Number of partners: 5
Number of associates worldwide: 16
The firm, established in 1980, is one of the largest law firms in Bangladesh. It provides a comprehensive range of legal services for both national and international clients. Its strength lies not only in the breadth of individual expertise available, but also in over thirty years of institutional experience in advice and representation in key practice areas, which include admiralty and shipping, arbitration, aviation, banking and financial regulation, commercial and corporate law, international trade, constitutional and administrative law, employment law, energy, human rights law, property law, intellectual property, revenue law, taxation and telecommunications. The firm actively encourages and supports its members in providing pro bono services and representation in public interest and human rights litigation.
Main Areas of Practice:
Admiralty & Aviation:
The firm handles the full range of shipping matters, including claims arising out of collision, limitation of liability, claims for loss of or damage to cargo, claims for supply of necessaries and bunkers, charterparty disputes and salvage. The firm also advises on aviation matters relating to aircraft purchase, financing and leasing and on liabilities of carriers.
Members of the firm act as arbitrators, conciliators and mediators locally as well as internationally. The firm also provides advice to national and international clients in all kinds of large scale business disputes. The principal of the firm, Dr Kamal Hossain, has acted as arbitrator and Chairman in various ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Arbitral Tribunals. The firm also represents clients in securing interim relief from courts in Bangladesh and also challenging arbitration awards in accordance with the municipal law.
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets:
The firm provides advisory services to several major multinational banks, insurance companies and financial institutions on a diverse range of matters, including central bank regulations, negotiation and preparation of documents for local and foreign loans, structuring and issuance of securities, capital market transactions, negotiation of leasing transactions and foreign trade and other domestic and international financial and banking transactions. The firm has advised and assisted multinational banking companies in their amalgamation, acquisition, reorganising and restructuring process and their internal management and employment issues.
Constitutional & Administrative:
Constitutional and administrative law and the enforcement of fundamental rights occupy a central position in the collective expertise offered by the firm. Dr Kamal Hossain, who chaired the Constitution Drafting Committee, is considered to be the country’s leading expert on constitutional and administrative law. The firm has a successful Track record in challenging the actions of administrative and regulatory authorities. It also has extensive experience in judicial review of administrative decisions concerning assessment and payment of customs duty and VAT.
The firm has considerable experience in corporate and commercial law, including experience in advisory work, drafting of documents and litigation. It handles a range of general corporate work including setting-up joint venture or foreign owned enterprises, cross-border M&A, negotiation of shareholders’ agreements, preparation and drafting of commercial contracts, compliance with corporate legislation, business laws and laws relating to foreign investments in Bangladesh.
Oil, Gas & Energy:
The firm has a reputation for its exceptional expertise and experience in the energy sector in Bangladesh. It advises on both up-stream and down-stream aspects of the energy sector and has worked on transmission and distribution projects. It advises both foreign and local companies considering entry into the Bangladesh energy market. The firm works with oil and gas clients on a broad range of matters, including oil and gas production sharing agreements, domestic and international asset acquisitions and dispositions, project financing, operating agreements, oil and gas regulatory issues, joint venture and participation transactions, general commercial advice. The firm assists in contracts drafting, environmental due diligence, tax planning and analysis, resolution of corporate governance issues, dispute resolution and litigation. The firm has acted for various independent power producers.
The firm has legal expertise in income tax, capital gains tax, corporate tax, tax holidays, customs and VAT matters.
The firm provides regulatory advice on telecom, IT, e-commerce and media. It has advised and represented telecom operators in license applications and renewals, interconnection agreements, frequency allocations, equipment leasing agreements, regulatory issues and judicial review of regulatory decisions.
The firm regularly advises and acts on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including registration, infringement, passing off, licensing and litigation
Clients come from all of the major jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, jurisdictions in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, India, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and others.