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Name: Kawun Kakar
Firm Name: Kakar Advocates LLC
Country: Afghanistan
Expertise: Dispute Resolution

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Professional Biography:

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.