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Syeda Umaira Iqbal Raza

Partner at Raza & Raza Advocates and Corporate Counsel

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  • Mar 25, 2016

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  • Islamabad, Pakistan

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  • Advocate High Court, Pakistan

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$ 44.01 per hour

$ 16.51 per hour for preliminary legal advice

About

A corporate lawyer and litigation attorney having the diverse experience of starting my career from a litigation firm, spending substantial years at the corporate sector and then proceeding to act as Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and two other Hon'ble Supreme Court Justices. Having researched and drafted legal opinions on a variety of legal matters ranging from intellectual property law, company law, constitutional law, service law, tax law, land law, international human rights law, family law etc., My experience has built in me the ability to identify and foresee any potential legal obstacles that may arise out of certain /series of omissions/commissions in any areas of law and providing pragmatic legal solutions so the client's worries may be put to rest. I believe in and deliver time and cost efficient, comprehensive, solution-driven legal advice and take client satisfaction as a prime priority.

My experience in the Corporate Sector includes advising national and international clients on a range of corporate compliance and corporate governance matters including drafting and negotiating concession agreements, pre-bid documents and assessment of legal proposals for commercial transactions. Providing legal advice on the feasibility of small-scale and large-scale commercial projects including novel projects like public-private partnership projects. My expertise include advising clients on intellectual property matters; registering patents, copyrights, trademarks and advising on intellectual property disputes/licensing agreements. Carried out detailed due diligence reports on the legal framework of intellectual property laws currently in-force in South Asia. Having the privilege and honor of assisting a WTO panelist in an Anti-dumping Investigation and assisting Pakistani's counsel to WTO in a similar investigation. Advised national and international clients on telecommunication law, labour law, privacy law, trade remedy law and construction law.

Membership:

Advocate Islamabad High Court
Islamabad Bar Council
Punjab Bar Council
Asian American Bar, California, USA

Work history

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad

Judicial Law Clerk/Research Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
(Aug 2017 – Jan 2019)

Judicial Law Clerk/Research Associate to Honourable Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan
(April 2017 – Aug 2017)

Judicial Law Clerk/Research Associate to Honourable Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Senior Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan
(April 2016 – April 2017)

Mostly confidential, investigative and research work - Preparing research memorandums prior to case hearings on various areas of law, pre-paring case-briefs prior to hearings, researching on novel subjects of law, taking notes in court for cross-referencing later, researching and creating summaries of case-files for the Judge for suo moto proceedings and looking into compliance reports and making reports on the extent of their implementation, researching on constitutional issues that may arise during the course of suo moto / Article 184(3) proceedings and formulating legal analysis reflecting "both ends of the coin" for the Judge.

OLX Global B.V., Middle East, South Asia, Africa
Part-Time Legal Consultant (August 2016 – March 2017)
Advising on various intellectual property matters relating to inter alia copyrights/trademark/design patent/ patent infringement, ambit of copyrights within Pakistan and the extent to which a replica can be sold online without infringing the copyright of the Brand owner, issues related to intellectual property theft/ cyber crime etc. Advising on corporate/commercial matters for the company set-up in Pakistan and advising on various user/seller related issues/concerns etc. Drafting contracts, novations, amendments, terms of use, for sellers and users etc.

RIAA Barker Gillette (previously RIAALAW), Islamabad
Associate (August 2014 till April 2016)
Telecommunication Law
Advising international clientèle on entering the telecommunication industry of Pakistan through setting-up businesses in tower-sharing and other passive equipment provision services, and a variety of telecommunication transmission services etc. Having in-depth understanding of all the laws, rules, regulations and policies of Telecommunication Laws in Pakistan.

Intellectual Property Law
Expertise include advising clients on intellectual property rights related matters; registration requirements, the scope of protection available to right holders, legal recourse for infringement of various intellectual property rights and the subsequent remedies that can be claimed, and has carried out detailed due diligence reports on the legal framework of intellectual property laws currently in-force in South Asia

Trade Law
Advising national and international clientele on trade remedy laws and having the experience of assisting Pakistan’s Counsel in a number of WTO anti-dumping investigations. Having the invaluable experience of assisting a WTO panelist in an anti-dumping investigation.

Banking Law
Advised several entities in the banking sector on the feasibility/possibility of providing lending services, foreign exchange services in Afghanistan.

Construction Law
Advising Government entities on the establishment of public-private partnership projects, and advising international and national clientele on the setting-up of large-scale infrastructure projects in the country.

Corporate Commercial Law
Advising international clientele in handling a whole range of corporate compliance and corporate governance matters including; drafting and negotiating concession agreements, pre-bid documents and assessment of technical proposals for commercial transactions. Drafting legal memoranda and advising clients on the feasibility of large-scale commercial projects including novel projects like public-private partnership projects, setting up of tower-sharing business in the telecom sector etc. through comprehensive due diligence reports and doing-business memoranda.

Afghanistan
Having the invaluable experience of advising national and international clientele on Afghan tobacco laws, employment laws, US-Afghanistan bilateral treaty provisions, corporate governance and corporate compliance matters. I have also had the honor of contributing to the drafting of rape laws in Afghanistan as well as the drafting of laws governing Public-Private-Partnership projects in Afghanistan.

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Human Rights Department; UN Division and under the Legal Advisor at the ‘Law and Treaty Wing’, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Honorary Legal Intern(September 2012 to May 2013)
Prepared Legal Memorandum(s), Advised the Ministry on International and Domestic Disputes referred to the Law and Treaty Wing. My work largely involved formulating a comprehensive legal analysis to effectively communicate to Office Holders at the Ministry with no legal background, researching on Humanitarian crisis and Human Rights issues (IDP and Refugee crisis), Comparative analysis and risk evaluation for the legal issues concerning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Nations Division, researching on Humanitarian crisis and Human Rights issues

-Sabzwari Law and Associates, Islamabad
Junior Associate (September 2012 to 2nd May 2013)

Education and qualifications

LL.M. University of California, Berkeley
Specialization Certificate in Law and Technology (Concentration: Intellectual Property Law)
LL.B (Honors) University of London International Programme

Publications

"International Investment Arbitration and the Conduct of National Courts" (https://courtingthelaw.com/2020/02/19/commentary/international-investment-arbitration-and-the-conduct-of-national-courts/)

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