Zahid Safi

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).

Firm Overview:

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.

Zahid Safi

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).

Firm Overview:

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.

Kimberly Motley

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 Defense 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 misdemeanor and felony matters.

In 2004 Attorney Motley was crowned as Mrs. Wisconsin and competed in the infamous Mrs. America pageant. As part of her platform, she worked in promoting truancy abatement issues for juveniles in the justice system.

She has successfully handled many criminal and civil cases in Afghanistan. Of note she successfully litigated a case involving a British citizen in Afghanistan in the newly formed Anti corruption Courts. She has had many legal successes in Afghanistan which include achieving an early release through the Presidential Office for a client, successfully securing the exit of several foreigners who were victim to counterfeit visas, to name a few. She has spoken world wide on her experience and has been guest speaker to the US Embassy, Marquette Law, Emory Law, Charlotte School of Law, ISAF, UNICEF, European Union, etc.

Both the legal and research work that Attorney Motley has done while in Afghanistan has travelled all over the world and her work has been reported heavily in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, Reuters, the Today Show, Weekend Update, ABC Australia and the London Times to name a few. She has internationally published several articles on juvenile justice, and legal issues in Afghanistan.

She is currently writing a book about her experiences in Afghanistan which is to be released in 2012.

Practice:

Claudiare Motley is co-founder of Motley Consulting International (MCI) and has engaged with clients who have established companies in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Afghanistan, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. He has done extensive research in Afghan law and has consulted MCI clients on commercial, contract, and tax matters.

Mr. Motley received his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2002. He also has a B.A. in finance with a minor in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998. Along with this he also achieved a A.A.S. in business administration from Spoon River Community College in 1992.

Prior to founding MCI, Mr. Motley has extensive experience in the financial industry. Since 2002 he had worked in the mortgage industry as a mortgage broker and later as a neighborhood coordinator helping individuals reinvest in there property to help increase the value of their entire community. Other financial experience he has as a 12b-1 coordinator for U.S. Bank managing various institutional investors accounts ensuring that they complied with SEC rules. In 2000, Mr. Motley worked as an annuity representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Networks helping clients manage their investments in annuity accounts. Also he worked in 1998 at Marshal & Ilsley Bank in securities settlement department investing institutional clients funds in overnight funds.

Mr. Motley has teaching experience working as an adjunct professor for Lakeland College teaching Financial Concepts and Advance Management Skills. While in his Masters program he taught Business Organizations as a teaching assistant. While gaining a deeper understanding of major financial concepts Mr. Motley also fostered his internal need to help others.

As co-founder of Motley Consulting International Mr. Motley works through the organization also in giving expertise in research and logistics in various criminal and commercial cases. Mr. Motley currently serves as financial advisor and CFO for MCI.

Muhammad Zarif Ludin

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, harmonized, 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 organization and bodies.

LECA aims to play an important role in improving and establishing organizations’ 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 organization to assist them reach their objectives and find more opportunities for expansion and enhancement.

Saeeq Shajjan

Saeeq Shajjan 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 counseling and litigation.

Mr. Shajjan 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, defense 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, labor 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 organizations and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. He has also represented clients in international arbitration in different cases.

Mr. Shajjan 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.

Mr. 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.

Firm Overview:

Legal services and the legal profession have a long history in Afghanistan. Indeed the right to counsel was first enacted into law in 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time included the right to defense counsel. Since then the profession has developed and evolved being affected by a number of laws enacted through 1999 while defense lawyers and legal services were heavily controlled by the governments in power.

Against this background, the post-Taliban era started with an enormous need for legal reform in the judiciary and for strengthening the rule of law in the country. This prepared the impetus for quick growth of legal services and development of the law as a profession. Since then, the number of defense lawyers has jumped from approximately 400 to over thousands today. Now independent legal services and defense attorneys are well understood and appreciated as an essential and integral part of the rule of law in Afghanistan.

However, the development of professional associations to monitor and ensure the qualifications and professionalism of law practitioners has not kept pace with this rapid jump in the number of legal service providers causing concerns among both local and international clients. In response to this vital concern, Shajjan & Associates has established itself as a prominent independent law firm throughout the country since 2011. Our practice includes provision of services in legal counseling, strategic planning, litigation, legal drafting, capacity building as well as pro-bono legal work. We are dedicated to providing prompt, efficient, ethical and professional advice and representation to our clients.

Attorneys at Shajjan & Associates possess excellent legal knowledge and outstanding professional skills that have been enhanced by involvement in a variety of legal matters in national and international venues. Our attorneys hold degrees from leading Afghan and U.S. law schools which have given them a deeper understanding of the legal profession and the attorney-client relationships, consistent with the experiences and expectations of our sophisticated international and domestic clients. Our attorneys are licensed by the

Afghanistan Independent Bar Association and have prior professional experience with prestigious national and international entities in the judicial sector. These unique qualifications and experiences of our team place Shajjan & Associates among the most trusted names in the legal services industry in Afghanistan and around the region.

Kawun Kakar

Kawun Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. Kakar 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, Mr. Kakar was a member of the presidentially appointed Electoral Reform Commission.

Mr. Kakar 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.

Mr. 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.

Education:

Juris Doctorate (JD), University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (1999). Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of California, San Diego (Political Science and History).