Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

At A Hossain & Associates, the disputes team is noted for its handling of complex arbitrations and litigation across the banking and finance, white-collar-crime and energy sectors. Ajmalul Hossain is the key contact alongside UK qualified Barrister Afsar Hossain who is based between Dhaka and Singapore and is also registered as a consultant in the UAE.

Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates has a long-established reputation in the market and is praised by peers for its dispute resolution expertise, which spans arbitration cases, human rights law and administrative law.

Dispute resolution in Bangladesh

A.S & Associates

A.S & Associates has a first-rate offering, with it being notably strong in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Jointly led by Sayeed Abdullah Al Mamun Khan and Farhana Khan , the team acts for clients operating in sectors such as energy and natural resources, technology and financial services. Its varied workload includes contentious corporate, industrial, commercial, intellectual property and taxation cases. In addition, it is also regularly instructed in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering matters. Supreme Court advocate Dewan Faisal is a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Sayeed Abdullah Al Mamun Khan; Farhana Khan

Other key lawyers:

Dewan Faisal

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, diversified and knowledgeable team.’

‘Ferdous Rahman — quite knowledgeable, humble and cordial with his clients.’

Key clients

Nurul Faruk Hasan & Co. (Affiliate of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited) [Deloitte Bangladesh]

Md. Zahirul Islam

Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC)

Viator Bangladesh Limited

Most. Asma Ara Khatun

Abdullah Al Rimon Khan

SyedaZerinaAkter

Mesba Uddin and Mr. Moazzam

Md. Mamun Mia

Brothers Construction Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Brothers Construction Company Limited with obtaining an injunction that saved the company from being wound up.
  • Represented Md Mamum Mia in a matter where a criminal allegation was brought against the client, but not proven to date.

Mahbub & Company

Mahbub & Company has a well-established disputes practice, with a particularly strong track record in white-collar crime cases and judicial reviews. The group also handles employment and labour law disputes and has seen an increase in construction-related arbitration matters. It generates mandates from clients such as large regional telecoms companies, banks and high-profile political figures. Names to note at the firm include A.M. Mahbub Uddin and Saqeb Mahbub, who jointly lead the practice, and experienced associate Rifat Rahman , who also sits as an arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

A.M. Mahbub Uddin; Saqeb Mahbub

Other key lawyers:

H.M. Shanjid Siddique; Rifat Rahman

Key clients

Mostafa Group

Premier Cement Mills Ltd.

Metro Homes Limited

GS E&C

Multimode Group

City Bank

Sena Kalyan Sangstha

Arif Choudhury

MF Consumers Limited

Mutual Trust Bank

DEPA Interiors LLC

SOCAR-AQS Limited Liability Company

Lal Teer Seed Limited

Marks Builders Limited

Double A

Muslim Aid, UK

Singapore Telecommunications Limited

Anan International

Khair Brothers

Café Droom

La Bamba

Kunlun Industrial Co Ltd

Hotel Citrus Limited

Hotel Milina

Platinum Residence

London Guest House

Hotel Sky Line

Hotel White Rose

Elite Tech

Continental Motors

Panasia Clothing

Bhulua Royal City

Honda Bangladesh Ltd.

Nandon Kanon Housing Ltd

Casio

Al Safa Tower Limited

Grand ZamZam Tower Limited

Shamoli Tower Complex Ltd

Peninsula Steel Limited

Ming Global Limited

Carlson Wagon Lit India (CWT) India Pvt. Ltd.

Rapidcash

Work highlights

  • Advised a Swiss business tycoon on a dispute arising from confiscation of all his Bangladesh assets pursuant to a mutual legal assistance request by a middle-eastern government.
  • Advised a European oil-drilling company on merits of obtaining a crucial interim order in Bangladesh pending a SIAC arbitration against a state-owned petroleum company.
  • Representing a leading South-east Asian telecommunications company in defending against multiple debt recovery claims in Bangladesh arising out of cross-border syndicated loan.

The Law Counsel

The Law Counsel‘s well-regarded practice stands out for its strong capabilities in complex commercial litigation, as well as matters involving labour law, industrial disputes and insurance claims. Abdur Razzaq Siddiq  is a particularly well-known name among foreign clients operating in the TMT sector. He co-heads the department with Ehsan Abdullah Siddiq  and Imran Siddiq, who assist blue-chip companies operating in Bangladesh with compliance and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Abdur Razzaq Siddiq; Ehsan Abdullah Siddiq; Imran Siddiq

Other key lawyers:

Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky

Testimonials

‘Mr. Siddiq and his colleague Ishrak Siddiky started strong with options, realistic assessments, and local insights and connections in this burgeoning Asian economy. Along the way, they have been excellent representatives for us and our clients.’

They have an all-star team, along with the highest-ranked international arbitration practitioners in the world. Their team is known for handling the most challenging and complex cases and getting the clients results.

‘As good arbitrators, they have several qualifications that need to be stated herein. They are patient, understanding, flexible and honest listeners. At the time of the hearing of a matter, they give all parties an equal chance to be heard and completely present their grievances. They take all relevant factors into account to decide the case, since it is final and may rarely be appealed in court. They hear each side of the case before reaching any conclusion.’

Key clients

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd.

Cable News Network (CNN)

Siemens

Saudi Arabian Airlines Ltd.

SACMI

Reliance Insurance Ltd.

Akij Biri Factory Ltd.

Leonardo, SpA

Directors of Homeland Life Insurance Ltd.

RELX India Pvt. Ltd

Dhaka Ahsania Mission

Progga

Reel Tuz Kimya

Power Development Board

Delta Shipping Lines Ltd.

Dabur India Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Siemens in a major software infringement dispute against Bangladesh-based electronics giant, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd.
  • Advised Saudi Arabian Airlines Ltd. (‘Saudia’) on the enforcement of an arbitral award of a Bangladesh based arbitration tribunal obtained by it against Saudia’s former General Sales Agent (GSA).
  • Represented Power Development Board (PDB) in proceedings before the Dhaka District Court in challenging the legality of an arbitral award passed by an arbitration tribunal in a dispute between PDB and a local power generation company.

Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP

Seasoned arbitrator and barrister Shajib Mahmood Alam leads the dispute resolution team at Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP, which fields a team of litigators that handles civil disputes, employment matters and criminal law cases. The team has notable experience of acting for clients in mediations. Md Rafinur Rahman is the go-to expert on family-related disputes and he also has a large pro bono employment litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Shajib Mahmood Alam

Other key lawyers:

Md Rafinur Rahman

Testimonials

The team is very honest and reliable. Their approach to resolving disputes is very impressive and cost effective. They would take every opportunity to resolve a dispute efficiently in our favour. The team is a great example of how a good team of lawyers can reduce expenses and increase productivity.’

Mr. Shajib Mahmood Alam and Mr. Rafinur Rahman are both excellent litigation lawyers. They are a great combo to work with in complex law suits. They are also excellent negotiators.’

Bangladesh Law Partners has to be the most unique experience we have had in Bangladesh in terms of legal service providers. We are not used to getting such international standard services from lawyers in general. They have an exceptional bunch of people who greet you from the moment you enter their firm and someone is always with you until you exit their doors.’

We would recommend all of their lawyers highly, including Mr. Barrister Shajib Mahmood Alam and Mr. Md Rafinur Rahman. They are the perfect team to run a law firm like this and we feel lucky to get our legal services from this dynamic duo. Mr. Alam is exceptional in negotiations and arbitrations. His conduct shows how much he studies before each and every single case and what it means to him to protect our interests.’

Dispute resolution and dealing with business issues has always been excellent with them.

Barrister Shajib, partner, is diligent in his legal advice with due homework and interpretation of the laws. Ensures good management and follow-ups assigned to the members of the law firm.’

Key clients

Unique Group

Unique Hotel & Resorts Ltd.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

Yangming Hanhai Bangladesh Ltd

Vivo Mobile Company (Bangladesh) Ltd

The Westin Dhaka

Borak Real Estate Ltd

Unique Eastern Private Limited

Unique Share Management Ltd

Unique Meghnaghat Power Ltd.

Purnima Constructions Ltd.

Sonargaon Economic Zone Ltd

Hansa Management Ltd

El Corte Ingles, S.A Liaison Office

CBI Hong Kong

Envelope Group LLC

EG Manufacturing Ltd

Honeycom IT & Automation Ltd

SPAN BD Ltd

Intertech Digital Ltd

Unparalleled Apparel Company Canada

JAT Holdings Ltd (Srilanka)

Asia Coatings Ltd

USBD Commercial Ltd

Al-Furqan Agro & Fisheries

CPO Experts Ltd

XYZ Cloud Bangladesh Ltd

Domicilium Ltd

Wizkit Global Ltd

Prestige Bengal Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd (UK)

Midas Safety

AGA Partners (Ukraine)

Oleo Swiss S.A

ICC Communications Ltd

X-Net Limited

Information Solutions Ltd

Shun Overseas

Prangon Bangladesh Limited

Luman Group

Glorious Group

M/S Epicus Global Trade

M/S Chitra Packaging

Anannya Development Ltd

Shitalakkha Spinning Mills

Lisianthus Fashion Industries

Neerapod.com

Zhan-Tex Pvt Co. Ltd

Sam & Ty LLC.

Z&T Sourcing

Top International Engineering Bangladesh Co Ltd

Bliss Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Regularly advising Unique Group on its wide-ranging disputes and taking part in several litigations for them.
  • Providing litigation support to Yangming Hanhai Bangladesh Ltd.(VIVO Mobile).
  • Acted for Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) in administrative litigation concerning its executive committee before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Doulah & Doulah

Doulah & Doulah's dispute resolution team is adept at handling contentious investment, banking and construction matters for clients. Also notable is that it has an excellent reputation in the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards in Bangladesh. The practice is led by A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah, who has experience of appearing in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings for clients. Elsewhere in the team, of counsel Mucktadir Rahman (who splits his time between London and Dhaka) focuses on judicial reviews and administrative law matters. Amina Khatoon is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah

Other key lawyers:

Amina Khatoon; Mucktadir Rahman

Testimonials

‘Doulah & Doulah possesses vital local knowledge and understanding of local sensitivities, cultures and idiosyncrasies, which are needed to enable the law firm to provide actionable visibility to our operations.’

Key clients

China Harbour Engineering Company

Edinburgh Wollen Mills

UM International

IDP Education

Walt Disney

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Bank of Nova Scotia

Avia Solutions

Aercap

Oberthur

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Saudi Arabian Airlines against the enforcement of an arbitral award for the payment of $18m by a former general sales agent of the client.
  • Defending General Electric Capital Aviation Service in local court proceedings, and assisting Allen & Overy in LCIA arbitrations. The dispute has arisen from the client leasing an aircraft to a lessee air operator in Bangladesh, which defaulted on payment of rent. Thereafter GECAS cancelled the lease.
  • Successfully defended Zagrebačka banka’s right to be paid against letter of credit against prayers of the debtor seeking injunction over such payment.

H & H Company

H & H Company's dispute resolution team is notably active in contentious intellectual property matters, such as those involving trade mark infringements. In addition, its broader workload encompasses banking and aviation industry matters, as well as general commercial litigation. One of the key figures at the firm is Syed Emran Hossain , who acts for clients in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, in addition to being active in litigation before the Trial Court and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Hossain co-heads the practice with M A Taher has three decades of experience in litigation and international arbitration. Aviation matters are an area of strength for senior associate Rani Akhter.

Practice head(s):

Syed Emran Hossain; M A Taher

Other key lawyers:

Abdur Rafique; Rani Akhter

Sattar&Co.

Sattar&Co.'s dispute resolution practice is led by barrister Sameer Sattar, who has previous experience of working at law firms in London, where he focused on international arbitration. Equally strong in commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases, he has acted on matters held under the auspices of the ICC, UNCITRAL and ISCID rules, among others. Elsewhere, the firm is prominent in high-profile banking litigation, and it has a strong track record of winning cases for banks and other financial institutions. In addition to handling contentious banking work, associate Mahbub Hassan is recommended for shareholder protection cases and matters concerning share rectification, as well as admiralty disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sameer Sattar

Other key lawyers:

Mahbub Hassan; Khademul Islam Choyon; Muhaimin Ahmed Chowdhury

Testimonials

‘Specific, concrete, Rational and collaborative. They work with factual issues. Very logical and collaborative.’

The individuals working with us helped us by providing the right guidance and describing the consequences of each step.’

Key clients

The City Bank Limited

Dhaka Bank Limited

Bank Asia Limited

Kalyar Packaging Limited

Bangladesh TechnoSity Limited

CHB Building Technology Limited

Esquire Accessories Limited

IDCOL

IDLC Finance Limited

Mutual Trust Bank Limited

One Bank Limited

Opex Group

Palmal Group

Rahimafrooz Group

United Commercial Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Bangladesh Technosity Ltd in an arbitration matter with its lessee over a complex lease agreement.
  • Representing One Bank Limited on a regular basis in relation to its cases before the High Court.
  • Representing Kalyar Packaging and its majority shareholders in a high-value company shareholder dispute before the Companies Court.

TANJIB ALAM & ASSOCIATES

TANJIB ALAM & ASSOCIATES has a strong pedigree in high-profile court litigation that has national significance, and it is also heavily involved in arbitration cases. Its varied portfolio of work includes trade mark and patent cases, as well as admiralty matters and company law disputes. The group represents a wide range of global and national companies, including those operating in the oil and gas, mining and financial services sectors. Tanjib-ul Alam heads up the team, which includes M. Saquibuzzaman.

Practice head(s):

Tanjib-ul Alam

Other key lawyers:

M. Saquibuzzaman

Key clients

Abul Khair Tobacco Ltd.

Grameenphone Limited

NYK Bangladesh Limited

Robi Axiata limited

Proctor and Gambles Bangladesh Limited

KDS Textiles Limited

Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Limited

United Anowara Power Limited

Bangladesh Bank

Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BM&DC)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bangladesh Bank in the winding up of People’s Leasing and Financial Services Limited, a non-banking financial institute. This is the first ever financial institution matter in Bangladesh.
  • Acting for Abul Khair Tobacco Co Limited in a challenge of the failure to give fiscal protection to the local branded cigarette manufacturing company.
  • Acting for United Anowara Power Limited in an appeal against a temporary injunction in relation to the construction of a jetty for power and LPG Company.

Vertex Chambers

Vertex Chambers’ dispute resolution practice, which is active in court litigation and commercial arbitration cases, is led by managing partner Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury. Under his leadership, the team handles a wide range of contentious matters for clients from industries such as energy, tobacco, construction and IT. Sajeda Farisa Kabir and Tanvir Quader are other key individuals.

Other key lawyers:

Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury; Sajeda Farisa Kabir; Tanvir Quader

Key clients

Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Bay Developments Limited

World Bank Group

International Finance Corporation

Compassion International

SAJIDA Foundation

Jan De Nul NV

British American Tobacco Bangladesh

British-American Tobacco Marketing (Singapore) Private Limited

Teach For Bangladesh

The City Bank Limited

Asiatic 3sixty

GE Medical Systems Bangladesh Limited

Louis Dreyfus

PricewaterhouseCoopers India

Refinitiv Limited (a Reuters concern)

Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh

Standard Chartered Bank UAE

Accord Shipping Limited

PRAN Foods Limited

Southeast Bank Capital Services Limited

Grameenphone

Edge Research and Consulting Limited

EK Architects

Fondation Hirondelle

Institute of Architects Bangladesh

Inn Star

Jumo Bangladesh Ltd

Legal Action Worldwide

Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Norwegian Refugee Council

Mutual Trust Bank Limited

RDRS

Inpace Management Services Ltd.

Deltex Ltd.

BSRM Steels Ltd.

Feni Lanka Power Limited

KRD Ventures Ltd

Shamolima Limited

Southtech Limited

Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited

Teach For Bangladesh

Young Life

Work highlights

  • Acting for clients in international commercial arbitration  involving three contracts for supplying power plant equipment with a Singapore-based company. The dispute involves delay demurrages, economic duress and government intervention.
  • Acting for a leading international cotton supplier in its ongoing disputes with a number of Bangladeshi buyers, where the awards of international commercial arbitrations are challenged in Bangladeshi courts.