Samar is a Associate Partner at the firm’s Lahore office where she works as part of the firm’s corporate and commercial department.
She has over 7 years of experience in advising clients on corporate and commercial matters. Her practice cuts across a range of different sectors including competition/anti-trust, M&As, tax and employment. She has worked in a number of industries including construction, power, telecommunications and transport. She regularly advises Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Limited, Punjab Thermal Power Limited, China Gezhouba Group Companies, Punjab Skills Development Fund, Zealcon Engineering, Mughals Pakistan Limited on a range of corporate and commercial matters.
Samar also has a keen interest in intellectual property law, cyberlaw, fintech and the regulation of innovative and disruptive technologies. She teaches two courses on “Intellectual Property Law” and “Technology and the Law” at the Sheikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at LUMS and heads the practice group on Intellectual Property Law and Fintech at the firm’s office in Lahore.
She is currently advising the Electronic Certification Accreditation Council (ECAC) on bringing changes to the Electronic Transaction Ordinance 2002 and has also drafted regulations relating to crypto apparatus, accreditation service providers, security auditors that will facilitate the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Pakistan. She is also advising the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan on the protection of Basmati as a Geographical Indication in Europe against an application filed by India before the European Commission. She has also advised local as well as international investors from the private sector on issues relating to crowdfunding, e-REITs, and neo-banking in Pakistan.
Prior to joining ABS & Co, she was an Associate at Chima & Ibrahim where she worked on complex commercial transactions involving competition law and mergers and acquisitions. She was part of the team that worked on the largest merger in Pakistan’s telecommunication sector between Warid and Mobilink.
Samar has an LLM from the University of Chicago. She read Law at SOAS, University of London.
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