Name: Mazhar Bangash
Firm Name: Riaa Barker Gillette
Jurisdiction: Afghanistan
Practice Area: Banking & Finance Law

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Mazhar Bangash as our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance Law expert in Afghanistan. If you wish to get in touch with Mazhar, please use the contact information provided above.

Mazhar is the head of Pakistan’s Trade Law Department and also heads our Kabul office, which services international clients operating in Afghanistan.

His expertise in international trade law have been recognised not only in Pakistan but also internationally; he was recently appointed as a panellist at the WTO for trade disputes.

His international trade expertise includes WTO trade remedy instruments (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures); tariff related matters (tariff and non-tariff assistance/protection to the domestic industries); customs; trade policy incentives; WTO dispute settlement; and free and preferential trade agreements.

Mazhar previously worked with the National Tariff Commission and the Trade Remedy Investigating Authority of Pakistan as its Chief Legal Officer. He was involved in the drafting and implementation of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards laws of Pakistan. Mazhar successfully defends exporters facing anti-dumping investigations at various international forums.

Mazhar has made significant contributions towards Afghanistan jurisdiction where he advises multinational companies and NGO’s on their corporate matters in the country, including registrations/incorporations; government approvals; licensing; good governance and compliance with regulatory requirements.

He has additionally carried out extensive reviews of the civil & commercial, telecommunication, energy, property, criminal, labour, banking, tax and public procurement laws of Afghanistan.


  • University of Wales, Master of Laws, 1997
  • University of Peshawar, LLB (Hons), 1993
  • University of Peshawar, BA, 1991


  • English
  • Urdu


  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Finance

Firm Description:

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.