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Legal Services | Bangladesh

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5th Floor House 153, Road 11 Banani, Block E | Dhaka | 1213 | Bangladesh

Main Contacts

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

David Doran

David DoranFounding Partner

DFDL's Overview

DFDL Bangladesh is a full-service law firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh combining both international offshore expertise with dedicated local know-how, expertise, and experience in a variety of practice areas including energy and infrastructure, banking and finance (including project, international trade and structured finance), corporate and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, employment, general commercial matters, and other areas. Our advisers at DFDL Bangladesh are currently advising a number of major international banks on a variety of offshore and onshore financings, numerous sponsors of major greenfield IPPs, and various entities on a range of corporate and other finance transactions.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1994
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 140

Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Carbon Credit Trading
  • Compliance
  • Copyright
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Hospitality
  • Hydropower
  • Immigration Law
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Other Renewable and Green Energy
  • Patents
  • Power Projects
  • Public Sector Consultancy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development and Construction
  • Retail
  • Road
  • Securities
  • Tax & Customs
  • Tax Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Telecoms
  • Trade & Commerce
  • Trademarks
Representative Clients
  • Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development
  • Bangladeshi power project company
  • Bank of Tokyo MUFJ
  • CGN Meiya Power
  • Chinese State Owned Enterprise
  • Facebook
  • Samsung C&T
  • Sembcorp
  • Summit Industrial Company Limited
  • United Group


L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner


Mahboob Aziz

Mahboob AzizSenior Associate

Saiful Islam Bhuiyan

Saiful Islam BhuiyanJunior Associate


Bulbul Ahmed

Bulbul AhmedSenior Lawyer


Cambodia Tax Update : VAT Update – Refund Process Updated
DFDL, July 2018

It is fair to say that one of most consistent complaints we hear from taxpayers regards the issues associated with applying and obtaining a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund in Cambodia. Until now the VAT refund process was a very lengthy process – sometimes taking years – and often subject to uncertainty and delays. It appears that the General Department of Taxation (GDT) has taken note of these concerns and in response have acted upon them by issuingPrakas 576 “The Refund of Value Added Tax” (Prakas 576)in June 2018 with the stated purpose of“developing a mechanism to effectively and efficiently refund VAT”...

Land Development from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction- Cambodia
DFDL, July 2018

The Prakas No 087 essentially defines the terms of land development, conditions and procedures to obtain and issue approvals on land development, the competent authority, rights and obligations of land development, conditions on state land development, land development complaints and penalties for conducting land development without required approvals...

All articles submitted by DFDL


DFDL Receives Another FT Innovative Lawyers Award in 2018
DFDL, July 2018

DFDL is tremendously proud to announce that we have won yet another FT Innovative Lawyers Award for Innovation in Accessing New Markets and Capital in the Asia-Pacific region. The award is a fantastic achievement for DFDL, and for our Bangladesh unit in particular, Dhaka-based Partner Shahwar Nizam led the team advising CIMB on the Evergreen IPO. For the first time, a company whose main business operations are usually performed in Bangladesh became listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Jerome Buzenet, Partner and Managing Director of DFDL Vietnam, was in Hong Kong and accepted the award on behalf of the Firm...

Nishant Choudhary Recently Quoted in Myanmar Times
DFDL, July 2018

Nishant Choudhary, DFDL Myanmar Deputy Managing Director was recently quoted in a Myanmar Times article on reforms taking place in the retail and wholesale sector. The ministry is now considering limiting the scope of foreign investors and/or JVs by imposing additional restrictions. Our expert was responding to the question: If the ministry issues an amendment to limit foreign investments and/or JVs, how will this affect potential inward FDI? Nishant observed that the government had deviated from the policy that it originally announced, with potentially negative implications on investor confidence and continued growth momentum in the country. https://protect-au.mimecast...

All press submitted by DFDL

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