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Managing Partners: Anita Ghazi Rahman
Partners: Masud Khan, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury, Gazi Md. Rokib Bin Hossain
Of Counsel: Karishma Jahan
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: Bangla, English

Firm Overview:
The Legal Circle, Bangladesh is a firm of barristers, advocates and legal consultants specialising in representing clients on both domestic and international legal matters. The Legal Circle is committed to providing the highest level of legal services and achieving cost effective legal results for the clients by being flexible and highly responsive in their approach. The Legal Circle has built a reputation in the industry at being trust-worthy, efficient and results oriented.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A:
■ Advised Ceylon Biscuit, a Sri Lankan fortune 100 company, in establishing a greenfield project inBangladesh. Deal value of approximately US$15 million
■ Represented CIEL Group (a Mauritius business group) in its acquisition of two garments manufacturing units
■ Advised in Bangladesh restructuring and implementation of German start-up dynamo Rocket Internet raising its first round of investment for e-commerce marketplace
■ Represented SQ Group, a leading Bangladesh garments manufacturer, in detailed and lengthy negotiations with a foreign private equity investor for sale of an equity interest in the company
■ Advised leading US based industrial and consumer sewing thread manufacturing company on expansion and lease of industrial premises and utilities
■ Advised Japanese conglomerate on establishment of ceramics greenfield project in Bangladesh
■ Represented purchasers in acquisitions of IGW license/business (telecommunications) holding entities
Contacts: Anita Ghazi Rahman, Masud Khan
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Labour & Employment:
Advised the world’s leading content marketing platform, a US based company, in implementing the company’s incentive stock option scheme in Bangladesh
■ Negotiated a win-win Employee Severance Settlement for employees in a multinational brownfield services company
■ Advised a leading international retailer on negotiation and settlement of a complex disciplinary action, drafting of settlement agreement and NDAs
■ Advise both employers and employees in wrongful termination claims and disciplinary matters
■ Advisory, drafting/review and registering Gratuity and Provident Funds in light of local labour and tax laws
■ Review of HR, confidentially, non-disclosure, etc. policies
■ Appearance before the BEPZA on employment complaints
■ Authored the Bangladesh chapter of The Employment Law Review- Edition 8
■ Conduct in-house training on FCPA, Bribery Act and its implications in Bangladesh
Contact: Anita Ghazi Rahman
Email: [email protected]

Joint Venture:
■ Legal Specialist in a Joint-Venture project in public sector, between PADECO Japan, Ltd and Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC Japan, working under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Local Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh
■ Structuring and incorporation of Bangladesh -Japan JV with Japan’s Logistics giant
■ Advised in structuring and drafting tender documentation for the only MNP (mobile number portability) licensee in Bangladesh
Contact: Anita Ghazi Rahman
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Infrastructure:
■ Engineering, Procurement and Supervision (EPS) Contract in the construction of a 30,000 MTPA Capacity LPG Terminal/Filling Plant at Mongla Port Industrial Area
■ Represented Beximco Power Company Limited in its development of a 200 MWp (AC) Grid-tied Solar Power Plant, including structuring of investments and negotiations of the EPC Contract for the project
■ Represented Jinko Solar, a Chinese company, in its due diligence review of corporate and, more importantly, land documents and preparation of various deal documents in connection with the possible acquisition
■ Advised and represented Clarke Energy Bangladesh Ltd., one of the biggest distributor of GE, and represented the Company in BSEC due to its significant business expansion and increment in its capital base in Bangladesh. Deal value of approximately US$3 million
■ Advised one of Orion’s subsidiary in setting up 104MW solar powered electric facility
Contacts: Masud Khan, Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Notable Work:
The Legal Circle advises one of the leading global Peer to Peer ride-sharing technology platforms in its operations in Bangladesh
■ Assisted the Striking off of a subsidiary of an Indian listed IT education and training company and local subsidiary of a large international online ticketing platform
■ Conducted the due diligence of the Bangladeshi subsidiary of a leading global logistics service provider before the company went public via IPO
■ Representing and advising Abdul Momen Ltd. (bottler of Coca Cola) and its various concerns on their day to day and strategic business transactions
■ Advised a Japanese Education Company on its Joint Venture in Bangladesh.
■ Advised Golden Harvest Group on its deal with IFC Infraventures of USD 30 million developing temperature controlled logistics support services in Bangladesh
■ Advises Expolanka in their structuring and operational services in Bangladesh
■ Advising a leading international healthcare services company on its establishment of a cardiac healthcare services facility in Bangladesh
■ Advised OPRL, a subsidiary of Orion Group, in obtaining term loan facility from one of most renowned private banks in the United Arab Emirates
■ Advised Orion Power Sonargaon Limited on obtaining credit loan facility from Cargill Financial Services Limited on a 104 MW HFO based Power Project at Narayanganj