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RIAA Barker Gillette

General Business Law

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

One interviewee reports: "Their lawyers are extremely qualified in terms of local law, and they have experts in specific areas and other jurisdictions."

Work highlights

Assisted TAPI Gas Pipeline Company with the establishment of its branch company in Afghanistan, in relation to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline project.

Notable practitioners

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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Overview

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.

Clients

AAL USA, Inc.

Alaska Structures Inc.

Allen and Overy LLP

APRO International Inc.

Baker and McKenzie LLP

CACI International Inc.

Chartis Insurance Limited

CNPC International Limited

Deloitte LLP

Economic Consulting Associates Ltd

Etisalat Afghanistan

Eversheds LLP

Ghazanfar Group LLC

Grant Thornton Afghanistan

Hogan Lovells International LLP

International Finance Corporation

M. Yousuf Adil Saleem and Audit Company

Médecins Sans Frontières

National Geographic Society

News Corporation (Asia) Limited

Nordic Camp Supply ApS

Oshkosh Corporation

PD Systems Inc.

Pearl Aircraft Corporation, Ltd.

Quick Services LLC

Rigid Security Group Inc.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Samsung EC Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd

Speedcast Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

System Studies & Simulation Inc.

TAPI Gas Pipeline Limited

The Tolliver Group, Inc.

TRACE International Inc.

Turkish Airlines Inc.

Valorous Inc.

Wiser Imagery Services LLC

World Bank

World Fuel Services Corporation

ZTE Afghanistan LTD. Co.

Industries

Banking

Construction

Energy

Infrastructure

Oil & Gas

Telecommunications

General Business Law Department

RIAA Barker Gillette

firm
Department location

Suite # B24 & 25, 2nd Floor

Muslim Business Center, Haji Yaqob Square

Shahr-e-Naw

Kabul

Kabul Province

Afghanistan

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Afghanistan

General Business Law


Mazhar Bangash
Expertise based abroad in Pakistan