• MEET THE TEAM

    Knowledgeable, experienced and professional Bangladeshi legal counsels

Members of ACCORD CHAMBERS are its best asset and its competitive edge. Lead by partners with vast experience of dealing with complex legal issues in diverse practice area, the firm is a blend of highly motivated, experienced and skilled individuals. Our associates and consultant legal counsels have the capability to address critical legal problems of their respective focus area. The page aims to introduce members of the firm’s core team for necessary appraisal.

MAMUN CHOWDHURY

Senior Partner

LL.B (Hons.), University of Dhaka
LL.M, University of Dhaka
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Mamun Chowdhury is a seasoned practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the profession. He has obtained vast experience of representing his clients before various courts in the Bangladeshi jurisdiction, including the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in litigations involving banking and commercial disputes, anti-corruption, money laundering and taxation issues, company matters, land and real estate disputes, inland shipping and maritime issues. He has also earned his reputation as a trial counsel in civil litigation as well as criminal litigation, pre-dominantly involving white-collar crimes.

Parallel to litigations, Mamun has helped major businesses grow, ensuring legal and regulatory compliances as well as resolve disputes through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution instances.

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  • Successfully represented European conglomerates in numerous international commercial arbitrations. Highlights include successful representation of a Turkish company in a US$ 5 million commodities supply dispute and working for a German company in an international trade dispute involving US$ 20 million arising out of supply of urea to a Bangladeshi governmental organization and representation.
  • Worked for UK based Telecom Company in a dispute with Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) and for the employees of the country’s No. 1 Telecom Company in a writ petition involving workers’ participation fund of BDT 450 crores, equivalent to US$ 56.25 million.
  • Successfully represented governmental organizations in arbitration arising from US$ 3 million construction contract. Also represented private corporations in arbitrations at the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) concerning energy disputes for the supply of gas and natural resources.
  • Advised a Dutch company in relation to commercial dispute arising out of a supply contract with the Ministry of Food of the Government of Bangladesh. Also defended a front-tier Italian chemical supplier in a money suit and leading Singaporean corporation in the healthcare and life sciences sector in its litigations in Bangladesh
  • Represented cargo owners in claims for freight before Admiralty court and secured release of cargo in admiralty litigations. Also advised local clients pertaining to marine insurance claims.
  • Successfully negotiated the sale of shares valued at BDT 95 crores, equivalent to US$ 12 million, owned by local group of companies and structured and facilitated the transfer of its assets and liabilities.
  • Negotiated and successfully resolved multitude of property rights disputes in the course of representing the No. 1 group of companies in the real estate sector of Bangladesh.
  • Represented wide range of banks, financial institutions as well as borrowers in numerous litigations so as to facilitate recovery of multi-million dollar loans on one hand and in settlement of debts on the other. Furthermore, was also involved with the initiation of litigations on behalf of a leading Bangladeshi bank in connection with one of the early instances of multi-million dollar financial crime.
  • Liaised with Canadian law firm based in Montreal in respect of its Bangladeshi client and advised the said firm about litigations against its clients pending in Bangladesh.
  • Drafted complex agreements pertaining to the procurement of boilers and water treatment plants from Indian suppliers valued at US$ 3.3 million, and international consultancy services relating to hi-tech hospitals, medical centers and start-up of an international school, as well as the procurement of requisite certifications and licenses from the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and other authorities in respect of exporting cement to India. Also drafted agreement for the supply of cement for Padma Multipurpose Bridge Approach Road between suppliers and public contractors.
  • Successfully defended local apparels industry against a major claim brought by one of its European buyer, culminating in the subsequent settlement in favour of the client. Also acted as the legal wing for the title sponsors of an international golf event, the Asian Tour held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

SUHAN KHAN

Managing Partner

Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn)
LL.B (Hons.), University of London
LL.M, Bristol Law School, UWE Bristol
PGDiL, Bristol Institute of Legal Practice
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Suhan Khan was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister-at-law and is currently practicing as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Suhan’s key areas of specialization includes admiralty & commercial litigations, merger & acquisitions, corporate transactions, arbitration and foreign investment facilitation.

Suhan acts as the legal counsel for the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh, multiple U.S. based corporations, several MNCs & INGOs, leading oil and gas corporations in Singapore, UAE and Bangladesh, major insurance underwriters in Malaysia and Hong Kong as well as the largest group of companies of Bangladesh. Suhan is also the counsel of choice of top tier international law firms based in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and India and is frequently instructed for matters involving the jurisdiction of Bangladesh.

Suhan regularly represents his clients before the arbitration bench, admiralty & company bench of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, High Court Division. He has successfully represented owners of vessels, cargo owners, insurers and P&I Clubs in litigations before the admiralty court of Bangladesh and also secured arrests and speedy release of vessels from detention. He is representing a French corporation in an international arbitration before ICC, Singapore and also acted as legal counsel for global oil enterprises for enforcing awards in multitude of icommercial arbitrations before the ICC, FOSFA, ICA, SIAC etc.

Beyond the boundaries of courthouse, Suhan advises his client’s on regulatory affairs, internal legal & compliance issues, domestic and cross-border contract negotiation as well as mergers, corporate restructuring and transactional affairs. Suhan has helped foreign investors set up businesses in Bangladesh. Suhan is now acting as the lead counsel for the first and only private sector oil refinery project in Bangladesh since 1961 involving US$ 1.2 Billion. Suhan’s tactical and strategic acumen coupled with his excellent communication skills also enable him to seal the deal for his clients by leading from the front during negotiations and dispute resolutions. He is also one of the very few lawyers in Bangladesh with extensive experience & expertise on cross-border EPC/ turnkey contracts for projects, particularly in the energy sector and industrial supply contracts with deep rooted practical experience of working within the relevant FIDIC and ICC legal framework.

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Suhan has mostly practiced in the country’s upper judiciary and represents his clients frequently before the arbitration bench, admiralty bench, company court and constitutional courts of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, High Court Division. His well-proved advocacy skilled was envisioned at an early age when he earned the honor of becoming the 3rd Best Student Advocate from amongst 156 Student Advocates from across the world in an international platform.

The following are further examples of some of his noteworthy exposures:

  • Acted as the lead counsel for the first and only private sector mega oil refinery project in Bangladesh involving USD 1.2 Billion. The project involves the largest syndicated loan arrangement in the banking sector of Bangladesh.
  • Acting lead counsel for cross-border technology procurement and licensing documentations for the production of LPG, diesel, petrol, furnace oil and aviation fuel.
  • Acted as the lead counsel for publicly traded company and leading industrial corporations on high value cross-border contracts for cement plant, sugar refinery and steel mill projects.
  • Advised and assisted leading middle-eastern airlines on a wide range of regulatory issues, including extension of Branch Office permission, exemption from restrictions on repatriation, change in Board, income tax exemptions etc., and also to correspond with public authorities of Bangladesh on its behalf. Also represented the airlines in multiple litigations pertaining to foreign exchange regulations, remittance and repatriation of revenues, flight operations and disputes arising in connection with its Dhaka Branch Office.
  • Acted as legal counsel for global oil enterprises, agricultural goods merchants and leading commodities and raw cotton suppliers in numerous litigations against Bangladeshi buyers for the successful enforcement of multitude of foreign arbitral awards resulting from international commercial arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Association (FOSFA), International Cotton Association (ICA), Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) etc. Also secured interim protective measures from Bangladeshi courts to ensure fruitful execution of such foreign arbitral awards in Bangladesh.
  • Advised Joint Venture consortiums on high value Private Public Partnership (PPP) Projects and represented JV entities before Governmental authorities, partook in contract negotiations and the drafting & finalization of project agreements. PPPs involved with include construction contract, power generation & distribution and renewable energy sector.
  • Acted for European locomotives supplier in the course of tendering and public procurement in Bangladesh on aspects concerning bid preparation, drafting of the contract and negotiation process. Advised on wide range of issues including liability for direct & consequential losses, liquidated damages and limitation of liability issues, tax issues for the corporation and its members of staffs in Bangladesh, interpretation of tender documents, ToR, concession agreement etc.
  • Successfully represented foreign vessels, owners of vessels, cargo owners, insurers and P&I Clubs in litigations before the Admiralty court of Bangladesh in conjunction with claims for freight, demurrage and damages for collision at sea and port. Also secured arrests and release of vessels from detention.
  • Involved and assisted in the arbitration proceedings pertaining to the PPP for the construction of the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover and consequent dispute between the concessionaire and Dhaka City Corporation. The project involved an estimated project cost of BDT 670 crore, equivalent to US$ 83.75 million dollar, and was the first instance of private sector participation in infrastructure development in Bangladesh.
  • Acted as legal counsel for power generation companies, global retailers, domestic conglomerates, the central regulatory bank of Bangladesh etc. in numerous litigations before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on a regular basis.

MOHAMMAD SAIFUL HAQUE

Partner

B.S.S., M.S.S., LL.B.
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

With 15 years of experience in the legal profession, Saiful Haque is an experienced legal counsel tested for his deep understanding of law and practice in the jurisdiction of Bangladesh. His area of expertise extends over civil litigations arising out of property rights disputes, intellectual property rights and trademark infringements, claims under labour & employment law, family matters, monetary claims and enforcement of domestic and foreign arbitral awards. Additionally, Saiful is a remarkable trial counsel with noteworthy expertise in conducting examination-in-chief and cross-examination, including the ability to handle criminal litigations that often result from and are incidental to commercial disputes and misdemeanor in the corporate world.

Saiful Haque’s litigation experience is widespread as he has represented foreign governments, international organizations, development financial institutions, multi-national corporations, local industries, banks and financial institutions, non-governmental and non-profitable organizations, central regulatory bank of Bangladesh in numerous litigations.

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  • Saiful has represented the British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BAT) as its legal counsel in multiple litigations in the District Courts across Bangladesh.
  • Appeared in the Dhaka Court representing global consultant company that was made a party to a suit filed against a multi-national oil and gas exploration and production company pertaining to a claim of BDT 746.50 crore, equivalent to US$ 93.31 million, as compensation for destroying gas reserves in a Bangladeshi gas field resulting from a blowout.
  • Represented International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in credit recovery litigation against its Bangladeshi defaulter companies.
  • Represented an international VoIP calling services provider in a litigation against the government owned Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) arising from a telecom law dispute. Also advised and acted as the counsel for a UK based telecommunications company concerning its commercial dispute between shareholders in Bangladesh.
  • Acted as the counsel for a global wireless software solutions provider and system integrator based in India in a major litigation against a foreign bank operating in Bangladesh for the recovery of funds fraudulently transferred from its local account.
  • Represented foreign government for the recovery of possession of its property in Dhaka, Bangladesh and successfully secured injunction on the building of any permanent infrastructure on such property during pendency of the litigation.
  • Represented as the legal counsel for a concern owned by SABINCO, an industrial and agricultural investment company jointly owned by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, in multiple litigations for the recovery of misappropriated funds and unrealized sales proceeds from its local concerns, and also defended it against claims faced in labour court.
  • Defended a leading worldwide freight forwarding and carrier company against a claim brought by its Bangladeshi agents to recover damages resulting from delayed delivery of shipments.
  • Advised pioneer leather goods manufacturing company based in India and many other local businesses on trademark registration and intellectual property rights issues.
  • Acted as the legal counsel for the leading international agriculture company in litigation against its local members of staff to recover misappropriated funds in its Bangladesh office. Also represented an international business process outsourcing company and a front-tier NGO in litigations against its employee for breach of employment term and labour court cases.
  • Represented South Korean corporation in execution proceedings in Bangladesh for the enforcement of SIAC arbitration award and defended it in incidental title suits filed against it by local group of companies. Also acted as the counsel for global raw cotton supplier in multiple execution proceedings filed in Bangladesh for the enforcement of ICA Arbitration Awards.

MOHAMMAD ZAHIRUL ISLAM

Partner

LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Mohammad Zahirul Islam is a highly accomplished trial lawyer, having successfully conducted numerous trials across the country. He has a decade of experience in the fields of civil litigation, arising from commercial and trade disputes, writ petition/ judicial review and anti-corruption matters. During this period, he has provided insightful counsel to local and international clients and has represented them in the District and Session Courts as well as the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.

Zahirul has extensive experience in representing the central regulatory bank of Bangladesh in numerous litigations often concerning regulatory component in light of the Bank Company laws and regulations. He also represented corporations and individuals in criminal litigations in connection with evasion of taxes, cyber crimes and other white-collar financial crimes.

He has served as primary trial counsel in a range of complex commercial litigation and was responsible for all phases of the litigation, including formulating and refining the legal theories, taking and defending numerous depositions, and participating in the ultimate settlement discussions.

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  • Represented a Singaporean oil corporation in complex tri-partite dispute concerning the supply and storage of crude palm olein, recovery actions for non-payment and criminal complaint petition for misappropriation.
  • Represented the investors of Asset & Investment Management Services of Bangladesh, which is the first private asset management company in Bangladesh, in judicial review filed challenging the decision of Bangladesh Securities & Exchange Commission. The matter value involved was BDT 5.5 Million.
  • Represented the central regulatory bank in numerous litigations arising in connection with violation of the Bank Company Act. Also acted for various banks and financial institutions in Artha Rin Adalat (money loan courts) for the recovery of debts and enforcement of judgments.

MUN IMU RAHMAN KHAN

Senior Associate

Of Lincoln’s Inn Barrister-at-law
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh 
Diploma-in-Law, University of London.
LL.B (Hons), University of London. 
PGDiL, City University of London. 
BVC, City Law School, London

Mun is a seasoned lawyer having 10 years of experience in Bangladesh including 8 years of standing as a qualified practitioner. Mun has an excellent track record as a litigation practitioner who regularly appears before judicial review benches, civil benches and some criminal benches of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, High Court Division.


Mun frequently advises and represents government officials and private-sector employees in employment matters including unlawful termination & unfair dismissal, claims for wages, provident fund and other employment benefits. He has represented local and offshore clients in judicial reviews against the government, public bodies, quasi-public authorities, as well as complex civil litigations with a specific focus on matters relating to recovery of money, damages, compensation and contractual enforcement etc.

MUSHROOFA HOSSAIN
Senior Associate

LL.B. (Hon’s), University of London
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator at ADR-ODR International Ltd.
(UK and Singapore)

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Mushroofa Hossain commenced her legal practice with pre-dominant focus on family law matters. Mushroofa has been involved with electronics media for over a decade, which provides her with a strong background to advise clients on issues pertaining to this and associated industries. Accordingly, she has eventually expanded her area of practice so as to include regulatory and licensing affairs of electronics and print media and telecommunications.

FATIMA NASRIN KAKOLI
Senior Associate

LL.B (Hon’s.), LL.M.
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

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Fatima Nasrin Kakoli’s practice encompasses a wide variety of trial and appellate matters, with a particular focus on banking and finance. She has acted as the legal counsel for a range of banks and financial institutions and has advised on the satisfactoriness of collaterals advanced as credit security. Her experience provides her with a strong background to advise clients regarding claims regarding accounting and auditing malpractices and other financial issues. Fatima has represented a wide range of clients in all stages of litigation and appeal in the District and Sessions Court as well as the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

SAYEDUL MUNIM
Associate

Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
LL.B (Hon’s), University of London
PGDiL, City University London
LL.M, London South Bank University

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Sayedul Munim is the newest inclusion to the firm’s arsenal and has added significant value to the firm’s technology, media & telecommunications practice. Since joining the firm, Munim has advised global IT corporations on critical technology law matters pertaining to the Bangladesh jurisdiction. Munim also has a wider understanding on International Human Rights and Development and obtained LLM on the subject from London South Bank University. Munim obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London before taking bar professional training at the prestigious City University London, UK. Munim is a Barrister called to the Bar of England and Wales. He has also made an impression in the efficient vetting of business contracts and documentation within a short span of time.

SYEDA FAIZA HOSSAIN
Associate

Barrister-at-law, Lincoln’s Inn
LL.B. (Hon’s), University of London
PGDiL, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Faiza’s area of legal practice extends over the field of business law and regulatory affairs. Faiza regularly advises offshore corporations on Foreign Direct Investment, Joint Venture and start up of businesses in Bangladesh. Before bringing in to the firm her expertise, she earned noteworthy experience from the country’s leading telecommunication company, legal aid services and lastly working with the local affiliates with an offshore firm. Faiza is a Barrister-at-Law called to the Bar of England and Wales and professionaly trained at the School of Law of Northumbria University, UK, Syeda Faiza Hossain. Prior to the same, she obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London with the university’s Academic Achievement Award for her extra-ordinary academic performance and excellent track records.

MD. SADEQUL ISLAM
Associate

Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
LL.B (Hon’s), University of London
PGDiL, Manchester Metropolitan University
ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

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Md. Sadequl Islam has made notable impression in the legal practice within a short span of time. Sadequl frequently advises the firm’s local and foreign clients in relation to merger & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. Sadequl also advises the firm’s clients on commercial contracts incidental to day to day businesses in the jurisdiction. Prior to joining the firm, Sadequl received his bar professional training at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister-at-Law. Sadequl is a Civil and Commercial Mediator accredited by the ADR Group, UK and regularly partakes in mediation and out-of-court settlement conferences pertaining to civil and commercial disputes.

M RABIUL AHMED RAKIB
Associate

LL.B (Hon’s.), LL.M.
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh

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Rabiul Ahmed Rakib acts and advises the firm’s clients in the full range of banking and financial matters, labour law issues and inland shipping related disputes. Rabiul frequently appears in interlocutory hearings, trials and appeals in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, the District and Sessions Judges’ Court of Dhaka, the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court and Marine Court. In addition to being a member of the Supreme Court Bar and the Dhaka Bar, Rabiul also practices in the Dhaka Taxes Bar and therefore has the requisite understanding of Bangladesh’s tax regime that enables him to advise his clients on commercial matters with an insight of taxation issues.

ROKSANA AKHTER
Associate

B.A. (Hons.), M.A., LL.B
Advocate

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Roksana Akhter is a trial lawyer practicing in the country’s courts of first instance. She frequently appears in the Metropolitan Magistrates’ Court, Labour Court & Labour Appellate Tribunal and the District & Session Judges’ Court of Dhaka. Her broad litigation practice includes such areas as land & property law litigation, employment & labour law issues, money suits and criminal complaint cases. Roksana gained her hands-on experience in conducting trials and learned the value of providing sincere, client-focused representation. She assists clients in the most practicable and affordable manner.

MD. MAHMUDUL HASSAN KHAN
Associate

LL.B (Hons.), University of Rajshahi
LL.M, University of Rajshahi
Advocate

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Md. Mahmudul Hassan Khan is a skilled lawyer with a reputation for a straightforward and practical approach to resolving complex issues. Mahmudul’s practice as an associate of the firm has grown rapidly in line with the firm’s core practice area. He is familiar with most of the firm’s key specialism, including commercial, financial services, property, shareholder disputes and financial crimes, amongst others. Mahmudul frequently advises on a broad spectrum of land and real property matters in areas including ownership & title disputes, co-ownership disputes, tenancy and lease disputes and encumbrance priority disputes. He reviews loan documents, mortgage and charge documents for banks and financial institutions as well as private clients and is also involved with credit recovery claims and negotiable instruments related criminal matters.

SENIOR ADVISORS

FIDA MOHAMMAD KAMAL
Consultant Senior Counsel

With over 38 years of experience in legal practice, Fida Mohammad Kamal is one of the senior-most layers of Bangladesh and is considered amongst the living legends in this jurisdiction. Mr. Kamal served this country as the Additional Attorney General, one of the top three Chief Law Officers of the Government, for five years prior to his appointment as the Attorney General for Bangladesh, the chief law officer of the Republic. Mr. Kamal is currently practicing mostly in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh which is the apex court of the country. Accord Chambers is fortunate to have him as the Consultant Senior Counsel for the firm and frequently instructs him for matters pending before the apex court.

MOHAMMAD MOINUL KADER
Consultant Counsel, Property & Labour Law

With over 11 years of experience in legal practice, Mohammad Moinul Kader has wide understanding of addressing corporate employment issues and property law. He advises on the proper implication of labour laws i.e. formation of gratuity fund, Provident Fund, Workers’ Profit Participation Fund and subsequent administration and management of the same, disciplinary action, guidance related to Trade Union and Participatory Committee, and preparation of internal employment related required documentation.

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