OUR LEGAL EXPERTISE

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BANKING AND FINANCE LAW

Starting from acquisition and leveraged finance along with asset-backed lending and investment-grade lending; our specializations further include trade and export finance and infrastructure. We are equipped to deal with all types of legal services related to financial transactions, asset-based lending, corporate and commercial lending, lease finance, project finance, public finance and syndicated finance transactions, as well as retail & commercial banking.

COMPANY, COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE LAW

Our team of corporate lawyers provide the highest quality strategic corporate advice combined with commercial nous and pragmatism. We have advised clients on various mergers and acquisitions, share transfers and have assisted numerous foreign and local entities in relation to the registration of their respective corporate organizations with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms (RJSCF).

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LAW OF TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

H&K tackles a full range of legal challenges faced by telecommunication service companies in Bangladesh. Our unrivalled services include mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, venture capital investments, joint ventures, technology licensing, patent transactions, IP and commercial litigation and antitrust advice. We have worked closely with BTRC, Robi Axiata Bangladesh Limited and have also drafted Legislations, Licensing Guidelines and Regulations for the Government of Bangladesh.

ADMIRALTY, MARITIME AND SHIPPING LAW

With a significant reputation of expertise in the shipping industry. We are experienced in handling disputes involving the arrest of ocean-going vessels/ships, bills of lading, quantity or quality, shortage or contamination claims, and advice on letters of indemnity. We are highly skilled in matters of Charterparty, and all issues relating to it.  We focus on understanding the problems affecting our clients to provide pragmatic commercial solutions.

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LAW OF CIVIL & COMMERCIAL AVIATION

The Firm is equipped to handle various types of aviation-related work in the context of fleet programmes; high-value disputes; corporate transactions; commercial contracts; development of aviation infrastructure or major casualties. We assist aviation clients with transactional, regulatory, investigation and litigation matters associated with their operations. We have counselled several aviation, space, insurance and reinsurance issues, and resolved disputes in and out of Bangladesh. H&K has provided legal support to national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited  & private commercial airlines Regent Airways on extensive corporate matters.

CRIMINAL LITIGATION AND TRIAL COURT MATTERS

The Chambers offers highly skilled and experienced lawyers who are accomplished advocates, defending individuals accused of wrongdoing across the whole spectrum of criminal offences. Our expertise includes, but is not limited to homicide; serious violence; non-sexual offences and more. We advise clients throughout the entire process of the criminal justice system, i.e. from filing an FIR to making a bail application, defending during Court Trials and appealing against sentencing and bail decisions.

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LAW OF POWER, ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Our Energy and Natural Resource (ENR) specialists are equipped to provide legal assistance to local and international clients, tending to their industrial objectives. The Firm’s ENR Team has the experience of advising many private and public Gas companies; draft legal documents and legislation, including the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Act, 2015 for the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. We also advise clients on the whole spectrum of corporate work.

LAW OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Our Intellectual Property (IP) specialists advise businesses in the retail and consumer goods, leisure; financial services; energy and renewable resource sectors. We advise on patents, copyright, design rights, trademarks, passing off and unfair competition. With significant experience in advising on intellectual property disputes in Bangladesh High Court and arbitrations, we help clients protect their market position and maximize their intellectual property. The Firm has been consistently assisting the Walton Group and other companies in securing their IP rights.

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ARBITRATION & OTHER ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Our Dispute Resolution team acts as counsel to many distinguished national and international organisations on complex and sensitive matters involving arbitration, mediation, debt recovery and more. Our wide-ranging practise and expertise also includes trademark, trade dress and advertising disputes; copyright matters in media and entertainment; right of publicity issues; and unfair competition, trade secret and patent cases.

LAW OF PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE

By the experience gained from advising clients across the full length of the property life-cycle (including international developers, investors, financiers, purchasers, landowners, contractors, banks and local authorities), we have developed a unique understanding of the market and deliver insight that benefits our clients. Our expertise ranges from acquisition, financing, construction, mortgages to leasing and sale of real estate to mitigating risk and resolving disputes.

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EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS LAWS

H&K provides a full range of legal assistance on employment issues from regular advisory work, to managing project and transactional work. Our service includes disciplinary and grievance issues; terminations; unfair redundancies; business restructuring and outsourcing. We assist with drafting, development and implementation of employment contracts, employee handbooks,  human resources policies and company policies.

LAW OF CONTRACT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

International & Domestic trade sanctions limit how companies can operate in Bangladesh, as well as customs law, Export &  Import policies, exchange controls and foreign investments. We help our clients overcome these challenges and successfully compete in the market. We advise major industrial, financial services; technology, consumer products; pharmaceutical and energy companies. We further advise on compliance issues such as anti-corruption, anti-bribery, export and import control, trade sanctions, as well as commercial contracts and others.

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PUBLIC, CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

H&K is a leading law firm in the practice of Public, Constitutional and Administrative law. Our vast experience enables us to advise clients (including prominent corporations, disadvantaged individuals, governmental agencies, banks etc) in matters relating to judicial and administrative review; obtaining or challenging various tender/government procurement matters, refusal of licences, permits, environmental clearances, no-objection certificates and more.

LAW OF TAXATION, VAT, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE

We advise on all aspects of commercial taxation across a wide range of industries, providing in-house tax teams with the benefit of a specialist (with 20 years of experience) opinion and advice on non-regular tax matters. Along with legal counselling regarding VAT, insurance premium tax, stamp duty and land tax; we excel in employer and employee-related tax issues, particularly in relation to the creation and maintenance of employee incentive schemes.

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