Rana Sajjad photo (CIICA)Founder & President

Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Advocate High Court, Pakistan

Member, New York Bar

LL.M. Columbia University, New York


  • Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Young & International Group;
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Young Arbitrators Forum;
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Young International Arbitration Group.




Work experience


Rana Sajjad has over 15 years’ experience of working both in Pakistan and the U.S. in the areas of corporate law, contracts, commercial litigation, securities & capital markets, legal due diligence, regulatory compliance, foreign investment and arbitration.  He has regularly advised and represented a wide range of clients in the energy, technology, telecom, manufacturing and retail sectors. Over the years, he has advised international corporations in relation to all aspects of their businesses including business establishment, corporate structuring, licensing, labor and foreign exchange controls.  He also represents clients in matters involving contractual and commercial disputes before Civil courts, District courts, High courts and arbitral tribunals.  In the area of contracts, he has advised clients in connection with franchise agreements, joint venture agreements, EPC contracts, lease agreements, supply and services agreements.


He is one of only two practising lawyers in Pakistan who have attained fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).


Before joining the Lahore-based law firm of Rana Ijaz & Partners in September, 2008, Sajjad worked in the U.S. for some leading large law firms including Fulbright & Jaworski.  His practice areas in the U.S. included international commercial arbitration, securities & capital markets, antitrust law and mergers & acquisitions.



Selected publications


  • “Reko Diq case” (Dawn, Apr 2017);
  • “Legal ramifications of India’s unilateral withdrawal from IWT” (Tribune, Oct 2016);
  • “Reko Diq arbitration: Can there be a settlement?” (Tribune, Aug 2015);
  • “Importance of international arbitration” (Tribune, May 2015);
  • “Amending laws to allow Chinese investment” (Tribune, Jan 2014);
  • “Reko Diq: the other side” (Dawn, Feb 2013);
  • “Do lawyers really want to resolve disputes?”(Tribune, Oct 2012);
  • “Reko Diq muddle” (Tribune, Feb 2012);
  • Global Arbitration Review (March, 2012): Comments on the international arbitration issues involved in Pakistan Supreme Court’s proceedings in the Reko Diq case in particular and Pakistan’s arbitration law in general were published in this issue.



Law teaching experience


  • Teaches LL.M. students and has designed and taught courses in International Commercial Arbitration and Legal Research & Writing for Commercial Lawyers.
  • Taught courses in Pakistani securities laws and the U.S. Constitution.