About Us


We are an outstanding legal services firm staffed by highly qualified lawyers from Afghanistan, the United States and Australia - our Afghanistan experience is unmatched.

 

We provide legal and tax services to United States and NATO contractors, development finance institutions, investors, non-governmental organizations and government agencies.

 

We are the preferred firm for complex and significant matters in Afghanistan.

 

We are technically strong, commercial, tenacious and provide exceptional, practical and cost-effective services.

 

Our service is based on a deep understanding of our clients' requirements in the context of their strategic and operational objectives.

 

We work with our clients to build strong relationships.

 

We attach great importance to accessibility.

Our people


Mr. Zhouand is Afghan-Australian.  He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, in 2001, and as an Attorney and Counselor in New York, United States, in 2014. Between 2001 and 2008, Mr. Zhouand worked with Henry Davis York and Gadens Lawyers, both leading Australian corporate law firms, where he represented blue-chip national and international clients across the corporate, commercial, banking and finance and litigation practice areas.

Mr. Zhouand returned to Afghanistan in 2008 to work with Roshan, where, until early 2011, he co-led Roshan’s legal and government affairs team and was also in charge of the legal and regulatory function for Roshan’s wholly owned subsidiary, M-Paisa, before re-entering private practice, as a partner, at the beginning of 2011. Mr. Zhouand regularly represents and advises United States and NATO contractors, donor agencies and their implementing partners, development finance institutions, foreign investors, Government of Afghanistan agencies, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations.

He is widely recognized as one of Afghanistan’s leading corporate, finance and mining lawyers by a number of publications including Chambers and IFLR1000.

He is widely recognized as one of Afghanistan’s leading corporate, finance and mining lawyers by a number of publications including Chambers and IFLR1000.

Prof. Mahjoor is an Afghan-American advocate registered with the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. He has worked extensively in Afghanistan in the legal and government affairs environments over several years. 

Prior to forming ALI with Mr. Zhouand, Prof. Mahjoor was, for a period of almost 3 years, Managing Partner of a specialist dispute resolution law firm in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Prof. Mahjoor is Chancellor of, and Professor of Law at, Karwan University, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to lecturing at Karwan University, Professor Mahjoor is frequently called upon to train high-ranking Government of Afghanistan officials on legal and diplomatic matters.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on issues relating to rule of law and economic development and often features on television programs where topical legal issues are discussed. 

He frequently represents United States Government implementing partners and contractors, their foreign employees, and foreign legal and natural persons generally in relation to multi-million dollar disputes with Afghan counterparties, and in relation to Office of the Attorney-General investigations and commercial and criminal court proceedings up to and including the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.

Prof. Mahjoor is a dispute resolution specialist, and arguably one of Afghanistan’s most effective dispute resolution lawyers. 

Zmarak Zhouand - Partner - B.A (SCU) LL.B (UNE) FCIArb
Legal Practitioner in New South Wales, Australia (2001) and Attorney and Counselor in New York, United States (2014)
Languages: English, Dari
Email: z@lawyers.af
Telephone: +93 791 669 9999 (Afg); +971 505 543 584 (UAE)

Abdul Shukor Mahjoor – Partner - B.A. (Law) (Aazhar University) LL.M (Arab League University) LL.M (University of Missouri) PhD (in progress) (Cairo University)
Advocate – Afghanistan Independent Bar Association
Languages: English, Dari, Pashto, Arabic
Email: m@lawyers.af
Telephone: +93 790 079 999 (Afg); +971 502 517 690 (UAE)

Our Values


It is an honor to serve our clients in their moments of need.

Our success depends the satisfaction of our clients.

We focus on results, not activities

We serve our clients with a dedication to excellence, responsiveness, and caring and always with a sense of humble appreciation for the trust placed upon us.

The best marketing we can do is good work

We view every client's problem as if it were our own.

Our lifeblood has always been and always will be the recommendations of clients.

We aim to exceed expectations.

We believe that every client should receive not only a high level of legal representation but also a feeling of service and caring.

No result is positive and no victory is absolute if a client has felt that their needs were not understood and addressed or that they did not receive our very best.

Our Ethics


We shall:


  • Maintain the highest standards of integrity, fairness, honesty and respect in all our dealings;
  • charge fairly for our work;
  • Act competently and diligently in serving our clients;
  • Advance our clients' interests above our own;
  • Not allow our interests to conflict with those of our clients;
  • Never before, during or after termination of a retainer disclose any of our clients’ confidential information unless:


  • The client authorizes disclosure;
  • We are permitted or compelled by law to disclose;
  • We disclose the information in circumstances in which the law would compel its disclosure, despite a client's claim of privilege, and for the sole purpose of avoiding the probable commission or concealment of a serious criminal offence; and


  • Never, even where instructed to do so by our client, perform any legal work or service in breach of any of any applicable law.