|Khan Khalid Adnan
Khan Saifur Rahman & Associates
|Tel: +880 2471 24915
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; banking & finance; corporate & commercial; litigation; real estate
|Having completed his LLB (Hons) from the University of London with a first-class and his bar vocational course from BPP Law School (UK), Khan Khalid Adnan was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Lincoln’s Inn. Barrister Adnan has been practising as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh since 2013. He is a CIArb accredited mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He is the managing partner and head of the chamber of Khan Saifur Rahman & Associates (KSRA). Adnan is also the vice principal of Newcastle Law Academy (West), a recognised teaching centre of the University of London. He has been engaged with more than 10 leading companies, banks and financial institutions and autonomous government bodies as their legal adviser, panel lawyer and counsel. He has also successfully worked extensively in domestic and international commercial arbitration and mediation. He is a regular contributor in several dailies and law journals.
He has been relentlessly working on a pro bono basis on the development of the laws of road traffic accident and clinical negligence cases, which are significantly underdeveloped areas in Bangladesh. In the past couple of years, he has successfully conducted many cases that not only have received extensive media attention due to their impact on public interest, but also these cases have been contributing to the development of tort law in Bangladesh through various means.
Recently, he has started working pro bono on the preservation of Asian Elephants in Bangladesh that are being unlawfully killed in violation of the wildlife laws of Bangladesh. In November 2021, when many elephants in Bangladesh were being brutally killed, he obtained a remarkable order from the high court of Bangladesh directing the concerned authorities to take immediate steps to stop the ongoing unlawful elephant killings.
He has been recognised as one of the “Top 50 Legal Falcons” at the LexTalk World’s Global Hybrid Conference 2021 in Dubai, UAE, for his impactful contribution to the legal industry and was awarded the prestigious Lex-Falcon Award 2021.
|Sajed Sami Ahammad
Ahammad, Jonaed & Partners
|Key practice areas: Litigation, corporate governance, investment structuring, international trade & FDI, regulatory compliance|
|Shajib Mahmood Alam
Bangladesh Law Partners
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; joint ventures; litigation; power & energy|
Tanjib Alam and Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; power & energy; technology, media and telecommunications|
HPL Plewka & Coll
|Key practice areas: Corporate; business consulting; arbitration; tax; business restructuring; litigation|
Amir & Amir Law Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; international arbitration; ADR|
|Asif Bin Anwar
|Key practice areas: Corporate & banking; construction; real estate; IP; employment|
|AF Hassan Ariff
AF Hassan Ariff & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; constitutional; ADR; Construction & commercial; Administrative Law|
|Imtiaz Uddin Ahmad Asif
|Tel: +880 1711 595 261
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; joint ventures; M&A; project finance
|Imtiaz Uddin Ahmad Asif obtained his LLB degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the UK, in 2000. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, in July 2001. Asif is enrolled as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Asif is involved in commercial (including M&A), banking and company law matters. Asif’s expertise includes advising clients in the areas of gas and oil exploration, power generation and telecommunications, foreign investment, joint ventures, and other contractual and commercial matters. He is actively involved in banking law and corporate finance work drafting documentation for various syndicated loans.
Asif has undertaken a large amount of advisory work for corporate clients on negotiation and review of contracts, international trade, banking regulations, corporate compliance, joint venture agreements, corporate finance arrangements, establishing companies, securitisation and taxation. Asif is experienced in litigation and arbitration and has a sizeable legal practice in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
In 2020-2021, Asif acted as legal counsel in numerous leading projects, including advising BNG Global Malaysia in the establishment of the first low and medium-income housing project undertaken on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis in Bangladesh, advising a China-Bangladesh joint venture on the review and execution of PPP contract for largest private water purification and distribution PPP projects in Bangladesh, reviewing and drafting of (engineering, procurement and construction) EPC contract on behalf of Bangladesh army in the execution of EPC contract for physical protection system for Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant, etc.
Asif has successfully represented and acted as local legal counsel for Petorbangla, BAPEX and the Government of Bangladesh in the arbitration case held at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against Niko Resources. Asif was appointed as an assistant attorney general in the landmark case of “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of the nation, murder case” at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Asif is a commissioner at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct Commission and regularly attends hearings in proceedings brought under the ICC Code of Conduct.
| ASA Bari
AS & Associates
|Key practice areas: Power project; taxation; capital market; corporate & project finance; corporate & regulatory advises|
|Eftakharul Alam Bhuiya
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; e-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; technology, media and telecommunications|
Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; mergers & acquisitions; power & energy; project finance; technology, media and telecommunications|
|Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; inbound investment; litigation; taxation; technology, media and telecommunications|
|Key practice areas: Arbitrations; compliance; foreign investment facilitation, M&A; energy and infrastructure project|
Doulah & Doulah
|Tel: + 880 1711 506 015
Key practice areas: Corporate; finance; infrastructure; M&A; asset & lease finance
|Nasirud Doulah is a seasoned corporate, finance and construction lawyer with project finance and development and documentary credit as his stressed areas. He advised in a large number of major projects in energy and infrastructure sectors with extensive public-private partnership (PPP) and infrastructure transaction advisory experience. Under the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) appointment, he acted as the key researcher to complete Bangladesh Corporate Governance Country Assessment Report. He advised a good number of significant M&A matters. He is also a member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s tax and anti-money-laundering research teams. Some major transaction highlights are as follows:
• Acted as local legal counsel for the IFC and Excelerate Energy in project development and financing aspects of the first LNG terminal (FSRU) project in Bangladesh at Maheshkhali.
• So far, structured and developed more than 81 power projects for clients like General Electric, Blackstone, Golar Power, AES, El Paso, etc. He has been representing major players in developing renewable independent power producers (IPPs) such as Sinennergy, Scatec, CMEC, Total, ZTE, Sharp, etc.
• Major M&As include the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange aquisition of Dhaka Stock Exchange, Holcim and Lafarge merger, Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, Zhenhua’s USD2 billion bid for three gas fields, Ophir acquisition of Santos assets and merger with Medco, AES acquisition of Covanta power assets, BMGF’s Bkash divestment to Alibaba Group, etc.
• Have been acting in major PPP and infrastructure development projects, including all toll road PPPs, i.e. the first Dhaka elevated, Dhaka bypass, RAD expressways, Payra Port (for JDN), second Kanchpur-Meghna-Gumti bridges, South Asia subregional economic cooperation road, Shahjalal Airport third terminal project, etc.
• Acted for sponsors and lenders in project development of major economic zones, including Chinese economic zone at Anwara and China-Bangladesh iron and steel production zone
• Acted as lender’s Counsel for the IFC, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Finnfund, China Exim Bank, China Development Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in many projects. Acting for Sinosure in most of the large coal-fired IPPs.
• Acted for all of the latest gas exploration PSC contract awards for ONGC, OIL, POSCO & Daewoo, etc.
• Major lease and asset finance clients include GECAS, Aercape, EDC, etc. Major fintech clients include Ant Financial, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook.
Doulah & Doulah
|Tel: + 880 1911 482 175
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; litigation; IP enforcement; dispute resolution
|Shamsud Doulah is one of the best-known lawyers in corporate matters and commercial litigation in Bangladesh. His client base includes numerous local and international businesses. His strong reputation in litigation and corporate matters keeps him well respected by the international conglomerates and cross-border law firms. He has extensive experience in negotiating large scale construction contracts and public procurement agreements. Doulah is considered the leading IP enforcement lawyer in the region.
Doulah was an active member of the financial sector reform project in Bangladesh, which was adopted with a view to ensuring the effective role of the financial sector in the economic development of the country through structural and policy change. He has also worked with Badrud Doulah to draft the Bankruptcy Act, 1997. He is also a consultant to the USAID and has participated in various projects for the USAID, including the formation of the Bangladesh Tropical Forest Conservation Fund.
|M Imtiaz Farooq
Farooq & Associates
|Tel: + 880 1711 531 300
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance
|M Imtiaz Farooq is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. His major practice areas include M&A, large infrastructure projects, development projects, capital market financing, and project finance. Farooq has advised on the Robi-Airtel merger, transfer of FMO’s shares in Dutch-Bangla Bank, Norfund’s equity investment in Mutual Trust Bank, etc. He has advised on large infrastructure projects like the LNG Floating Storage and Regasification Unit in Maheshkhali and Bangladesh’s first elevated expressway project in Dhaka.
Noted for advising clients on capital market financing, he was common counsel for the issuance of Bangladesh’s first-ever perpetual bond by City Bank and first-ever Mudaraba bond by EXIM Bank. He is the leading lawyer in the project finance sector with a clientele comprising all major development financial institutions, e.g., World Bank, ADB, FMO, DEG etc. He also advises Fortune-500 companies and appears before the country’s apex court.
|Key practice areas: International investment; arbitration; investment projects|
|Key practice areas: Corporate & finance; litigation; dispute resolution|
|MR Alvi Hakim
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; intellectual property; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; technology, media and telecommunications|
Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & finance; dispute resolution; constitutional & administrative, energy; international & commercial arbitration, oil & gas|
Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates
|Key practice areas: Litigation; administrative & constitutional dispute; family & employment law|
A Hossain & Associates
|Key practice areas: Arbitration, banking and Finance, business and International Trade, corporate Advisory, Cross Border Dispute Resolution|
Akhtar Imam & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; foreign investment; litigation; commercial arbitration; labour and employment|
Akhtar Imam & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; arbitration; constitutional law litigation; foreign investment; labour and employment|
Amir & Amir Law Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; constitutional; banking; international joint venture; project financing|
Margub Kabir & Associates
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; capital markets; corporate & commercial; litigation; mergers & acquisitions|
Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; banking; gas & oil exploration; power generation; telecommunications; PPP project|
Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates
|Tel: + 880 1711 564 647
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; project finance; banking
|Nihad Kabir is a barrister and senior partner at Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates with 30 years of experience in civil, commercial, corporate, company, project finance, infrastructure & PPP projects, gas and oil exploration, banking law, healthcare, legislative review. She is also known as a successful business personality and has served as the president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka.
Nihad sits as an independent director on the board of various international companies and financial institutions in Bangladesh. She was the secretary-general of Ain o Salish Kendra, a legal aid institution, and is a member of the Company Law Reform Commission, fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, member of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (Chaired by the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh) and has been a member of the National Pay and Services Commission, and the National Education Policy Committee, Government of Bangladesh.
The Legal Circle
|Key practice areas: Corporate; M&A; foreign investment; financing; business & contract negotiation; international trade|
|Mydul Haque Khan
|Tel: + 880 1768 054 385
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; corporate & commercial; structured finance
|Mydul Haque Khan is a Barrister from Lincoln’s Inn in the UK and a prominent lawyer in Bangladesh’s corporate and banking arena with an immense working experience of more than 15 years. Khan is the founding partner of the renowned corporate law firm, Lex Juris, and is currently the senior partner and head of the chamber at Lex Juris.
Khan possesses an in-depth knowledge of various banking, corporate and commercial matters, including dispute resolution and is currently engaged with various scheduled and international banks, financial institutions, NGOs, insurance companies, conglomerates, merchant banks, venture capitals, various government offices as a panel, company secretary and retained lawyer.
Khan has been involved in many local and cross border transactions and has experience working in close collaboration with various reputed foreign law firms in many national and international private and government projects. Khan has versatile knowledge in handling diversified legal issues relating to banking, insurance, real estate, company, society, labour, NGO matters and has specialised knowledge in cross-border transactions, M&A, structured finance, foreign finance or investments, securitisation, factoring, implementation of various ventures, equity investments including the issuance of various class of shares, factoring, Islamic banking, dealing in bonds, i.e. Tier-I, Tier-II, Convertible, Sukuk, ZCB etc., issues regarding contract, company, civil matters, securities and exchange law, real estate, labour, foreign exchange law, etc.
Under his dynamic leadership, Lex Juris ensures to meet the legal demands and challenges of its client assuring compliance and adhering to the ethical standards. Lex Juris symbolises a high level of professionalism to its clients by providing efficient and expedient services in the most practical and cost-effective manner. Prompt service while ensuring top quality is the firm’s paramount goal.
Under his guidance, the firm provides legal services to the following key specialised sectors:
• Corporate and commercial law
|Omar H Khan
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; inbound investment; infrastructure; labour & employment|
|Key practice areas: Banking and commercial disputes; anti-corruption; money laundering; taxation; land and real estate disputes, inland shipping and maritime white-collar crimes.|
|Wahid Sadiq Khan
|Tel: + 880 1730 481 628
Key practice areas: Labour & employment; corporate & commercial; white-collar crime; licensing & franchising; joint venture
|Wahid Sadiq Khan has in-depth experience dealing with complex international commercial transactions, arbitration, employment, and related company matters. A few of the work highlights of Wahid in different areas of practice are stated below:
|Key practice areas: Corporate; telecommunication; finance|
Doulah & Doulah
|Tel: + 880 1711 027 377
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; M&A; power & energy; taxation
|Amina Khatoon is a leading corporate lawyer in Bangladesh and well versed in the areas of corporate finance. Her client base includes numerous foreign companies. She is long experienced in handling large scale corporate deals, agreements and negotiations. Khatoon’s expertise in the areas of corporate restructuring is considered to be one of the finest in the country.
Khatoon is a regular consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and additionally assists the ADB in its endeavour of reviewing existing laws of the country and identifying key issues towards impediments to the growth of the local economy. With specialisation in the area of foreign and local investments, Khatoon is well versed in dealing with regulators on various issues and has been established herself as an authority for project development matters, especially in renewables. She has extensive experience in the tax and employment law arena. She also possesses extensive real estate property capabilities.
Mahbub & Company
|Tel: +880 1725 150 912
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; labour & employment; litigation; M&A
|Saqeb Mahbub is trained as a barrister of England and Wales and an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He has more than 11 years of continuous work experience in Bangladesh, serving clients in manufacturing, aviation, energy, services and tech industries.
Having started his career at Huq and Company, the leading name in dispute resolution, he joined Mahbub & Company in 2013 and has been a catalyst for transformation at the firm and, in particular, the corporate and commercial practice. Saqeb Mahbub leads nearly all the firm’s high stakes commercial arbitration matters and leads the firm’s corporate and M&A works. He has been instrumental in the firm’s deep inroads in the foreign investment and technology M&A markets.
Ergo Legal Counsel
|Key practice areas: Corporate & banking; anti-corruption; family and personal|
|ABM Hamidul Mishbah
Old Bailey Chambers
|Tel: + 880 1727 444 888, +880 1677 221 100
Key practice areas: IP, IoT & big data; technology transfer & franchise; media, entertainment & defamation; IT & telecommunications; competition & antitrust
|ABM Hamidul Mishbah is a corporate lawyer practising at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is the managing partner of Old Bailey Chambers in Dhaka. He obtained LLB (Hons) and post graduate degree in law from the UK and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Lincoln’s Inn in March 2005. Mishbah later on pursued an LLM degree in competition law at Kings College in London.
Mishbah specialises in IP; emerging technology; IT and telecommunications; competition (antitrust); data protection; media, entertainment and defamation; international commercial law and constitutional law matters. Mishbah served the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as a national consultant for Bangladesh’s accession to the Madrid Treaty for Trademarks and had previously served as an IPR Consultant for the access to information programme under the Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh.
Mishbah’s notable engagements in recent years include spearheading the enactment of the customs IPR (Export & Import) Rules, 2019 in Bangladesh, advising Japan Tobacco International (JTI) in a USD1.5 billion acquisition in 2018 (the largest acquisition in Bangladesh till date), advising VEON Telecom for acquiring the largest video-on-demand and streaming platform company in Bangladesh, assisting leading pharmaceutical companies (i.e. Pfizer and Gilead Sciences) to enforce their IP rights (patent and trademark) in life-saving drugs during 2016-2020, and acting for Casio Japan and Nestle Bangladesh for enforcing their trademark rights at the border through restraining imports of Casio and Nestle products by parallel importers in complex litigations in 2019.
In 2015, Mishbah assisted Microsoft Bangladesh to enforce its copyright and successfully claimed damages for infringement of Microsoft’s copyright in software. He also represented Samsung Electronics in a ground-breaking litigation to prohibit parallel imports, sell and distribution of unauthorised Samsung branded goods into Bangladesh, and offered advisory services in a large M&A transaction by rendering advise on the competition law impact in the e-commerce market resulting from the merger of two leading e-commerce companies in Bangladesh.
Mishbah assisted the music fraternity of Bangladesh in establishing the first-ever collective management organisation (CMO) in Bangladesh in 2014 and played a key role, as a member of the drafting committee for the Copyright Amendment Act, for the introduction of a robust Copyright Law in Bangladesh.
In his legal career spanned more than 16 years, Mishbah has played a pivotal role, and was engaged in various capacities for shaping and framing various legislations and policies, including drafting the National ICT Policy, 2009 and Licensing Guidelines for Vehicle Tracking Services; reviewing the draft of Geographical Indication Act, 2013, the draft of Broadcasting Policy, 2014, the draft of Digital Security Act, 2018, and the draft of Digital Commerce Policy, 2018.
He currently serves as a member to the committee for emerging issues of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) for 2020-2021 and the copyright taskforce of Bangladesh functioning under Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
In 2011 Mishbah founded Bangladesh Intellectual Property Forum (www.bcipf.org), a not-forprofit organisation that solely engages in creating IP rights awareness and capacity building programmes, and runs a legal aid centre called IP Plus Law Clinic that provides pro-bono legal support to startup entrepreneurs, innovators and the creative fraternity. In 2018, Mishbah initiated and founded LexOration, a platform for young lawyers that holds legal lecture series and publications.
For his voluntary contribution in bringing positive changes within the IP rights regime in Bangladesh, Mishbah was awarded the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Bangladesh, 2015 Award” by the Junior Chambers International (JCI).
|Key practice areas: Power, energy & infrastructurer; foreign direct investment; M&A; joint venture|
|Shawn S Novel
Shawn Novel & Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; intellectual property; mergers & acquisitions; private equity, venture capital & funds; project finance|
|Al Amin Rahman
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; aviation; corporate & commercial; power & energy; shipping|
The Legal Circle
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; inbound investment; labour & employment; private equity, venture capital & funds; technology, media and telecommunications|
AS & Associates
|Key practice areas: Compliance; corporate & commercial; corporate governance; inbound investment; labour & employment|
|Mohammed Forrukh Rahman
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; corporate & commercial; inbound investment; infrastructure; shipping|
Sadat Sarwat and Associates
|Key practice areas: Corporate & banking; dispute resolution; litigation; intellectual property; private equity|
|Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; labour & employment; mergers & acquisitions; power & energy; project finance|
|AM Mahbub Uddin
Mahbub & Company
|Tel: + 880 1711 526 410
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; banking & finance; bankruptcy & insolvency; litigation; white-collar crime
|AM Mahbub Uddin is an elite litigator trained and called a barrister in England and Wales with more than 25 years of experience practising in the high court and Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He has been counsel in over 40 landmark Supreme Court cases that have been reported in various law reports. He is one of the top advocates advising and representing clients in commercial, banking, insolvency and white-collar crime disputes, with clientele that includes several multinationals, local conglomerates and high-net-worth business personalities.
Mahbub Uddin has been elected secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association a record seven times and elected as one of fourteen elite members of the Bangladesh Bar Council in two terms.
|MD Read Uddin
|Key practice areas: Arbitration; mediation; litigation; negotiation; adjudication|
|Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin
Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates
|Tel: + 880 1711 523 395
Key practice areas: Joint ventures; M&A; power & energy; project finance; telecommunications
|Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin is a barrister and is the managing partner at Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates, with more than 25 years of experience in advising clients in the areas of M&A, restructuring, financing, and re-financing, oil and gas exploration, power generation, telecommunications, project finance, due diligence of companies and general corporate affairs.
Afzal sits on the board of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh. He is an experienced arbitrator and has successfully defended a client before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and represented clients in International Arbitration matters. He advised many multilateral agencies of large infrastructure investments. Afzal has been involved in most major M& A transactions in Bangladesh, including large acquisitions and controlling stake in listed entities.
Afzal has reviewed the draft legislation circulated by the Law Reform Commission on information technology, copyright laws, competition laws and has advised the commission on suggested amendments to the newly enacted Arbitration Act, 2001.