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Arlin Merchant

Arlin Merchant

Junior Associate

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Education

Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Marketing, American University in Dubai, 2005;

LL.B. (Hons), University of Birmingham, 2008;

Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2010;

Member

Member of Sindh Bar Council and Karachi Bar Association;

Advocate, Subordinate Courts, Pakistan.

Overview

Has worked on various corporate and commercial matters, including project financing in the private power sector, banking and finance, and environmental law notably in the following matters:

  • Acting for International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Korea Ex-Im Bank in relation to the Gulpur Hydroelectric Project;
  • Acting for the Lenders in relation to the SK Hydro and Karothydel power projects,including drafting, negotiating and reviewing all transaction documents and ancillary matters;
  • Acting for the lenders in relation to the UEP Wind power project including drafting, negotiating and reviewing all transaction documents and ancillary matters;
  • Acting as local counsel for the Joint Lead Managers in relation to Pakistan’s US$ 500million sovereign Eurobond;
  • Acting as local counsel for the Joint Lead Managers in relation to Pakistan’s US$ 1 billion Sukuk transaction in September 2016;
  • Assisting the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, the Central Power Purchasing Agency (Guarantee) Limited and various stakeholders, in preparing legislation related to the transition of the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited to the Central Power Purchasing Agency (Guarantee) Limited, as the market operator and purchaser of power from power generation companies;
  • Advising Chinese Lenders and Chinese project companies in various projects relating to the establishment and financing of mine mouth power projects and mines in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh;
  • Advising Shanghai Electric Power in relation to the financing required by it for its acquisition of K-Electric;
  • Assisting senior associates and senior partners with litigation matters;
  • Acting for International Finance Corporation in connection with a loan facility to Coca-Cola Beverages PakistanLimited;
  • Acting for Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La CoopérationÉA. (Proparco) in connection with a loan facility to Kashf Foundation;
  • Assisting as project counsel for Uch-II Power (Private) Limited in relation to the release of all security provided, including extensive work on reviewing the project, financing and security documentsand drafting all relevant release of security documents;
  • Acting as local counsel for HSBC in relation to the securities programme in 2015 and 2016;
  • Advising a Chinese company in relation to their proposed investment in a coal mine mouth power project in the province of Sindh;
  • Conducting due diligence for hydel and coal mine power projects, mergers and acquisitions;
  • Conducting due diligence and providing advice on various corporate, contract matters, including regulatory compliance and taxation and advice on procurement, tort, agency, tobacco, inheritance, environment, banking, labour and constitutional laws;
  • Providing regular updates to clients in relation to various corporate matters, including regulatory compliance and taxation;
  • Assisting with opinions in relation to Aviation finance;
  • Conducting company searches for clients at the Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan.