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The Sultanate of Oman is dominated by its oil industry, but also has an active projects sector. As government entities seek to execute big-ticket rail projects, new towns (such as Duqm Town) and waterfront residential communities by 2020 (bringing $50bn-plus in construction projects to Oman), the Sultanate’s top lawyers are positioning to attract lucrative instructions.

Across the board, the strongest domestic firm in Oman is Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co, while key international law firms active in the Sultanate include Dentons; Trowers & Hamlins LLP; Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; and DLA Piper Oman LLP. Addleshaw Goddard and CMS Cameron Mckenna LLP opened offices in Muscat in 2013 and 2014 respectively and have since built up solid Oman practices, as has regional powerhouse Al Tamimi & Company, which opened in Oman in 2013.

Several international law firms maintain an active presence in Oman without having offices on the ground: these include Clifford Chance, whose Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices recently advised Oman Gas Company on the development of a liquid petroleum gas extraction, fractionation, storage and export project; and Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, whose regional offices also have strong Oman-related practices.

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co (AMJ) is a leading, commercial law practice based in the heart of Muscat’s business and financial district. As the Sultanate of Oman has developed and prospered, so the firm has evolved over the past 35 years into Oman’s largest legal practice, top-ranked for its work in banking and finance, corporate/commercial and dispute resolution work. The firm has a track record of delivering high-quality legal services in both domestic and cross-border transactions to international and leading local corporates, financial institutions, private individuals, and the government.

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