Tom Rosenstock
Name: Tom Rosenstock
Firm Name: Rosenstock Legal Services
Jurisdiction: Afghanistan
Practice Area: Tax Law

Telephone: +48(0)728-734-865
Fax: +93(0)772-164-044

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Professional Biography:

Mr. Rosenstock has been advising clients in Afghanistan since 2008. Mr. Rosenstock advises clients on transactional matters, early stage dispute resolution, and in conjunction with locally qualified attorneys, on matters of Afghan law including registration, taxation, employment law and other interaction with Afghan government departments. Mr. Rosenstock was an entrepreneur and a business consultant before studying law at New York University in the United States. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York and began his career in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. In addition to his work with RLS, Mr. Rosenstock is a founder and current member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan.

Tax Law Practice:

Rosenstock Legal Services has been working within the tax system since 2008, and has an intimate understanding of the evolving approaches used by the Afghan Government with respect to the enforcement of the Income Tax Law.

The tax environment in Afghanistan has been rapidly evolving over the past several years from one which had minimal impact on the operations of international companies to where we are today, with complex issues surrounding tax exemptions, withholding obligations, and contradictory interpretations of International Tax Agreements.

Because of the nature of the tax environment in Afghanistan, and the uncertainty that has prevailed in the marketplace, most of our clients come to us wanting to discuss both the past and the future. With respect to the past, we can’t change the law, but we can give comfort to our clients about what the real liabilities may be and how to address them. When it comes to the future, we make certain that our clients know exactly what to expect from the current enforcement regime.

RLS’ tax engagements with our clients run the full spectrum from initial advice on the Afghan corporate tax regime, to full-scale implementation where RLS handles our clients ongoing and annual tax filings. RLS also trains administrative personnel to perform ongoing tax filings

Rosenstock Legal Services:

Afghanistan is a challenging place for international companies to do business. The local legal and regulatory system is less transparent than in many other jurisdictions, and local professionals are not always able to provide international companies with the level of comfort they require. RLS has extensive experience helping clients understand and navigate the local corporate registration and tax environment, and advising in connection with local employment law and other interaction with governing bodies.

RLS has advised both buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate re-organizations. RLS also assists small to medium size international companies doing business in Afghanistan by acting as their outside general counsel, advising in transactional and other matters. RLS combines its international legal skills and local experience, working closely with locally qualified counsel to provide international companies with international caliber legal services applicable to this challenging environment.

RLS’ work for Afghan companies involves assisting them with complex contracts and contract disputes. The Afghan legal community does not have extensive experience in complex contracts, and RLS believes that it’s important to enable Afghan businesses to do business with international private and public organizations on an equal footing.