Feisal Hussain Naqvi worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York for two years before moving to Pakistan in 1996. He established Bhandari & Naqvi in 1998 and Bhandari, Naqvi & Riaz (BNR) in 2003. Mr. Naqvi has been praised by sources cited in Chambers and Partners as “one of the most impressive lateral thinkers around.”

Mr. Naqvi has a particular interest in arbitration. He co-authored the chapter on Pakistan in the Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford 2011) and is on the panel of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He has also represented the Government of Pakistan in Working Group II (Arbitration) of UNCITRAL and has also attended other sessions of Working Group II on behalf of the Pakistan Business Council. He has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the leading lawyers in Pakistan since 2008.

Mr. Naqvi has handled a number of consultancy assignments on behalf of governmental and multilateral organisations including the Government of the Punjab, the Government of Pakistan, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. He has also served as a member of the Federal Board of Investment and the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade. He has also taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, University College, Lahore and at the DMG campus of the Civil Services Academy.

  • Represented the Government of Pakistan in the Kishenganga and Baglihar disputes with India under the Indus Waters Treaty, 1960 and acted as legal advisor to the Government of Pakistan in related bilateral meetings.
  • Counsel of record for Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi v. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, PLD 2017 SC 265 (regarding “Panama Gate”).
  • Lead counsel for various private schools in disputes pertaining to the legality of statutory restrictions on school fees before the Lahore High Court, the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  • Counsel for Mian Nisar Elahi, private investor accused of stock market manipulation, in both criminal and civil proceedings. Awarded damages of approximately Rs 600 million in Mian Nisar Elahi v. LSE, 2007 CLD 376 (which remains the single largest damages award till date under the Central Depositary Act, 1996)
  • Counsel of record in several international arbitrations including on behalf of British Petroleum in ICC Case No. 13664/MS/JB/JEM/MLK and on behalf of ARY Communications Ltd. in case No. UNC 103/VRO (arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules).
  • Appointed as amicus curiae by the Lahore High Court in Rana Khadim Hussain v. Shahnaz Bano, C.P. 1277/07 (re arbitration issues)
  • Assisted the Attorney General for Pakistan in Fecto Belarus Tractors v. Government of Pakistan, PLD 2005 SC 605 (regarding scope of contempt proceedings); In re Reference No. 2 of 2005, PLD 2005 SC 873 (regarding legality of the Hisba Ordinance, 2005) and Pakistan Lawyer’s Forum v. Federation of Pakistan, PLD 2005 SC 719 (regarding legality of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution).
  • Assisted Aitzaz Ahsan, Sr. ASC in Benazir Bhutto v. Federation of Pakistan, PLD 1998 SC 388 (regarding dissolution of Parliament by then President Farooq Leghari), Khan Asfandyar Wali v. State, PLD 2001 SC 607 (regarding legality of the NAB Ordinance, 1999) and Nawaz Sharif v. State, (regarding in camera trial of Mian Nawaz Sharif).
  • Engaged by the Competitiveness Support Fund to prepare model laws regarding domestic arbitration, benami and limited partnerships
  • Engaged as a specialist consultant by the World Bank to prepare a country report with respect to the corporate insolvency regime in Pakistan
  • Engaged as Legal Expert by USAID funded consultancy to help prepare investment policy for the Government of the Punjab
  • Peoples Rights or Victims Rights? Reexamining the Conceptualisation of Indigenous Rights in International Law, published by Indiana Law Review (Spring 96)
  • Numerous columns and articles in a variety of domestic and international publications including The Friday Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Washington Post, The News International, Express Tribune, Dawn, Daily Times, Herald, Newsline and Hila
  • J.D. (Yale)(1994)
  • A.B. (Princeton)(1990)
  • Member, Punjab Bar Council
  • Member, Lahore High Court Bar Association
  • Member, Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Member, Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Member, Bar of the State of New York
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration




Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
US Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit
New York State Bar

Areas of Expertise

International Arbitration
Administrative and Public Law
Commercial Litigation
Constitutional Law & Human Rights