The Firm represented a group of local telecommunication companies in challenging the validity of predatory pricing by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. The challenge resulted in a subsequent decision by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited to reduce broadband prices. The Firm also represented the same group of telecommunication companies in a hearing before the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority with respect to broadband pricing and other operational concerns. The Firm has advised a Dubai based telecommunications company in establishing and marketing telecom services throughout Pakistan. The Firm was engaged by Pak Telecom Mobile Limited to advise on the handling of an international tender for the nationwide expansion of the GSM Network in Pakistan. One of the partners of the Firm has also lectured on the deregulation of Pakistan’s telephone sector. The Firm has advised the Privatisation Commission on matters relating to the telecommunications industry. The Firm has regularly advised telecommunications and IT companies on issues relating to confidentiality of software products being developed for international customers and other corporate issues. The Firm has also advised a Dubai based media company in developing a television cable service in Pakistan.
The Firm has assisted senior counsel in representing a number of telecommunication companies in challenging various determinations by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority with respect to licensing issues. Members of the Firm have assisted senior counsel in representing Network Television Marketing (Pvt.) Limited in a landmark case which challenged the termination of a marketing agreement by a government controlled agency.
The Firm represented a Karachi based group of companies in connection with disputes arising out of shareholders’ agreements in two of the biggest telecommunication companies operating in Pakistan. The Firm acted as counsel in cases initiated by the Pakistani shareholders against their foreign partners and also negotiated and prepared the settlement documents. The Firm also advised a telecommunications company in preparing an appeal against an order by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) whereby the license of the company had been terminated. Recently, acting for the same company, the Firm challenged certain aspects of the Mobile Telecom Policy of 2004 as being unlawful and also filed a suit for recovery of US$ 931 million against the Federation of Pakistan and the PTA. The Firm has also represented telecom companies and internet service providers in their dispute with the Capital Development Authority of Islamabad regarding the fee to be charged for right of way for the laying of cables.