For 40 years the name Barrister Akhtar Imam has stood for excellence in legal service. He is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts in company, commercial and constitutional law. Having enjoyed a successful law practice at the Bar of England and Wales for 10 years, Barrister Akhtar Imam moved to his native country Bangladesh in 1980 and founded Akhtar Imam & Associates.
During his illustrious career he has acted as both counsel and amicus curiae in ground breaking cases in the constitutional history of Bangladesh, e.g. the case that declared the 5th Amendment to our Constitution illegal. He has been involved in high profile company law litigation like the shareholders dispute in Ittefaque Group of Publications, the largest-circulating national Bengali daily newspaper. He has also acted in landmark mergers and acquisitions e.g. the acquisition of Sheba Telecom by Egyptian Telecom giant Orascom Telecom Holding to form Banglalink, the deal being the first international acquisition in the telecom sector.
He is in the board of various companies and non-profit organisations which regularly seek his strategic guidance. His attention to detail and dedication to providing strategically sound and commercially viable solutions to his clients have made him one of the most highly regarded legal minds in Bangladesh. He is also widely respected for his uncompromising integrity and high ethical standards.
- 1970, Barrister-at-Law, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, England
- 1976, Advocate, High Court Division, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2001, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
- 1965, B.A., University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 1966, M.A., University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 1967, LLB, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 1973, LLM, Kings College, University of London, England
Representative work & amicus curiae:
- Appointed Senior Counsel in the high profile and controversial case challenging the legality of a Ruling passed by the Speaker in National Parliament stating that a High Court Judge has violated the Constitution
- Appointed Senior Counsel in the landmark constitutional law case that challenged the legality of the bifurcation of the Dhaka City Corporation
- Currently representing a multinational in its proposed acquisition of the entire passive mobile telecom infrastructure of one of the largest mobile telecom operators in Bangladesh: this deal is set to become the first of its kind in Bangladesh (Deal value: USD 250 million)
- Successfully defended our country’s international airline, Biman Bangladesh, in multiple law suits filed by over 1000 former employees challenging Biman’s Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).
- Acted as senior counsel in the landmark case that held the 5th Amendment to our Constitution illegal.
- Acquisition of Sheba Telecom by Egyptian telecom giant Orascom Telecom Holding: first international acquisition in the telecom sector in Bangladesh (Deal value: USD 50 million)
- Shareholders dispute in Ittefaque Group of Publications, the largest-circulating national daily Bengali newspaper.
- Acted as amicus curiae in the landmark high court case that declared illegal the constitution of a military tribunal by General Ziaur Rahman’s martial law regime in 1976, to try the detained Colonel Abu Taher and his associates against sedition charges. It also dismissed Taher’s subsequent trial and execution in July of that year as a farce, and noted that Taher and everyone else tried in 1976 would henceforth be considered patriots rather than as traitors.
- President, Barristers’ Association of Bangladesh
- Director, PRAN Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- President, Rotary Club of Dhaka New City
- Director, Singer Bangladesh Limited (still active)
- Chairman, Marie Stopes, Bangladesh (still active)
- President of Lincoln’s Inn Students’ Union, England
- First General Secretary, Barristers’ Association of Bangladesh, England
- Lecturer, Comparative Legal Theory, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh