Equity Suites is a corporate as well as a litigation firm that personifies the top qualities of the Dhaka region itself: coherent, flexible, ready for hard work, and committed to its causes. Practising those homegrown values has made our firm into one of nationwide influence. Equity Suites flourishes on the country’s top legal talent, practices in jurisdictions across Dhaka, and services both local, national, and international clients.
We can proudly declare that our Managing Partner Barrister Jahangir Hossain was the Principal Draftsman of the Value Added Tax Act, 2012 and Value Added Tax Rules, 2016 while he was employed as the Chairman (Acting) and Member (VAT Policy) (Grade 1) of the National Board of Revenue. Every word of the said Act and the Rules was framed, modified and amended by his personal touch. Also, he was the first Project Director of the VAT Online Project of the National Board of Revenue. He has experience of receiving some international training on revenue issues in different countries around the world. Currently, he is the Managing Partner of Equity Suites after his retirement from the government job.
We can also proudly declare that our other partner, Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh who has been practising in property-related issues, international trade and investment as well as in revenue sectors for many years. He has experience in conducting some of the biggest cases in the revenue sector in the Supreme Court, in the Appellate Tribunal of VAT and Customs, and before the facilitators. He also has experience in conducting international trade cases on anti-dumping and countervailing duties with the Ministry of Commerce as well as the Tariff Commission of Bangladesh. He is the Regional Representative (North Asia) of ICC YAF and has experience in conducting several arbitration issues and providing training on behalf of the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC).
Equity Suites is not an average litigation firm because our work is far from average. Recognizing that high-stakes litigation is never routine, Equity Suites was built to accommodate whatever challenge is posed to our client — no matter the opposition, ramification of the case, or legal issue involved. In every matter, Equity Suites’ primary objective is the staging of legal strategies to triumph. This approach has established success beyond our biggest of aspirations. It has earned Equity Suites a reputation as a firm of talented trial and appellate lawyers fully prepared to represent its clients in revenue, civil, criminal, and international trade issues. Most rewardingly, Equity Suites’ approach has attracted clients as diverse and exceptional as the firm’s abilities.
Perhaps the most persuasive indicator of the value we bring to our work is the fact that fellow lawyers and judges often come to us for help when they themselves need representation. Like all of our clients, they understand that Equity Suites will respond swiftly with an approach designed for their subjective needs, whatever their problem.
We humbly welcome and invite you to trust your toughest legal challenges to Equity Suites.
Barrister Jahangir Hossain
Barrister Jahangir Hossain was the Secretary (ex officio) of VAT Policy Unit, Internal Resources Division (IRD), Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is known to be one of the best interpreters of the Value Added Tax and Customs Laws of Bangladesh. His significant life achievements which are worthy of mention are, he was the Principal Draftsman of the ‘Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duties Act, 2012’ and ‘Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duties Rules, 2016’ of Bangladesh and also, he was the first Project Director of VAT Online project of Bangladesh.
He is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincolns Inn, UK; PGDL from City Law School, City University London and also completed his LLB (Honors) from the University of London, UK.
Major training and courses he attended are, ‘Course on VAT Administration and Management’ at Royal Institute of Public Administration, UK and ‘Course on Customs Procedure and Valuation Technique’ in South Korea’. He also attended the Training on Arbitration in India organized by BIAC.
The countries where he had Working Experience are Bangladesh, Australia, UK, Japan, India, China, Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, USA, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, France, Germany, South Africa, Uganda, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong.
Summary of his employment record is, he was Member, VAT Policy (Grade-1) at National Board of Revenue (NBR) from 2012-2018, Commissioner, Large Taxpayer’s Unit (LTU) at NBR from 2009-2012, Commissioner, Customs & VAT Commissionerate, Chattogram under NBR from 2007-2008, First Secretary (VAT & Customs) under NBR from 2005-2007, Additional Commissioner Customs & VAT Commissionerate, Rajshahi under NBR from 2004-2005, Director, Duty Drawback office, Dhaka under NBR from 2001-2004, Joint Commissioner, Inland Container Depot, Kamlapur, Dhaka under NBR from 1999-2001, Joint Commissioner, Dhaka Custom House, Dhaka under NBR from 1998-1999, Second Secretary (Customs) under NBR from 1994-1998, Deputy Collector, Benapole Custom House, Jessore under NBR from 1992-1993, Assistant Collector, Mongla Custom House, Khulna under NBR from 1990-1991, Assistant Collector Custom and Excise Collectorate, Dhaka under NBR from 1989-1990, Assistant Collector, Custom & Excise Divisional office, Rajshahi under NBR from 1988-1989, Assistant Commissioner & Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner’s office, Naogoan under Ministry of Establishment Government of Bangladesh from 1986-1988. Additionally, he was a Part-Time Faculty in the University Institute of Technology and Sciences (UITS) for the period from 2012 to 2013.
Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar
Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar is one of the founders and Senior Partner of Equity Suites. This Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn (UK), PgDL from City Law School, City University London and LLB (Hons.) from the University of London, is an Advocate of Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Panel Lawyer of Bangladesh Bank, the Central and Regulatory Bank of all Banks of Bangladesh, Member, ICC YAF Committee And Regional Representative, North Asian Chapter of ICC YAF; A Life Member of Hon’ble Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK; a Member of International Association of Constitutional Law, South Africa; an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb, UK); a Member of Dhaka Taxes Bar Association; a Member of Trade & Investment Working Committee, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD); a Trainer of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC); former Consultant of Action Research on ‘Enforcement of Contracts’ for Addressing Trade Barriers, done by BUILD in collaboration with PROKAS, British Council.
He is a Senior Consultant and Head of the Legal Team at Centre for International Arbitration, Trade and Investment Laws of Bangladesh (CIATILbd), where Major concerns of Practice are International Trade and Investment laws. He was a Volunteer Facilitator, Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh (WTO Cell), Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission and Law Commission of Bangladesh. He was a Former Associate to Mahmudul Islam, Probir Neogi & Associates (Head: Mr Mahmudul Islam, Ex. Attorney General and also the author of ‘Code of Civil Procedure’ and ‘Constitutional Law of Bangladesh’) and also Former Legal researcher to Advocate Md. Abdul Wahab Khandoker, High Court Division and Judge Court Comilla. He is the Panel Lawyers of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), a Statutory Public Corporation of the Government of the people’s Republic of Bangladesh; Rupali Bank Limited, a state-owned commercial bank (SCB); BD Finance, a non-banking financial institution. He is a Senior Faculty Member at the Department of Law, Bhuiyan Academy (providing an external study of the University of London). In the near past, he was the Chief Executive Officer (Acting) at ‘Jaigajomin.com’, which verifies property documents for sale, lease or rent of flats, plots of residential or commercial as well as of business and Industries. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), former Lecturer (Part-time) at the Department of Legal studies, London Ambassador College (LAC), London, UK.
Mr Kawsar has extensive Arbitration and other ADR experience: He participated as Arbitration Counsel in an International Arbitration and as Arbitrator and Arbitration Counsel in some local Arbitrations held in Bangladesh. He has several affiliations and memberships relating to Arbitration and other ADR. He has many remarkable activities relating to Arbitration and other ADR. He provided several pieces of training relating to Arbitration and other ADR and also received several notable pieces of training as well as participated and presented in seminars and workshops relating to Arbitration and other ADR.
Besides having several affiliations and memberships relating to Trade and Investment Laws, he has a good number of noteworthy activities relating to Trade and Investment Laws with the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh (WTO Cell) as well as the Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission. Also, he has some remarkable participation relating to trade and investment issues.
Dr Mohammad Faisal Ahammad
Consultant, FDI and Merger & Acquisition
Dr Mohammad Faisal Ahammad’s expertise is on examining determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), International mergers & acquisitions, multinational corporations (MNCs), ambidexterity, strategic agility.
Dr Ahammad is the Associate Professor of International Business & Strategy of the Centre for International Business (CIBUL), Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, the UK, since 2017. From January 2019, he is an External Examiner of Masters' Programs in International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. Since 2018, Dr Ahammad is an External Examiner of UG and PG International Business Program in Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK. He was a co-author of the scholarly book Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice. Routledge: London with Tarba, S. Y., Cooper, C., Sarala, R, and Author of Chapters in Determinants of Top Management Retention in Cross Border Acquisitions. Handbook of research on Mergers & Acquisitions, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, with Glaister, K. W., Weber, Y. and Tarba, S. Y and in Motives for Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions: Perspective of UK Firms, Mergers and Acquisitions in practice. Routledge, London, with Tarba, S. Y., Glaister, K. W., Kwan, I. P. K., Sarala, R. M., and Montanheiro, L. Also he is a publisher of a good number of articles in similar issues in international journals, among which eight papers in CABS 4 and 15 papers in CABS 3, REF2021: 5 papers in CABS 4 rated journals and 12 papers in CABS 3 rated journals. Next REF: 2 papers in CABS 4 rated journals. Formerly he was a Reader in International Business and Strategy in Department of Management, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, the UK from October 2015 – May 2017 and a Senior Lecturer in Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, the UK, from October 2008 to September 2015.
Dr Ahammad did his PhD in International Business in 2009 from Strategy Management School, University of Sheffield, UK and completed his MSc Finance in 2004 from Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, the UK, with 70% marks (Distinction).
Dr Ahammad is an FHEA (Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, UK) since 13 March 2013. He was Winner of Overall Leeds Partnership Award 2021 (Staff category), Winner of Inspirational Teaching award 2021, Runner up in Business School Supervisor Award 2021, Runner up in Business School Feedback Award 2021. He was the winner of the 2016 International Business Review (IBR) Best Paper Award awarded in Milan, Italy, Runner-up of 2017 Journal of Organisation Behaviour (JOB) Paper Award awarded in Chicago, USA. Besides, Dr Ahammad was appointed as Regional Editor (Europe) of Journal of Knowledge Management (ABDC A & ABS 2) and as an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Management Studies (FT50, ABDC A* & ABS 4 British Journal of Management (ABDC A and ABS 4).
Besides, he has experience with a good number of Professional Development Workshops (PDW). He was Co-initiator and co-facilitator of the Doctoral Seminar on International Mergers and Acquisitions (Brussels, 23 – 27 March 2015), Organised by (EIASM), Belgium. Length of the training: 5 days, Panellist of Doctoral Colloquium, 48th and 46th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter Conference 2021 and 2019, Co-organiser of British Academy of Management (BAM) PDW "The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships". BAM Annual Conference 16-18 September 2015, Portsmouth, Facilitator of Academy of Management PDW on "The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships". AOM 75th Annual Conference, 7-11 August 2015, Vancouver, Canada, Invited to be part of the panel on "Mergers and Acquisitions in the Emerging market", Academy of International Business (AIB) South East Chapter October 2011 & 2012, Florida, USA, Instructor of Training (2009): 1 Day session on "Cross Border Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)" where Participants were 18 Chinese Executives in Nottingham Trent University, UK.
He was an Invited speaker and keynote speaker in different conferences and sessions in many areas of the UK, USA, Austria, Bangladesh and so on. He has at least five (5) papers in different International conferences on International Mergers & Acquisitions in Italy, the USA and UK. His current works in progress are 'Ahammad et al. (2021) Employee resilience in Indian Banking Mergers. Sample: Indian banking mergers' with Target: ABS 4 and 'Ahammad et al. (2021) Employee Identification and Relative deprivation in Indian Banking Mergers. Indian banking mergers' with Target: ABS 4. He had various Media coverages and reports, including Garrow, N. and Ahammad, M. F. (2016) Sheffield Hallam University academics look at the £18bn marriage of Microsoft and LinkedIn. The Star, Tuesday 14 June 2016 (available here) and organiser of Seminar on 'Contemporary development, Trade & Investment opportunities in Bangladesh'. Seminar organised by International Business & Economics Research Group (IBERG) in association with Bangladesh Assistant High Commission Birmingham. IBERG, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. 13 July 2016.
Mostafa Kamal Ahmed FCA
VAT Agent by NBR and Consultant, Financial Analysis
Mostafa Kamal Ahmed FCA is a Registered VAT Agent of NBR as well as a Tax Practitioner and a Certified Financial Consultant.
Mr Kamal is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, been working in Finance, Accounts, Corporate Affairs, and Company Secretary arena for more than 21 Years. Among this period, 11½ Years in Telecoms Company with ERP (Oracle Financials / SAP) environment, about 09 years in Manufacturing / Distribution / Service organization and a year in Digital Financial Services with fully Software-based Accounting and IT-based communications. He has excellent experience on Host-to-Host Integrations with Banks (First Time in Bangladesh), Using Online Banking Platform, BEFTN, Technology-Based activities and Other FinTech.
Currently, Mr Kamal is the Chief Financial Officer of Partex Star Group, CX1. He has vast working experience with different reputed Public, Private and Professional Service Providers and Multinational Organizations. He was the Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary of different organizations, such as Third Wave Technologies Limited (Mobile financial service provider NAGAD), Fair Electronics (SAMSUNG), Butterfly Marketing Limited (LG) and midlevel position with Airtel Bangladesh Limited, GrameenPhone Ltd., Apex Spinning & Knitting Mills Ltd. etc.
Besides, he has been engaged in different social activities in different organizations, such as Gulshan Health Club, Union Yuppies, Amzad Foundation, Suraiya Ahmad Nurani Madrasah. He is the Treasurer of the “Trustee Board of The Coast Trust”, a National Level NGO. He also provided Professional service as a Partner of “Ahmed Associates” management Consultant and also as a Partner in “Ahmed Khan & Co.” Chartered Accountants. He has experience in working with Green Field Companies, Organized Multi-National Organization, Acquisition, Merger, and others. He has worked with the Largest Organization in the Country in Terms of Revenue, Statutory Collection and Profitability.
He has attended lots of local and International Training, Workshops and Seminars on Education, Learning, Statutory Development, Skill Set, working process up-gradation, Technical Knowledge, Leadership, Team Management and Building, Change Management, etc. at home and abroad. Academically he is a Master of Commerce.
He has been working as a consultant of Equity Suites in the financial sectors and as a VAT Agent.
Consultant, Data Management, Protection and Privacy
Mr Mohaimin is the Director of Data Engineering for the largest healthcare company in the USA. He had worked in leadership and senior management role for several Fortune 500 companies. He is also a Director of Fardus Fashion Limited, an apparel and clothing supplier located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was a Senior Director of Data Engineering of Dun & Bradstreet in New Jersey till 2020. He was a Senior Consultant in UnitedHealth Group in New York City till Aug 2018, in T. Rowe Price till Mar 2017 and many more.
He obtained a Certificate in 'Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy' from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management in 2017, an MBA from the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2009 and a degree from Saint Cloud State University.
His Licenses and certifications include Practical Machine Learning, Regression Models, Data Science, Python etc. Industry Knowledge he acquired include, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data security, Cloud Computing, IT Strategy, Data Warehousing, Agile Project Management, Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, Business Intelligence, Quality Assurance, Agile Methodologies, Software Project Management, Solution Architecture, Web Services, Master Data Management, Business Process, Data Management, Strategic Planning, Financial Modelling, Investments, Equities, Deep Learning.
He is very keen to serve Bangladesh and the firm Equity Suites from abroad.
Md. Abu Saleh
Consultant, IP and International Trade & Investment Laws
Currently Md. Abu Saleh is working with the World Trade Centre (WTO) as a Young Professional attached to its Development Division, having his main areas of work relate to the CTD Special Session on S&D provisions of WTO Agreements and the CTD Dedicated Session on Small Economies.
Prior to joining the WTO, he was an Assistant Professor of Law at Daffodil International University, Dhaka (2015-2020). During this period, the teaching and research activity majorly focused on situating development concerns of the South Asian countries in the wider framework of International Economic Law. He was invited to conduct International Trade and Investment Law courses at Chandigarh University, India, as a visiting faculty in 2019. He has published and presented as many as 20 research articles on various issues of international law. One of his early research works on pharmaceutical patent and right to health was published in Madras Law Journal(2015), and a chapter of his LLM thesis on WTO legality of trade-labour sanctions was published in Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (2019), and a recent book chapter on Bangladesh's LDC graduation appeared in an edited book of Routledge (2021).
Besides teaching, he is an advocate and a co-founder of the Centre for International Arbitration, Trade and Investment Laws for Bangladesh (CIATILbd), a unique legal start-up that provides consultancy and advocacy services to the government and private parties concerning legal issues of foreign trade and investment. He worked in the anti-dumping and countervailing issues with the WTO Cell of the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh.
Mr Saleh completed LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Dhaka, an LLM degree in International Law from South Asian University, India, and a PGD in Intellectual Property Law from the Indian Society of International Law.
Tariful Islam Qureshe
Mr Tariful Islam Qureshe is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He completed his LLB (Honors) from International Study Program at the University of London. A Member of Lincoln’s Inn, he also completed his LLM at the Eastern University in Bangladesh.
Md. Mahedi Hasan
Mr Md. Mahedi Hasan is a Senior Legal Associate of Equity Suites. He is an Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. He is a Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Dhaka Bar Association, and Bangladesh Bar Council. He is also a Member of the New Zealand Council of Legal Education. Mr Hasan completed his LLB (Honors) as an international student at the University of London as well as his Diploma-in-Law and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Human Rights Law) from there. He also did his LLM at the Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.
Barrister Mushfikur Rahman is an Associate of Equity Suites since early 2019. He is also a Lecturer of Pre-BTC (Bar Training Course) of Newcastle Law Academy, Bangladesh. He attended several hearings at the Honorable High Court Division of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Customs, Excise and VAT Appellate Tribunal as well as the Honorable Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates’ Court, England as part of the BPTC course. He completed Bar Professional Training Course from Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (2018–2020) and LLB (Hons.) under the University of London External Programmes (2014–2018). He completed his A level from Maple Leaf in 2011 (science) and O level from Academia in 2009 (science with accounting). His other skills include public speaking and legal debates, guitar, and tae kwon do (Junior Green Belt).
Wakel Uddin Rifat
Mr Wakel Uddin Rifat is an Advocate of the Bangladesh Bar Council since 2016 and a Member of the Dhaka Taxes Bar Association since 2016. He worked at Law Abode Global Limited from 2015 to 2016 and as a Senior Lawyer for Advocate Subir Kumar Rahut from 2016 to 2017. From December 2016, Mr Rifat is practising as an assistant panel lawyer of Islamic Bank Bangladesh Limited and Rupali Bank Limited with Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar and Advocate Md. Lutfor Rahman. He has garnered expertise on the vetting of property documents, litigations for corporate firms and human resource laws that include Civil, Criminal, Company and Labor Laws.
Mr Sazid Ahammed completed his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws at the Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT). Before becoming an Associate at Equity Suites, he worked as an associate at Law Abode Global Limited. He has comprehensive experience in drafting VAT and Civil matters, vetting legal documents, preparing legal notice, as well as working with Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, City Corporations, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), and Trademark office.
Imran Hossain Bhuiyan
He is an Advocate of the Bangladesh Bar Council practising in Dhaka District Bar Association. He did his Masters of Law (LLM) from Northern University Bangladesh and LLB (Hons.) from the same university. He has been practising in the civil practising area exclusively since he joined as an Advocate. He successfully participated in some workshops, such as on the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, on human rights, banking as a career, and outsourcing.
Md. Jakir Hossain Alok
He is an Advocate of the Bangladesh Bar Council practising in Dhaka District Bar Association practising especially in Criminal Litigation as well as other corporate issues. He did his Masters of Law (LLM) from Northern University Bangladesh and LLB(Hons) from the same university. He is a member of some Social Activities, such as the Yousufdia School Welfare Association (Faridpur) and the Hasina Foundation.
Khandaker Md. Khademul Kaium
He is an LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M from a private university in Bangladesh and also did his Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) in Aerospace Engineering under Edexcel Education Board, UK. He participated in several workshops, including ‘National Consultation Session on International Commercial Arbitration: Bangladesh Perspective based on Proposed Arbitration (Amendment) Act 2018’, dated 27 October 2018, at the MCCI Hall, Motiheel, Dhaka, arranged by the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC); ‘Workshop on the Application of the Construction Laws in Real Estate Sector’, organized by the Britannia University Law Club (BULC), to name a few.
Some of our remarkable corporate clients:
Some of the articles by Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar:
Operating courts virtually during Covid-time
Published in The Financial Express on 8 July 2021
Refund of advance VAT or turnover tax from Government treasury
Published in The Daily Star on 23 March 2021
Why Bangladesh should sign Mediation Convention
Published in The Daily Star on 1 September 2020
চাকরীচ্যুত হলে আপনার কিছু অধিকার [Your rights if you get fired]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on 9 June 2020
রাষ্ট্রপতিকে উকিল নোটিশ এবং গ্রামীণফোন: একটি হারিয়ে যাওয়া কাহিনী [Legal notice to the President and Grameenphone: A lost story]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on 3 June 2020
বাণিজ্যিক চুক্তিভঙ্গ এবং করোনা ভাইরাস [Trade contract breach and coronavirus]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on 29 May 2020
গার্মেন্টস শিল্পকে বাঁচাতে দরকার জরুরী ভিত্তিতে কিছু আইনি পদক্ষেপ [Legal measures are urgently needed to save the garment industry]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on 21 May 2020
Anti-dumping threats to Bangladesh exports
Published in The Financial Express on 27 April 2020
RMG needs to take some urgent actions right now
Published in The Financial Express on 19 April 2020
On the legal framework of VAT
Published in The Daily Star on 30 July 2019
LDC graduation and legal challenges
Published in The Daily Star on 3 April 2018
Enforcement of contract in Bangladesh
Published in The Daily Star on 20 February 2018
Reducing congestion of cases
Published in The Daily Star on 26 April 2016