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Global Guide 2023
Afghanistan General Business Law

2 Ranked Lawyers


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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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General Business Law - Afghanistan
What the team is known for

International law firm RIAA Barker Gillette maintains its Afghanistan legal practice, including leveraging considerable expertise from its team of lawyers in Pakistan. The team advises local and international banks on complex regulatory issues, while it also offers services relating to tax, telecommunications and labour law. The practice often works in conjunction with international law firms to advise clients.

Notable Practitioners

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Zahid Safi

Zahid Safi is well recognised for his handling of local law matters, including in relation to banking, labour, telecommunications and tax.

"His execution of work is very good."

Mazhar Bangash
Pakistan expertise based abroad

Mazhar Bangash is based in Pakistan and has longstanding expertise in Afghanistan's legal market. He has particular expertise in trade law, while also advising on a wide array of financing, employment, telecommunications and tax matters.

"Mazhar is well aware of ground realities in Afghanistan and knows a lot of people there."

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Mazhar Bangash
Pakistan expertise based abroad
Zahid Safi


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