Investment Law & Lawyers in Pakistan

Investment Law

Here you may find information about investment law in Pakistan. Our dedicated team of professional lawyers best assists their clients as investment law in Pakistan. Pakistan is a land of many splendours and opportunities, repository of a unique blend of history and culture of the east and the west, and is the cradle of one of the oldest civilisation. It is a populous country with 130 million tough, conscientious and hardworking people. It is strategically located at the cross roads of the Gulf States, Central Asia and South-Asia and share borders with China, Iran, Afghanistan and India and while the Arabian Sea to the South offers a vast coastline for maritime trade.

The geographical location has thus made possible the foreign and domestic investment very auspicious to this country, transfer of technology from abroad and shifting of indigenously produced technology overseas. Priority industrial sectors in Pakistan are Value added Agro Industries, Supporting Industries, Information Technology and related services, Corporate Farming, Resource based Industries, Light Industries, Infrastructure and related services and Tourism Development.



Value-added Agro Industries

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Livestock & Dairy

  • Fisheries

  • Horticulture

Supporting Industries

  • Textiles

  • Garments

  • Automotive

  • Electrical & Electronics

Information Technology and Related Services

A wide range of activities from software to telecommunication services

Corporate Farming

Modern farming to develop Pakistan's agricultural sector

Resource-based Industries

  • Oil & Gas

  • Petrochemicals

  • Chemicals

  • Other Minerals

Light Industries

  • Surgical Instruments

  • Bicycles

  • Electrical Appliances (Fans)

  • Bus Body-Building

  • Gems & Jewelry

  • Leather and Leather Products

Infrastructure and Related Services

  • Hydro Electric Power Generation

  • Roads (Highways, Motorways)

  • Railways

  • Ports and Port Handling Activities

  • Gas and Oil Pipelines

  • Urban Mass Transit

  • Storage Facilities for Agricultural Produce

  • Cool Chains (For Agro Business)

A Base for the Emerging Markets of the Central Asian Republics

Pakistan provides an ideal base for exploring and supplying the growing markets of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, not to mention other neighbouring countries.

Table: Investment Opportunities

To make Pakistan a safe and profitable haven for both local and foreign investors who wish to explore and optimise the potential of inexpensive labour force, real estate and vast consumer market, the government has offered many attractive packages of incentives and ZA–LLP is endeavouring its best to invite the prospective investors to facilitate them to take the maximum benefit. In order to do so we render wide range of services as Management and Investment Consultants in large number of fields to provide a greater choice to the domestic and foreign investors. The investors who want to make study for unforeseen problems may contact us for our reports on any project of their choice.

Domains Associated With Investment Law

Asset Management Companies

Management Companies

Regulation of Businesses

The firm that invests the pooled funds of retail investors in securities in line with the stated investment objectives.

Business Law

Business Law

Business and Commercial Services

Whether your business is small or large, we facilitate your company's continuing growth and expansion.

Business Tax Planning

Business Tax Planning

Tax Planning and Solutions

We recognize the anxiety when your tax verdict is unknown, you realise when you unnecessarily paid too much.

Commercial Law

Commercial Law

Commercial Law and Remedies

Our aim is to add value to our clients' businesses by assisting them to achieve their commercial objectives.

Company Law

Company Law

Company Setup and Registration

Our clients include companies of all sizes in many industries that finance their operations and growth.

Contract Law and Enforcement

Contract Enforcement

Law of Contract and Enforcement

We focus on helping clients maintain their competitive positions, by advising them at every step in contracting process.

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Governance and Deployment

Corporate governance refers broadly to the rules or processes by which businesses are regulated, and controlled.

Corporate Law

Corporate Law

Corporate Venture Capital

Our range of services will safely implement a variety of corporate law transactions in a cost-effective manner.

Due Diligence Services

Due Diligence Services

Investigative Due Diligence

From retrieval of information inclusive of directors standing to hidden assets of judgment debtors.

E-Commerce Law

E-Commerce Law

E-Commerce Law and Security

There are a number of E-commerce laws and guidelines to follow when operating in the E-commerce world.

Franchising Law

Franchising Law

Franchising Law and Contracts

We've gained expertise in helping companies use franchising as a means of exploiting market opportunities.

Insolvency Law

Insolvency Law

Insolvency Law and Remedies

Insolvency is the condition of a person who is insolvent; inability to pay or lack of means to pay one's debts.

Joint Ventures

Joint Ventures

Joint Venture Law and Contracts

A Joint Venture is a legal organization that takes the form of a short term partnership for mutual profit.



Litigation and Remedies

Our Litigation Department recognises that business litigation has become increasingly more complex and expensive.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Merger is a tool used by companies for the purpose of expanding their operations for an increase in their profitability.

Offshore Business

Offshore Business

Offshore Setup and Planning

An Offshore Company does not conduct most of its business in the country where it is officially based.


Why Invest in Pakistan

Pakistan, the cradle of one of the world's oldest civilisations, is a land of many splendors, from the highest peaks of Himalayas through the green valleys of Indus to the Arabian Sea. Pakistan is the 9th most populous country of the world with 140 million people. Flanked by Iran and land-locked Afghanistan in the West and the Central Asian Republics and China in the North, with proximity to the affluent Middle East, Pakistan offers a vast market of over 200 million consumers. Pakistan with its warm water ports and railway networks offer shortest route to supply goods and services to the Central Asian Republics.



Abundant Land and Natural Resources

  • Extensive Agricultural Land

  • Crop Production (Wheat, Cotton, Rice, Fruit and Vegetables)

  • Mineral Reserves (Coal, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Iron Ore, Gypsum, etc.)

  • Fisheries and Livestock Production

Strong Human Resources

  • English Speaking Workforce

  • 36 Million Labour Force, Adaptable, Well Motivated and Disciplined

  • Highly Skilled Labour, Available at an Average Monthly Salary of US$ 150

  • Large Corps of Experienced Managers, Engineers, Computer Professionals, Scientists, Bankers and Financiers

Large and Growing Domestic Markets

  • 146 Million Consumers with Growing Incomes

  • A Growing Middle-Class Moving to Sophisticated Consumption Habits

Well Established Infrastructure and Legal Systems

  • Comprehensive Road, Rail and Sea Links

  • Direct Air Links with more than 50 countries

  • Extra Qualitative Telecommunication and IT Services

  • Modern Corporate Law

  • Long Standing Corporate Culture

Strategic Location as a Regional Hub

  • Principal Gateway to the Central Asia Republics

  • Highly Developed Ports with Containers and Specialised Terminals

  • Strong and Long-standing Links with the Middle East and South Asia

  • Comprehensive Duty-free Facilities for Investors


  • Abolition of Government Approvals for Investment

  • Removal of Foreign Exchange Controls

  • Foreign Investors allowed to hold 100% Equity in Local Companies

  • No Restrictions on Royalty and Technical Fee Payments by Local Companies

  • Full Repatriation of Capital, Capital Gains and Dividends allowed

Trade Liberalisation

  • Completely Deregulated, Liberalized Economy based on Market Forces

  • Import and Export Trade allowed to Foreign Companies registered in Pakistan

  • Macro Economic Structural Adjustment Program Successfully Under Way

  • Inflation is within Single Digits

  • Declining Tariff Rates on Imports, creating an almost Free Trade Regime

  • Foreigners have Free Access to Pakistani Capital Markets

Tax Reforms

  • A tax credit equivalent to 10% of the amount so invested for the purpose of balancing, modernisation and replacement of the plant and machinery, already installed in an industrial undertaking.

  • There is also a further tax credit for a Company, an industrial undertaking established before the first day of July, 2011 till 30th June, 2016.

  • Where a Company opts for enlistment in any registered Stock Exchange in Pakistan, a tax credit equal to 15% shall be allowed.

  • Tax credit equivalent to 100% of tax payable to an industrial undertaking shall be allowed, for a period of five years if it establishes itself between the first day of July, 2011 and 30th day of June 2016.

  • 10% tax credit shall be allowed to a person registered under the Sales Tax Act, 1990, if ninety percent his sales made to a registered person.

  • Income from the export of computer software and IT services is exempt up to June 30, 2016.

Capital Market Reforms

  • Three-Year Extension on Capital Gains Tax Exemption through Capital Markets Reform Package

  • Removal of Turnover Tax on Mutual Funds and Bonus Issues

  • Permission for Provident Funds to Invest up to 20% of Total Assets in Equity

Table: Investment Highlights

Our Core Competencies


Collaborative Skillset

Collaborative lawyers trust the wisdom of the group; lone wolves and isolationists do not do any good anymore.


Emotional Intelligence

Distant, detached lawyers are relics of the 20th century, the market no longer wants a lawyer who is only half a person.


Technological Affinity

If you can not effectively and efficiently use e-communications, and mobile tech, you might as well just stay home.


Time Management

Virtually a substantial part of lawyers difficulties in this regard lie with their inability to prioritise their time.

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