Leading firms in Afghanistan

Kakar Advocates LLC

The team at Kakar Advocates LLC is known for advising on a broad spectrum of both local and international legal matters including in relation to aviation, IP, banking, and energy and mining. With a strong relationship with government entities, it has cultivated a reputation for assisting many Afghan ministries on legislative drafting and dispute resolution. Founder and managing partner Kawun Kakar is licensed to practice in California and advises primarily on commercial law, as well as on mining and energy sector matters. He works alongside counsel Thomas Kraemer, who specialises in complex commercial matters. In October 2019, associate Wajiha Timori joined from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Practice head(s):

Kawun Kakar

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kraemer; Wajiha Timori

SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES Attorneys and Counselors at Law

SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES Attorneys and Counselors at Law frequently works alongside high-profile international law firms as local counsel for clients in areas including green energy, M&A, telecoms, and banking. In recent years, the team has branched out as a local adviser for international IT companies, as well as governments regarding real estate law for embassies. Practice leader Saeeq Shajjan has frequently presented before foreign courts on the applicability of Afghan law, represented clients in regards to international arbitration cases, and advised foreign and international contractors. Shahrzad Shamim and Naseebullah Esmaty are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Saeeq Shajjan

Other key lawyers:

Shahrzad Shamim; Naseebullah Esmaty

RIAA Barker Gillette

RIAA Barker Gillette is one of the largest international firms operating in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on commercial law, such as banking, cross-border financings, and shari'ah law, but with additional experience in construction, projects, power, mining, and transport. The team is also routinely involved in civil, corporate, and commercial litigation. Managing partner Mazhar Bangash is known for his work on power projects, while Zahid Safi focuses on investments and M&A. Lawyers are fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari.

Rosenstock Legal Services

Rosenstock Legal Services advises Afghan and international clients on a range of commercial, government, and non-profit-related matters. The team is experienced in areas such as commercial, corporate, and tax, as well as banking and finance, M&A, government contracting, and PPPs. New York-qualified founding partner Tom Rosenstock is known for his work in banking and finance, US government contracting, and dispute resolution. Chantal Grut leads the tax team, while Dirk Hanekom deals with commercial matters. Freshta Zuhal Rahman is another name to note.

Afghanistan Lawyers International

The team at Afghanistan Lawyers International routinely provides legal advice to US and NATO contractors, investors into Afghanistan markets, NGOs, and government agencies on a range of corporate and commercial matters. The commercial team is headed by Zmarak Zhouand, who specialises in corporate, finance and mining law. Abdul Shukor Mahjoor is licensed to practice Afghani law and frequently acts for contractors regarding high-value disputes with Afghan counterparties.

Legal Oracles, Advocates & Corporate Consultants

The team at Legal Oracles, Advocates & Corporate Consultants primarily handles corporate, civil, and constitutional matters, with particular experience in banking and tax litigation. Other work relates to aviation, alternative dispute resolution, and IP law. Country director Mohammad Shahid deals primarily with employment, corporate, and regulatory matters, and is an expert in shari'ah law.