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Vertex Chambers

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Managing Partner: Junayed Ahmed
Chowdhury Partners: Sajeda Farisa Kabir, Tanvir Quader and Asif Bin Anwar
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages:English, Bengali

Firm Overview:
Vertex Chambers is a leading law firm based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury and Sajeda Farisa Kabir are the founding partners, who were later joined by Tanvir Quader and Asif Bin Anwar as partners. All the partners are Barristers of Lincoln’s Inn and Advocates of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Sajida Farisa Kabir is also a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia and Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is a registered foreign lawyer in New South Wales. The partners, having over a decade’s experience each, are equipped to deal with the complexities presented by the 21st century legal issues. The firm focuses on tax planning and strategies, corporate restructuring, high level and in-depth opinions on complex corporate, telecommunication, infrastructure, energy, finance, aviation, intellectual property and tax matters. Vertex Chambers has strategic connections in the United States, Europe, South America and other parts of Asia coupled with extensive knowledge of the local market places it in a unique position to serve clients in both international and local business transactions. Moreover, the founding partners are now in the process of establishing an international law practice in Sydney, Australia, which will serve the greater Asia Pacific clients on international commercial arbitration, policy based work on law and development, and international taxation. Vertex Chambers operates by the notion that legal solutions shall not be solely based upon sound legal reasoning but must also be cohesive and consistent from the real-world practical standpoint. Vertex Chambers firmly believes that no legal problem is insoluble and complexities are there to be simplified.

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
■Successfully represented the World Bank Group (WBG) in an application for striking out the name of WBG as a respondent from a writ petition filed by a non-government organisation
■Successfully represented Louise Dreyfus SA, a leading international cotton supplier, in an application for injunction before the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court arising out a foreign arbitration governed under English law
■Successfully represented Grameenphone, one of the largest telecommunication service providers in Bangladesh, in a writ petition challenging imposition of BDT 30 crore fine by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
■Representing a shipping company in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in case which involves critical assessment regarding characterisation of an investment and a loan
■Representing Sajida Foundation, a leading Bangladeshi micro-credit organisation, in a case which deals with the power of the court sitting in contempt of court jurisdiction to order payment of interest to a decree-holder by the judgment-creditor for pursuing protracted appeal proceedings
■Representing British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB), one of the leading international tobacco companies in a VAT dispute valued at USD 18.75 million
■Successfully represented the client in a writ petition dealing with the hefty conversion fee imposed by the Dhaka city development authority (RAJUK) on commercial use of residential properties

Taxation & Revenue:
■Advised Standard Chartered Bank on its responsibility to withhold tax during overseas remittance
■Advised British American Tobacco Bangladesh, one of the leading tobacco companies in Bangladesh on the effect of input tax credit under the VAT Act 2012
■Representing a leading merchant banking company in two Income-tax Reference applications before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh challenging disallowance of financial expenses by the National Board of Revenue (NBR)

Banking & Finance:
■Advised ICICI Bank Limited, an Indian multinational banking and financial services company, on Import Finance Regulations and financing of Offshore Banking Units (OBU) in Bangladesh
■Advised a leading private banking company on its Loan Market Association (LMA) loan documentation with a foreign lender regarding sanction of Euro 20 million
■Advising, structuring and drafting agreements on the first ever Islamic rental based sukuk (bond) called ‘Sukuk-al-Ijara’ valued at USD 12.5 million for one of the largest food processing companies in Bangladesh
■Advised a leading non-government organisation on its loan agreement with a Dutch development bank regarding sanction of USD 75 million

Energy & Natural Resources:
■Advised an international supplier on its liabilities as supplier of equipment in nuclear power plant projects

Construction & Infrastructure:
■Advised Jan De Nul, a leading international dredging company, on its public-private partnership with Payra Port Authority for carrying out dredging activities at Payra Port

Commercial & Trade:
■Advised British American Tobacco Singapore by conducting due-diligence of business entities in Bangladesh, selling duty free tobacco
■Advised Unilever Bangladesh Limited, a global consumer goods company, on execution of lease of commercial premises for its head office in Dhaka
■Advised Sajida Foundation, a leading micro-credit organisation, in executing lease of commercial premises for its head office in Dhaka.
■Advised a leading Japanese FMCG manufacturer on various aspects of labeling requirement for drugs and milk products under the relevant laws of Bangladesh
■Advised Jeeon, an emerging start-up company on regulatory and legal review for its telehealth service bringing together doctors, technologists, designers, implementers, social work practitioners and entrepreneurs for rural healthcare in Bangladesh