Dispute resolution in Bangladesh

A.S & Associates

The team at A.S & Associates ‘has real sector knowledge and expertise’ and ‘provides holistic solutions for clients.’ Sayeed Abdullah Al Mamun Khan runs a team which appears in disputes, mediations, and arbitrations across a range of sectors, including IP, property, civil, and criminal disputes. Practitioners are able to call upon their regulatory expertise, specifically their ‘practical knowledge of the processes of the regulatory authorities.’ Principal associate Mohammad Hasan Habib, and Farhana Khan are key team members, representing both Bangladesh-based and foreign companies in complex disputes, and they are noted for their ‘quick responses and professionalism’. Supreme Court advocate Dewan Faisal has left the firm to start an independent practice.

Practice head(s):

Sayeed Abdullah Al Mamun Khan


Other key lawyers:

Mohammad Hasan Habib; Farhana Khan


Testimonials

‘The team has real sector knowledge and expertise. Additionally, they also have practical knowledge of the processes of the regulatory authorities.’

‘Diligent in terms of evaluating the case and they provide holistic solutions for clients.’

‘Individuals conduct proper assessment, research and background work to come up with a proper, feasible, value-added proposition for clients.’

Key clients

Alltech Biotechnology Limited


Amulet Pharmaceuticals Limited


Banco Securities Limited


Basher Spinning Mills Corporation


Brothers Construction Co Ltd


BSHRM


Christian Aid, Bangladesh


City Bank Limited


Danstar Ferment AG


Envoy Group


Equitable Group


Etasia Interlinings Limited


Garden Market Limited


Godrej Household Products (Bangladesh) Pvt. Limited


Grand Bengal Hotel Limited


Khajana Dhaka Limited


Khasfood Limited


Leadswing Limited


LS Cable & System Ltd


M/S Rifat Shipping Lines


MBEL & KCC (JV)


MBM Group


Meghna Bank Limited


NCC Bank Limited


NRBC Bank Limited


Pran RFL Group


Premier Leasing & Finance Limited


Saif Powertec Limited


SHAH Global (BD) Limited


Sheba Platform Limited


Siba Textile Processing Limited


Soorty Enterprises (Pvt) Limited


Subra Fashion Limited


Valvoline Cummins Ltd


Zinga Metal (BD) Limited


Work highlights


  • Assisted IFC with the Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Bank for establishing a dedicated state-owned asset management company upon formulation of tax structuring, as required for reducing Non Performing Loan.
  • Advised Hector Global Limited, a foreign owned company, on establishing its business in Bangladesh in the most tax efficient manner.
  • Assisted Khazana Dhaka Limited with restructuring the books of accounts of the company in a legally compliant manner to ensure minimum tax liability.

Mahbub & Company

A.M. Mahbub Uddin and Saqeb Mahbub lead Mahbub & Company's experienced dispute resolution team has a strong track record in judicial review and white-collar crime litigation, and is praised as 'one of the top dispute firms in Bangladesh'. Uddin regularly appears in the High Court and Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and Mahbub leads most of the group’s high stakes arbitration cases. As a whole, the group has a strong litigation practice in the Supreme Court and the District Courts of Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong. In 2022 and 2023, the group has continued to see an increase in commercial disputes and the firm’s arbitration practice handles a range of dispute types, including cross-border commercial, employment, construction, and real-estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

A M Mahbub Uddin; Saqeb Mahbub


Testimonials

‘Mahbub & Company has handled our entire disputes portfolio for more than a decade because we have found their team to be diligent, reliable and extremely efficient. They have lawyers who are able to represent in the lowest tiers till the Supreme Court. They use a tech platform where we can log in and automatically be updated about our cases. This is very good for us as we have a large number of litigations with them.’

‘A M Mahbub Uddin has a very good standing in the High Court and Supreme Court, and Saqeb Mahbub is also well known for his commercial disputes expertise. He is our point of contact partner and he is extremely diligent at maintaining communication, managing his team and being well prepared for cases.’

‘They are prompt in response. Very good at specific response preparation.’

‘Individuals are very much supportive in terms of accompanying our colleagues to face any arbitration.’

‘Mahbub & Company has a very good reputation as one of the top dispute firms in Bangladesh. Their standing in the sector is always a major pull for us. The team is very adept at handling all kinds of disputes. Their speciality is complex commercial disputes. They handle cases with a lot of care and skill and their team is very good at research which always helps.’

‘We have worked with both Mahbub Uddin and Saqeb Mahbub. Saqeb Mahbub punches above his weight; he is well known in the judiciary for his exceptional advocacy, particularly in commercial litigation.’

‘They have a group of young, talented people that are self-organised and self-motivated individuals that are full of passion.’

‘I think they have great communication skill and team work which makes them different from their competitors.’

Key clients

Top Grade International Enterprise Limited


Cartonal Italia Spa


Madina Group Limited


Premier Power Generation Limited


Identity International Co. Ltd


Tala Elhendy Josephano


Qasem Industries Ltd


Marriott International


Europe-based drilling services company


A Dubai-based construction firm


Zetwerk Manufacturing Businesses Private Limited


Sports Direct


Fresenius Medical Care Asia Pacific Ltd


Regent Airways


DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh Limited


Metro Homes


Work highlights


  • Advised a leading international hotel chain on a cross-border construction and contractual dispute.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest international freight forwarding companies before the law enforcement and investigation agencies.

The Law Counsel

The Law Counsel is referred to by one client as ‘one of a few law firms in Bangladesh that have the capability, skill, knowledge and English language ability to advise and handle legal disputes effectively for overseas clients.’ Abdur Razzaq Siddiq, Imran Abdullah Siddiq, and Ehsan Abdullah Siddiq are the trio leading the team, the latter of whom is described as ‘timely and responsive, and a pleasure to work with.’ Overall, the practice has a strong track record in constitutional and administrative law issues and has appeared in some of the most notable disputes in Bangladesh over the years.

Practice head(s):

Abdur Razzaq; Ehsan Siddiq; Imran Siddiq


Testimonials

‘The educational background, training, and relevant experience in providing legal services to public authorities and corporations is good.’

‘The Law Counsel team has very good legal research tools, data analytics, and client portals for seamless communication and access to case updates.’

‘The Law Counsel is one of a few law firms in Bangladesh that have the capability, skill, knowledge and English language ability to advise and handle legal disputes effectively for overseas clients.’

‘Ehsan Siddiq is timely and responsive, and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (Hong Kong)


CNN, USA


STX Heavy Industries Company Ltd (Korea)


Manarat International School and College (MISC)


VFS Global Private client


Bentley Systems Inc., USA


Rosatom (Russia)


Progressive Shipping Lines Ltd. Reliance Insurance Ltd. Reel Tuz Kimya, Turkey


Hellenic Garments Pvt. Ltd.


The Daily Sangram


Members of the Supreme Court Bar Association


Employees of the National Board of Revenue


Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd.


Saudi Arabian Airlines Ltd.


BIGO Technology Pte Ltd.


RELX India Pvt. Ltd.


Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Ltd.


Dabur India Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Represented CNN (USA) in an intellectual property dispute against a local TV news channel.
  • Represented STX Hi-Tech Industries Ltd. in the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in Bangladesh.
  • Represented a group of lawyers and academics in a public interest litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Digital Security Act, 2018, as being in violation of the fundamental right of freedom of speech.

Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP

Managing partner Shajib Mahmood Alam and advocate Md Rafinur Rahman head up Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP‘s team in Dhaka. The group handles a range of disputes, but predominately handles corporate and civil disputes. This incorporates arbitrations, enforcement procedures, civil suits of all types, and money recovery suits. Alam is a key contact for arbitration matters. More broadly, the group is closely linked to the firm’s family and divorce team and handles all kinds of family law-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Shajib Mahmood Alam; Md. Rafinur Rahman


Testimonials

‘Very professional legal team.’

‘Shajib Mahmood Alam and Md. Rafinur Rahman make an exceptional litigation team.’

‘Experienced, knowledgeable, strong and ethical!’

‘Shajib Mahmood Alam gave logical and simple solutions to complex legal issues. He is a master strategist.’

‘Great with excellent effort.’

‘Shajib Mahmood Alam takes excellent care of his clients.’

‘Efficient and hard working team that delivers exceptional quality of work each time.’

‘Shajib Mahmood Alam is our go-to person and is an exceptional lawyer.’

Key clients

China Railway Group Ltd.


Malaysia Airlines Berhad Siemens Industrial Ltd.


Unique Hotel & Resorts Plc


Envelope Group LLC


IQ Apparels LLC


Philips Crown Cement Plc


VIVO Mobile


Unique Share Management Ltd.


Borak Real Estate Ltd.


El Corte Ingles, S.A


Stamford University Bangladesh


Hallo BD Gadgets Ltd.


Yangming Hanhai BD Ltd.


Z&T Consultancy


The Sheraton Dhaka


The Westin Dhaka


Daily Amader Shomoy


Brothers Shipping Lines


Work highlights


  • Representing a China based mobile phone manufacturer in arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing a foreign airline company in local litigation.
  • Represented Philips successfully in resolving high-value disputes through negotiation.

Doulah & Doulah

Clients instructing Doulah & Doulah's group include well known entities such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Walmart. Practice head A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah is primarily concerned with commercial litigation and arbitration, and corporate law specialist Amina Khatoon is a key name to note for corporate and commercial disputes. The group is supported by a strong transactional team which regularly handles a variety of investment, banking, and construction matters. In 2022 and 2023, the group has seen an uptick in lease finance and project finance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Shamsud Doulah


Other key lawyers:

Amina Khatoon


Testimonials

Amina Khatoon and the team are very professional.’

Key clients

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Walmart


JC Penney


General Electric


Hyatt Hotels


Miravet


Scatek Solar


Powerchina


CMEC


PepsiCo


Jafpa Comfeed


Work highlights


  • Assisted Thaicom Public Company limited with mediating a claim against Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited in pendency of a UNCITRAL arbitration.
  • Represented Wilmington Trust Company in a creditors action judgment, successfully obtaining a judgment in favour of an air operator and eleven of its affiliates.
  • Acting for General Electric Capital Aviation Service in an arbitration at LCIA in connection to recovery of dues from a local air operator.

Vertex Chambers

Vertex Chambers, which was formed in 2011 and continues to increase its market presence in Bangladesh, is run by managing partner Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury. Associate Maliha Ahmed advises clients from a range of countries, including Australia, Switzerland, and the United States of America. Asif Bin Anwar, who previously merged his solo practice with the firm, is a key name to note in the team for appearing in high courts, and Ahmed is an advocate of the district and sessions judge court in Dhaka. The tax team as a whole often focuses on matters concerning tax planning and strategies.

Other key lawyers:

Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury; Maliha Ahmed; Asif Bin Anwar,


Key clients

Al Barak Dates Factory LLC


Unilever Bangladesh Limited


Bay Developments Limited


World Bank Group


International Finance Corporation


Compassion International


SAJIDA Foundation


British American Tobacco Bangladesh


Marico Bangladesh Limited


Teach For Bangladesh


The City Bank Limited


Asiatic 3sixty


GE Medical Systems Bangladesh Limited


Louis Dreyfus Company


PricewaterhouseCoopers India


Refinitiv Limited (a Reuters concern)


Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh


Accord Shipping Limited


PRAN Foods Limited


Southeast Bank Capital Services Limited


Rahman & Rabbi Legal

Md. Monzur Rabbi heads up the team at Rahman & Rabbi Legal, adding international commercial and investment arbitration expertise to the team and knowledge of disputes related to corporate and commercial matters. Firm founder and retired district judge Md. Mahbubor Rahman brings four decades of experience to the team. More widely, the group is active in the finance, employment, energy, securities, and telecommunications sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Md. Monzur Rabbi


Other key lawyers:

Md. Mahbubor Rahman


Key clients

British American Tobacco Bangladesh Company Limited


Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited


BAT Mark Limited


Unilever Consumer Care Limited


Unilever Bangladesh Limited


Tokio Marine Houston Casualty Company (USA)


Cybergen Inc.


Studio Metrodesk


Lawback Network Technology Company Limited, China


Kuwait Airways


Vannucci Oliveira, P.A. (USA)


Carhartt WIP


Union Wealth Trading Limited


Watson, Farley & Williams, Thailand


FLORTECH


Fiber@home Limited


Carlton Fields, P.A. (USA)


TUT, Joint Venture


Zas Dermal


Zas Corporation


Work highlights


  • Advised British American Tobacco Bangladesh Company Limited on a number of trademark infringement litigations.
  • Advised Unilever Bangladesh Limited on a dispute regarding parallel importation of branded products and empty packing into Bangladesh.
  • Advised Studio Metrodesk on a money suit amounting to $1.4m arising out of a partnership firm.