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A.S & Associatesstands out’ for its ‘extremely valuable’ services across a range of practice areas, including corporate, tax, labour, project financing, TMT and energy. Work highlights saw the team advising Hugo Commodities on restructuring two companies from Ghana and the Ivory Coast in order to form an independent company in the British Virgin Islands. National Development Bank, Bangladesh Power Development Board, Sinosteel, SOAS and Dakha Stock Exchange are other notable clients. The ‘young and dynamicA.S.A Bari, who leads the firm, has been appointed as National Tax Reporter for Bangladesh for 2017 and 2018 by the International Bar Association.

Doulah & Doulah’s areas of strength include banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and corporate and commercial matters. The firm has been assisting Zhenhua Oil with its acquisition of three oil fields from Chevron, and has been advising China National Machinery on various aspects concerning the development of a large solar power plant. The ‘constructive and helpful’ A.B.M Nasirud Doulah leads the firm. Amina Khatoon is another key contact.

Mahbub & Company’s ‘service is great’, providing ‘prompt responses’ and ‘outstanding industry knowledge’. Litigation and arbitration are the core areas of practice, while the firm’s employment expertise is also noted. Work highlights included reviewing and updating Sainsbury’s HR policies in light of labour rules implemented in 2015, and advising Mostafa Group on banking litigation and debt restructuring. Leading practitioner A. M. Mahbub Uddin is a renowned litigator with ‘immense all-round experience and a dynamic personality and work ethic’. The ‘sharp and dedicatedSaqeb Mahbub is also recommended.

The Law Counsel’s advice is ‘always effective and based on sound legal knowledge’. The team focuses on arbitration, banking, administrative law, family and employment matters. Abdur Razzaq is also noted for TMT work, which is a growing area for the firm, especially with regards to data protection, and Ehsan Siddiq and Imran Siddiq are ‘equally competent and efficient’. Clients include Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Oracle, Tapad, Siam Cement, Columbia Sport, Bloomberg and Dhabi Group.

FM Associates is best known for areas such as finance, litigation, employment, IP and foreign investment. The firm advises international and domestic lenders and borrowers, and handles matters related to the establishment of business and operations in Bangladesh. Highlights included assisting BBC Media Action’s Bangladesh office with compliance issues related to local employees. Turkish Airlines and London Borough of Hackney are other notable clients. Al Amin Rahman has a broad practice.

Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates advises clients on various matters, notably related to project financing, business formation, employment and corporate restructuring. Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sepco III and Lafarge Holcim Bangladesh are key clients. Name partner Dr. Kamal Hossain specialises in banking, corporate and commercial work.

Sattar&Co. specialises in M&A and corporate law. The firm also provides advice on energy and project finance. The client base includes Singapore Airlines, Nuvista Pharma and Sasha Denims. Sameer Sattar heads the firm.

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates handles advisory work for financial institutions, statutory corporations and private sector corporate clients on matters such as negotiation and review of contracts, international trade, banking regulations and joint venture agreements. The firm also has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin, Nihad Kabir, Mohammed Asaduzzaman and Nazia Kabir are the key partners.

Tanjib Alam & Associates is specialised in energy and telecoms-related work, cross-border banking and finance, and corporate and M&A. Name partner Tanjib-ul Alam advised on the highly publicised merger between Robi Axiata and Airtel Bangladesh. United Power Generation and Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission are other notable clients.

The Legal Circle specialises in corporate and finance matters, and advises foreign clients on their investments in Bangladesh, notably in the TMT, natural resources and energy sectors. Key practitioner Anita Ghazi Rahman Islam handles matters related to business formations, the energy sector and employment.

The ‘excellentVertex Chambers focuses on corporate and commercial work, as well as telecoms, energy, finance, aviation, IP and tax matters. The firm advised on agreements concerning the first-ever sukuk bond for a large food processing company in Bangladesh, and assisted Grameenphone, a leading national telecoms operator, with a writ petition filed against the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is appreciated for his ‘professionalism, communication skills and commitment to excellence’. The ‘very helpful and informativeTanvir Quader is also recommended.

Accord Chambers is active in energy, construction and engineering, shipping and corporate and M&A matters, advising foreign investors, privately owned businesses, public enterprises and international organisations with strong presence in Bangladesh. The firm assisted Meghna Cement Mills with a complex cross-border engineering and equipment supply contract with a leading supplier in the global cement and mineral industry. The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh is another key client. Suhan Khan is the main contact.

Rahman’s Chambers handles foreign investment and disputes involving corporate transactions, finance and shipping. Work highlights included advising Velcan Energy Mauritius on a solar power project and assisting London P&I Club with a collision that took place in the port of Chittagong. The ‘very responsible, responsive and knowledgeableMohammed Forrukh Rahman heads the firm.

S Hossain & Associates handles issues related to foreign investment, setting up business in Bangladesh, work permits for foreigners, regulatory licenses, family law and child custody. Exim Bank, Uniqlo, Euro Kids India and Clyde & Co are notable clients. Managing partner Sanwar Hossain is the key contact.

Sadat Sarwat & Associates focuses on commercial litigation, international arbitration, and infrastructure, construction and engineering matters. Omar Sadat and Sarwat Siraj are the key contacts.

Sheikh & Chowdhury handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients such as Atos KPMG Consulting and Emerging Markets Group. It also acts for individuals. Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury are the names to note.

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