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FM Associates

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Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Dhaka and 7 more

AHM Belal Chowdhury, Director, FM Associates

Director AHM Belal Chowdhury describes how FM Associates is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate FM Associates from your competitors?

FM Associates is a full service international law firm, we do not discriminate when taking on clients and have a wide range of clients; from Bangladeshi nationals to large multinational companies both domestically and abroad. We conduct seminars on our corporate social responsibility and good practice within the firm along with implementation of several international workplace guidelines.

The work ethic led by the managing partners and maintained by associates of the firm is unparalleled to any other firm in Bangladesh, resulting in several commendable awards globally. Due to client satisfaction with the high level of professionalism and timely legal solutions FMA has gained the trust of several top-level companies

What practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The firm will focus on growing their expertise and range of services for the information and communications technologies (ICT) digital world to align with the government of Bangladesh’s plans and efforts to implement a four-tier backup system for the Nation’s databases in the near future. It is one of the more booming sectors in Bangladesh and as such legal expertise will undoubtedly be required.

Another area of practice which will be expanded on is Maritime and Admiralty law in Bangladesh, due to the recent confirmation of Bangladesh’s maritime boundary increase.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

As excellent client service and satisfaction is one of the main pillars of growth; FMA has improved the method of first contact client’s have with the firm by inserting simple and efficient communication technology on our website and pages, embracing technology and making first contact relationship management effective to maintain contact, gather details and follow-up during representation and even after the file is closed. We strive to keep clients well informed, which studies have shown is clients’ number one criticism of lawyers worldwide.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology is indeed transforming the way we are interacting with clients, it has made communication with foreign clients much easier due to the ease of making international calls or video conferencing with the use of the internet. Our cross border services have gained praise worldwide since we have given and continue to give clients effective advice and well-timed legal support from Bangladesh.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We have helped a renowned MNC in the energy sector to incorporate their business entity in Bangladesh, adhering to their needs and performing due diligence services by assessing all applicable laws for our country, advising the client while keeping in line with their wishes.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

FMA plans on growing their legal team over the next few years to establish separate departments for litigation, corporate and company practices and so forth. It already has a separate department for taxation and financial services (FMCI) and a department for HR services and solutions (FMAOSL). In three years’ time FMA shall keep striving to maintain their vision of spreading access to the law for all in Bangladesh; the local community to legal practitioners alike and shall uphold their core principles which are integrity, excellence in service and dedicated teamwork. We also plan on hosting international legal conferences in Bangladesh and conduct further seminars as part of our social responsibility.

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