Services


 

We service all major sectors including defense contracting, telecommunications, mining and infrastructure, oil and gas, info.rmation technology, banking and financial services, media, intellectual property, security, logistics, commercial aviation and non-governmental sectors

 

 

Tax


We have expertise in advising on tax issues such as tax exemptions, BRT, withholding taxes, income tax, customs and tax disputes.

 

We provide strategic planning advice, particularly in relation to the financial structuring of commercial transactions, corporate acquisitions and joint ventures.

 

We develop tailored strategies to meet our clients' needs.

Corporate and investment


We offer a comprehensive, entry to exit service that includes advising on:

 

  • Formation of companies, establishment of branch and representative offices, and related agency arrangements
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate structuring and restructuring
  • Changes to ownership and management structures
  • Corporate governance and duties of directors
  • Afghan corporate laws and regulations
  • Regulatory strategies and compliance
  • Commercial agencies, sponsorship and related arrangements
  • Shareholder and joint venture agreements
  • Investment laws
  • Shareholder and management disputes

Banking and Finance


We act for financiers, borrowers and other intermediaries, providing strategic advice and practical structuring solutions, as well as documentation, for all types of financial transactions.

 

We have been involved in a number of Afghanistan’s largest project financings for both lenders and borrowers.

 

We have expertise in the following types of financings:

 

•     project finance

•     corporate finance

•     construction and real estate finance

•     acquisition finance

•     club and syndicated loans

•     asset finance

•     security arrangements and documentation

•     forms of guarantees and available shareholder and government support mechanisms

•     banking regulatory and compliance issues

•     legal opinions

Dispute Resolution


We are regularly engaged on dispute matters involving negotiation, mediation, arbitration, specialist tribunals, primary and appellate courts.

 

We take the shortest path to resolution of a dispute.

 

Commercial disputes do not form part of our clients’ core business.

 

Finding an effective resolution to any given dispute is paramount.
 

This may involve a quickly negotiated settlement, a settlement achieved at mediation, and in rare cases having a matter determined before a tribunal.

 

Our approach is a combination of strategy, practicality and persistence.

 

We are commercial and practical but will not shy away when perseverance is required.

Projects


We have experience and expertise in providing local counsel support for large and complex projects across a range of industries. We have a track record in acting for project sponsors and financiers in the Afghan telecommunications industry, as well as advising in other groundbreaking international projects and public private partnerships.

Regulatory and Lobbying


We provide our clients integrated legal, government affairs, and regulatory advice and solutions, allowing them to do business with confidence. In Afghanistan, robust regulatory controls and procedures and Government of Afghanistan engagement strategies are essential to protect organizations, senior management and directors.

 

We specialize in developing frameworks and systems that support everyone in an organization.

Commercial Contracts


We have a broad practice encompassing a range of commercial contracts and joint ventures, together with agency, distribution, franchising, sale of goods and services, procurement and other forms of transaction structures.

 

Our experience enables us to provide well-informed and practical advice, addressing international requirements and standards, together with the specific laws, regulations, practices and customs of Afghanistan.

Employment


We advise on employment, industrial relations, human resources, discrimination, and occupational health and safety law including drafting standard employment agreements, human resources policies and procedures, advising on compliance and managing employee exits and disputes.

 

We have a reputation for providing sound, strategic advice.

 

We apply technical skills to the real world of the workplace. We pride ourselves on getting to know your business – which allows us to understand and provide advice that is useful, commercial and easily implemented.

 

The issues our clients face give us frequent and in-depth exposure to the Labor Code and the practical issues it poses for employers.