Saifullah Khan

Managing Partner


Mr. Khan, an international trade lawyer, 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 also practices the Anti-trust and Competition Law, E-Commerce, Trade Agreements, Dispute Settlement and issues relating to para-tariff & non-tariff barriers. 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 years 2017 & 2018. In the beginning of this year, Mr. Khan has been awarded ‘Special Achievement Gold Medal’ by FPCCI in recognition of remarkable contributions over the last year as Chairman of the Standing Committee of WTO Affairs. Mr. Khan has an extensive and global advisory portfolio in development of International Trade Management System, International Trade Agreements, Foreign Trade Development. Recently, Mr. Khan has been awarded a certificate of completion for the Mastering Trade Policy program, August 17 – 26, 2018, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.

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. His firm is one of the contributors of Business for etrade development – a private sector arm of the “UNCTAD-led etrade for all initiative” to help developing country governments, international agencies, and leading donors optimize public policies and aid allocations for ecommerce development and cross-border ecommerce worldwide.

A few months earlier, Mr. Khan attended 4th Ecommerce Week (April 16th– 20th, 2018) at Geneva organized by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). His firm had also co-organised a session with UNCTAD in ecommerce week with the title “Public-Private dialogue to drive ecommerce”. He had also moderated this session comprised of six high profile panelists from public and private sectors from various countries who brought with them self-experienced success stories of public and private dialogue for the promotion of ecommerce and for offering solutions to ecommerce problems. He also had the opportunity to speak as panelist in three other sessions wherein he highlighted the upcoming trends of ecommerce relating to online platforms, women’s empowerment through digitalization, finding common ways to promote financial inclusion and ecommerce in different cultures around the world.

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). He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), United Kingdom.

Saeed Hasan Khan



Mr. Saeed Hasan Khan is professionally trained and skilled accounts professional as well as 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 with the Audit Firm blended a particular and unique professional skill in the fields of accounts and 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 also studied Public Administration and hold a Masters degree in this discipline. He is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), United Kingdom.

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 more than 16 years of professional experience, he has been actively involved in providing professional services in the fields of accountancy and taxation advisory 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.

He has also been engagement director in respect of special assignments concerning due diligence, third part mandated financial and non-financial assignments, internal audit (both financial and system) investigation and special purpose audit engagements.

His core competencies and experience include:

  • Supervision of financial audit plans by understanding organization objectives, structure, policies, processes, internal controls, and external regulations; identifying risk areas; preparing audit scope and objectives; preparing audit programs.
  • Assessment of compliance with financial regulations and controls by reviewing the audit program and assessment of risks and internal controls by identifying areas of non-compliance; evaluating manual and automated financial processes; identifying process weaknesses and inefficiencies and operational issues.
  • Review of the audit work papers and finalization of the audit report.
  • Supervision of the due diligence assignments and communication of the findings to the Client’s management.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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