The Cathay Associates network member in Dhaka, Bangladesh:

Established: 1965

Staff: 29

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

—John Maxwell

Cathay Associates in Dhaka, Doulah & Doulah, is one of is one of the oldest and most experienced law firms in Bangladesh. As a leading law firm for over 50 years, the firm has been continuously rated as the best law firm of Bangladesh by AsiaLaw.  Our firm places special emphasis on teamwork in providing an integrated approach to dealing successfully with the complex legal and business problems our clients face.


Top Ranked in Chambers Asia for “Banking & Finance” practice

Top Ranked in Chambers Global for “Banking & Finance”
“Intellectual Property”
Recommended “Dispute Resolution” practice

Top Ranked in Legal500 for “Corporate”
“Banking & Finance”
“Intellectual Property
Recommended “Dispute Resolution” practice


  • Banking and finance:
    We bring a true banking and finance expertise complemented by strong security documentation capabilities. Advises banks like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank in banking products. Finance clients include IFC, Akabank, ADB, IDB, Sinosure, CEXIM, ICBC, China Development Bank, Finnfund, OPIC etc.
  • Dispute resolution:
    Complemented by a strong litigation practice, we provide effective dispute resolution capabilities. Currently acting in Niko blowout litigations, and conducting arbitrations for Gulf Air (ICC) and Microsoft.
  • Foreign Investment and M&A:
    Market leading practice under this area. Major clients include Nokia, China Communication, Maxim, Evergreen etc. M&A Clients include China Railway, Zhenhua, Huawei, GlaxoSmithKline, Mitsubishi, HSBC etc.  Capital market clients include all major institutional investors including Morgan Stanley, Citi, CLSA, Credit Suisse, ABN Amro.
  • Infrastructure and construction:
    Extensive experience in all kinds of infrastructure. Acted for the contractors in Jamuna Bridge. Currently advising Sinohydro in Padma Bridge and China Railway in First Dhaka Elevated Expressway Projects.
  • Power and energy:
    Clients include SNPC, CMEC, Shanghai Electric, Isolux, CCC etc. Financing clients include Sinosure, CEXIM, ICBC , China Development Bank etc. M&A clients include AES, El Paso and CCE-Solar. Advised Weatherford, ONGC, OIL etc. for PSC and gas exploration matters. Currently advising Excelerate-Energy in the first regasification terminal project.
  • Taxation and employment: These are integral parts of D&D’s corporate practice with matters ranging from tribunal to appellate division of Supreme Court with clients like Gap, Walmart, BAT, GE, HP etc.
  • Telecommunication:
    Assisted one of the finest with clients like Hyalroute, ZTE, Huawei, Telenor etc. in various regulatory, investment and M&A matters


Shamsud Doulah 

Senior Partner

A.B.M. Nasirud Doulah 


Amina Khatoon



Cathay Associates in Dhaka, Doulah & Doulah, is a leading law firm in Bangladesh with top-ranked transactional capabilities complemented by a strong litigation practice. We recognize that our clients’ needs cannot always be met solely by traditional legal responses; instead they require innovative and responsive solutions, which advance the clients’ business as well as their legal objectives.


Lawyers from specialized practice areas work in close consultation with each other to ensure that the full range of the firm’s expertise and inter-disciplinary capabilities are provided to clients.


Our Dhaka-based firm specializes in numerous areas, including shipping, banking, investment and commercial and general civil law practice. Additionally, we render a wide-range of legal services such as confidential intelligence reports and lobbying.

We have also established a branch office in the port city of Chittagong.


  • Intellectual property

Our IP practice is regarded as the strongest in Bangladesh, both for protection and enforcement. The firm implemented the concept of well-known mark for Nokia in Bangladesh and acted in IP enforcement for Sony against over 200 counterfeiters.

  • Power and energy

We possess unparalleled expertise in the power and mining sector, structuring twenty-four power projects thus far.  The firm provides complete end to end corporate solutions to clients beginning from structuring advisory to reorganization, repatriation and winding up.

  • Aviation

We have, undoubtedly, leading the aviation practice sector in Bangladesh with wide experience in this sector with respect to advisory work and drafting of documents on a wide-range of aviation matters, including protecting, perfecting, and enforcing ownership or security interests in aircrafts, cross border aircraft purchase, mortgage of aircrafts and aircraft parts, wet and dry leasing of aircrafts as well as financing of the full range of aircraft related transactions. As far as the lease financing capabilities of the firm is concerned the firm advises on all sorts of aircraft purchase, lease, mortgage, licensing, and lien etc. issues. The firm also has significant experience in handling carriers’ liability resulting from casualties, collision, pilotage, towing and salvage under Bangladesh law and international conventions.


Plot – 153/2, Road 2/2 Mirpur,
12A, 1221
Dhaka District

+880 171 150 6015