Vertex Chambers > Dhaka, Bangladesh > Firm Profile

Vertex Chambers
Millennium Castle (5th Floor)
Plot - 47, Road 27, Block - A
Banani, Dhaka 1213
Bangladesh

Bangladesh > Tax Tier 1

Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury leads the tax practice at Vertex Chambers, which advises foreign clients on VAT compliance, audits and corporate restructurings. The firm acts for clients in sectors such as telecoms, energy and infrastructure and finance.

Other key lawyers:

Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury, 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

  • Advising a private container terminal on the tax and VAT aspects of a foreign investment from Singapore.
  • Advised a client on the most tax efficient manner in which he could transfer his immovable property in Bangladesh to a trust created in the United States of America.
  • Advised a client on the best way to wind up its business in Bangladesh without attracting tax liability.

Bangladesh > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Managing partner Junayed Chowdhury, who leads the corporate team at Vertex Chambers, is experienced in advising national and international companies on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. The firm’s client roster includes entities from the steel, tobacco and financial sectors. Tanvir Quader and Sajeda Farisa Kabir  (who divides her time between Dhaka and Sydney) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Junayed Chowdhury

Other key lawyers:

Sajeda Farisa Kabir; Tanvir Quader

Testimonials

The team goes above and beyond to meet your needs and engage with you in the way that suits the client.’

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

  • Advised on whether a non-profit organisation can manufacture/sell hand sanitiser and masks during the height of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The firm also provided advice on the legal requirements/licencing requirements for manufacturing and selling of hand sanitizer and masks.
  • Gave a client strategic legal advice on inter-company financing and SEC compliance in light of a show-cause letter from the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Advised a client on a corporate restructuring, where the client wanted to form multiple trusts across the country for better administration and provision of services.

Bangladesh > Dispute resolution Tier 2

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:

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.

The firm: Vertex Chambers was formed by Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury, Sajeda Farisa Kabir and Romel Chowdhury, all barristers of Lincoln’s Inn and advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. We provide efficient and cost effective representation and advice to our clients in business and commercial matters. We are approachable, user-friendly and prepared to work as a part of a team.

Our members are well equipped to deal with the complexities presented by the 21st century legal issues. Our strategic connections in the United States, Europe, South America, Middle East and Asia coupled with our extensive knowledge of the local market put us in a unique position to serve our clients well in international as well as local business transactions and litigation and dispute resolution matters.

The firm has grown from three partners and one associate to four partners and eight associates since its inception.

Types of work undertaken: Acted as the local consultant for World Bank and Bangladesh Bank in a government project for promulgating a secured transaction law for movable collateral with a secured transaction registry.

Drafted the ‘Bangladesh Municipal Bond Act’ for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh.

Advised one of the world-renowned dredging companies on the laws relating to Public Private Partnership (PPP), income tax, value added tax, public procurement, construction and infrastructure, corporate, and banking and finance in connection with dredging activities to be undertaken by the client in Bangladesh.

Advised, structured and drafted agreements on the first ever Islamic rental-based sukuk (bond) called ‘Sukuk-al-Ijara’ valued at US$12.5m for one of the largest food processing companies in Bangladesh.

Successfully represented the historic Hussaini Dalan Imambara both before the Appellate Division and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in a Judicial Review (writ) challenging an unauthorised real estate development in the neighbouring land.

Successfully represented a leading international cotton supplier in defending an appeal before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in a case involving cross border supply of cotton under an English law governed contract containing an arbitration clause (held in London).

Advised one of the largest international organisations operating in Bangladesh regarding Carnet de Passage held by foreign employees of the organisation.

Represented Grameenphone (the largest Bangladeshi telecommunications operator) in a writ petition filed against the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for imposition of an administrative fine amounting to US$3.5m.

Represented British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) in a dispute with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) involving deduction of VAT at source (valued at US$18.75m).

Successfully represented the client in a landmark case where the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the hefty conversion fee imposed by the Dhaka city development authority (RAJUK) on commercial use of residential properties as illegal.

Structured one of the first venture capital funds under the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (Alternative Investment) Rules 2015 for a group of investors.

Advised as common legal counsel for both the lender and the borrower in connection with a syndicated loan transaction, for the purpose of procuring capital machinery for one of the leading power generation companies in Bangladesh.

Advised one of the largest international NGOs on its corporate governance restructuring in 19 subsidiaries located in ten different countries.

Advised a leading foreign investment facilitator on its investment of US$10m in a microfinance institution in Bangladesh.

Advised one of the largest Bangladeshi telecommunications operators on separating its tower-sharing business units by way of demerger.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Supreme Court litigation (writ, civil revision, appeals, company matters, shipping and admiralty, income tax reference, etc) Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Supreme Court litigation (writ, civil revision, appeals, company matters, shipping and admiralty, income tax reference, etc) Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Supreme Court litigation (writ, civil revision, appeals, company matters, shipping and admiralty, income tax reference, etc) Tanvir Quader
Subordinate courts litigation (civil matters, employment, intellectual property, immovable property, money suits, loan recovery, etc) Tanvir Quader
Alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration, mediation) Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Alternative dispute resolution (including arbitration, mediation) Tanvir Quader
Advisory Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Advisory Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Advisory Tanvir Quader
Transactions Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Agreements and MOUs Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Agreements and MOUs Tanvir Quader
Conducting due diligence Tanvir Quader
Legislation drafting Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Tender bidding documentation support Tanvir Quader
Policy drafting/vetting Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Policy drafting/vetting Tanvir Quader
Tax restructuring Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Tax and VAT planning Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Consultancy services Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Consultancy services Tanvir Quader
Out-of-court settlement Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Out-of-court settlement Tanvir Quader
Negotiation Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Law and Development Policy making Sajeda Farisa Kabir
Mediation Sajeda Farisa Kabir
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Asif Bin Anwar photoMr Asif Bin AnwarPartner. Areas of practice include: Banking and Finance, Mobile Financial Services, IT…
Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury photoMr Junayed Ahmed ChowdhuryManaging Partner. Areas of practice include: Aviation, Energy and Natural Resources, Construction…
Sajeda Farisa Kabir photoMs Sajeda Farisa KabirPartner. Areas of practice include: Aviation, Energy and Natural Resources, Construction and…
Tanvir Quader photoMr Tanvir QuaderPartner. Areas of practice include: Banking and Finance, Mobile Financial Services, IT…
Associates : 8
External Consultants : 2
Pupil : 2
Practice Supervisor : 1
Senior Clerk : 1
Office Manager : 1
Librarian : 1
Secretary : 1
Support Staff : 2
Bengali
English
Hindi
A4ID (Advocates for International Development)
Associated Lawyers (International law firms network and directory)
International Association of Managing Partners

Vertex Chambers recognises the lack of female representation in legal practice. Hence, our firm strives to ensure a safe and conducive environment for our female associates, pupils and interns. Our objective is to provide more opportunities to young female law graduates who would otherwise reconsider joining legal practice due to a poor support system. If a female employee has to work long hours to meet a deadline, our firm ensures that there is a safe mode of transportation for such employee to go home. Besides receiving the legally sanctioned maternity leave, our employees who are young mums have the option to take a longer paid sabbatical or work part-time to enable better work-life balance. One of the founding partners of Vertex Chambers, Barrister Sajeda Farisa Kabir currently serves as the Sexual Harassment, Safeguarding and External Relations Consultant at a leading NGO called SAJIDA Foundation and also sits as the Chairman of their Sexual Harassment Redressal Committee. She has also served as the Chairman of the Sexual Harassment Redressal Committee for BRAC, world’s largest NGO, for the period of 2015 to 2018. Thus, our approach to creating a female friendly work environment is to follow a top down structure.


CLIENT: Gerard Adema

COMPANY/FIRM: Medair

TESTIMONIAL: I’ve been the main contact with Vertex on behalf of Medair since April 2018. Most of my engagement has been with Tanvir and I found him very responsive to queries, understanding of our context and professional in his approach to us. This has really helped us in developing key HR documents, moving our registration process forward and giving guidelines on how we should conduct ourselves while operating under another registered organisation.


CLIENT: Zahida Fizza Kabir

COMPANY/FIRM: SAJIDA Foundation

TESTIMONIAL: SAJIDA Foundation is a non-profit organization and has been working with Vertex Chambers for a while now. We are very pleased with the quality of their services. Their legal analyses and opinions are insightful, cohesive and very prompt. Through their client-oriented approach, Vertex Chambers consistently delivers practical legal solutions catered to the specific needs of their client. Furthermore, they have in depth knowledge about both local and international laws and as such, they can provide sound legal advice on wide ranging issues. We would highly recommend them to any organization seeking legal services in Bangladesh.


CLIENT: Tim Hayes

COMPANY/FIRM: Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

TESTIMONIAL: We received timely and in-depth advice from the firm and would gladly refer back to the firm in future.


CLIENT: Shafayat Ullah

COMPANY/FIRM: The City Bank Limited

TESTIMONIAL: Vertex Chambers has been one of the most reliable enlisted law firms of The City Bank Limited. The Bank has been consistently receiving quality legal service from the firm and they have catered exceptionally well to the needs of the Bank by ensuring timely delivery considering the urgency of matters without compromising the quality of the work.
The Bank is delighted to be associated with Vertex Chambers- one of the leading law firms in the corporate-legal arena and the Bank wishes its growth and prosperity in the days to come.


CLIENT: Hans De Vuyst

COMPANY/FIRM: Jan De Nul

TESTIMONIAL: Jan De Nul Group of Companies has been working with Vertex Chambers for over the past two years on various legal aspects in major infrastructure projects in Bangladesh.

They have deep knowledge and given us strategic advice on corporate, structured finance, international tax law financing and regulatory matters, setting up Joint Ventures, establishing Special Purpose Companies and all related aspects.
Junayed has been very helpful in advising our company and European law firm with his expertise in corporate tax law structuring the aimed transactions.

Also Tanvir has been deeply involved with his knowledge and expertise on regulatory and corporate law.


CLIENT: Francesca Lo Re

COMPANY/FIRM: World Bank Group

TESTIMONIAL: Mr. Chowdhury is working with the World Bank Group (WBG) since July 2017, supporting the implementation of the ‘Movable Collateral Reform Project’ in Bangladesh. His legal and technical support has been key for the progress of the project. He provided remarkable legal skills by developing with the WBG, a Secured Transactions Act package including: a) Final version of the draft Act; b) Matrix showing the input of various stakeholders; c) Executive summary regarding the objective and salient features of the draft Act; d) comparison with other South Asian Countries and; e) Commentary on the ‘Consequential Amendments of other Acts’.


CLIENT: Ishrat Ahmed

COMPANY/FIRM: British American Tobacco Bangladesh

TESTIMONIAL: We engage Vertex Chambers to deal with many of our legal issues on a regular basis. Since the services provided by the Chambers successfully meet our requirement and are provided on time, maintaining a high level of accuracy and integrity, we highly rely on the chamber. Their advices are specific and clear. We are very comfortable to work with the partner of the Chambers- Barrister Junayed A. Chowdhury. Mr. Chowdhury is cooperative and approachable.


CLIENT: David Ballegeer and Laurens Cools  

COMPANY/FIRM: Linklaters LLP

TESTIMONIAL: We have been working together with Mr Junayed Chowdhury and Mr Tanvir Quader as Bangladesh law experts in various legal domains, including tax law, property law and public procurement. Vertex Chambers has been very helpful in providing us with the legal advice we needed to structure the deal and to identify potential risks. Both Both Mr Junayed Chowdhury and Mr Tanvir Quader are very responsive professionals. Their advice is very structured and addresses the questions raised. We regard them as highly professional, determined and dedicated advisers in the legal market.


Vertex Chambers successfully represented Grameenphone, a leading telecommunication company, in its claim against Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for imposition of fine of BDT 300 million. The High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh passed a seminal judgment in favour of Grameenphone by declaring imposition of the fine as illegal. The judgment has been reported in the Supreme Court Online Bulletin and Bangladesh Law Chronicles, a leading law report.

We represented British American Tobacco Bangladesh, a leading tobacco company, in its claim against the National Board of Revenue for demand of value added tax of approximately USD 18 million. The matter has recently been successfully resolved through alternative dispute resolution between the parties under the guidance of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

We are currently representing a leading global online battle royale gaming company in its claim against an order of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh banning online video games in Bangladesh.


Vertex Chambers is the only Bangladeshi law firm with an international outpost – Vertex International Consulting (vertexicon.com) located at Sydney, Australia. Our Australian counterpart advises the clients on the laws of Bangladesh and specializes in international commercial arbitration, international taxation and planning, land and development including human rights, safeguarding, sexual harassment elimination, and rights based projects etc., crossover between law and technology and on all aspect of Bangladeshi laws. Recent work of Vertex International Consulting includes advising a Dubai based entity on establishing a US charitable organisation and advising a leading Canadian commercial company on potential money claim against a Minnesota based company and its Bangladesh counterpart for a value of over USD 7 million.

We are a member of Advocates for International Development (A4ID), which links development NGOs with pro-bono legal support through a range of international partners. We have recently assisted The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the research of gaming and gambling laws of Bangladesh in relation to TNC’s 2021 Global Photo Contest. In a wonderful turn of events, a Bangladeshi participant won the first place in the ‘Water’ category. We also advised Sea Users Association (SUA), a Mauritian NGO in a potential claim against the State of Mauritius for massive oil spillage caused by a vessel crash into the Mauritian coral barrier reef.

A significant part of our clientele includes leading international financial institutions such as the World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Standard Chartered Bank. We represent various companies of the Louis Dreyfus Group in their long standing litigation re international commercial arbitration in Bangladesh. One of our oldest clients is part of the multinational professional services network of firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Our Managing Partner, Barrister Junayed Chowdhury has been ranked as a “Highly Regarded” tax professional for General Corporate Tax matters by ITR World Tax, the world’s leading tax and accounting practice directory.

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