The Firm conducted an extensive Research Study on the ‘Simplification and promotion of laws and procedures for Corporatization of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)’ – for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Ministry of Industries and Production, Government of Pakistan (MOIP), funded by the World Bank. The Study involved the designing of a comprehensive and proactive strategy to collect relevant information on the SMEs, a detailed review of the legal and regulatory framework for the Corporatization of SMEs, development of a policy framework for the Corporatization of SMEs and the designing and initiation of a promotional strategy for the Corporatization of SMEs.
The Firm also conducted a comprehensive Research Study titled ‘Harmonizing the Code of Corporate Governance with other Laws/Regulations in Pakistan.’ The Research Study was conducted for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The Research Study involved review and comparison of the Pakistani Code and twenty two Pakistani laws to gauge the nexus, overlap and conflicts, review of other national codes and their implementation mechanisms, proposals for amendments to the Code and other laws for harmonization of regulatory framework of the corporate sector and proposals for policy guidelines for effective implementation of the Code.
The Firm produced an exhaustive Country Report titled “Comparative Analysis of Corporate Governance in South Asia: Chartering a Roadmap for Bangladesh”. The Country Report was authored for the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and commissioned by DFID. The Country Report outlines, discusses and critically evaluates the corporate governance legal regime in Pakistan and is co-authored with the economics faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The Country Report looks not just at the various statutory instruments and case law on the subject but the recent regulatory codes and guidelines, such as the Code of Corporate Governance introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the recent past.
Minto & Mirza’s commitment to pro bono work has resulted in valuable experience in the field of environmental law - the firm has been responsible for the legal documentation for conservation and rehabilitation of the historical sites of Uch Sharif in the Bahawalpur District of Southern Punjab.
The Firm’s commitment to legal academia is reflected by the fact that the Partners of the Firm have regularly taught law courses and participated in specialized law moots, seminars and workshops in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, corporate governance and securities laws. The Firm’s Senior Consultant has lectured and participated in seminars, held at diverse fora in Pakistan as well as internationally.