Corporate Financing, Project Financing & Direct Foreign Investment

Bangladesh is a booming economy, recently making the list of low-middle income countries as per the World Bank. Consequently, in Bangladesh, the fastest growing practice area is the Corporate/Project Financing & Investment as the economy is enlarging with a stable government in power. According to the IMF, the Bangladeshi economy is projected to grow from $180 billion to $322 billion by 2021. High-growth domestic markets, government support, lower valuations of takeover targets and ready access to capital have provided unprecedented opportunities for investors all across the world to explore new market in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is already one of the leading FDI targets in the Asia Pacific. In the last six years, net FDI inflows into Bangladesh have been growing enormously, hitting over $2.2 billion in 2015. China alone, as per the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, is planning to increase the Chinese FDI in Bangladesh by 50% in the coming years. Currently the country is seeing number of foreign and local investments in different corporate sectors and in the capital market. Furthermore, Bangladesh is concentrating on and developing its infrastructure facility through Public Private Partnership (PPP), requiring extensive need of financing for and from private sectors. The increased need of investment is facilitated by various legislations and supported by multiple financing institutes, including commercial banks, financing corporations and NBFIs. In fact, the companies are now encouraged to raise financing through different model of investment options such as Foreign Lending, Bond, Sukuk (Islamic Bond), Lease Financing, Syndicated Financing, ECA Financing, Commercial Paper etc. Inevitably, this means that the Corporate/Project Financing, Investment deals and significant numbers of associated Joint ventures, Merger & Acquisitions are going to be busiest sectors in Bangladesh in the next few years.

A.S & Associates is prepared for the change in the economy. We understand the need of the investors & financers, and accordingly we provide them various legal services related to this growing sector, including preparing and negotiating term loan agreement, escrow account agreement, pari pasu security sharing agreement, trust deed, subscription agreement, agency agreement, equity retention and put-option agreement and security documents including mortgage deed, hypothecation of fixed and floating assets, lien on account and share, pledge on share etc. for execution of syndicated loan financing or lease financing and issuance of Bonds, Commercial Papers and preference Share etc. Our dedicated team is ready to provide you the whole range of services needed for a safe and secured investment through proper channel in the most tax efficient and bankable structure. While offering our services, we also assist our clients in negotiation and finalizing the transaction documents to ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance with the applicable laws of the land. Furthermore, recently through our Branch Office and Network Firm, we have extended this service to the Industrial Capital of the Country, Maymensingh and to an important foreign investment hub, Moulovibazar, Sylhet.

Practice Team

Practice Lead:

A.S.A Bari, Managing Partner

Other Partners:

Farhana Khan, Partner

Team Leader:

Dewan Faisal, Senior Associate

Team Members:

Ibtida Farhat Tropa, Associate

Faria Haq, Associate