SIA&A IS A LEADING LAW FIRM IN BANGLADESH OFFERING A FULL RANGE OF LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS ACROSS ALL SECTORS

WE PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES TO AN EXTENSIVE AND DIVERSE PORTFOLIO OF CLIENTS, MAINTAINING THE STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE AND INTEGRITY SET BY LATE MR. SYED ISHTIAQ AHMED

OUR LITIGATION TEAM IS HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IN LITIGATION & ARBITRATION PRACTICES IN BOTH THE HIGH COURT DIVISION AND THE APPELLATE DIVISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH

CHAMBERS SPECIALIZES IN A BROAD RANGE OF PRACTICES PROVIDING INNOVATIVE AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS BASED ON THE COMMERCIAL REQUIREMENTS AND OBJECTIVES OF ITS CLIENTS

Practice Areas

Arbitration

Arbitration

We have extensive experience both nationally and internationally in arbitration proceedings on issues arising from building and engineering contracts, production   (more…)

Aviation

Aviation

Chambers has advised in significant aviation matters involving aircraft leasing, purchasing and financing arrangements and regulatory matters both for private carriers  (more…)

Banking and Financing

Banking and Financing

Chambers acts in banking related matters and litigation, including questions of supervision by Bangladesh Bank (the central bank), government sanctions and regulations,   (more…)

Commercial Law

Commercial Law

We routinely prepare and review contracts, and advise clients on disputes which arise during the ordinary course of business, for example, contractual rights  (more…)

Company Law

Company Law

We are continually involved in advising on matters concerning shareholders rights (including minority shareholders), joint venture agreements, company and corporate  (more…)

Constitutional Issues and Judicial Review

Constitutional Issues and Judicial Review

We have considerable experience and expertise in applications for judicial review, seeking remedies for administrative decisions of central and local government or other  (more…)

Employment Law

Employment Law

Chambers advises numerous organisations including multi-nationals and supranational organisations on labour and employment issues. Our range of work includes  (more…)

Insurance

Insurance

Chambers has combined experience in advising on life general and marine insurance matters, including life and marine insurance policy and claims and availability  (more…)

Media, Telecommunications and Technology Law

Media, Telecommunications and Technology Law

We have developed substantial expertise in the area of media and telecommunications, including related contractual and licensing matters and various other legal  (more…)

Oil, Gas, Fertiliser and Power Sectors

Oil, Gas, Fertiliser and Power Sectors

We have an unequaled and unique history of advising companies and the Government of Bangladesh on matters relating to the oil, gas and energy sector.   (more…)

Overseas Law Firms

Overseas Law Firms

Chambers frequently works with international law firms in providing research and opinions on matters of Bangladesh law for various international and multinational  (more…)

Private International Law

Private International Law

Many of the cases in which we act arise out of cross-border disputes and we have built up a depth of specialist expertise in private international litigation   (more…)

Property and Trusts Law

Property and Trusts Law

Chambers routinely advises, prepares and review documents, and represents clients in litigation relating to real property. We routinely prepare and review  (more…)

Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law

Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law

PPP despite being a relatively new notion in Bangladesh, we have been involved in one of the first PPP projects in Bangladesh and am currently involved in drafting  (more…)

Regulatory and Administrative Law

Regulatory and Administrative Law

Financial and commercial activity in Bangladesh is subject to increasingly complex regulatory rules and possible intervention by Government, self-regulatory  (more…)

Representative, Branch and/or Liaison Offices of Foreign Companies

Representative, Branch and/or Liaison Offices of Foreign Companies

We have considerable experience and expertise in setting-up representative, branch and/or liaison offices of foreign companies in Bangladesh including  (more…)

Subordinate Court Litigation

Subordinate Court Litigation

We have extensive experience in civil and criminal matters at various subordinate courts and labour courts, including actions under the Negotiable Instruments  (more…)

Shipping

Shipping

We handle all types of maritime disputes on behalf of shipowners, charterers and cargo interests as well as their respective insurers.  We advise on collision,  (more…)

Tax

Tax

We are experienced in handling and advising on taxation cases and disputes with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and have been involved in a number of important tax cases. (more…)

Litigations and Disputes

Litigations and Disputes

Advising and representing clients in general civil/criminal litigations and disputes

About Us

Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates (SIA&A) is a leading law firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  SIA&A is the Chambers and law firm established by the Late Mr. Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, a barrister and senior advocate of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Mr. Ahmed was a renowned and revered figure in the legal field of Bangladesh. A former Attorney General, Minister in charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development in the Interim Government of Bangladesh in 1996, and Minister in charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism in the Interim Government of Bangladesh in 2001, Mr. Ahmed was involved in numerous organisations and committees. He passed away in July 2003.  SIA&A stands out from other firms in the city in having a broadly based practice encompassing all aspects of civil litigation as well as advising clients and firms in the fields of constitutional and corporate law, banking, commercial and corporate finance and general commercial issues. The present partners, Nihad Kabir, Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin and Md. Asaduzzaman have all benefited from their long association with the Late Mr. Ahmed, and are committed to carrying on the standards of excellence and integrity set by him. 

Partners

Nihad Kabir

Nihad Kabir

Senior Partner

Nihad obtained her BA (Hons) degree in Law from Cambridge University, UK in 1988. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Gray’s Inn, London in 1989, completed her LLM, also from Cambridge University, UK in 1991 and was granted her MA in 1993. She was enrolled as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 1990 and as an Advocate of the High Court Division of Bangladesh in 1991. In 2002 she was enrolled as an Advocate of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Nihad joined Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates in 1991 and developed her expertise in civil, commercial, corporate, company, project finance and banking law matters. She was involved in several constitutional cases of note. The most notable case was the President’s Reference No.1 of 1995, the first ever President’s reference to the Chief Justice on a matter of constitutional importance under Constitutional provisions in Bangladesh, where Nihad assisted Senior Counsel, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed in his role as amicus curiae. She appears before the Supreme Court routinely in constitutional, corporate and company matters and income tax references. Cases on double taxation argued by her have been reported and are used as precedents in the Supreme Court.

Nihad was a member of the Company Law Reform Committee formed by the Government of Bangladesh in August 2003, WTO Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, Bankruptcy Law Reform Committee for Bangladesh in 1994. Nihad was also the first Legal Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Bangladesh from 1993-96. She taught Company Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in the academic year 1993-94.

Nihad worked as Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines from July 1996 to February 2000

E-mail: nihad@siaalaw.com

Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin

Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin

Managing Partner

Afzal received his BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry and Management from King’s College, London in 1993. He then completed a postgraduate Diploma in Law in 1994 from Southbank University. Afzal was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, London in March 1996. Afzal is enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2001. Prior to joining Chambers Afzal worked for the Civil Litigation Department of Price Waterhouse in London from October 1995 to February 1998.

Afzal joined Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates in March 1998 and has been involved in commercial law matters. His areas of expertise in Chambers include advising clients in the areas of gas and oil exploration, power generation and telecommunications. Afzal advises many of the private sector telecommunication operators in Bangladesh and is familiar with the regulatory commission and its law. Afzal regularly drafts opinions and reviews regulatory issues and licensing matters for the private telecommunication operators and has experience of arbitration on behalf of a private telecom operator against a government owned and controlled operator. Afzal was also recently involved in negotiating and reviewing loan documentation for a multi-million dollar international and local syndicated loan for a private telecom operator. Afzal attended a seminar on ‘UK Oil and Gas Law’ presented by the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee in Edinburgh in conjunction with the law firm Cameron Mckenna, London and also a seminar and workshop on ‘Petroleum Operations under the Bangladesh PSC Regime’ by Dennis C. Stickley.

Afzal has been involved in reviewing proposed/draft legislation circulated by the Law Reform Commission on information technology, copyright laws and has advised the Law Reform Commission on suggested amendments to the newly enacted Arbitration Act 2001. Afzal has provided legal services to the ADB as an external legal consultant on the Ashuganj Power Plant Corporatisation Project and was closely involved in the consortium looking into the Privatisation and Corporatisation of Biman Bangladesh Airlines as part of a World Bank funded project. He is familiar with the Guidelines for Foreign Exchange Transactions and has liaised with senior officials of Bangladesh Bank including the Governor on several occasions on behalf of banks. Afzal has experience in the arbitration process conducted under the Rules of Conciliation and Arbitration of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and has also successfully assisted in defending a client before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.

E-mail: afzal@siaalaw.com

Mohammed Asaduzzaman

Mohammed Asaduzzaman

Partner

Asad received his LLB (Hons) and LLM degrees from Dhaka University in 1993 and 1994, respectively. He was enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 1996. Prior to joining Chambers in 1998, Asad worked for a legal aid organization in Dhaka and also worked for chambers of Mr. Justice Md. Nizamul Huq, a present judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Asad appears regularly before both the Supreme Court and the subordinate courts, civil and criminal matters, for the chambers. He has been dealing with civil, commercial, banking, human rights, and constitutional matters. He has appeared in various landmark cases in matters relating to taxation, civil and commercial law. He has also built up his expertise in litigation, admiralty matters and property disputes. Asad takes a keen interest in human rights issues and is involved with a number of charities involved in providing legal aid.

E-mail: asad@siaalaw.com

Nazia Kabir

Nazia Kabir

Partner

Nazia obtained her LL.B. (Hons.) degree from University of Wolverhampton, UK, in 2002 and her LL.M. degree from Brunel University, Uxbridge, in 2004, with specialization in international trade law including WTO laws and submission of a dissertation on intellectual property laws in developing countries.  She was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2004.  After pupilage with Chambers, she qualified as an Advocate of the District Court, Dhaka, in 2007, and thereafter qualified as an Advocate of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Nazia joined Chambers in 2005 has been involved in commercial, banking and company law matters. Nazia’a areas of practice in Chambers include advising clients in the areas of gas and oil exploration, power generation, telecommunications, PPP projects as well as other contractual and commercial matters. She has been closely involved in numerous projects sponsored by the ADB, ILO, JICA, IFC and other development agencies since joining the firm. She was a team member of Grameenphone Ltd. IPO legal team. She also provided assistance in review of papers on matters under the WTO regime. Nazia has assisted Partners and represented Chambers in various arbitration proceedings under the Bangladesh arbitration laws.

E-mail: nazia@siaalaw.com

Associates

Anisul Hassan

Anisul Hassan

Senior Associate

Anisul obtained his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from University of London, UK, in 2004 and upon successful completion of the bar vocation course at the Inns of Court School of Law, City University, London, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2006. He thereafter worked as an immigration consultant at an immigration advisory firm in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK which was controlled by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), UK. Anisul is an enrolled Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Anis joined Chambers in 2009 and has been involved in banking, commercial, labour, telecommunication and litigation matters. Anis’s areas of practice in Chambers include advising clients in the areas of labour, telecommunications, project finance, loan syndications as well as other contractual and commercial matters. Since joining the Chambers, he has been closely involved in considerable number of transactions of merger and acquisition and loan syndication involving foreign and local financial institutions.

Anis has also been involved with advising local and international clients on labour law disputes, such as, Banglalink, Airtel, Edotco, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Perry Ellis, H&M, Timberland, Sainsbury, Apex, Next, Tchibo GmbH, Children‟s Place, Edcon, Powertek Berhad, Accenture, ITX Inditex, Target Sourcing, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Bangkok Airways, Gap, Wilbur-Ellis, Metlife, AFD, Telenor, Vimplecom, American Effird, Aga Khan Foundation, etc.

Email: anis@siaalaw.com

Md. Matiur Rahman

Md. Matiur Rahman

Senior Associate

Matiur is an enrolled Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and has been working with the Firm for more than 20 years. Matiur is a litigator and appears regularly before the subordinate courts, in relation to various civil and criminal matters, for the chambers. He has been dealing with civil, commercial, banking, employment, family and property related disputes and other miscellaneous matters.

Farhana Islam Khan

Farhana Islam Khan

Associate

Farhana obtained her LL.B. (Hons.) degree from University of London, UK, in 2009 and upon successful completion of the Bar Vocation Course from the City University, London, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2010. Farhana qualified as an Advocate of District Court, Dhaka in 2012 and Advocate of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh in the year 2015.

Farhana joined Chambers in 2012 and has been involved in Civil, Criminal, Commercial, Banking, Taxation, Human Rights, Public Interest Litigation and Constitutional cases. Farhana’s areas of practice in Chambers include advising clients in the areas of power generation, telecommunications, labour, constitutional matters as well as other contractual and commercial matters. Since joining the Chambers, she has been closely involved in considerable number of transactions in regard to issuance of international bond and merger and acquisition.

Email: farhanakhan@siaalaw.com

Md. Salequzzaman

Md. Salequzzaman

Associate

Saleq was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, UK in 2013. Prior to that Saleq obtained his first LLB (Hons’) Degree in 2008 and LLM in 2009 from the University of Rajshahi. Saleq later on obtained his second LLB (Hons’) Degree from the University of Wales, UK in 2012 and then attended City University London, UK in the same year for Bar Professional Training Course and Post Graduate Diploma in Law.

Saleq’s area of practice focuses into Civil, Criminal, Banking, Commercial, Company, Labour, Intellectual Property, IT & telecommunication and litigation matters.

Saleq joined Chambers in July, 2015 and his day-to-day work now involves advising clients, providing Company Secretarial Services, drafting legal notices and reply, opinion writing, drafting & vetting various agreements, drafting on various litigation matters including Writ, Criminal, VAT, Customs, Income Tax, Admiralty, Company, various civil petitions, appeals, applications, plaints etc.

Saleq has also been involved with advising local and international clients, such as, Augmedix BD Limited, Banglalink, Hewlett Packard, Apex Group, Next, Powertek Berhad, Gulf Air, Metlife, Vimplecom, Aga Khan Foundation, Google, Commerzbank AG, Fletcher International Exports Pty Ltd, IWM, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Laugfs Gas (Bangladesh) Ltd, JF&I Packaging, Embassy of Brazil, Embassy of Japan, Abdul Monem Limited, Thales Alenia Space Franch, KPMG, IKEA, etc.

E-mail: saleq@siaalaw.com

 

Abdullah Al Mahmud

Abdullah Al Mahmud

Associate

Mahmud is an enrolled Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. After obtaining his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from University of London, UK in 2008, he completed the bar vocational course from City Law School, City University, London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2010. Mahmud is also an Affiliate of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK (ACCA).

Before joining Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates in 2013, Mahmud worked as an auditor in S.F. Ahmed & Co., a renowned chartered accountant firm in Bangladesh. During his association with Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates, he has been involved in advising local and international clients on commercial, procurement, labour, contractual and insurance matters. Since joining the firm, he has been closely engaged in several public private partnership (PPP) projects, power projects, policy development projects and considerable number of transactions of merger and acquisition involving foreign and local institutions.

E-mail:  mahmud@siaalaw.com

 

Insiyah Ziauddin

Insiyah Ziauddin

Associate

Insiyah has experience relating to various data protection and privacy, non-government organisation and company matters as well as different aspects of corporate/commercial, regulatory and transactional matters with particular focus on procurement laws and public private partnerships. She has also been involved in due diligence and power sector projects.

She assists the partners on a range of corporate advisory matters and transactions.

Insiyah completed her LL.B under the University of London (International Programmes) and obtained her LL.M from Harvard Law School. She is enrolled as an advocate and is a member of the Dhaka Bar Association.

Email: insiyah@siaalaw.com

Amina Najeeba Khan

Amina Najeeba Khan

Associate

Amina obtained her LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the University of London (International Programmes) in 2012. The following year, upon successful completion of the Bar Professional Training Course from University of Northumbria, UK, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London in October 2013.

Amina joined SIA&A in September 2013 and since then, has gained considerable knowledge in matters relating to foreign investment, regulatory affairs, company and commercial law, in particular, acquisitions, takeovers and joint ventures. She has undertaken a number of due diligence exercises, including the due diligence and acquisition of Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (IPDC) by BRAC, Ayesha Abed Foundation, RSA Capital Limited and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and most recently, the due diligence and acquisition of Cemex Cement Bangladesh Limited by Siam City Cement Public Company Limited. In her time with SIA&A, she has handled clients such as IKEA Supply AG, Holcim Bangladesh Limited, Telenor Health AS, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Singer Asia Limited, PEB Steel Asia Limited, Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., MicroEnsure Bangladesh Limited.

Email: amina@siaalaw.com

Imtiaz Bin Hafiz

Imtiaz Bin Hafiz

Associate

Imtiaz obtained his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2012. Thereafter, he completed his Bar Professional Training Course and Post-graduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training from City University, London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2013.  Prior to joining chambers, Imtiaz worked as an intern in Allen and Overy and undertook a mini-pupillage at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton. Imtiaz joined Chambers in 2013 and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, labour, energy, telecommunication and aviation law.

Email: imtiaz@siaalaw.com

Tausif Shabab

Tausif Shabab

Associate

Tausif obtained his LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2014. Thereafter, he completed his Bar Professional Training Course and Post-graduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training from Cardiff University, Uk. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 2015.  Prior to joining Chambers, Tausif Worked as an intern at Akhtar Imam and Associates and undertook a mini-pupillage at 9 Park Place Chambers, Cardiff.  Upon completion of his internship with the Chambers, Tausif joined as an Associate in 2016 and has since been involved in mergers and acquisitions, labour, telecommunication, banking and finance, intellectual property and general corporate and regulatory matters.

Email: tausif@siaalaw.com

Nadia Rahman

Nadia Rahman

Associate

Nadia obtained her LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Cardiff University, UK, in 2013 and upon successful completion of the bar professional training course from the University of Law, Birmingham, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Middle Temple, London, in 2014. She thereafter worked as a legal assistant, specializing on immigration and asylum matters, at a solicitors firm in London, UK.

Nadia had gained experience of working on corporate and foreign investment matters at a corporate chambers in Dhaka before joining Chambers in October 2016. She has been mostly involved with agreement reviews, share transfer and share purchase transactions, drafting legal notices and legal opinions for commercial, labour, telecommunication and company matters.

Email: nadia@siaalaw.com

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