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A.S & Associates excels due to the breadth of its expertise in a variety of practice areas from corporate, tax, labour and project financing through to TMT and energy. Highlights include continuing to advise a consortium of Chinese investors on various matters, including several complex tax issues. The skilled team receives a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms including Bird & Bird LLP. Other key clients are Banco Power, Codes & Labels and East West Container Terminals. Managing partner A.S.A Bari is well regarded.

Doulah & Doulah is well equipped to handle the most complex and high-value deals with particular expertise in infrastructure and PPP as well as project finance and energy matters. It also has considerable strength in M&A. In one of the largest acquisitions in the financial services sector, the team advised the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges in the acquisition of a sizeable stake in the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Islamic Development Bank and BP are also clients. A.B.M. Nasirud Doulah  and Amina Khatoon are the primary contacts.

Mahbub & Company has a strong litigation and arbitration practice and is regularly involved in substantial cross-border commercial disputes. Managing partner A. M. Mahbub Uddin is a highly regarded litigator. Its employment group is also worthy of note. Saqeb Mahbub has been leading the advice to Sainsbury’s UK on various labour and employment issues. In other recent highlights, the active team is advising UPL in its attempt to acquire a majority stake in an agribusiness company.

The Law Counsel has a particular focus on arbitration, banking and administrative law in addition to family and employment matters. Abdur Razzaq Siddiq is recommended for his TMT expertise. Other notable practitioners include Ehsan Abdullah Siddiq and Imran Abdullah Siddiq, who has a strong track record of representing clients in the telecoms sector. The team frequently works alongside foreign law firms including Baker McKenzie, Mayer Brown and Norton Rose Fulbright. Recent clients include Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Oracle, Tapad, Siam Cement, Columbia Sport, Bloomberg and Dhabi Group.

Well-respected managing partner Suhan Khan leads Accord Chambers, which, in a recent standout matter, is currently advising Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company on the construction of a major oil refinery plant in Bangladesh. The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh, Meghna Cement Mills and Christian Aid (UK) also feature on the firm's client roster.

FM Associates is recommended for its work in finance, litigation, employment, IP and foreign investment. It acts for domestic and international companies and lenders. Managing partner Al Amin Rahman has a broad practice. The firm's client roster has included the BBC, Turkish Airlines and the London Borough of Hackney.

Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates advises clients on various issues especially those related to project financing, business formation, employment and corporate restructuring. Senior partner Kamal Hossain is notable for his expertise in banking, corporate and commercial work. Clients of the firm have included Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sepco III and Lafarge Holcim Bangladesh .

M&A and corporate law specialists Sattar&Co. is headed by Sameer Sattar.  The firm also has expertise in energy and project finance, as well as disputes. The team continues to advise on aircraft leases and aviation laws in Bangladesh. Singapore Airlines, Nuvista Pharma and Sasha Denims have been clients of the firm.

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration and also handles a broad range of advisory work for financial institutions, statutory corporations and private sector corporate clients. Names to note are Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin, Nihad Kabir, Mohammed Asaduzzaman and Nazia Kabir.

Clients of TANJIB ALAM & ASSOCIATES include Airtel Bangladesh, Oxford Policy Management, Lex Counsel and Damco. Key areas of specialism lie in energy and telecoms-related work as well as cross-border banking and finance, corporate and M&A. The firm's litigation practice is also highly rated. Name partner Tanjib-ul Alam is a noted figure in the market.

THE LEGAL CIRCLE acts for a variety of major national and international corporations, commercial and investment banks, private equity funds and other entities, including non-governmental organisations and high-net-worth individuals. The team has a particular focus on corporate and finance matters. Of note, Anita Ghazi Rahman’s practice spans commercial, general corporate and dispute resolution, and she has extensive experience in the energy sector.

Vertex Chambers focuses on tax planning and corporate restructuring with particular expertise in the telecoms, energy, infrastructure, finance and aviation sectors. Intellectual property is another core area of expertise. Managing partner Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is a name to note and Tanvir Quader is another prominent practitioner. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented Dunavant Enterprises (a Louis Dreyfus company) in the defence of an appeal before the High Court Division of Bangladesh relating to the cross-border supply of cotton. The matter was complicated by the fact that the contract was governed by an English law contract that also had an arbitration clause, the validity of which was challenged by the purchaser.

S Hossain & Associates counts ICB Islamic Bank, DRH Logistics and Campvalley Trading HK as clients. The team handles a broad range of work from issues relating to foreign investment through to child custody disputes. Managing partner Sanwar HOSSAIN is a name to note.

Omar Sadat and Sarwat Siraj are the primary contacts at Sadat Sarwat & Associates. The firm focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration. Other core areas of expertise include infrastructure, construction and engineering mandates.

Names to note at Sheikh & Chowdhury are Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury both of whom advise clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Also KPMG Consulting and Emerging Markets Group have been clients of the firm.

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