Firm History & Profile

Founded in 1980, Akhtar Imam & Associates is a full service law firm providing a wide range of legal services to national and multinational corporations, in all sectors of industries. Akhtar Imam, the founder, is now a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and regarded as a leading expert in corporate and commercial law in the country. He is also widely respected for his integrity and high ethical standards. Prior to establishing the firm, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1970 and enjoyed a successful law practice in London from 1971 to 1979. Underpinning our firm and our work is our commitment to excellence. We are well known for our expertise in corporate and commercial law, litigation, banking law, arbitration, industrial and employment law, and constitutional law. All our lawyers have been educated in leading national and international universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. We have worked in collaboration with many renowned law firms and eminent lawyers across the globe on diverse projects and have established a reputation for responsiveness and availability in our dealings with clients. Our profound understanding of our clients’ businesses enables us to provide commercially viable and cost effective solutions to our clients. In this way we have built strong and trusted relationships with our clients, which, include, an impressive array of multi-nationals, large private and state-owned enterprises, international and domestic banks and high profile business personalities. Our lawyers and consultants regularly contribute to their areas of practice by speaking in seminars, conferences on current legal issues and by writing articles and papers for leading newspapers, and legal and business publications on issues related to their areas of specialization. They also frequently appear in media interviews on topical legal, political and social issues. At Akhtar Imam & Associates we view diversity as critical to the increasingly international nature of our business and have created a working environment where people from different backgrounds can thrive.

Commitment to Community

Our commitment to the community stands side by side with our commitment to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. Our longstanding tradition of skill-based pro bono and community involvement is evidence of this commitment. Our members regularly, among others, participate in blood donation and flood relief support programmes, sponsor community sports events and donate to charities for rehabilitation of sex workers and acid victims. We realise that board service is one of the most valuable assets that the business community can offer non-profits. Under Akhtar Imam’s leadership and strategic guidance as elected Chairman of the board, Marie Stopes Bangladesh, an affiliate of Marie Stopes International, UK, has significantly expanded its operations in Bangladesh over a short span of time. It is now successfully working towards its mission of improving reproductive health all over Bangladesh. The parent entity, Marie Stopes International also regularly seeks his guidance and advice in legal and strategic issues. As an avid Rotarian for over 30 years, Akhtar Imam has fought various causes of national and global importance. In Bangladesh he spear-headed a movement to increase corporate involvement in HIV/AIDS prevention and promote awareness of human rights and ethical issues involving HIV/AIDS patients. He represented both, Rotary club and Marie Stopes in, among others, HIV/AIDS related regional and international seminars held in Kualalumpur and Melbourne. He was awarded the Paul Harris fellow in recognition of his contribution and service to the Rotary movement and the community. As President of the Barristers’ Association of Bangladesh, Akhtar Imam has worked towards the general welfare of the legal fraternity in Bangladesh.