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  1. Commercial corporate and M&A
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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The ‘excellent’ team at Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co displays ‘professionalism, commitment, and in-depth knowledge of local law’, with ‘profound industry knowledge derived from solid experience in the field’. The firm’s corporate practice has particular expertise in capital markets and M&A, and is well versed in handling private equity transactions, IPOs, capital increases, restructurings and regulatory issues. Managing partner Mansoor Jamal Malik is ‘widely respected in this area’ and ‘draws on his extensive experience in the field and an all-encompassing network’ to provide ‘seamless, tailor-made, pragmatic solutions’. Recently, he advised the government of Oman as issuer of a $5bn bond, which is the country’s largest bond issuance to date. Associate Mir Nasar Ahmad is experienced in cross-border acquisitions, capital markets transactions and joint ventures.

At Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, the corporate practice is experienced in advising banks, private companies, insurers, government entities and sovereign wealth funds. The team recently advised Mazoon Dairy on a dairy project with a capital outlay of $306m. Managing partner Bruce Palmer is also active in this area, and has acted for a range of notable clients, including National Bank of Oman, Ahli Bank, and Oman International Development and Investment. Taimur Malik joined Clyde & Co LLP’s Dubai office in September 2018.

The ‘very good’ corporate team at Dentons has a longstanding presence in the Omani legal market and a close working relationship with local business communities and regulatory authorities. The firm is well versed in handling high-profile M&A, capital raisings and de-listings, and is regularly instructed by local companies, funds, conglomerates and major international corporates. Recently, managing partner Nick Simpson acted as legal advisor for BankDhofar on a $104m rights issuance. In addition, the firm has recently taken on Al Anwar, Muscat National Development and Investment and Oman & Emirates Investment Holding as clients. Former partner Paul Sheridan left the firm in April 2017.

Jamie Gibson leads the corporate team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which has strong industry knowledge and is recommended for providing ‘valuable support’ to clients on the full range of commercial, corporate and M&A work. In particular, the firm is best known for its extensive local and regional expertise in complex cross-border transactions, and is experienced in advising international and regional investors, developers, lenders and sponsors. Recent highlights included advising Maisarah Islamic Banking Services on a $530m sukuk programme to be issued by Golden Group through an Omani-incorporated trust issuer. Kate Marshall has left the firm.

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘very good’ corporate department is experienced in handling public and private M&A, cross-border joint ventures, foreign direct investment, share transfers and corporate governance matters. Practice head Oliver Stevens recently advised Oman National Investment and Development on its $46m investment in Awasr Oman and Partners, a leading provider of fibre-optic and mobile virtual network operator services in Oman. Other key clients include Oman Brunei Investment, Oman Investment, Bank Muscat and Omantel.

The team at Al Tamimi & Company is experienced in corporate restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and distribution arrangements, with particular expertise in advising international companies on Omani legal requirements. The firm recently advised Coca-Cola Export on the $170m restructuring of its bottling operations in Oman, in addition to acting for Oman Telecommunications, Oman Broadband and the Oman Ministry of Defence. Ahmed Al Barwani is the name to note.

At Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, the team has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and ‘strong business acumen’, and provides ‘an excellent level of service’. Practice head Jeffery Greene is ‘highly experienced’, and leads the team in handling the full range of corporate matters, including restructurings, shareholder agreements, M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital matters. Recent highlights included advising Muscat National Development and Investment on financing Oman Air’s OMR100m development of new facilities.

Bin Shabib, Al Rashdi & Al Barwani Advocates and Legal Consultants handles domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, with particular expertise in M&A and advising international companies on establishing a local presence in Oman. In addition to advising clients such as Oman Post, Halliburton, Ahli Bank and Ooredoo, the firm continues to advise Muscat National Development and Investment on corporate governance and regulatory matters. Abdulaziz Alrashdi and Mundhir Al Barwani are the key partners.

Thamer Al Shahry heads the corporate and commercial team at Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO), which is active across a range of sectors, including power and water, leisure and tourism, and oil and gas. The firm continues to advise Oman Air on the proposed corporatisation of its ground handling and hospitality business divisions. Other clients include Ahli Bank, Bank Muscat and the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

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