Mr Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury > Vertex Chambers > Dhaka, Bangladesh > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Managing Partner. Areas of practice include: Aviation, Energy and Natural Resources, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Mobile Financial Services, Company and Corporate, Commercial and Trade, IT and Telecommunication, Climate and Environment, Taxation and Revenue, Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Litigation and ADR, Employment.

Types of work undertaken include:

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); 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 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 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) valued at USD 12.5 million for one of the largest food processing companies in Bangladesh; Advised the largest telecommunication company, in Bangladesh, on the validity of the government decision to impose holding tax on the client’s Base Transmission Station (BTS) tower; Advised one of the largest international organisations operating in Bangladesh in relation to Carnet de Passages en Douane; Represented one of the leading telecommunication operators in Bangladesh in a writ petition filed against its regulator; Represented one of the leading international tobacco companies in a VAT dispute valued at USD 18.75 million; Structured one of the first venture capital fund under the recently promulgated Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (Alternative Investment) Rules 2015; Advised one of the largest telecommunication operators in Bangladesh on separating one of its business units by way of demerger or spin-off; Advised a leading foreign investment facilitator on its investment of USD 10 million in one of the leading microfinance institutions in Bangladesh; Conducted due diligence on 300 acre land for potential acquisition by an European energy company; Advised a Switzerland based financial company on several cross-border debt investments in Bangladesh; Advised a leading power sector entity in Bangladesh on its amalgamation with two of its subsidiary companies; Advised and represented a local conglomerate in a number of share related dispute before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Career

Barrister at Law, of Lincoln’s Inn (2003)

Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh (High Court Division 2007 and Appellate Division 2018); Managing Partner, Vertex Chambers (2010)

Author of leading practitioner’s textbook “Corporate Tax Law & Practice” (2015), (Mullick Brothers), catalogued by the British Library and the University of Chicago Law School

Co-authored a Chapter in the book “Secured Transactions Law in Asia” (2021), (Hart Publishing) 

Visiting Research Fellow, the University of Connecticut Law School (May 2015)

Visiting Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) (Sep-Oct 2015)

Member, General Body, Sajida Foundation

Visiting Faculty, Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University and Chittagong Independent University

Judge, 2nd Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2018 (Bangladesh Rounds) 

Languages

English, Bangla, Hindi

Memberships

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Supreme Court Bar Association (Bangladesh)

Dhaka Bar Association

International Association of Managing Partners

Advocates for International Development (A4ID)

Associated Lawyers

Education

LL.M, University of Chicago Law School (2011)

LL.B (Hons.), University of London (2002)

Leisure

Chess, music, politics, religion, squash.

Lawyer Rankings

Bangladesh > Tax

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.

Bangladesh > Dispute resolution

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.

Bangladesh > Corporate and M&A

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.