The Counsel

Board of Editors

Syed Bulent Sohail,
Advocate High Court

After completing his education in Canada at Queen's University (BA) and the University of New Brunswick (LLB), Mr. Sohail returned to Pakistan in 2004 and joined the prestigious law firm Orr, Dignam & Co. at its Karachi office, at which he is currently holding the position of a Senior Associate. During his time at the Firm, Mr. Sohail completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Sohail has experience in both corporate and dispute resolution areas of the law and has published several articles, papers and book chapters for local as well as international legal journals and reviews.

Mr. Sohail conceived of and founded The Counsel with Ms. Zarmeeneh Rahim and Messrs Shaharyar Nashat and Kamal Jabbar.

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Zarmeeneh Rahim
General Legal Counsel

Ms. Zarmeeneh Rahim is a graduate of McGill University (B.A. Joint Honours) and Durham University (L.L.B. Honours). She has extensive and cross jurisdictional experience working for the Canadian Government as a Legal Assistant for Ontario Attorney General's Office as well as United Nations Secretariat, Office of the Legal Counsel, UN HQ (New York City) where she assisted with research and drafting on issues related to the International Tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

After returning to Pakistan, Ms. Rahim joined Villani & Villani at Karachi where she worked on a wide array of corporate advisory assignments including competition and competition compliance, intellectual property, banking and finance, acquisitions, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, project finance. In 2009, Mr. Rahim joined L'Oreal Pakistan Private Limited as its General Legal Counsel and was responsible for all legal compliance of L'Oreal including advising board and management on local regulations, ensuring adoption of L'Oreal Global Group Norms and also performing corporate secretarial functions in addition to drafting and review of all contracts and agreements with employees, service providers, suppliers, third parties and distributors.

Ms. Rahim is a strong believer in the proliferation of legal research and education and was the editor of the Durham Law Journal. She along with Messrs Syed Bulent Sohail, Kamal K Jabbar and Shaharyar Nashat founded The Counsel, as Pakistan's first corporate law magazine.

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Kamal K. Jabbar
Barrister-at-Law &     
Advocate High Court

Kamal K. Jabbar received an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of London, England and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. He has attended the executive summer school in International Financial Law at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University and is based in Karachi.

Mr. Jabbar began his career as a legal advisor to SmithKline & French of Pakistan Limited and Beecham Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited as the two companies moved towards a tri-partite merger with Glaxo Wellcome Pakistan Limited to form GlaxoSmithKline Limited. He has worked at the chambers of Mr. Makhdoom Ali Khan, Mr. Muneer A. Malik as well as his own independent practice prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited as Legal Counsel (Wholesale Banking).

Mr. Jabbar's areas of experience and expertise include corporate law, banking and finance, litigation and arbitration.

He is a published author, broadcaster and has represented Pakistan at the English Speaking Union. His published work includes two books, Defunct (1993) and Selling Oranges in a Banana Republic (1996) and numerous articles on law, politics and international affairs in national and international publications.

Mr. Jabbar is a co-founding editor of The Counsel, Pakistan's first corporate law magazine, along with Mr. Bulent Sohail, Ms. Zarmeeneh Rahim and Mr. Shaharyar Nashat.

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