Orr Dignam & Company was officially established in Pakistan in 1952, but its roots date back to 100 years; as pre-partition it was based in India. The firm has been handed over to the next generation for decades now, and with time they have grown their operations. Their main office is based in Karachi, but they have another office in the capital city Islamabad. They run operations in both offices, and offer complete services.
They offer legal services in both commercial and civil practices, and represents many big names in Pakistan. These services are in both private and public sector, and are offered to both multinational and national citizens. Their main area of expertise are:
Shipping and Admiralty
The firm has always held strong ties with Admiralty practices, and they were involved with the “Tasman Spirit” oil spillage case. As the case required litigation in both Pakistani and English Courts. They also undertake matters that involve shipping issues, and other admiralty related cases.
Banking and Finance
They have been leading the banking world, in addition to finance and financial services. They possess the ability to deal with various financing matters, which include but, are not limited to project finance, acquisitions, securitization, asset finance, export credit backed financing, and Islamic finance. They have taken on various complex cases related to export credit agencies, Islamic banks, multilateral institution, and financial institutions, along with Government agencies.
They were involved in setting up Central Depository Company of Pakistan, and assisted through the development and to help set up the framework for its operations.
After the Competition Ordinance in 2007, there were a lot of changes made; but the company jumped on board quickly, and got themselves equipped on the new requirements and regulations regarding mergers, agreements, acquisitions, etc. Competition law plays a key role in many transactions, and the company has complete control over the matter.
Construction and Real Estate
They advise clients on real estate and construction matters, and cover property acquisition, rentals for security finance. The firm offers property developers, hotel owners, and others. They also offer help on FIDIC based contracts.
Corporate & Commercial
The firm representatives hold great knowledge of corporate and commercial law. They represent many clients to whom they offer regular and general corporate and commercial advice.
Dispute and Alternate Dispute Resolution
They handle civil litigation, mediation and arbitration, and cover a wide range of industries. Services are offered to both national and overseas clients.
They work on employment contracts, share option schemes, worker funds, gratuity, provident, pension funds, golden handshakes, and separation schemes.
They advise clients on foreign investments, and investments in Pakistan. Which covers foreign exchange controls and their regulatory regime. They offer great advice regarding joint ventures, and can make arrangements with foreign investors. They will inform you about royalty and other technical service agreements on a daily basis. The firm works alongside a number of foreign franchises, that hold joint ventures with businessmen in Pakistan.
- WTO and International Trade
- Mergers and Acquisitions