We specialize in:
Revenue (VAT, Customs and Tax)
Company Law Matters
Constitutional Issues and Writs
Anti-Dumping and Countervailing
Arbitration and Mediation
Banking and Financial Laws
Oil, Gas and Power Sector
Maritime and Shipping law
Employment and Labor Laws
We specialize in:
Equity Suites is a litigation-based firm that personifies the top qualities of the Dhaka region itself: coherent, flexible, ready for hard work, and committed to its causes. Practicing 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 VAT Online Project of National Board of Revenue. He has experience of receiving some international trainings 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 another partner Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar is an Advocate of Supreme Court of Bangladesh who has been practicing in property related issues, international trade and investment as well as in revenue sectors for many years. He has experience of conducting some of the biggest cases on revenue sector in Supreme Court, in 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 Ministry of Commerce as well as Tariff Commission of Bangladesh. He is the Regional Representative (North Asia) of ICC YAF and has experience of conducting several arbitration issues and providing training on behalf of 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’s 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’s 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 whatever their problem, Equity Suites will respond swiftly with an approach designed for their subjective needs.
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 major achievements of life 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 trainings and courses he attended are, ‘Course on VAT Administration & 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 (Honors) from University of London, is an Advocate of Supreme Court 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 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 Former Associate to Mahmudul Islam, Probir Neogi & Associates (Head: Mr. Mahmudul Islam, Ex. Attorney General and also 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 external study of University of London). In 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 have 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 trainings relating to Arbitration and other ADR and also received several notable trainings 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 Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh (WTO Cell) as well as Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission. Also, he has some remarkable participations relating to trade and investment issues.
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 Bangladesh Supreme Court. He is a Member of 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 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 Dhaka Taxes Bar Association since 2016. He worked at the 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 practicing 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 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 Masters 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 wide experience in drafting on VAT and Civil matters, vetting of 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.
Some of our remarkable corporate clients:
- Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), a Statutory Public Corporation of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (VAT matters)
- Bashundhara Multi Food Products Limited (a concern of Bashundhara Group) (VAT matters)
- Unique Hotel and Resorts (consisting of Westin Hotel and others)
- East West Medical College and Hospitals (Tax matters)
- Opsonin Pharmaceuticals (VAT matters)
- Butterfly Group (Butterfly Manufacturing Limited)
- Rupayan Group (Rupayan City Uttara)
- Nitol Motors Limited (Customs matters)
- Akij Footware Limited (Akij Group) (Customs matters)
- Telenor Health (a Concern of Grameenphone) (VAT matters)
- Digital Healthcare Solutions (former Telenor Health) (a Concern of Grameenphone) (Trademark registration)
- S. V. Tobacco (a concern of Varosha Group) (VAT matters)
- Olympia Group (Land matters)
- M/S. Apex Weaving and Finishing Mills Limited (Customs Bond)
- Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) and Other Jute Exporters (WTO and anti-dumping issue)
- Anwar Group (VAT matters)
- Rahimafrooz (E-commerce)
- GSK Bangladesh (Closure of business from Bangladesh)
- Asian Group (VAT matters)
- Fashion.com (LC matters)
- M/S. Hotel Kastory Private Limited (VAT matters)
- Printing Mart
- Bay Group (Economic Zone matters)
- M/S. Virtual Knitwear Limited (Customs matters)
- Infinity Accessories Limited (Customs matters)
- M/S. Diran Insulator Factory Limited (Customs matters)
- Renata Bangladesh (IP issue)
- Holytex (Arbitration, Tax, VAT)
- Lokkhi Technologies (Company matters)
- Pundra University of Science and Technology (Trademark issue)
- M/S. K. S. T. Packaging Industries Limited (VAT matters)
- M/S. Meradia Packaging Pvt Limited (VAT matters)
- Riyadh Furniture (Banking matters)
- Bangla Iron Agency (Banking matters)
- Agro-Gold Corporation (General legal consultancy)
- H. M. Enterprise (Banking matters)
- Digitech (Banking)
- R. R. Traders (VAT matters)
- Hassan Fashion (Banking)
- ADA Corporation (General legal consultancy)
- 21 Electronics (MLM)
- Samuda Chemicals (WTO and anti-dumping issue)
- M/S. Abani Bag Industries (VAT matters)
- Martin Knitwear (VAT matters)
- M/S. Array International LIMITED (VAT matters)
- Land’s End Catering Services (VAT matters)
- Euro Feeds Limited (To release the goods on payment of Customs Duty only)
- F&J Accessories (Customs Bond matters)
- Mohona packages Limited (VAT matters)
- Junayet Corporation (Banking matters)
- Rahat Electronics (Banking matters)
- Peal Traders (Banking matters)
- M/S. Khaleque Enterprise (Banking matters)
- Spicy Pickle (Tax matters)
- United Apparels Industry Limited (VAT matters)
- Double Protection Paper and Packaging Limited (VAT matters)
- United Trousers Limited (VAT matters)
- Creative IT Limited (Tax matters)
- Get-Bahon Incorporation (a ride sharing platform) (General legal consultancy)
- Napal Villa (Banking matters)
- Friends and Family International Limited
Some of the articles by Barrister Khandoker M. S. Kawsar:
Published in The Daily Star on March 23, 2021
Refund of advance VAT or turnover tax from Government treasury
Published in The Daily Star on September 1, 2020
Why Bangladesh should sign Mediation Convention
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on June 9, 2020
চাকরীচ্যুত হলে আপনার কিছু অধিকার [Your rights if you get fired]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on June 3, 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 May 29, 2020
বাণিজ্যিক চুক্তিভঙ্গ এবং করোনা ভাইরাস [Trade contract breach and coronavirus]
Published in Lawyers Club Bangladesh.com on May 21, 2020
গার্মেন্টস শিল্পকে বাঁচাতে দরকার জরুরী ভিত্তিতে কিছু আইনি পদক্ষেপ [Legal measures are urgently needed to save the garment industry]
Published in The Financial Express on April 27, 2020
Anti-dumping threats to Bangladesh exports
Published in The Financial Express on April 19, 2020
RMG needs to take some urgent actions right now
Published in The Daily Star on July 30, 2019
On the legal framework of VAT
Published in The Daily Star on April 3, 2018
LDC graduation and legal challenges
Published in The Daily Star on February 20, 2018
Enforcement of contract in Bangladesh
Published in The Daily Star on April 26, 2016
Reducing congestion of cases