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Kabul office of an international law firm, able to leverage considerable expertise from its team in Pakistan. Highly adept in the projects and energy sector, advising extensively on oil and gas-related regulatory and contractual issues. Also well versed in telecommunications matters. Advises local and international banks on transactional and regulatory issues, while it also offers services relating to tax, labour and corporate disputes. Regularly assists foreign contractors with company registration matters in Afghanistan.
One interviewee reports: "Their lawyers are extremely qualified in terms of local law, and they have experts in specific areas and other jurisdictions."
Assisted TAPI Gas Pipeline Company with the establishment of its branch company in Afghanistan, in relation to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline project.
Head of department and Pakistan-based Mazhar Bangash offers extensive experience advising both domestic and international clients on matters related to the energy and mining sectors in Afghanistan. He is appreciated by clients for his expertise in the area, with sources reporting: "He is good, very disciplined and prompt, offering good legal advice."
Zahid Safi earns strong recognition for his handling of local law matters, including in relation to banking, energy, telecommunications and tax matters. According to one source, "he is a very smart corporate and commercial lawyer in Afghanistan," while another interviewee says that he is "extremely knowledgeable."
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Investing in local expertise, the firm has gained a deep understanding of Afghanistan’s business culture and maintains a close relationship with local business and development and government agencies. The firm has a strong team of dedicated, qualified and experienced lawyers who provide a broad spectrum of services to domestic and international clients in both the private and public sectors.
The firm has developed a niche in the areas of banking and finance, construction, corporate registration, corporate restructuring, customs, employment and labour law matters, infrastructure projects, intellectual property, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, mining, non-profit and social sector development, oil and gas projects, pharmaceuticals, power projects, privatisations, project finance, regulatory affairs, taxation and telecommunications.
With a talented and qualified team of legal professionals, an office in the busiest commercial district of the city and access to RIAA Barker Gillette Alliance’s global resources, the firm has become an important part of the Afghan reconstruction efforts.
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