Satchu & Zhouand ("SZ" or the "Firm") was formed in January 2011 and provides legal and regulatory advice and strategic government advisory services for the Afghan market at a standard that one would expect from a firm in more established jurisdictions.
SZ's exclusive focus is on providing advice and services.
SZ is the first Afghan law firm in the post-Taliban era to be engaged by the Government of Afghanistan to draft legislation and provide advice and services on significant transactions.
In 2012: (a) the firm won the Corporate INTL awards in the following categories: (i) Best Corporate Law Firm; (ii) Best Tax Law Firm; and (iii) Best Regulatory Law Firm; (b) the Firm was Recommended in Corporate Law by Global Legal Experts; (c) Mr. Satchu and Mr. Zhouand were both recognized as Leading Lawyers of Asia by Global Business Magazine; (d) Mr. Zhouand (i) won the Corporate Livewire awards for Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Banking and Finance and for Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Mining and Infrastructure; and (ii) was recommended by Global Legal Experts in Corporate Law. In 2013: (a) the firm was ranked Tier 1 in General Business Law by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013 and featured in IFLR1000 2013; and (b) Mr. Satchu and Mr. Zhouand were individually recognized in the category of Leaders in their Field in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013. Banking and Finance law and the Corporate INTL Recommended Expert 2013 - Corporate Law.
The firm has been engaged by a number of major national and international clients in the USG contracting, telecommunications, mining, oil and gas, information technology, banking and financial services, media, security, logistics, commercial aviation and non-governmental sectors.
(i) Corporate and investment: specific and integrated full legal services to organizations doing business, and overseas investors looking to do business, in Afghanistan.
(ii) Tax: the Firm specializes in the full range of tax issues such as tax exemptions, BRT, withholding taxes, corporate income tax, customs and tax dispute resolution.
(iii) Commercial contracts: broad practice encompassing a range of commercial contracts and joint ventures, together with agency, distribution, franchising, sale of goods and services, procurement and other forms of transaction structures.
(iv) Banking and finance: acting for financiers, borrowers and other intermediaries, strategic advice and practical structuring solutions, opinions, as well as documentation, for all types of transactions.
(v) Dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, specialist tribunals, primary and appellate courts.
(vi) Government of Afghanistan advisory and lobbying services: including advising clients on devising engagement strategies with the Government of Afghanistan at the ministerial and deputy ministerial levels.