Afzal received his BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry and Management from King’s College, London in 1993. He then completed a postgraduate Diploma in Law in 1994 from Southbank University. Afzal was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, London in March 1996. Afzal is enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2001. Prior to joining Chambers Afzal worked for the Civil Litigation Department of Price Waterhouse in London from October 1995 to February 1998.
Afzal joined Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates in March 1998 and has been involved in commercial law matters.
His areas of expertise in Chambers include advising clients in the areas of gas and oil exploration, power generation and telecommunications. Afzal advises many of the private sector telecommunication operators in Bangladesh and is familiar with the regulatory commission and its law. Afzal regularly drafts opinions and reviews regulatory issues and licensing matters for the private telecommunication operators and has experience of arbitration on behalf of a private telecom operator against a government owned and controlled operator.
Afzal was also recently involved in negotiating and reviewing loan documentation for a multi-million dollar international and local syndicated loan for a private telecom operator. Afzal attended a seminar on ‘UK Oil and Gas Law’ presented by the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee in Edinburgh in conjunction with the law firm Cameron Mckenna, London and also a seminar and workshop on ‘Petroleum Operations under the Bangladesh PSC Regime’ by Dennis C. Stickley.
Afzal has been involved in reviewing proposed/draft legislation circulated by the Law Reform Commission on information technology, copyright laws and has advised the Law Reform Commission on suggested amendments to the newly enacted Arbitration Act 2001.
Afzal has provided legal services to the ADB as an external legal consultant on the Ashuganj Power Plant Corporatisation Project and was closely involved in the consortium looking into the Privatisation and Corporatisation of Biman Bangladesh Airlines as part of a World Bank funded project. He is familiar with the Guidelines for Foreign Exchange Transactions and has liaised with senior officials of Bangladesh Bank including the Governor on several occasions on behalf of banks. Afzal has experience in the arbitration process conducted under the Rules of Conciliation and Arbitration of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and has also successfully assisted in defending a client before the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.
L.L.B. Honours, U.K. Barrister-at-Law, being called to the Bar in 1990, from Gray's Inn; practiced in the U.K.; enrolled as an advocate of the Dhaka High Court 1991 and an Advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court 1993 and a partner of THE LAW ASSOCIATES.