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Zmarak Zhouand - Partner - B.A (SCU) LL.B (UNE) FCIArb

Legal Practitioner, Australia and Member of New York Bar Association

Languages: English and Dari


Telephone: +93 791 669 999 (Afg); +971 505 543 584 (UAE)

Mr. Zhouand is Afghan-Australian.  He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, in 2001, and as an Attorney and Counselor in New York, United States, in 2014. Between 2001 and 2008, Mr. Zhouand worked with Henry Davis York and Gadens Lawyers, both leading Australian corporate law firms, where he represented blue-chip national and international clients across the corporate, commercial, banking and finance and litigation practice areas.


Mr. Zhouand returned to Afghanistan in 2008 to work with Roshan, where, until early 2011, he co-led Roshan’s legal and government affairs team and was also in charge of the legal and regulatory function for Roshan’s wholly owned subsidiary, M-Paisa, before re-entering private practice, as a partner, at the beginning of 2011. Mr. Zhouand regularly represents and advises United States and NATO contractors, donor agencies and their implementing partners, development finance institutions, foreign investors, Government of Afghanistan agencies, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations.


He is widely recognized as one of Afghanistan’s leading corporate, finance and mining lawyers by a number of publications including Chambers and IFLR1000.


He is widely recognized as one of Afghanistan’s leading corporate, finance and mining lawyers by a number of publications including Chambers and IFLR1000.

Abdul Shukor Mahjoor – Partner - B.A. (Law) (Aazhar University) LL.M (Arab League University) LL.M (University of Missouri) PhD (in progress) (Cairo University)

Advocate – Afghanistan Independent Bar AssociationLanguages: English, Dari, Pashto, Arabic


Telephone: +93 790 079 999 (Afg); +971 502 517 690 (UAE)


Prof. Mahjoor is an Afghan-American advocate registered with the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. He has worked extensively in Afghanistan in the legal and government affairs environments over several years. Prior to forming ALI with Mr. Zhouand, Prof. Mahjoor was, for a period of almost 3 years, Managing Partner of a specialist dispute resolution law firm in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Prof. Mahjoor is Chancellor of, and Professor of Law at, Karwan University, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to lecturing at Karwan University, Professor Mahjoor is frequently called upon to train high-ranking Government of Afghanistan officials on legal and diplomatic matters.  He is a regular speaker at conferences on issues relating to rule of law and economic development and often features on television programs where topical legal issues are discussed.


He frequently represents United States Government implementing partners and contractors, their foreign employees, and foreign legal and natural persons generally in relation to multi-million dollar disputes with Afghan counterparties, and in relation to Office of the Attorney-General investigations and commercial and criminal court proceedings up to and including the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.


Prof. Mahjoor is a dispute resolution specialist, and arguably one of Afghanistan’s most effective dispute resolution lawyers.

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