Saifullah Khan

Managing Partner

Email: saifullah.khan@sukhan.com.pk

Mr. Khan, an international trade lawyer (trade policy expert), has more than fifteen years of practical experience in the areas of international trade policy and law advisory. He carries an expertise in WTO Laws, which includes Agreement on Antidumping, Agreement on Subsidies & Countervailing Measures, Agreement on Safeguards, General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and TRIPS. He has advised various government agencies, in Pakistan and other countries, in drafting trade defense laws and rules. He also practices the  Anti-trust and Competition law. Mr. Khan is also working as Chairman of the Standing Committee on WTO Affairs of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) for the year 2017 & 2018.

Mr. Khan has an extensive and global advisory portfolio in  development of International Trade Management System, International Trade Agreements, Foreign Trade Development services and issues relating to para-tariff & non-tariff barriers.

Mr. Khan has been engaged in more than 75% of the antidumping investigations initiated by the Pakistani Antidumping Authority (i.e. National Tariff Commission, Ministry of Commerce – Pakistan) till date. He has been providing antidumping consultancy services to the domestic industry in Pakistan, working for them as a petitioner (representing them throughout the investigation till the imposition of final antidumping duties). He has represented a large number of foreign producers / exporters in various countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand etc.) in a number of antidumping investigations initiated by Pakistan; working as their attorney in Pakistan and defended them till final determination, in compliance with the provisions of WTO Agreement on Antidumping and Domestic Legislation. He has also defended antidumping cases of a number of Pakistani exporting companies, which were facing antidumping allegations from foreign antidumping authorities. Furthermore, Mr. Khan has been advising clients/ trade associations in Pakistan and abroad on tariff related issues, including but not limited to, tariff setting and tariff protection for their concerned products and seeking concessional tariffs as well. Mr. Khan has been representing his clients before the Appellate forum in antidumping investigations.

Mr. Khan has also developed expertise and enagaged in the advisory activities  in the legal, policy and regulatory framework for e-commerce. Mr. Khan has developed a deep understanding of key issues with particular reference to guidelines and model laws framed/adopted by United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Mr. Khan represented Pakistan at the 50th session of UNCITRAL held at Vienna during July 2017, wherein UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferrable Records was adopted. He is currently advising Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan in connection with devising policy frame work for e-commerce in Pakistan in line with the guidelines and model laws framed/adopted by UNCITRAL. He is also engaged in the “e-trade-for-all” initiative and helping developing countries in better understanding the policy implications of the e-commerce discussions at the global level, including at UNCTAD and the WTO.

In the areas of Antitrust & Competition (merger & acquisition, cartels & restrictive agreements, monopolies and abuse of dominant positions), he has been providing advisory services to clients and suggesting ways and means to comply with the relevant legal provisions of the prevalent law (Competition Act 2010), protecting their interests through invoking the provisions of the law and pleading their cases before the Competition Commission of Pakistan to avoid any likely adverse action against his clients. He has also been pleading and defending his clients in cases of appeals before Competition Appellate Tribunal.

Mr. Khan has always been very active in discussing issues of national and international interest at the relevant international forums like WTO, UNCTAD, ITC and UNCITRAL etc. He has also represented Government of Pakistan in international forums like WTO, UNCITRAL etc.

He has been writing and presenting papers on the subjects relating to international trade laws including but not limited to Trade Defence Laws of WTO, Competition law, Dispute Settlement, Prefrential Trade Agreements, E-Commerce, Trade in Services etc.

Mr. Khan is a practicing lawyer and member of Islamabad Bar Council, management accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors – USA, Fellow Member of the Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) and Member Rawalpindi-Islamabad Tax Bar Association (RITBA).

Saeed Hasan Khan

Partner

Email: saeed.hasan@sukhan.com.pk

Mr. Saeed Hasan Khan is professionally trained and skilled tax practitioner. His professional career commenced way back in 1997 when he joined Khalid Majid Hussain Rahman (Chartered Accountants) a member firm of Deloitte & Touche International at Islamabad, Pakistan. His accountancy education coupled with extensive practical training of four years blended a particular and unique professional skill in the broader field of taxation. Later on, he studied law and obtain an LL.B. qualification which further strengthen his professional knowledge and skills. He is enrolled as an Advocate with the Islamabad Bar Council.

He has worked with Hussian Rahman, Chartered Accountants and Omer Adil & Co., Chartered Accountants as Manager Tax and Director Tax, between 2001 to 2016. During his illustrious 15 years of professional experience, he has been actively involved in providing professional services in the fields of taxation advisory, execution, planning and litigation as well as business consultancy. During his professional career and experience, he has been exposed to various multinational, national, government sponsored corporations’ taxation besides individual taxation of both Pakistani nationals and expatriate employees of the multinational companies. His core competencies and experience include:

  • Handling taxation advisory, execution and appellate matters of various National and Multinational Clients.
  • Preparation of income tax returns. Attendances before various tax authorities and finalization of assessments under liaison with client.
  • Fully conversant with appeal procedure and exposed to plead appeals before the Commissioner Inland Revenue (Appeals) and the Inland Revenue Appellate Tribunal. Also experienced in alternate dispute resolution and complaints with Ombudsman.
  • Cost effective tax planning and finalization of specialized tax opinions particularly on tax issues circumventing foreign entities like international taxation viz-a-viz double taxation treaties, withholding taxes and presumptive tax regime.
  • Salary structuring of international staff.
  • Assisted one of the members of the Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan (Pakistan’s national tax administration) committee on re-drafting of the Income Tax Ordinance, 1979, which later on promulgated as the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.
  • Seeking clarification from the Federal Board of Revenue on specific legal provisions of the income tax law on behalf of clients.
  • Engaged in Special Audit of the Tax Payers, both Corporate and Individuals, out-sourced by the Federal Board of Revenue.
  • Knowledge and working experience of all inland taxes including Income Tax, Sales Tax (Federal & Provincial), Federal Excise and Customs.
  • Good level knowledge of other business related laws like labor laws.
  • Fully conversant with procedures, policies and frame-work of the Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, as he has been appearing/pleading the cases before officials on behalf of clients.
  • Exposure to various corporate law matters including incorporation of a company, preparation & filing of statutory returns with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
  • Drafting of various agreements/arrangements regarding business transactions.
  • Engaged in various consultancy assignments of the clients including public sector entities (Pakistan Railways, Merger of Aiwan-e-Iqbal and Iqbal Academy Pakistan), Public Financial Management Assessment on DFID bench marks, capacity building of clients.
  • Engaged in development and execution of frame-work for monitoring & evaluation of different commercial and donor-funded projects.
  • During 15+ years of career he has developed a particular expertise in report writing, legal drafting, agreements drafting and related business communication, besides his expertise also includes interpretation of statutes/laws and effective tax planning.

His work experience broadly pertains to following sectors:

  • Government Entities
  • Oil Exploration & Production Companies
  • Oil Service Companies
  • Power Sector
  • Telecom
  • Technology Companies
  • Educational Institutions/Universities
  • Not-for-Profit Entities