Vice President: Afghanistan
Recommended as a leading lawyer by a prestigious legal directory, Mr. Zahid Safi is the Vice President of RIAA Barker Gillette Afghanistan, a full service commercial law firm in Kabul. Safi’s chief areas of expertise include corporate, commercial, energy and power, banking, corporate finance, restructuring, project finance, dispute resolution, working with multinational and domestic corporations on their operations and management, corporate structure, mergers, acquisitions and investments. Mr. Safi advises a breadth of clients including banks, financial institutions, multinational companies and project companies.
Mr. Safi has been advising and dealing with the firm’s multinational clientele with respect to their corporate matters including registrations/incorporations, government approvals, licensing, good governance, and compliance with regulatory requirements, and he has done extensive reviews of the Private Investment Law, Hydrocarbons Law, Minerals Law and Regulation, Electricity Law, Property law, Company Law, Commercial Code, Telecommunication Law, Income Tax Law, Labor Law, Civil Law, Contract Law, Tax Law, Public Procurement Law, Intellectual Property Law, Banking Law, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), and Public Health Law.
Mr. Safi has been conducting extensive due diligence over the past several years into various investors and service providers including TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (“TPCL”), Ghazanfar Group, Zularistan Ltd, Azizi Group, commercial banks, and power and mining companies. He has also undertaken extensive company searches in cases where a lack of understanding of the laws, serious shortcomings in the applicable laws and the lack of expertise of the regulators were the substantial hurdles for investors.
As a corporate law practitioner, Mr. Safi has been involved in a number of high profile transactions in Afghanistan in diverse industries and sectors. He frequently acts on behalf of fund sponsors, investors and asset management firms on fund formation, investment structuring and regulatory compliance.
He is a registered Advocate of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association and represents clients before the Courts of Afghanistan.