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Oman’s growing legal market has experienced a high level of recent activity in all sectors with many firms reporting expanding client and work portfolios.
Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co, Al Alawi & Co Advocates & Legal Consultants and Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) remain the leading local firms with solid reputations and longstanding experience of Omani law.
New entrant Bin Shabib & Associates (BSA) LLP has made a strong start in the market, particularly in the field of dispute resolution. Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP in association with Nasser Al Habsi Law Firm burst onto the scene in April 2013, causing quite a stir in the legal market due to lateral hires from Trowers & Hamlins. Its entry into the market has already attracted big-ticket deals. Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has had a particularly strong year, with an enviable portfolio of work across various practice areas.
Of firms outside the jurisdiction, Shearman & Sterling LLP notably advises on high-profile projects – particularly independent power projects (IPP) – from its Abu Dhabi office. The team acted on the Al Rusail IPP, Barka 2 independent water and power project, and the $1bn bond financing of the Blue City project.