DFDL Bangladesh > Dhaka, Bangladesh > Firm Profile

DFDL Bangladesh
5TH FLOOR, HOUSE #153, ROAD #11
BANANI, BLOCK – E
DHAKA 1213
Bangladesh

Bangladesh > Banking and finance Tier 2

DFDL Bangladesh‘s banking and finance team combines international offshore expertise with strong experience in a number of local practice areas, including energy, infrastructure, M&A, telecoms and general banking matters. The team is also involved in a number of prominent fintech and acquisition matters throughout the Asia Pacific region. Shahwar Jamal Nizam leads the team with a focus on the development, financing and acquisition of power, energy and infrastructure projects. He is supported by Mahboob Aziz and Tarannum Tasnim.

Practice head(s):

Shahwar Nizam

Other key lawyers:

Mahboob Aziz; Tarannum Tasnim

Key clients

JICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Clifford Capital

AIIB

Export Import Bank of China

SMBC

International Finance Corporation

DBS Bank

Mizuho

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lender’s local counsel in relation to providing export buyer’s credit facility to the first PPP project in Bangladesh namely, First Dhaka Elevated Expressway

Bangladesh > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

DFDL Bangladesh has a strong track record in the handling of high profile projects, mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments, including the largest foreign direct investment in the history of Bangladesh. The team is particularly strong within the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and telecoms sectors. Shahwar Jamal Nizam leads the team, supported by associates Mahboob Aziz and Tarannum Tasnim.

Practice head(s):

Shahwar Nizam

Other key lawyers:

Mahboob Aziz; Tarannum Tasnim

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and proactive team. DFDL has vast experience in working with international clients and foreign law firms. The firm has a very positive and solution-oriented approach. DFDL has been helpful both in the legal due diligence, ethics and compliance review and deal negotiations. Good domestic and international network. Clearly the up and coming go-to firm in Dhaka for foreign investors.’

‘Senior partner Shahwar Nizam. Very quick to respond. Solid pragmatic legal advise. Takes personal involvement and pride in deals. Pleasant person to work with. Has good network of stakeholders which has been useful for the country entry into Bangladesh.’

Key clients

JICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Clifford Capital

Japan Tobacco International

Janata Jute Mills

SC Johnson

ValueFirst

United Dhaka Tobacco Company Ltd.

Ecom Express

Truck Lagbe

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Actis

Nebras

Work highlights

  • Advised r-pac International, a leading global provider of branded packaging, trims, sensor technologies, and supply chain solutions for retailers, mass merchandisers, and brands, in obtaining investment from American Securities LLC, a leading U.S. private equity firm.
  • Advising Nebras in acquiring from Unique Group a 24% equity interest in Unique Meghnanghat Power Limited which is developing a 584 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in Narayanganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Advising Actis GP LLP in acquiring Nutan Bidyut Bangladesh Limited from Global Energy Ventures and Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Private Limited (SPICCPL), on the development of a 220 MW combined cycle gas turbine project at Bhola.

The firm: DFDL was established in 1994 and built on a unique vision: to create an integrated legal, tax and investment advisory firm, with in-depth knowledge of the jurisdictions we work in, providing technical excellence across our core areas of expertise.

Over twenty years later, DFDL continues to build on its reputation as the obvious first- choice firm for sophisticated transactions in frontier markets across Asia and beyond.

As these markets continue to expand and thrive, so has DFDL and we are now uniquely positioned to help clients access investment opportunities in the world’s most dynamic region.

Areas of practice: DFDL Bangladesh is a full-service law firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh combining both international offshore expertise with dedicated local know-how, expertise, and experience in a variety of practice areas including energy and infrastructure, banking and finance (including project, international trade and structured finance), corporate and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, employment, general commercial matters, and other areas.

Our advisers at DFDL Bangladesh are currently advising a number of major international banks on a variety of offshore and onshore financings, numerous sponsors of major greenfield IPPs, and various entities on a range of corporate and other finance transactions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Bangladesh (all practice areas) Shahwar NizamShahwar.Nizam@dfdl.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mahboob Aziz photo Mahboob AzizAssociate Parnter
Abu Naser photo Abu NaserSenior Associate
Shahwar Jamal Nizam photo Shahwar Jamal NizamPartner & Bangladesh Managing Director
Tarannum Tasnim photo Tarannum TasnimAssociate Partner
Partner : 3
Advisor : 13
English (fluent)
Bengali
Hindi
IAG International Advisory Group
World Services Group (WSG)
Official Website : https://www.dfdl.com/locations/bangladesh/

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