Zahid Safi 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).
With substantial on-the-ground capability and over 35 years of history globally, RIAA Barker Gillette has grown to become a leading alliance of international law firms which you can rely on with total confidence.
Our Kabul office was established in 2009, in the heart of a re-emerging Afghanistan. Its aim: to better represent our clients’ interests, improve access to information, interpret and translate the current laws of Afghanistan and to facilitate working with various government authorities.
Since then, we have grown to become the largest international law firm in Afghanistan.
Investing in local expertise we have gained a deep understanding of Afghanistan’s business culture and maintain a close relationship with local businesses and development and government agencies.
We have 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.
As the official languages of the laws of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari, our lawyers are fluent in both languages and are expert draftsmen and translators.
In addition, our team of lawyers are fluent in English, as it is the most widely used language for commercial transactions.
Through advising our corporate clients we have 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 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, we have become an important part of the Afghan reconstruction efforts.