Zahid Safi

Zahid Safi is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zahid directly using the contact details listed above.

Zahid has extensive experience of legal practice in Afghanistan and has been practicing law in Kabul since 2011. Zahid specialises in civil, corporate and commercial, labour, tax and telecommunication laws. He has acted as in-house counsel for ZTE as well as Etisalat and advises various NGOs including ICRC, MSF, CAI and Solidarity International on a number of labour law and regulatory matters.

Zahid advises multinational clients in respect of corporate matters, including compliance and regulatory requirements, government approvals, incorporation and registrations and licensing. He has conducted extensive reviews of the civil, commercial, customs, inheritance, labour, property and tax laws of Afghanistan.

Zahid Safi has also advised a number of US and NATO contractors and subcontractors on the implementation of, and compliance with, the new requirements under BSA/SOFA (recently executed by the Government of Afghanistan).

Zahid Safi

Zahid Safi is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zahid directly using the contact details above.

Zahid has extensive experience of legal practice in Afghanistan and has been practicing law in Kabul since 2011. Zahid specialises in civil, corporate and commercial, labour, tax and telecommunication laws. He has acted as in-house counsel for ZTE as well as Etisalat and advises various NGOs including ICRC, MSF, CAI and Solidarity International on a number of labour law and regulatory matters.

Zahid advises multinational clients in respect of corporate matters, including compliance and regulatory requirements, government approvals, incorporation and registrations and licensing. He has conducted extensive reviews of the civil, commercial, customs, inheritance, labour, property and tax laws of Afghanistan.

Zahid has also advised a number of US and NATO contractors and subcontractors on the implementation of, and compliance with, the new requirements under BSA/SOFA (recently executed by the Government of Afghanistan).

Kimberly Motley

Kimberly Motley is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kimberly directly using the contact details listed above.

Kimberly has been a practicing attorney and litigator since 2003 and has worked in Afghanistan since 2008. She is founder to Motley Legal Services and cofounder to Motley Consulting International. At the present, she is the first foreigner who has ever litigated cases in Afghanistan’s Criminal Courts and has a strong litigious practice focusing on criminal, commercial, contract, civil, and employment law matters.

In addition to her legal practice in Afghanistan and the U.S. she has also done extensive research work particularly in the area of juvenile justice that has been reported internationally.

Attorney Motley received her J.D. from Marquette Law School in 2003. She also received a Master’s of Science Degree in the area of Criminal Justice in 2003 and a B.S. in the area of criminal justice with a minor in political science in 2000 from the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. In addition to this, Attorney Motley also has an earned an A.A.S. in Paralegal from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Immediately prior to opening up Motley Legal, Attorney Motley worked with as a Justice Advisor with US Department of State funded project in Afghanistan. In this capacity she was given the remit to raise the capacity of Afghan Defence Attorneys and has trained of hundreds of Afghan Attorneys throughout the country.

Prior to working in Afghanistan, Atty. Motley was an attorney with the State of Wisconsin’s Public Defender’s Office since 2003. In this capacity she litigated hundreds of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases of varying misdemeanour and felony matters.

Muhammad Zarif Ludin

Muhammad Zarif Ludin is our exclusively recommended Accounting Services expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Muhammad directly using the contact details listed above.

Lynx Eyed Chartered Accountants (LECA) was established in February 2008 and formally registered with AISA on July 28, 2009 as a consulting company and later promoted to Audit firm with its main office in Kabul- Afghanistan. The company is privately owned but run by a group of Afghans, having enough experience, professional skills and education in the area of Management, Finance, Accounting, Taxation, Internal and External Audits, Assessments, Business Planning, consultancies and review engagements.

LECA is a national Audit, Consultancy and Advisory firm registered with AISA (Reg No: D-31803) and its mission is to deliver high quality, harmonised, and professional Audit, Consultancy, Trainings and Advisory services throughout the country.

We are dedicated to helping our clients improve the quality of their Audits, Financial Reporting in accordance with IFRS, IAS, and ISAs. We deal with the form and content of financial statements and provide guidance on financial and management reporting matters. We provide financial, audit, tax and management advisory services to private and public sectors. We approach the audit as a service for the benefit of stakeholders. We place strict standards and high expectations on our professionals. We hire talented people and invest heavily in training and tools to provide the best services in the country. We maintain professional relations with chartered accountant firms and other professional organisation and bodies.

LECA aims to play an important role in improving and establishing organisations’ management systems, through strengthening the financial and reporting systems, capacitating the human resources, and delivering the required competency starting from leadership to low management within an organisation to assist them reach their objectives and find more opportunities for expansion and enhancement.

Saeeq Shajjan

Saeeq Shajjan is our exclusively recommended Contract Law expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Saeeq directly using the contact details listed above.

Saeeq is a licensed attorney in Afghanistan, who graduated with a law degree from Kabul University and who earned a L.L.M degree from Harvard Law School. He has a license to practice law in Afghanistan from the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (License No. 153). This license allows him to appear before all courts in Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan has over 10 years of experience in counselling and litigation.

Saeeq has far-reaching experience in working on rule of law projects and capacity building in the legal profession. Mr. Shajjan has been involved in training judges, prosecutors, defence attorneys and young graduates of Afghan law schools throughout Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan has also worked with the Government of Afghanistan; as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

During 2009–2010, while pursuing his LL.M degree at Harvard Law School, Mr. Shajjan distinguished himself by speaking on numerous academic panels across the United States on different issues, particularly on the rule of law in Afghanistan. He spoke at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston University Law School, La Verne College of Law, Williams College, Simmons College and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.

In 2011, Mr. Shajjan started his own law firm, Shajjan & Associates. His area of practice is corporate services, contract law, criminal law, banking law, tax law, labour law, property law, citizenship law, traffic law, constitutional law, Islamic law and human rights. A substantial portion of his practice involves representation of and provision of legal counselling to international contractors, international organisations and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. He has also represented clients in international arbitration in different cases.

Saeeq has written various reports and legal opinions for private international clients and law firms on application of Afghan law and procedures and has assisted different foreign courts by appearing as a subject matter expert on issues of Afghan law. He also has experience serving on legal drafting committee, through which he has been involved in drafting laws and regulations in Afghanistan.

Saeeq Shajjan has been an active voice on Afghanistan legal and political issues and has been interviewed and quoted by numerous local and western media outlets. Mr. Shajjan also teaches in private law schools on a part time basis.

Kawun Kakar

Kawun Kakar is our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kawun directly using the contact details listed above.

Kawun is an active member of the California Bar Association with extensive experience as attorney, private sector executive, and senior government official, working with both national and international institutions in Afghanistan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Kawun has experience in negotiating major deals with large multi-national companies. He led an effort for acquisition of a bank and obtained its approval by the Afghan Central Bank, has worked on share purchase agreements, international financing facilities, real estate purchase agreements, partnerships and distributorship agreements, employment contracts, tax matters and business licenses, in addition to working with other attorneys in multiple jurisdictions in the Middle East and the United States. Mr. Kakar also has vast experience in contractual negotiation involving merger in miming, real estate development, media logistics and other sectors.

Kawun was the Legal Advisor and Director of Business Development for a major international conglomerate with presence in 40countries in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Eastern Europe and Canada. Mr. Kakar was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a commercial bank in Afghanistan and has served as advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Afghanistan, and also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Justice through a U.S. State Department project.

Kawun has served as local counsel with reputable international law firms on major legal reform focusing, including developing regulatory framework for Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Islamic Finance.

Kawun has represented high profile clients in Afghan courts and with judiciary authorities. He has successfully argued in front of the High Council of Supreme Court as well as the lower courts.

Kawun has also served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a commercial bank where, among other responsibilities, he reviewed Loan and Loss Recovery Reports, Investment Reports and ensured that the bank followed best international practices, the Banking Law and guidelines and instructions of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.

Kawun has intimate knowledge of the legal and administrative processes, institutions and officials in the country. As Advisor to the President and Chief of Staff and later as senior Advisor to Minister of Justice, Mr. Kakar worked closely with all law-making and judicial institutions of the country, including the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Parliament, the Cabinet and shepherded the passage of several critical laws.

More recently, Kawun was a member of the presidentially appointed Electoral Reform Commission.

Kawun holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (1999). His course work included International Business Transactions, Immigration Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Law in the Middle Eastern Societies, Negotiations and Settlement and Trial Advocacy. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of California, San Diego (1995), where he was the recipient of award for research at Annual Social Sciences Symposium.

Kawun Kakar has appeared on a number of international television and radio networks, including BBC, U.S. Public Television, U.S. National Public Radio, Voice of America and Afghan National TV. He has participated in many international conferences in the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, Austria, Mexico and other countries. He has also published several articles and papers.