set-up of its two subsidiaries. 
  • Advising the Y.B. Group (a leading Pakistani business conglomerate) on its joint venture with Kia Motor Company in connection with its entry into the Pakistan automobile sector in respect of production and assembly of Kia motor cars in Pakistan.
  • Advising Friesland Campina (a Dutch multinational dairy cooperative) on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Engro Foods Limited (transaction value EUR 420 million).
  • Advising a Faysal Bank Limited led consortium in relation to financing provided to Master Motors Limited for setting up a plant at Port Qasim, Karachi for assembling/progressive manufacturing of Changhan Vans and Pickups in technical collaboration with Changhan International Corporation.
  • Advising Meezan Bank Limited in relation to financing to be extended to a local petroleum company to finance the working interest funding requirement under a risk participation agreement with Asia Resource Oil Company in relation to a petroleum concession. 
  • Advising Faysal Bank Limited in relation to syndicated long-term financing to be provided to Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited (one of the pioneers in in the tin plate industry) on the set-out of a backward integration plant for the manufacture of a cold rolled coil. 
  • Advising a leading Pakistani business conglomerate on its investment in a start-up providing third party services in the banking and financial services industry. 

Mergers and Acquisitions: 

  • Advising Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group Co. Limited on the acquisition of a controlling stake in MTML, a listed company;
  • Advising a Pakistani pharmaceutical company on the amalgamation of its two subsidiaries;
  • Advising a consortium of prominent Pakistani businessmen and business houses led by Adira Capital Holding (Private) Limited on the acquisition of Linde Pakistan Limited, a listed company (Transaction Value EUR 38 million) and one of the oldest industrial gasses company in Pakistan;
  • Advising Royal FrieslandCampina N.V./ FrieslandCampina Pakistan Holding B.V. in the acquisition of upto 51% of the total issued ordinary shares of Engro Foods Limited 
  • Representing a potential purchaser in the acquisition of Dewan Cement Limited
  • Advising a prominent Pakistani business conglomerate on the potential acquisition of an Islamic Bank in Pakistan.
  • Advising a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive lamps on the purchase of an equity stake in the company by leading South East Asian manufacturer, importer and distributor of automotive light bulbs and lighting equipment.
Winding-up and Restructuring:  

  • Advising Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited on the restructuring of its balance sheet.
  • Advising Habib Bank Limited on the winding-up of the First Habib Bank Modaraba.
  • Advising on the winding up of one of the leading online marketplaces for purchase and sale of products for women.  

Governance and Compliance 

  • Advising one of Pakistan’s largest state-owned multinational upstream oil and gas companies in connection with its legal governance and compliance obligations in Pakistan. 
  • Advising the subsidiary of one of the world’s leading energy companies in connection with the legal governance and compliance obligations of its downstream business and operations in Pakistan.