Leading firms in Bangladesh

A.S & Associates

A.S & Associates is a full-service law firm that advises an ever increasing list of national and international entities on a broad range of issues from intellectual and employment matters to project financing and mergers and acquisitions. The team has garnered an excellent reputation for its work on corporate finance matters and has considerable experience in advising on syndicated term loan facilities and other matters such as debt securities and foreign lending. Other strengths lie in its tax compliance and corporate advisory work. In addition the department is known for its promotion of ADR and has a number of trained mediators. Names to note are managing partner A.S.A Bari who is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh as well as a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. Ferdaus Rahman is another key member of the team as is Farhana Khan who has extensive experience of representing a variety of leading national and international corporate entities.

Testimonials

The team has diverse expertise and capacity to provide a one-stop service to clients‘.

‘No matter what legal issues the client is facing, from drafting appropriate commercial agreements, setting up multi-party complex business structures, handling labour law issues to fighting legal disputes in the court, A.S & Associates is indeed equipped to provide quality legal services to its clientele‘.

I would like to specifically mention Ferdaus Rahman whose depth of knowledge, wisdom, agility, manner and overall performance puts me at ease‘.

‘Ferdaus Rahman has been extremely helpful in translating/interpreting how corporate law between Europe and Bangladesh differs. He has helped us adapt our European statutes to the Bangladesh context. He is very personable and gives good advice‘.

‘The team is very knowledgeable about Bangladesh projects and FIDIC contracts‘.

Key clients

Alcon

Amzi & Associates

APM Global Logistics Bangladesh Limited

Beijing Deheng Law Firm

Beijing Kangda Law Firm

Bangladesh Clinical Trials Limited

Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association

Bangladesh Power Development Board, BPDB

Bird & Bird LLP

China Exim Bank Limited

China Railway Engineering

City Bank Capital Resources Limited

Clyde & Co. Clasis Singapore

Clyde & Co. UK

Codes & Labels Limited

Danske Bank A/S

Deloitte Bangladesh

Deloitte India

Dentons

Deutsche Bank AG

Devotech Technology Park Limited

Dhaka Bye-pass Expressway Limited

Doreen Power House and Technologies Limited

Doreen Power Limited

Energis Power Corporation Limited

Envoy Textiles Limited

EPV Thakurgaon Limited

Equitable Group

ESS Advisory

Etihad Airways

Evonik Bangladesh Limited

FaceBook

Financial Excellence Limited

Freudenberg & Vilene International Limited

Godrej Household Products (Bangladesh) Limited

Grandall Law Firm

Great Western Energy (BD) Limited

Hoda Vasi Chowdhury & Co.

Hogan Lovells

Huntsman Singapore Pte Limited

Hyundai Oilbank Co., Ltd

IDLC Finance Limited

IKEA Supply AG

Imagine Radio

InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd.

Infrastructure Development and Company Limited

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research,Bangladesh (icddr,b)

International Corporate Protection Group Ltd.

JMI Group

Jumo GmbH NoJunHe LLP

King Stubb & Kasiva, Advocates & Attorneys

Lanka Bangla Investments Limited

Libryo

Littler

Maersk Bangladesh Limited

Malala Fund

Mamiya-OP Co. Ltd

Mayer Brown LLP

MBM Group

Medecins sans Frontieres, France, Belgium, Spain andHolland

Midland Bank Limited

Milvik Bangladesh Limited

Mitsui & Co Limited

Navana Electronics Limited

NCC Bank Limited

NDB Capital Limited

New Mileage (Hong Kong) Technology Limited

Nishimura and Asahi

NJS Consulting

Norinco Intl. Power Limited

NRB Bank Limited

O’Melveny

Phoenix Finance Limited

Proton Holdings

Pubali Bank Limited

Sarens India Heavy Lifting Pvt Limited

Shaoxing Keqiao Douan Imp and Exp Co. Ltd.

Sheba Platform Limited

Simbrella

Subra Limited

Terre Des Hommes

The City Bank Limited

THE HIMALAYA DRUG COMPANY LTD

The Salvation Army

Thomson Reuters Foundation

VIVO – Best Tycoon (BD) Enterprise Limited

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Water.org

White & Case LLP

World Bank Group

Wulling Power Corporation

Xen Works Limited

Yonder Music Inc.

YTL LLP

Zarbiz Limited

Zhejiang Huida Textiles and Garments Co. Ltd.

Zhong Lun Law Firm, Beijing

Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting the Government of Bangladesh in the national legislative and the G2G/G2B business reform processes for improving the investment climate of the country.
  • Advising the project company of a Chinese state owned parent company in a public private partnership in connection with the $307m project financing for a national construction project.
  • Advising its client in establishing a claim for $ 1.5m  as creditor against JC Penney in a Chapter-11 Bankruptcy matter in USA.

Accord Chambers

Accord Chambers has an excellent practice that advises its domestic and international clients on the full range of legal issues. Its corporate offering has been busy advising on a variety of large scale construction and infrastructure projects and on numerous foreign investments and M&A transactions. The agile team frequently works in close collaboration with major international law firms in the UK, Singapore, China, UAE, Hong Kong, Vietnam and India. Its Admiralty and Dispute Resolution practice is also flourishing. Managing partner Suhan Khan has been called to the Bar of England and Wales and also practises as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Senior partner Mamun Chowdhury is a seasoned practitioner who is vastly experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation. 'Accord Chambers is an extremely professional law firm composed of highly dedicated lawyers. It is a mixture of experienced professionals and young talent'.

Other key lawyers:

Sayedul Munim

Testimonials

‘The biggest strength of Accord Chambers is its team and its experience.  The firm’s arbitration practice stands out as it is one of the very few law firms in Bangladesh that has first-hand experience of representing clients in international commercial arbitrations. It is the first choice for corporations in Bangladesh when faced with international and cross-border disputes‘.

Mamun Chowdhury is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Mamun puts all facts and supporting documentary evidence under scrutiny to make out a strong case for his clients. Suhan Khan is an outstanding lawyer with great advocacy skills and a remarkable ability to conduct hearings before arbitration tribunals. He has a deep understanding of English law which is particularly advantageous since most international arbitrations in this region are governed by laws of England and Wales‘.

The team is readily available and accessible around the clock with impressive response times. Unlike many conventional law firms in Bangladesh, members of Accord Chambers speak boardroom language and always come up with innovative yet practical solutions to critical business problems‘.

Mr. Suhan Khan is widely considered as one of the leading business lawyers of the country who leads discussions and negotiations brilliantly‘.

‘Mr. Mamun Chowdhury explores the legal problems fully and has an in-depth knowledge of the law. Mr. Sayedul Munim also stands-out with great drafting skills‘.

Members of Accord Chambers have a thorough understanding of EPC and turnkey contracts and various industrial projects and can thus act as your trusted partners in the course of negotiating highly complex industrial contracts. The team has an extensive understanding of how businesses function in Bangladesh and will, therefore, make sure that the required legal, technical and commercial outcome is achieved‘.

What distinguishes Accord Chambers from other firms in Bangladesh is its ability to maintain international standards and professionalism. The members of the firm have a deep understanding of legal and business risks involved in complex cross-border contracts and have the experience of regularly handling project documentation and transactional structuring‘.

‘What is impressive about Accord Chambers is that it does not confine itself to typical legal services but rather acts as your domestic business solutions partner. Starting with the very negotiation and drafting of joint venture agreements all the way to the incorporation of JVC and contracts thereafter, the firm really provided a one-stop-shop and added value at every stage of the deal’.

Key clients

Ahsan.K Business Services (UK)

AGT Foods (Australia)

American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AMCHAM)

Baba Rafi Bangladesh

Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation

Bangladesh Pratidin

BanglaNews24.com

Babel Corporation Ltd.

Bashundhara Airways

Bashundhara Cement Industries Ltd.

Bashundhara Electricity Limited

Bashundhara Food & Beverage Industries Ltd.

Bashundhara LP Gas Limited

Bashundhara Oil & Gas Company Ltd.

Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd.

Bashundhara Kings FC

British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BAT)

Cockett Marine Oil DMCC (UAE)

Coo Coo Poultry Conplex Ltd.

Confidence Infrastructure

Confidence Steel Ltd.

Creato Bangladesh

Daily Kalerkantho

Daily Sun

Decatur Industries Inc. (USA)

DIRD Group

DuPont (USA)

East West Media Group Limited.

East West Property Development Pvt. Ltd.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon Ltd. (UK)

EWMGL Printing & Packaging

Feni Club Limited

Geocean SAS (France)

International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB)

Impulse Hospital

Ingenious Engineering & Construction Ltd.

Ispahani Group

Juteborg AB (Sweden)

Kirtonkhola Tower Bangladesh Limited

Lark Bangladesh Limited

Line N Shape Bangladesh

Lonpac Insurance Bhd. (Malaysia)

Meghna Cement Mills Limited

Menard (France)

Mewah Oils & Fats, Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

National Feed Mill Limited.

News24

New Dhaka City Trust

Radio Capital

Rangpur Riders

Razzaque Jute Industries Ltd.

Ridoy Group

Robin Printing & Packages Ltd. Nor-Pac (USA)

Rupayan Land Development Ltd.

Samaritan’s Purse (USA)

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Sporting Club

Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Sporting Club

Siemens Healthcare

SOLARIC

Step Media Ltd.

Sterling Styles Ltd.

SUEK AG (Switzerland)

Tiger IT Bangladesh

Toggi Services Ltd.

Truvalu Enterprise (The Netherlands)

VU Mobile Limited

Winrock International (USA)

X-Index Energy Limited

ZODIAC Dredging Ltd.

 

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lead counsel in the establishment and project financing of Bangladesh’s first private sector bitumen plant involving project costs of $200m and it is currently advising on  the construction of the $ 1.25bn mega-oil refinery project and a $1bn petrochemical complex unit.
  • Successfully represented its client in an international arbitration before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Singapore in a matter that arose out of a construction dispute in connection with the construction of LNG terminal in Bangladesh.
  • Advised the Swedish-Bangladeshi joint venture with a major foreign direct investment (FDI) in Bangladesh in the jute sector specialising in Jute fibre high tech-based products and innovative design services.

Doulah & Doulah

Doulah & Doulah has extensive experience of advising on the development and financing of infrastructure projects and has acted in a sizeable number of the most major infrastructure projects in Bangladesh. The team is also highly regarded for its ability to handle significant M&A deals and has considerable expertise in power and energy projects having participated in all of the first-generation power projects in the country. Allied with that it has a strong dispute resolution team. A.B.M. Nasirud Doulah  is a leading name for his work on PPP/PFI matters and is active in the power and energy sectors. Amina Khatoon ’s expertise spans corporate law and restructuring work. A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah is another prominent member of the team who is best-known for his commercial litigation and arbitration expertise. Doulah specialises in the enforcement of foreign judgments in Bangladesh and routinely acts in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

Testimonials

‘Nasirud is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Bangladesh law’.

Work highlights

  • It has been advising a consortium of four banks that is being led by China Export & Import Bank on a $1.7bn financing of the Payra-II 2x662MW coal fired power plant.
  • Advising EDC on the financing of two Macdowell aircraft that are worth $32m  – these have been procured by a Singapore lessor for lease to US Bangla Airlines.
  • Advised GE in its equity investment for a sizeable stake in 583 MW Summit Meghnaghat II Dual Fuel power plant at Narayanganj.

Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates

Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates routinely advises major national and international clients on a diverse range of issues such as corporate restructuring and employment. The team is also adept at advising on the establishment of a business in the country as well as handling a wide array of contentious matters. Other key strengths lie in admiralty and shipping law in addition to aviation, constitutional and administrative law.  Dr Kamal Hossain as senior partner is a key member of the team that advises banks, insurance companies and financial institutions on matters ranging from central bank regulations through to capital market transactions. Sara Hossain, Dr Sharif Bhuiyan and Md. Ramzan Ali Sikder are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Dr. Kamal Hossain

Testimonials

The firm is a driving force in cross-border arbitration and is at the top of its class‘.

The firm has been continually representing the biggest corporations in various disputes. It has also been involved in some of the most ground-breakings deals, corporate transactions, M&As  and corporate restructurings‘.

Mahbub & Company

Mahbub & Company is a leading name in dispute resolution with a strong litigation practice in the Supreme Court and the District Courts of Dhaka as well as the port city of Chittagong. The firm’s arbitration practice continues to focus on cross-border commercial disputes in addition to disputes involving government departments. The team is also well-versed in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution and has been advising a large number of multinationals and local businesses across a wide range of sectors such as construction, energy, real estate and consumer products. Its dedicated corporate team is also well-regarded.  The agile team is rated too for its labour and employment law advice. Under the leadership of A. M. Mahbub Uddin and Saqeb Mahbub the firm’s banking and commercial litigation practice is growing and the group has been developing niche expertise in white-collar crime matters.

Practice head(s):

A.M. Mahbub Uddin; Saqeb Mahbub

Testimonials

Mahbub & Company knows what to do to achieve the client’s goals and achieves them cost effectively and with a strong sense of responsibility. Mr. Saqeb Mahbub is straight to the point and with his experience, advises in a way that is most effective and time-saving‘.

Future thinking and agile. Saqeb Mahbub is approachable, knowledgeable. Not rigid like traditional lawyers. He knows what he is talking about‘.

The team is very professional, sharp, dedicated, to the point, practical and thorough in supporting us‘.

‘I have worked closely with Saqeb Mahbub, he was extremely helpful and forthcoming in giving honest, useful information that helped us make decisions. He was also generous with his time and prompt in getting back  to us‘.

The team is closely knit and relies on close communication between colleagues. It is making considerable strides in advising clients in company and securities laws, banking laws, and the commercial aspects of a transaction. Mr. Saqeb Mahbub is the key person in the chambers. Mr. Mahbub is exceptionally knowledgeable and insightful. He is also the key driver of the organisation‘.

Mr. Mahbub Uddin is well-known for litigation in the superior courts‘.

‘It provides a good service and good advice and is straightforward and realistic. Unlike many BD lawyers the lawyers are willing to engage and spend sufficient time to deal with the issues‘.

Good knowledge of business law in Bangladesh and it has the right connections‘.

Key clients

Benchmark Chambers International

Sena Kalyan Sangstha (SKS)

Continental Works Limited

DAI Global, LLC

Casio Computer Co., Ltd

BURO Bangladesh

Multimode Group

Asian Motorbikes

Muslim Aid, UK

Mostafa Group

Premier Cement Mills Ltd.

City Bank Limited

Double A (1991) Public Co.

BoP Innovation Services Bangladesh

Sainsbury’s PLC

National Bank Limited

Metro Homes Limited

Creative Engineers Limited

Asian Development Bank

BoP Innovation Centre

Shenzhen Qianhai Cooperation Zone People’s Court, China

Shikho Technologies

Work highlights

  • Continuing to work with Lewis Silkin LLP, Hong Kong, in the bi-annual review of Sainsbury’s policies including the HR policies and the line manager guides.
  • Handling the entire litigation work of Premier Cement Mills including and handling 12 debt recovery actions in the past year (seven of these disputes have been settled through the firm’s efforts).
  • Represented City Bank Limited in a dispute with a founder shareholder regarding his title to shares worth BDT 600m.

The Law Counsel

The Law Counsel has an excellent litigation practice and a well-respected corporate department. It is known for its skill at handling complex commercial, employment and labour matters as well as for its expertise in Islamic financing. The group has a proven track record of  advising on constitutional and administrative matters particularly through its senior partner Abdur Razzaq Siddiq. It has also been receiving a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms particularly in telecommunications matters as well as on public procurement contracts and on due diligence mandates.  The group routinely advises major foreign and local clients on insurance claims and on industrial disputes. Ehsan Abdullah Siddiq is particularly recommended for his advice on corporate governance and compliance matters. Imran A Siddiq  has a strong track record of advising clients in the telecommunications sector.

Key clients

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd.

RELX India (Pvt.) Ltd.

Elsevier Ltd. (UK)

MGF Sourcing, Hong Kong

Supermax, United Arab Emirates

Caterpillar Power Generation Systems (Bangladesh) Ltd.

Oracle Corporation Singapore (Pte) Ltd.

International City / County Management Association (USA)

Leigh Day Solicitors, London, UK

Trovan Limited (UK)

Ralph Lauren (USA)

Research Triangle Institute (US)

Reliance Insurance Ltd.

Akij Biri Factory Ltd.

V-Power Group (Singapore)

Human Aid (UK)

IntraHealth International Inc. (USA)

Micro-Pak Ltd. (Hong Kong)

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational technology company on various contractual matters as well as on regulatory and other compliance obligations so that the company could invest in the submarine cable market in Bangladesh.
  • Advised a consortium of Shariah compliant banks in a syndicated financing arrangement valued at $74.10m -the financing is to be used for a 113MW power plant in Bangladesh.
  • Advised MGF Sourcing on various local labour laws, including issues such as the termination and dismissal of employees, working hours etc.

Vertex Chambers

Vertex Chambers has considerable expertise in advising key national and international companies on tax planning, corporate restructuring and on significant corporate, telecommunications and energy matters. It also boasts significant experience in infrastructure projects, financing matters, aviation and intellectual property. Managing partner Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and has a right of audience before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. The firm recently added to its ranks with the recruitment of Asif Bin Anwar who specialises in civil and criminal matters and Adita Hasan who is a barrister and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

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) PrivateLimited

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

Mighty Byte Limited

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

KRD Ventures Ltd

Shamolima Limited

Southtech Limited

Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited

Teach For Bangladesh

Young Life

PFEC Global

Work highlights

  • Drafted the new Secured Transaction (Movable Property) Act in both English and Bangla for a project that was initiated by its client and the Government of Bangladesh.
  • Successfully represented its client in a judicial review that challenged the imposition of an administrative fine of BDT 300m by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for an alleged violation of a telecommunication licence.
  • Advised one of the leading power generation companies in Bangladesh, on the procedure for obtaining a tax exemption in Bangladesh pursuant to the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Bangladesh and Singapore.

FM Associates

FM Associates provides a comprehensive range of services to domestic and foreign clients on the establishment of their businesses and operations in Bangladesh. The firm frequently assists its clients in obtaining statutory permissions and licenses from various regulatory and government bodies and agencies. It is also adept at advising on all aspects of sophisticated commercial loan transactions as well as traditional lending, derivative financial instruments and corporate finance. Head of team is Al Amin Rahman who is recommended for his extensive experience in complicated cross-border matters. Sarjean Rahman Lian is another known name along with A H M Belal Chowdhury who has considerable experience in compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Al Amin Rahman

Key clients

Alta Vehicle Ltd

CHINA CONSTRUCTION SEVENTH ENGINEERING DIVISIONCORP., LTD

Chroma Tex Ltd

Ernst & Young LLP

Roar Media

G4S security services company

Pourgoura & Aspri LLC

KPMG

Microsoft

Nokia

Epyllion Group

Alstom Switzerland Ltd.

Bureau Veritas Bangladesh Private Limited

International Finance Corporation

KPG Health Care

Cobra Tedagua JV

Asian Paints Bangladesh Limited

Turkish Airlines, Bangladesh Branch Office

Premier Bank Limited

HSBC Bank

Sasame International Bangladesh Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Schenker Logistic Bangladesh Limited on setting up a business by advising it on various matters.
  • Assisting Mondelez Bangladesh Private Limited with various contentious matters.
  • Assisting Haier Smart Home ECO on various matters including advising it on intellectual property and company issues.

Sattar&Co.

Sattar&Co. is frequently involved in the most high-profile corporate transactions in Bangladesh and is best known for its M&A work, corporate restructuring and advice on joint ventures and foreign direct investment in Bangladesh. It routinely works with major international law firms and has particular expertise in the aviation, e-commerce, energy and pharmaceutical sectors as well as in telecommunications. Barrister Sameer Sattar ’s practice primarily focuses on corporate and commercial advisory work and litigation. In addition Sattar has extensive experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and has been involved in several international arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Md. Sameer Sattar

Key clients

Adobe Inc.

DAZN

PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk

Canadian Solar Energy Holdings

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Flywire (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Ltd.

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

Ralph Lauren Asia Pacific Ltd.

Carters

Stenn International

New Asia Fashions Ltd.

American International University Bangladesh

Best In Brands Pte. Ltd.

Shasha Denims Ltd.

Psychological Health and Wellness Clinic (PHWC)

The City Bank Limited

BTRAC Solutions Limited Y

Esquire Knit Composite Limited

Work highlights

  • Through Baker Botts, Hong Kong, it  advised PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk, an international oil and gas company, on its proposed acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets in Bangladesh comprising of operating and non-operating interests (both onshore and offshore).
  • Advises Ralph Lauren on a regular basis in relation to its employment law matters in Bangladesh.
  • Advises Carters, USA and Hong Kong on a regular basis in relation to employment law and corporate matters in Bangladesh.

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates advises local and international clients on a wide range of legal issues from civil litigation through to constitutional and corporate law. It frequently advises on major project financings. Nihad Kabir often appears before the Supreme Court on constitutional, company and income tax matters. Managing partner Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin is highly-regarded for his advice on oil and gas exploration matters in addition to power generation projects. Uddin is also skilled at advising on telecommunications matters. Nazia Kabir has a particular focus on commercial, banking and company law matters.

Testimonials

It has continuously represented the biggest corporations in various cases. In addition, it have been involved in most of the ground-breaking deals, corporate transactions, M&As and corporate restructurings‘.

TANJIB ALAM & ASSOCIATES

TANJIB ALAM & ASSOCIATES has a strong team that specialises in cross-border syndicated financings and telecom projects. The firm frequently acts as local counsel on various multijurisdictional mergers, acquisitions and takeovers. In addition the able team has developed considerable niche expertise in mobile financial services. Head of department Tanjib-ul Alam has vast transactional experience and has represented clients in several large arbitrations as well as sitting as an arbitrator in domestic arbitrations. The practice is also well-known for its advice to foreign investors on a myriad of regulatory matters in the energy and telecommunications sectors in particular.

Practice head(s):

Tanjib-ul Alam

Testimonials

When advising us or pursuing a litigation on our behalf, Tanjib Alam and Associates not only considers the legal points, it also considers the business aspects thoroughly‘.

TAA is more than a law firm- it is our trusted business advisor. TAA also considers social and political aspects when advising us to ensure sustainability of the business. Not many law firms advise the client to stay away from litigation – TAA did. Other aspects that makes it stand out was its prompt response, professional attitude and its engagement in matters‘.

Key clients

bKash Limited

Save the Children

Amann & Soehkne GmbH & Co. KG

Summit group

United Group

Juki Machinery BD Limited

KDS Group

Cosco Shipping Limited

Baker & Mackenzie LLP

The City of London Investment Management Company Limited

Brummer and Partners Asset Management (Bangladesh) Ltd.

Mashreq Bank

Orion group

Confidence Group

LafargeHolcim Bangladesh

GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Ltd

Dell Technologies Limited

The Walt Disney Co (India) Pvt Ltd

Robi Axiata Limited

Grameenphone Limited

Maersk Bangladesh

Dhaka Stock Exchange

Abul Khair Group

Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University

Bangladesh Bank, Central Bank of Bangladesh

Eastern Bank Limited

Trust Bank Limited

Proctor and Gambles Bangladesh Limited

National Board of Revenue

International Beverages Private Limited

Institute of Chartered Accountant of Bangladesh

Shohoz Limited

SQ Group Limited

Foodpanda Bangladesh

IDCOL Bangladesh

Dutch Bangla Bank Limited

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and ProductionCompany Limited

Desh Energy Limited

Northern Power Generation Limited

Energypac Limited

BanglaTel Limited

Chittagong Stock Exchange Limited

Novartis Bangladesh Limited

Sonafi Aventis Bangladesh Limited

Zuellig Pharma Limited

Ad Din Pharmaceuticals Limited

Bangladesh Chemist and Druggist Shomity

Shimizu Corporation

Shanta Properties Limited

Partex Group Limited

Work highlights

  • In a high-value matter where Evercare acquired a majority stake in STS Holdings Limited, the firm represented the minority investors in the deal.
  • Advised Dubai based Mashreqbank on the financing of two power plants  and on various other matters.
  • Advising Robi Axiata Limited  in a  case against a demand for a payment that has been made by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as a result  of an audit.

Akhtar Imam & Associates

Akhtar Imam & Associates 'stands out for its professionalism and expertise in corporate, commercial, foreign investment and foreign exchange transaction laws'; it also excels in international commercial arbitration, labour and employment matters as well as banking, finance and securities law. The team is singled out for its 'prompt responsiveness and solution-orientated approach'. Key members include Akhtar Imam and managing partner Rashna Imam, both are advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Reshad Imam is also a name to note. Among its recent caseload, it advised on several constitutional law cases and has recently expanded its practice areas to include land law and taxation advice.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with deep knowledge about local Bangladesh Laws. Partners understand how international markets work and what is the expectation for overseas clients. The fact they have worked in UK gives them a huge edge’.

‘What sets this firm apart from others is the ability to deliver the services in an expedited manner without compromising the quality of the service. Also, this firm is headed by partners who are extremely accomplished in their practice areas’.

‘They undoubtedly have one of the best litigation practices in the country. Their strength in this regard lies in strategy, advocacy skills and legal knowledge. Their partners are undoubtedly some of the most eloquent lawyers in the country’.

Key clients

ABB India Limited / ABB Bangladesh Limited

Visa Inc./Visa Worldwide Singapore Pte Limited

Marico Bangladesh Limited

British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB)

Globe Pharmaceuticals Group of Companies Limited (a large, diversified business group)

Pubali Bank Limited (largest private commercial bank)

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)

Chaldal Limited (largest online grocery retailer in Bangladesh)

Pankaj Roy, Chairman and Director, Alliance Securities and Management Limited (Stock Brokerage)

Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

GBB Power Limited

Millennium Bangla Limited and Millennium Group of Companies Limited

Picard Bangladesh Limited

Female Worker Recruiting Agencies Association of Bangladesh (FWRAAB)

Work highlights

  • Advised Visa Worldwide Singapore Pte. Ltd. on the applicable laws for the payment systems in Bangladesh and the setting up of and scope of activities of a liaison office in Bangladesh and submitted, on their behalf, an application to Bangladesh Investment Development Authority(BIDA) to set up the liaison office.
  • Representing ABB India Limited, a leading international engineering company, in an arbitration in an international commercial arbitration against Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB),a  government owned sole electric power transmission company, challenging the imposition by PGCB of maximum liquidated damages on ABB for an alleged violation of the contract for the design, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 132KV transmission lines and substations on a turnkey basis in ten areas.
  • Advised Pubali Bank Limited, the largest private commercial bank in Bangladesh in a major shareholder-management dispute.

Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP

Bangladesh Law Partners | BDLP is experienced in advising on high-value financial transactions and has been involved in a number of major corporate and commercial deals recently. The team has particular expertise in advising on complex security documents as well as advising on all aspects of key corporate matters from business formations to mergers and acquisitions as well as regulatory filings and all licensing requirements. Shajib Mahmood Alam is a highly regarded practitioner who is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK and regularly takes part in private arbitrations and mediations.  ‘The team is very professional and responsive to its clients and delivers on time’.

Testimonials

What is impressive about the firm is its commitment to providing honest legal services and no cutting corners attitude. The lawyers are a joy to work with. We appreciate Mr. Shajib Mahmood Alam’s commitment to reaching goals and  his hardworking attitude. He sincerely tries to achieve the best goals for his clients. The firm’s other lawyers are also friendly and accommodating‘.

‘BDLP is an important support system for our  company. The team is well equipped and has the best turnaround time compared to other firms. The lawyers are also very modern in terms of their utilisation of  technology. We have found them to be experienced, energetic and honest in their practice. We have worked with Shajib Mahmood Alam and Rafinur Rahman‘.

The team has a friendly attitude, has clear and transparent communication and always meets deadlines’.

The firm’s use of technology and quick responses are of note. Barrister Shajib Mahmood is a trusted advisor to our company and an excellent lawyer. He is knowledgeable and experienced in commercial transactions and dispute resolution. He is very active, a delight to work with and extremely committed to his clients‘.

It is a top law firm in the city with a very client centred approach. The firm is extremely experienced in banking, finance and commercial matters. Its industry knowledge is a big advantage to us whether it is regarding an advisory matter or litigation‘.

‘Barrister Alam is a pleasure to deal with. The whole group is the example of a wonderful legal firm and a pleasure to work with. But, Mr. Alam seems to be the driving force and motivator behind its success. He was highly regarded and recommended to me before I went to BDLP‘.

Bangladesh Law Partners is made up of a group of energetic and very talented lawyers. The firm’s efficiency in handling commercial disputes is unique in my experience. The team has successfully worked in making big recoveries for my company. Its use of technology is also impressive when compared to many others. The lawyers are also a very friendly bunch‘.

Shajib Mahmood Alam – his hands on approach is very much appreciated by myself and my colleagues. No matter how short-notice our instructions are, he manages to get the job done within the deadline‘.

Key clients

Unique Group

Borak Real Estate Limited

Unique Hotels &Resorts

Hansa Management

Central Business Information  Ltd Hong Kong

Mastermind Abacus

Topstar Cargo Systems

ICC Communications Ltd

El Corte Ingles

Shomadhan Platform

Work highlights

  • Advised Unique Hotel & Resorts on the issue of zero coupon bonds that were valued at $88.3m.  
  • Advised Borak Real Estate Ltd. on various matters relating to a $400m cross-border funding from an US based asset management company.
  • Advised Central Business Information CBI Hong Kong on various matters including conducting a due diligence exercise on its behalf.  

H & H Company

H & H Company is renowned for its strength in contentious matters. It has a dedicated team of lawyers who represent clients in every forum as well as considerable skill in private arbitrations. The firm has particular strength in infringement and passing off actions. It is also strong in aviation and commercial disputes. The firm acts for a number of well-known multinational corporations. Head of team Syed Emran Hossain is a seasoned practitioner who is well-regarded for his litigation and corporate advisory experience and has participated in many local and foreign arbitrations. M A Taher leads the team too and has also been involved in numerous local and foreign arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Syed Emran Hossain; M A Taher

Testimonials

‘H&H Company seems to be best able to get answers by deciphering many complex business structures in Bangladesh. The team is diligent in providing any update as required‘.

‘Syed Emran has never ignored any calls and /or dismisses any request for information. He always replies and ensures that his team is constantly working on the matter‘.

Key clients

British Airways Plc

Malaysian Airlines Berhad

Gulf Air BSC

Etihad Airways PJSC

Investment Corporation of Bangladesh

H & M

BASF Bangladesh Limited

Padma Oil Company Limited

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Johnson and Johnson

Samsung Electronics Ltd.

Borak Real Estate (Pvt) Limited

Etihad Airways

Bangladesh Folk Arts and Craft Foundation

British Broadcasting Corporation

ICB Islamic Bank Limited

Bangas Limited

DHL

UPS

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Gulf Airways in a loss of cargo matter where the importer sought to claim the invoice value of the lost goods against the carrier.
  • Successfully represented ICB Islamic Bank Limited in an action to recover money from the borrower and the guarantor.
  • Advised BASF Bangladesh Limited on a complex taxation matter and successfully represented it before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh whereby BASF got released from a huge tax claim  by the Exchequer.

Rahman & Rabbi Legal

The team at Rahman & Rabbi Legal is skilled at advising on a wide spectrum of matters from banking and finance, to corporate finance and trust litigation. Other strengths include advising on energy laws, telecommunications laws as well as employment and labour laws. Md. Monzur Rabbi is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is a barrister in England and Wales whose expertise includes international arbitration and dispute resolution as well as shipping law, aviation and public international law. Md. Mahbubor Rahman is another prominent member of the firm who is adept at advising on various issues such as criminal and property law.

Testimonials

It provides a very cordial service‘.

Key clients

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

(BTRC)

British American Tobacco Bangladesh Company Limited

Kuwait Airways Company Limited

GE Healthcare Bangladesh Limited

Summit Communications Limited

Cosmopolitan Communications Limited

Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited

Mongla Port Authority

Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL)

Hua Xin Industrial Company Limited

Solution Hub

Social Islami Bank Limited

Carhartt WIP, Germany

Union Wealth Trading Limited

NRB Bank Limited

Zas Corporation

Zas Dermal

Solar Trading Co.

Cubeinside Design Limited

Care In Need Foundation

East West Continental Terminals Limited

Orogenic Resources (BD) Limited

Eminent Trading Company Limited

Orogenic Office Solutions Limited

Orogenic Imaging Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the telecom regulator in Bangladesh in a number of International Gateway (IGW) license fees disputes.
  • Represented a multinational tobacco company in a number of trademark infringement actions.
  • Advised a multinational apparel company in a dispute over the termination of the employment of a senior person.

Sadat Sarwat & Associates

Sadat Sarwat & Associates handles a large volume of high-value and complex cases as well as various transactions for its domestic and international clients. It has a proven track record in litigation and in international arbitrations and is also rated for its advice to international clients on local labour laws. On banking matters it typically acts for lenders and international banks on a broad range of issues including syndicated loans and is also well-regarded for its work in the power sector. Under the leadership of Omar Sadat the team is recommended too for its advice on copyright and trademark infringements.

Practice head(s):

Omar Sadat

Key clients

Siemens

Siemens Healthcare

Sumitomo Corporation

SEMAC Consultants Pvt Ltd

Oryx Bio-Tech Ltd.

Hogan Lovells on behalf of PVH Corp.

Bank of Singapore

Celebi Aviation Holding

Regent Airways Ltd

MAGA Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd

Water.org

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). Ltd

St Electronics (Info-Software Systems) Pte Ltd.

DBS Bank of Singapore

Edison Footwear

Cargill Cotton, UK

Milbank (US Law firm)

Nazara Pte Ltd

World Food Programme

Stoll Financial Services GmbH

Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc

EUR Service Genova SRL – EUR Service Group

Casio

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Arla Foods Bangladesh Ltd

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

International School Dhaka

Eastern Bank Ltd

Meghnaghat Power Limited

NDE Ready Mix Concrete Limited

Agora Super Stores

Midland Bank Ltd

Meghna Bank Ltd No

Dhaka Bank Ltd

One Bank Ltd

United Commercial Bank

Bank Asia Ltd

Mutual Trust Bank Ltd

Westin Hotel, Dhaka

SN Corporation (one of the largest scrap vessel importers in

Bangladesh)

IDLC Finance Limited

Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited

Infrastructure Development Company Limited

Gemcon Group

MGH Group

Orion Group

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka (Owned by STS Group)

Italian Embassy Dhaka

Regent Spinning Ltd

US Embassy Bangladesh

Air Canada/ Droit Commercial

Augmedix INC

Work highlights

  • Advised the employees of US-based multinational Chevron Bangladesh in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in relation to the enforcement of their entitlement to the company’s profits under the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006.
  • Advising IDLC Finance Limited in relation to a $49.4m loan transaction to develop a City Economic Zone.
  • Advising the World Food Programme (the food assistance branch of the United Nations) in relation to the settlement of a $1m dispute in Bangladesh.