An active member of the California Bar Association, with extensive experience as an attorney, private sector executive, and senior government and UN official. Recognized as Band 1 Lawyer by Chambers and Partners, Asia-Pacific, for the last four years (2017-2020), and Leading Individual by Legal 500 for years 2019 & 2020. Mr. Kakar focuses on Commercial Disputes, Legal Reform, Legislative Drafting, Mediation & Arbitration, Taxation, PPP, Government Contracting, Mining, International Community Contracts, Company Formation, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Employment.

Kawun Kakar, an active member of the California Bar Association, has extensive experience as an attorney, private sector executive, and senior government and UN official. He has worked with both national and international institutions in Afghanistan, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Kakar focuses on Commercial Disputes, Legal Reform, Legislative Drafting, Mediation & Arbitration, Taxation, PPP, Government Contracting, Mining, International Community Contracts, Company Formation, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Employment.  

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.

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 the 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.

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.

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.

Recognized as Band 1 Lawyer by Chambers and Partners, Asia-Pacific, for the last four years (2017-2020), and Leading Individual by Legal 500 for years 2019 & 2020.  

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.

Commercial Dispute

Legal Reform

Legislative Drafting

Mediation and Arbitration

Taxation

PPP

Mining

Aviation

Banking

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Thomas Kraemer
Senior Counsel