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Zainab is a Senior Associate in the Commercial team in Abu Dhabi. She has a wide range of experience advising on transactional matters primarily in M&A, finance (including Islamic finance), oil and gas. She also has a detailed understanding of general commercial transactions, including, joint ventures, distributorship, agency and franchise.
Zainab specialises in advising foreign investors in acquisitions and divestments, with a particular focus on fiscal efficiency and exchange controls. She has worked on cross border M&A transactions in a number of sectors, including chemicals, insurance and retail. She has represented major multinational clients such as MetLife Inc and Clariant International Ltd., in relation to high value divestments and advised the Government of Pakistan in respect of a $4bn gas pipeline.
Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Zainab worked for one of the largest corporate law firms in Pakistan and also worked in-house for Pfizer Inc and Bloomberg L.P during her time in the US. Zainab studied Politics at New York University and later gained a Juris Doctor in Law from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and the subordinate courts of Pakistan. She is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association, Karachi Bar Association and International Bar Association.
She speaks fluent English and Urdu.