The Head of Chambers is responsible for the overall affairs of Rahman’s Chambers in its entirety, whether it is legal issues, management affair, client handling etc.
Out of our 14 practice areas, being the most senior member of the Chambers, he advises clients in a number of them in both contentious and non contentious matters. When it comes down to court appearance, the Head of Chambers himself, appears in Courts as lead counsel in few of them. In other practice areas, whether contentious or not, he oversees as a team leader and assesses the work of other team members.
The Head of Chambers oversees the management assisted by the coordinator and attache'(s) of branches and experienced management staffs.
Mr. Mohammed Forrukh Rahman, LLB(London); PGCertLaw(Corporate & Commercial)(London); Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, is a Barrister of Hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London and Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He was called to the Bar in 2003 after successful completion of Bar Vocation Course from the College of Law, (now the University of Law) Bloomsbury, London.
Mr. Rahman completed internship from reputed Lee, Khan and Partners (now dissolved) in 2004 on banking and corporate law and pupillage on banking, commercial and corporate Litigation with Mr. Ajmalul Hossain QC. He worked for A Hossain & Associates, Dhaka under Mr. Hossain QC for nearly 4 years as an associate. In 2006 he joined his family law practice, originally commenced by his grandfather in 1920s followed by his father, under a new name and title of Rahman’s Chambers.
For nearly 11 years he is running the firm successfully as Head of Chambers. He has all together 14 years background of working in the field of banking, finance & investment, maritime, international trade, commercial transactions, power, energy and infrastructure projects and also M & A and major corporate fraud etc.
He also acted as a lawyer for A Hossain & Associate in Central Bank for the Central Bank Strengthening Project of World Bank from 2005-2006 and also was the Legal Consultant for Power Cell, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh from 2007 to 2008.
On power and infrastructure mater, Mr. Rahman acted as legal counsel in several power plant projects e.g. dual fuel, coal, rental, solar, IPP, Small IPP at several stages ranging starting from due diligence. Besides, he appeared as a counsel in a number of litigation before High court, District court and arbitration.
On banking an finance matters, Mr. Rahman was involved in a number of major syndication, project finance transactions, drafting of several laws, circulars, regulation and guidelines. Mr. Rahman advised central bank from 2004 till 2015 on various complex banking legal issues and also acted as counsel over various major complex commercial, banking litigation involving local and cross border transaction.
As the Head of Chambers Mr. Rahman and the firm acted as a retainer for several companies since the inception of the Chambers and advised clients on several corporate matters such as takeovers, as well as handled several corporate litigation, for example winding up, minority protection, merger etc.
In the capacity of a Counsel, Mr. Rahman has successfully argued in a the ground breaking litigation involving House Bill of lading, cross border transaction and International Trade: Freight Management vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 2 CLR (HCD) 586; 19 MLR (HCD)336
Mr. Rahman was a lawyer for Central Bank from 2006 to 2015. While working for Central Bank as its counsel in the High Court and the District Court matters, Mr. Rahman was involved in matters on several areas of law, not restricted to banking only, but also foreign exchange on International Trade etc. in which he had developed significant expertise.
Pertaining to the in-depth knowledge, understanding and the higher education of Mr. Rahman, the Chambers rapidly developed its reputation in the area of Admiralty Maritime Laws, which is presently one of the core areas of practice of the firm.
“We can therefore highly recommend the legal services of Mr. Rahman to any party, which needs legal support in Bangladesh in matters relating to international trade, financing and transport.”
-Dr. Klaus Kostka, Partner, Fleet Hamburg LLP, Germany
Mr. Rahman is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. As a counsel in arbitration Mr. Rahman has been successfully involved in international sales, Power, IT, shipbuilding, Construction related arbitration. Mr. Rahman successfully conducted ADR on a national payment switch project over dispute valued at $1.08 million.
He regularly advises major multinational companies, new startup business, local and foreign investors, garments and textiles etc.
The reported cases successfully conducted by Mr. Rahman are:
LC Fraud (Hallmark case) Alvi Spinning Mills Ltd and others vs Govt of Bangladesh 19 MLR(HCD)277,
Institutional Reorganisation: Md Shamsuddin and 256 others vs Bangladesh 2 CLR (HCD) 523,
Admiralty and Maritime claim: Marodi Services vs MV Swift Cro. in 2 CLR(HCD) (2014) 456,
CIB (Banking): Anwar Cement Limited vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 65 DLR (2013) 97; 40CLC(HCD) 2011,
Natural justice: Amjad Hossain vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 17 BLC (HC) 188; 41CLC(HCD)2012,
Tenancy: Dr. Moosa Bin Shamsher vs. Ayub Ali & Others reported in 2 LNJ (2013) 18 etc.
- Member, International Bar Association
- Member, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association
- Member, Dhaka Bar Association
- Member, Barristers’ Association of Bangladesh
- LC Fraud(Hallmark case) Alvi Spinning Mills Ltd and others vs Govt of Bangladesh 19 MLR(HCD)277
- Institutional Reorganisation: Md Shamsuddin and 256 others vs Bangladesh 2 CLR (HCD) 523
- International Trade: Freight Management vs. Bangladesh Bank 2 CLR (HCD) 586; 19 MLR (HCD)336:
- Admiralty and Maritime claim: Marodi Services vs MV Swift Cro. in 2 CLR(HCD) (2014) 456
- Arbitration(power plant): BPDB vs. Summit Industrial in 19 BLC(2014)284; 2 CLR(HCD) (2014)73
- CIB report(guarantor): Anwar Cement Limited vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 65 DLR (2013) 97 ; 40CLC(HCD) 2011
- Natural justice: Amjad Hossain vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 17 BLC (HC) 188; 41CLC(HCD)2012
- Tenancy: Dr. Moosa Bin Shamsher vs. Ayub Ali & Others reported in 2 LNJ (2013) 18
- Member, Election Appellate Board, Leather-goods Footwear & Manufacturer’s Association of Bangladesh
- Member, Election Appellate Board, Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI)
- Chairman, Election Appellate Board, Leather-goods Footwear & Manufacturer’s Association of Bangladesh
- Legal Adviser, Primary Dealers of Bangladesh Limited
- Retainer, Data Path Ltd
- Retainer, Saturn Textiles Ltd.
- Retainer, UAE-Bangladesh Investment Company Ltd.(UBICO)
- Panel lawyer, several banks and financial institutions and others.
- Regional contributor, World Bank Group, various project
- Counsel in Corporate & Commercial litigation before High court, District/magistrate court & tribunals.
- Counsel or arbitrator/mediator in arbitration, mediation and other ADR in construction, commercial and investment matters.
- Commercial transactions, International Trade, Trade fraud
- Banking, finance and insurance and related fraud
- Maritime, Shipping, shipbuilding and marine insurance.
- Power, energy and other infrastructure projects
- Merger/Amalgamation, take over, winding up, Corporate restructuring and related matters
- LC Payment: Rahul Computex vs. Fahami Apparels Ltd;
- LC fraud: How are You Ltd vs. Taqwa fabrics; Saturn Textiles Ltd vs. Showzing
- VAT: Crown Melamine Ind. Ltd vs. VAT Appellate Tribunal
- Customs: Energy Prima vs BPDB.
- Shipbuilding: Hyldebrand Singapore Pte Ltd vs Ananda Shipward
- Power: Summit Power Limited vs. BPDB
- Power: Smith Co-generation (BD) Ltd. vs. BPDB and GOB
- Power: Quantum Power vs BPDB
- IT: Infotech Pte Ltd vs Bangladesh Bank
- Shipbuilding: Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Ltd vs. Komrowski Maritim GMBH, Germany
- VAT: Grameen Danone Foods Ltd vs. Customs, Excise and VAT Authorities (ADR from Appellate Tribuna
- VAT: Grameen Danone Foods Ltd vs. Commissioner, Customs, Excise and VAT commissionerate
- Labour: BPDB vs. Mozammel Hoque
- Takeover of Rancon Sweaters Ltd from Saturn Textiles by A K Khan and MU Union, Kong Kong
- Merger and Amalgamation of New Gen Graphics Ltd and BD Internet Exchange Ltd.
- Power project due diligence and tender documentation for YTL Power International Behard.
- Takeover of Sunshine garments by Fakir Knitwear Ltd
- Syndication/club lending documentation a/c: Bangladesh Biman
- Financing documentation for power project participant Meiya Power Co. Ltd and others.
- Bangladesh Bank Order ( amendment) 2009, Bank Company Ain (amendment) Draft 2009, Financial Institutions Act (Draft) (amendment) 2009 and its translation.
- Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance Act (Draft)
- secured Transaction Act (Draft)
- Guideline on Islamic Banking
- Guideline on Debt and Equity Participation
- Guideline on Public Private Partnership (power sector)
- “Crisis time drafting of commercial contracts” titled Article was published in The Daily Star.
- “Judicial Intervention in Administrative Action: Bangladesh Bank Perspective” titled Article was published in The Daily Star.
- “Preventing money laundering What should be the mechanism?” titled Article was published in The Daily Star.
- “Common International Trade Disputes in Bangladesh” titled Article was published in the BIAC Fifth Anniversary Souvenir.
- “Construction and Engineering Related disputes in Bangladesh” titled Article was published in the BIAC Quarterly Bulletin 2017.
- “Power Sector Related Arbitration in Bangladesh” titled Article was published in the BIAC’s 6th Anniversary Souvenir.
- Labor Mediation: Technique and Approaches by Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, USA and BIAC
- Project Finance Training Course by Infrastructure Development Company Ltd.
- Executive Course on VAT at BDjobs training centre
- CIArb (East Asia Branch) Centenary Celebration at JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong in 2015
- Postgraduate Certificate- Laws (Commercial and Corporate law), University of London, UK (2017)
- Bar Vocation Course, the College of Law, London, UK
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of London, UK(2002)
- Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Dhaka College, Dhaka.
- Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dhaka Residential Model College, Dhaka.
Recognition and Award
- Ranked by Chambers & Partners -2017 for ‘Corporate & Finance”
- Recommended by Dr Klaus Kostka Partner Feet hamburg For International Trade
- Recommended by Mr. Khurshid Najmi, Partner, Indian Law Services for Power and Banking
- Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London (2003)
- Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
- Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)
- Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London(ACIArb)
- Associate Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore (ASIArb)
- Panel Mediator, Bangladesh International Arbitration Center(BIAC)
- CEDR Accredited Mediator, London, UK
- Head of Chambers (2006-today)
- Ex Legal Consultant, Power Cell, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Dhaka (2007-2008)
- Ex Associate, A. Hossain & Associates, Dhaka Office (The chambers of Mr. Ajmalul Hossain QC) & Support Lawyer, Legal Counsel, Central Bank Strengthening Project, Bangladesh Bank for A Hossain & Associates( 2004-2006)
- Ex trainee, Lee, Khan & Partners (2004).