SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES
SAEEQ SHAJJAN FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER OF SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES
In Afghanistan provision of legal services trace back to as early as 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time stipulated the right to defense counsel. However, the profession suffered a setback in the years to come as the entire justice system was heavily affected by different phases of war from late 1970s to 1990s. Contrary to this backdrop, post-2001 with the advent of the international community, a vigorous campaign was initiated to improve the legal sector and strengthen the rule of law in Afghanistan. This has transformed the justice sector immensely and strengthened the legal institutions to a noteworthy level. SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES remained an essential contributor to this campaign since it was founded.
SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES was founded in 2011 by Saeeq Shajjan and registered under the laws of Afghanistan. Soon SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES established itself as a ‘go-to law firm’ in Afghanistan. The firm’s scope of practice includes but is not limited to legal counseling, litigation, legislative drafting and legal capacity building. Additionally, provision of pro-bono legal services to the needy people is inherited as a core culture in each of our attorneys. Client service is our shared professional value. We believe that SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES is not about us; it is about services to our clients. This attitude helped us to emerge as the ‘firm of choice’ in Afghanistan and beyond.
We are dedicated to protecting rights of our clients and promoting their interests. We employ the best expert and technical resources to the highest professional standards and in full compliance with the rule of law in rendering our services.
We believe in the power of collaboration and value the diversity of our team. Our team members are forward thinkers and problem solvers. Working together as a cohesive team allowed us to combine individual contributions and capitalize on each other’s strengths, which consistently increased our productivity and efficiency in developing solutions to achieve our clients’ goals.
We believe in innovation as a fundamental factor in making progress. Whatever the problem or the context is, we seek ways to tackle it creatively. Our attorneys are quick in coming up with innovative ideas that serve the best of our client’s interests. We focus on “think outside the box” to come up with practical results for our clients.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Diversity and inclusion sparkle in our team. Our team consists of the Afghan and U.S. admitted attorneys and specialized tax consultants. Additionally, in our recruitments, we strive to employ attorneys with rich professional and academic backgrounds both in local and international contexts. Taking into account the nature of the majority of legal issues in Afghanistan, most of which involve both national and international elements, we are looking for excellent expertise while recruiting. Almost all our attorneys studied abroad, which gives us an excellent command over national and international laws in several jurisdictions.
Five of SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATE’s senior attorneys collaborate with Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution and ICC-Afghanistan as arbitration practitioners and members of Arbitration and ADR. Our attorneys possess excellent legal knowledge and enhanced professional skills garnered through studying at leading law schools in Afghanistan U.S, U.K, India, Singapore, and Europe. The experience and superb legal knowledge of SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES’s team affords the firm the ability to render professional and ethical advice and representation to the clients and enable it to employ the best expert and technical resources to the highest professional standards and in full compliance with the rule of law.
Given the importance of legal compliance, legal audit is equally important as.
Our practice in this area include legal advice on aviation matters and other services including.
EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR
We offer a full range of legal services on labor and employment to our clients.
BANKING AND FINANCE
We provide legal services to clients in banking and finance helping to address regulatory
We advise our clients through all stages of a business transaction – from preparing the
Entering into a contract can expose your business to unexpected risks. We provide sound
We have experience in providing prudent representation at all stages of the criminal
We provide legal services on all family-related issues. Most of the cases taken by our firm involve
We represented numerous Afghan nationals before foreign consulates in cooperation
In current competitive business environment, a company’s success largely depends on protection.
We advise clients on Islamic finance transactions across several areas including capital markets
Afghanistan seeks foreign direct and private sector investments to tap its massive mineral
We are regularly consulted by international organizations, international companies,
SHAJJAN & ASSOCIATES attorneys are fluent in Dari, Pashto, and English.
Excellent legal research and analytical abilities are essential and at the core of any effective,
NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES
Our notary public service is always available to assist you. We act as an impartial third-party
PRO-BONO LEGAL SERVICES
We firmly believe that it is our responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to the people
Taxation is a highly regulated industry in Afghanistan. We provide tax services for local
We advise clients on all matters related to telecommunications sector in Afghanistan.
VISA AND WORK PERMIT
There are numerous multi-national corporations and international organizations
BUSINESS FORMATION AND LICENSING
Domestic and foreign companies starting a new business in Afghanistan need to obtain
ADR is becoming the preferred method of dispute resolution in Afghanistan. ADR offers
MERGERS AND ACQUISITION
M&A is often the quickest, easiest, and efficient way for companies to restructure their businesses.
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
The global market is becoming increasingly open to trade and investment. A variety
Public procurement is a significant area of law and has increasingly been the center…
SAEEQ SHAJJAN – FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
HALIMULLAH KOUSARY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/HRM
MIKE SMITH – SENIOR COUNSEL
SHAHRZAD SHAMIM – PARTNER
NASEER AHMAD KOTWALL – TAX MANAGER
NASEEBULLAH ESMATY – SENIOR ASSOCIATE
HADIA SAMEEM – ASSOCIATE
GUL PACHA SAIDI – GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER
SAYED MISBAHUDDIN – ASSOCIATE
ASIL ZARANG – JUNIOR ASSOCIATE
AHMAD HARIS WARDAK – TAX ASSISTANT
MOHAMMAD OSMAN SHAMIM – PARALEGAL