Senior Partner

Karachi

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Market leader

English | Urdu


Bar admissions:

Pakistan

Jurisdictions:

Pakistan

Practice areas:

Banking
M&A


Kairas N Kabraji heads the firm’s corporate advisory and transactions practice. He has extensive experience in both domestic and transnational corporate and commercial matters, with a strong focus on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital market transactions, and debt and equity financing. Kairas brings a wealth of experience from a career spanning over four decades, advising clients most notably in the energy and natural resources, aviation, banking and finance, retail and consumer, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications sectors.

Kairas is recognised as one of the most prominent lawyers of Pakistan. He is well regarded and highly sought after for his commercial acumen, solutions-based approach, and ‘first-class legal skills’. In addition to being a seasoned practitioner, he is a thought-leader in the field of corporate and commercial law having regularly advised and consulted on domestic commercial legislation.

  • Acting for International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Korean Ex-Im Bank in connection with the USD 327,000,000 financing of the 147 MW Patrind hydropower project;
  • Acting for International Finance Corporation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and local lenders in connection with the debt financing of and for International Finance Corporation in connection with its equity investment in, a 50MW wind power project of Tenaga Generasi Limited, a subsidiary of Dawood Lawrencepur Limited;
  • Acting for International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Korea Ex-Im Bank in relation to their USD 210,557,500 (cumulative) financing of the Gulpur hydropower project;
  • Acting for the Joint Lead Managers in relation to Pakistan’s US$2 Billion sovereign Eurobond offering and Pakistan’s US$1 Billion sovereign Sukuk offering;
  • Acting for United States Ex-Im Bank and ICICE/Citibank in relation to a US$150 million facility to fund an engine refurbishment contract entered into with General Electric by Pakistan International Airlines Corporation;

  • Banking
  • Covered bonds
  • M&A
  • Project finance
  • Structured finance/securitisation

  • Banking
  • Energy
  • Investment management
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas

  • High Courts and Subordinate Courts

  • High Court Bas Association; Sindh Bar Council; and Karachi Bar Association.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Law Tripos Parts I & II) University of Cambridge (Trinity College), 1973; 
  • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws, now re-designated Master of Laws (LL. M.)) University of Cambridge (Trinity College), 1975; 
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) University of Cambridge (Trinity College) 1976; 
  • Advocate High Court of Sindh.