Kawun Kakar, an active member of the California Bar Association, has extensive experience as an attorney, private sector executive, and senior government official. He has worked with both national and international institutions in Afghanistan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Kakar practice focuses on share purchase agreements, international financing facilities, real estate purchase agreements, partnerships and distributorship agreements, employment contracts, tax matters, and business licenses. He has worked with other attorneys in multiple jurisdictions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Mr. Kakar has vast experience in contractual negotiations involving mergers in the mining, real estate development, and logistics sectors. He has also been involved in the development of a regulatory framework for Public Private Partnership (PPP), Islamic Finance, Corporation Law, and Municipality Law.
Mr. Kakar was the Legal Advisor and Director of Business Development for a major international conglomerate with a presence in 40 countries in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Eastern Europe and Canada. He also served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a commercial bank where he ensured that the bank followed best international practices, the Banking Law and guidelines and instructions of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
Through a US State Department contract, Mr. Kakar served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Justice.
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 deep knowledge of the legal and administrative processes, institutions and officials in Afghanistan. As Advisor to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff and later as senior Advisor to Minister of Justice, he 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, and the Cabinet. As a result, he was able to shepherd the passage of several important laws.
More recently, Mr. Kakar was a member of the presidentially appointed Electoral Reform Commission. The commission reviewed the Electoral Law and the performance of electoral bodies and made recommendations for improvements.
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—on legal issues, business to business and track II diplomacy—in the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, Austria, Mexico and other countries. He has also published research papers and articles in reputable national and international publications.
Established in 2013, Kakar Advocates has the expertise and experience to provide a broad range of services to assist you in establishing and managing your operations on a sound legal foundation and to guide you successfully in dealing with challenges and obstacles that may arise.
Our team consists of a number of international attorneys, locally licensed practitioners, tax and corporate consultants, as well as Afghan Government relations specialists. Members of our team have held prominent positions in the public and private sectors, including distinguished law firms, financial institutions, private companies, as well as the Afghan Government, United Nations, and other international institutions.
Our comprehensive grasp of laws and regulations pertaining to conducting business in Afghanistan enables the firm to offer exceptional, specialized legal services to a broad range of clientele. This deep knowledge base, coupled with our close engagement with Afghan and international institutions, enables us to help our clients conduct Afghan commercial affairs confidently and safely.
Kakar Advocates has been ranked as a Band 1 Law Firm by Chambers and Partners since 2017 and recognized as Top Law Firm in Afghanistan by The Legal 500 organization. The firm also received the International Stability Operations Association’s (ISOA) prestigious 2019 Vanguard Award. Similarly, the firm’s Managing Partner and other lawyers have received (top/high ranked) international recognition.
As a leading Afghan firm, we closely monitor developments in Afghanistan’s evolving legal and regulatory environment, regularly publish legal guides, and speak on legal reforms and practices at national and international conferences. In particular, the firm has published comprehensive practice guides for Chambers and Partners in the key areas of mining, employment law, and public procurement and government contracts.
Kakar Advocates has a strategic alliance with DLA Piper, an elite global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. This alliance enables us to offer clients comprehensive local expertise combined with global reach and expertise. Kakar Advocates has also worked with a number of highly respected regional and major law firms in the U.S., Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia and the Middle East including Norton Rose Fulbright, Mayer Brown, Baker & McKenzie, Bird & Bird, Wilmer Hale, Allen & Overy, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to offer the best solutions for our clients.
We assist our clients in a comprehensive set of services across many sectors, ranging from simple tasks such as setting up or restructuring corporate entities, monthly tax compliance, to advice on complex projects such as power purchase agreements, commercial contracts, tax appeals and litigation in court. Kakar Advocates’ experience encompasses aviation, corporate, mining, energy, oil and gas, labor and employment, dispute resolution, banking and finance, consumer protection and privacy, public procurement, telecommunications, and tax and customs matters.
With our head office in Kabul and a client liaison office in McLean, Virginia, Kakar Advocates is uniquely positioned to assist you with all of your business requirements and needs.