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A.S & Associates

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Managing Partner: A.S.A. Bari
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 14
Languages: English, Bengali

Firm Overview:
A.S & Associates is a leading Bangladeshi law firm with its head office and a satellite office situated in Dhaka’s Paltan and Gulshan areas respectively. The firm also has a branch office at Mymensingh and a networked legal firm at Moulvibazar, Sylhet. A.S & Associates provides a comprehensive range of modernized legal services for both National and International clients.
The firm was founded by late Alhaz Abdus Samad, one of the leading advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a pioneer income tax advisor of Bangladesh. Currently, the firm is managed by four partners and is comprised of a group of young energetic lawyers and seasoned veterans. While believing the moto ‘Clients First', the team of A.S & Associates always ensures highly professional and positive legal assistance keeping in mind the true interest of its clients.
In recognition of its professionalism and excellence, Legal500 has ranked A.S & Associates as a Top Tier Full-Service Law Firm in Bangladesh consecutively in its 2017, 2018 and 2019 Asia Pacific Ranking of Law Firms. The Managing Partner is also 'Well Regarded' by Legal500.
Chambers and Partners has ranked A.S & Associates as one of the Leading Firms for 'Corporate & Finance' of Bangladesh and has also ranked the Managing Partner as a “Recognised Practitioner”. Furthermore, IFLR 1000 has also ranked A.S & Associates as the Recommended F&C Firm of 2017 and Recommended Firm for Bangladesh for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Managing Partner and one of the Partners are also recognised as Highly Regarded Practitioners by IFLR1000. AsiaLaw has recently ranked the firm as a Recommended Law Firm of Bangladesh for General Business Law in its 2019 and 2020 ranking.
AsiaLaw has also ranked the Managing Partner as a 'Distinguished Practitioner' while ranking two other partners as 'Notable practitioners'. The firm has won three prestigious awards at the AsiaLaw Regional Awards 2019, as the 'Bangladesh Firm of the Year', the 'Client Service Award: Bangladesh' and one of the partners as the 'Outstanding Practitioner'. A.S & Associates has extensive global reach through its international networks and is the first and the exclusive Bangladesh member of Tag Law-a worldwide alliance of independent law firms over 90 countries, and ADVOC, international network of independent law firms over 70 countries. The firm is also a member of Dentons’ Nextlaw Referral Network.

Practice Areas:
■ Corporate Advisory
■ Corporate & Project Financing
■ Corporate Structuring & Restructuring including M & A
■ Internal Control & Compliance
■ Regulatory Matters
■ HR, Employment & Labour
■ Property & Land
■ Banking & Financial Institutes
■ Govt/ NGO/ Charity / Trust
■ Telecommunication
■ Litigation & ADR
■ Intellectual Property
■ Capital Market
■ Tax / Vat
■ Energy & Power
■ Construction & Infrastructure

Main Areas of Practice:

Regulatory Matters:
■ Advising World Bank Group (IFC) and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority to support the OSS Project and formulating regulatory process and legislative reforms for improving investment climate in Bangladesh and services for foreign and local investors
■ Advised and assisted Textile chemical giant, Huntsman Textile Effects, paint and coating giant AkzoNobel, and global chemical company EVONIK, on investment in export-processing and economic zones including procuring necessary approvals/licenses/certifications as well as incorporation of subsidiary in Bangladesh
■ Advising TomTom through Bird & Bird regarding regulatory requirements and structuring of launching of GEO location-based product in BD

Telecommunication & FinTech:
■ One of the partners of the firm was part of the consultant team for drafting the revision of Telecommunication Rules and Act
■ Advised social media giant on global telco project of network infrastructure and on mobile termination, telco VAS Companies on FinTech deployment

NGO & NPO:
■ Advised various INGOs including WaterShed, SIMAVI, Max Foundation, MSF (Doctors without Borders), and Salvation Army on matters related to incorporation, FD registration, regulatory compliance and internal control Compliance Internal

Control & Governance:
■ Advising leading law firms like Nishimura & Asahi and Dentons and their global clients, eg. NJS Consultants Co. Ltd. and Volkswagen AG, regarding internal compliance process and setting up its internal complaint process mechanism and business partner DD systems

Employment & Labour Issues:
■ Assisting various commercials and NPOs, including IBTCI, ETIHAD, SOAS, MSF, etc. with range of employment/HR issues, including drafting service rules, PF rules, WPPF, disciplinary manual, redundancy etc.

Energy & Power Sector
■ Advised leading law firms and MNCs on multiple power projects including a 1120 MW LNG based Combined Cycle Power Project, 53.9372 MW and 55 MW HFO based power project, 1320 MW Coal Fired Power Generation Facility, 320 MW Coal Based power plant and a 60 MW Windmill Power Generation Project

Capital Market
■ Advised Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd. in respect of Automated Trading System Project and provided consultancy services to a sponsor shareholder of UCBL appertaining to transfer of shares outside the Trading System of CSE

Corporate Structuring & Restructuring including M&A:
■ Providing structuring, restructuring and various other forms of M&A supports to leading brands, including Sarens, Evonik Industries, Navana Digital Equipment Ltd., Codes and Labels Ltd., Milvik Bangladesh Ltd, etc.

Dispute Resolution:
■ Conducting ICC Arbitration, local arbitration, international mediation and all types of litigation for various clients

Real Estate & Land
■ Providing range of services to clients like BPDB, Alcazer Energy etc. for determining ownership of land through land due-diligence and physical verification

Banking & Finance
■ Advised leading law firms like Mayer Brown and White & Case as of-counsel’/ ‘specialcounsel’ and their global clients for introducing factoring venture through offshore banking and processing payments between the parties for purchasing Receivable Rights; and for introducing mobile financing and micro credit facility related venture
■ Advised various banks, NBFI, project financers, venture capitalists, MNCs and JVs regarding issuance of commercial paper including Islamic CPs, bonds, syndication and terms loans

Taxation
■ Advised Etihad Airways on VAT issues and provided Assessment Report to Tahota Law Firm on taxation matters for a cigarette manufacturer in BD