Leading firms in Afghanistan

Kakar Advocates LLC

Kakar Advocates LLC is 'the leading law firm in Afghanistan' according to one client. It advises national and international businesses, foreign missions and international organisations on a broad range of legal services to establish and manage business operations in Afghanistan. Founding and managing partner Kawun Kakar has a core focus on the flourishing mining and energy sectors. Additional areas of expertise include public private partnerships, commercial disputes and taxation. Senior counsel Thomas Kraemer leads the team and has considerable experience advising on contracts, intellectual property, antitrust and employment. Jordy de Meij left the firm in September 2019 to take up a position at Stibbe in Amsterdam. In turn, the continuously growing team welcomed associates Henaa Salehi and Aisha Mahmood Shinwari, who joined the firm in February and July 2019, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kraemer

Testimonials

‘The team at Kakar Advocates really understand the operation of the legal system in Afghanistan which is complex and, at times, difficult to understand from an external perspective.’

‘The team is experienced and provides services to clients with quality and in the most cost-effective manner.’

‘Their legal knowledge in a range of diverse sectors is excellent.’ 

‘They are particularly experienced with advising in respect of government contracting – for both the public and private sectors.’

‘Kawun Kakar and Thomas Kraemer are truly exceptional lawyers. I have been really impressed with the great level of service which they deliver in often very tight time frames. They are pragmatic as well as technically knowledgeable.’

‘Kawun Kakar and Thomas Kraemer are both tremendous leaders, creative thinkers, and wonderful to work with as colleagues and partners.’

Rosenstock Legal Services

Rosenstock Legal Services guides domestic and international clients, non-profits and governmental organisations through the Afghan legal landscape in collaboration with the Law Offices of Hushang Hafizi (HHLO). New-York-qualified founding partner Tom Rosenstock primarily advises on transactional matters, early-stage dispute resolution and on matters of Afghan law supported by local practitioners. The firm's growing tax practice is led by Chantal Grut, who is admitted in New Zealand and New York. Freshta Zuhal Rahman is in charge of commercial law and alternative dispute resolution, and also serves as a commercial arbitrator. South Africa-qualified, Dirk Hanekom advises on a wide array of general commercial matters such as contracts, entity formation, immigration and labour law. Other practice areas covered by the firm include US government contracting law, real estate and criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rosenstock

Key clients

Microfinance Investment Support Agency of Afghanistan (MISFA)

Turquoise Mountain Foundation

Enabled Children Initiative

IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Program)

Work highlights

  • Advised a large international NGO on internal compliance investigations
  • Represented an Afghan construction firm in a successful bid protest with relation to a US government contract solicitation
  • Assisted a large international NGO with resolving an open Ministry of Finance tax audit spanning more than eight years

RIAA Barker Gillette

RIAA Barker Gillette has a focus on corporate, commercial and dispute resolution law firm and the firm has a presence in seven jurisdictions around the world including the UK, the US and China. The office in Kabul advises specifically on infrastructure projects, mining, oil and gas projects and pharmaceutical-related matters among others. Afghanistan practice head Mazhar Bangash advises companies and NGOs on corporate matters such as registrations, licensing and compliance with regulatory requirements. Managing partner Ahsan Zahir Rizvi has a strong track record advising on local power projects and Zahid Safi acts on mergers, acquisitions and investments.

Practice head(s):

Mazhar Bangash

SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES Attorneys and Counselors at Law

SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES Attorneys and Counselors at Law acts for multinationals, private businesses and organisations on a diverse range of areas: property law, telecoms, mining, intellectual property, immigration and aviation law are part of the firm's service portfolio. Founder and managing partner Saeeq Shajjan is a key contact for contracts and commercial law. Investment, labour and tax law are the core areas of Shamsi Maqsoudi's practice.

Practice head(s):

Saeeq Shajjan

Afghanistan Lawyers International

Afghanistan Lawyers International provides regulatory, tax and government relations advisory services to businesses, investors, development finance institutions and government agencies. Zmarak Zhouand, who is also admitted to the bar in New South Wales, focuses his practice on financial services and banking. Furthermore, he regularly assists with M&A transactions. Co-founding partner Abdul Shukor Mahjoor handles contentious matters including arbitration and court representation.

Legal Oracles, Advocates & Corporate Consultants

Legal Oracles, Advocates & Corporate Consultants, which also operates from Pakistan, represents clients in corporate, civil and constitutional litigation and advises on a variety of corporate issues. Negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements, legal documentation as well as due diligence reports are part of the team's service portfolio. Mohammad Shahid is in charge of the Kabul office and focuses on employment, corporate, and banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Mohammad Shahid

Masnad Legal Consultancy

At Masnad Legal ConsultancyKhalid Massoudi is the key contact. In addition to its focus on tax law, the firm also advises on other practice areas such as intellectual property, employment and real estate law.

Schema Legal Services

Schema Legal Services is focused on banking and finance, intellectual property as well as oil and gas projects and is well versed in telecoms, construction, mining and pharmaceutical-related matters. The group also handles issues ranging from aviation and tax to labour and environmental law. Key contact Qarib-Ur-Rahman Labib is of particular note for his knowledge of Islamic banking and finance.