Saifullah Khan

Managing Partner

Email:

Saifullah.Khan@sukhan.com.pk

Mr. Khan, an international trade, technology and policy lawyer, has more than twenty years of diversified and multi-jurisdictional professional experience in the areas of international trade policy and law advisory. He carries expertise in World Trade Organization (WTO) Laws, which includes Agreement on Antidumping, Agreement on Subsidies & Countervailing Measures, Agreement on Safeguards, General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) etc. He also practices Anti-Trust and Competition Law, Data Protection & Cyber Security, IT & E- Commerce, Trade Agreements, issues relating to para-tariff & non-tariff barriers and Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms like Mediation & Arbitration etc. He has advised numerous clients in this regard and has also represented clients before the executive and judicial forum. His work also includes advising government on trade policy issues and on trade remedy laws.

Mr. Khan has been representing his clients before the Appellate forum and has also been pleading and defending his clients in cases of appeals before Antidumping Appellate Tribunal and Competition Appellate Tribunal. He has also been pleading and defending his clients in cases of appeals/suites/petitions before the superior courts (High Courts) of Pakistan.

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 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 specific products and seeking concessional tariffs as well.

Mr. Khan is Harvard Alumni, he did a course on “Mastering Trade Policy” from Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, USA and another course on “Negotiation” from Harvard Law School, hosted by the Global Business School in Dubai. Mr. Khan has attended a certificate course on “Data: Law, Policy and Regulation” from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is a Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Pakistan Commission on Alternate Dispute Resolution & Mediation.

Mr. Khan actively participated as a speaker, moderator and attended various international forums including, World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), World Economic Forum (WEF), European Commission (EC), BRICS & SCO, etc.

Mr. Khan is a member of NENA Regional Network of Experts on Agriculture Trade (RNE-AT) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. As RNE-AT, Mr. Khan participated in a training course organized by the FAO. The course was held at Rabat, Morocco during May 30th to June 3rd 2022. The course was on “Facilitating Trade for Food Security” for NENA Region. In this course Mr. Khan delivered a presentation, to the course participants from fifteen countries, on “Managing Imports of Food in NENA Region, Particularly the Imports of Grains from Major Supply Sources”. He also attended a meeting of members of RNE-AT for which Mr. Khan developed an issue paper on “Ensuring Food Security Through Use of Big Data & Analytics” and delivered a presentation on the same during the meeting.

Do Agri Data needs to be regulated and if so why? Participated as one of the panelists in a session “Big Data and Analytics for AgriFood Systems”. The session was part of a two-days “Food for Future Summit & Expo” held at Exhibition Center, Expo 2020, Dubai, organized by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Mr. Khan expressed his thoughts on the need and challenges to regulate the Agri Data collection through Information & Communication Technology means (February 23rd, 2022).

Mr. Khan has authored number of articles on professional subjects/topics, published in renowned magazines, journals and newspapers. He has been writing and presenting papers on the subjects relating to international trade and other laws including:

  • Trade Defence Laws of WTO
  • Competition law, Dispute Settlement
  • Preferential Trade Agreements
  • E-Commerce
  • Trade in Services
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • International Arbitration
  • Anti- Money Laundering etc.

His professional articles have been published by many international renowned publications. Most recently his writings have been published in:

  • The International Trade Law Review (United Kingdom)
  • Global Legal Group’s International Comparative Legal Guides (United Kingdom)
  • Lexology Getting The Deal Through (United Kingdom)
  • Legal 500 (United Kingdom)
  • Chambers & Partners (United Kingdom)
  • MONDAQ (United Kingdom)
  • OneTrust (United Kingdom)
  • The Law Reviews (United Kingdom)
  • Financier Worldwide (United Kingdom)
  • Thomson Reuters (United Kingdom) etc.

He has participated as a panelist in webinars that his firm has organized with the Legal 500 and Mondaq (United Kingdom). The webinars were on privacy and personal data protection for Pakistan and United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Khan had delivered lectures to the Government Officers of the UAE at Mohamamd Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) at Dubai on “Global Governance and Personal Data Protection (October 23, 2022)” and “Global Governance and Antidumping: one of the emerging public policy issues (March 13, 2022)”.

During his professional career, Mr. Khan visited Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and USA for advisory services, for attending international events and for holding meetings with international partners with whom different cases/projects were being carried out in international trade matters.

Mr. Khan is a practicing lawyer (Advocate High Court) and member of Islamabad Bar Council, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), United Kingdom, 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 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