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Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)
SASLO Building No.597/1, Way No.262
Airport Heights, Behind Oman LNG, Ghala
P.O. Box 1288, Ruwi, PC 112, Sultanate of Oman
Oman

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 1

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)‘s ‘remarkably experienced and savvy team’ continues to be active in Oman’s growing banking and capital markets practice, recently advising on the launch of two new open-ended mutual funds that will be listed on the Muscat Stock Exchange. Graham Mouat and corporate lawyer Jeremy Pooley have a long international track record of advising on the establishment of investment funds. Core areas of instruction are project finance, mezzanine, acquisition and Islamic finance, restructuring and banking disputes. Name partner Thamer Al-Shahry is also highly recommended for Omani banking and capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Graham Mouat

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Pooley

Testimonials

‘SASLO has a remarkably experienced and savvy team for banking and finance matters.’

‘Graham is a seasoned professional who has concluded a number of large financing deals in the country. ‘

‘Jeremy Pooley is sharp and switched on, and brings an excellent mind to financing transactions.’

 

Key clients

Ahli Bank SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

GS Inima Environment SA

Work highlights

  • Advised GS Inima Environment S.A. in relation to the financial close of Barka V Independent Water Project (IWP) at Barka and to the Ghubrah III Independent Water Project (IWP) at Ghubra.
  • Advised Bank Nizwa SAOG, a leading Islamic bank in Oman, on its OMR 70 million rights issue.
  • Advised Ahli Bank SAOG on its OMR 75,000,000 perpetual bond issue.

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Lauded for its ‘vast experience and remarkable knowledge’, particularly in the area of construction arbitration, Said Al-Shahry is the rainmaker of Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) with 30 years of experiences as an advocate at all courts throughout Oman. Thamer Al-Shahry is a ‘smart and experienced partner, with excellent feel for client requirements’, specialising in commercial, capital markets and banking disputes. Senior counsel Khalid Al-Wazir  is recommended for maritime and shipping disputes. The team's newest partner hire, Tarek El Hassan focuses on commercial, employment and insurance cases. Hani Al-Bawani retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Said Al-Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Thamer Al-Shahry; Khalid Al-Wazir; Tarek El Hassan

Testimonials

‘What makes SASLO’s dispute resolution practice unique in international arbitration is its vast experience and remarkable knowledge and its concentration on core areas in the construction field. The team’s strengths include its vast expertise in this area and excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’

‘Said Al Shahry can determine strategic approach in complex arbitration cases and has team leadership skills when the members of the legal team are from various jurisdictions.’

‘They are well-connected in Oman and understand the politics and the court system well. They seek to deliver big law firm support and generally do a good job at it.’

‘Thamer Al Shahry is very personable and easy to put in front of clients. He is always available and willing to help.’

‘SASLO has a responsive and experienced litigation team.’

‘Team is resilient and forward-looking. Provide good analysis of the case and propose litigation strategies. Has good experience dealing with complex matters.’

‘Many strong subject-matter experts in the team. Able to dissect complex cases to manageable slices. Adopt a systematic approach to case handling.’

‘Excellent partner led dispute resolution team’

Oman > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is highly regarded for its strong capabilities and extensive experience appearing in construction arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. In the non-contentious arena, the firm is a consistent participator in Oman’s PPP projects, and continues to support a government body on a mixed-use real estate project in partnership with an international real estate developer on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer basis. Said Al-Shahry and Thamer Al-Shahry are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Said Al-Shahry; Thamer Al-Shahry

Testimonials

‘What makes SASLO’s real estate and construction practice unique is its vast experience and remarkable knowledge and its concentration on core areas. The team’s strengths include its vast expertise in this area and excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’

‘Said Al Shahry can determine strategic approach in complex matters and has team leadership skills when the members of the legal team are from various jurisdictions.’

Key clients

ABENGOA

Aktivco

Al Rajhi for Development – Oman

Al Reef Real Estate Company SAOC

ARUP

Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) International

CPEC – Architectural & Engineering Consultancy

Majid Al Futtaim

Martin Engineering GmbH

Mint Projects International LLC

Mott MacDonald

OHL Industrial S.L.

Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (ASYAD)

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC

Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN)

Roadbridge Construction Oman LLC

SAS Gulf United Company LLC

Seureca Muscat LLC

STFA Construction Group

W.J. Towell & Co. LLC

BIC Contracting LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Rakiza, Oman’s infrastructure fund, on its greenfield investment in the new central fruit and vegetable market at Khazaen Economic City.

Oman > Shipping Tier 1

With a history advising owners, charterers, cargo owners and P&I Clubs on various dry and wet shipping issues, Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is home to Khalid El Wazir, a recognised figure for insurance, port regulations and ship registration. He also advises on marine environmental issues, international trade and commodities, accidents at sea and cargo-related disputes. Other key contacts include corporate partner Jeremy Pooley , and managing partner, Said Al Shahry.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Pooley; Said Al Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FedEx

Aramex International LLC

Oman Drydock Company SAOC

Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (ASYAD)

Oman Charter Company SAOC

Oman International Container Terminal LLC

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Oman Ship Management Company SAOC

Port of Duqm Company SAOC

Prime Tankers LLC

PSA Maritime (Pte) Ltd

Sweedish P&I Club

The Britannia Stemship Insurance Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ASYAD, the government arm that consolidates all the public investments in ports, free zones, rail, maritime road transport companies, on a bespoke and novel framework agreement with Ministry of Transport, aiming to implement various logistic projects identified in the Oman Logistics Strategy 2040.

Oman > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is headed by Jeremy Pooley  who ‘boasts unparalleled experience in the Oman market’ with over 24 years of experience in M&A, joint ventures, fund formation and asset management. Special counsel Graham Mouat predominantly handles corporate governance issues and regulatory compliance mandates on behalf of international clients. Capital markets and energy partner Thamer Al-Shahry has good market knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Pooley

Other key lawyers:

Graham Mouat; Thamer Al-Shahry

Testimonials

‘The SASLO team has an outstanding track record and is extremely reliable – they are extremely well-versed in Omani law, and we partner with them on a number of local law mandates across a range of sectors including aviation and energy.’

‘Jeremy Pooley is our go-to contact at SASLO – he boasts unparalleled experience in the Oman market and consistently delivers practical advice.’

‘They have solid experience in corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.’

‘Thamer Al-Shahry has good market knowledge.’

‘Very reliable and respected firm in Oman’

‘Graham Mout is an excellent and experienced lawyer. He has advised us on various stages of a long-term project on a timely and efficient basis.’

‘The SASLO team is tightly knitted with one point contact to the client. This makes communications clear and unambiguous while we harvest the collective thoughts of the greater minds within the firm.’

Key clients

Ahli Bank SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Oman Infrastructure Fund (Rakiza)

Work highlights

  • Advised Rakiza, Oman’s infrastructure fund, on its greenfield investment in the new central fruit and vegetable market at Khazaen Economic City by way of a share purchase and subscription.
  • Advised Bank Nizwa SAOG, a leading Islamic bank in Oman, on its OMR 70 million rights issue.
  • Advised Ahli Bank SAOG on its OMR 75,000,000 perpetual bond issue.

Oman > Projects and energy Tier 2

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is recommended for PPP, IPP, IWP and IWPP projects, particularly those involving governmental bodies, such as the Ministry of Housing and Town Planning, the Authority for Public Services Regulation. Continuing to grow its presence in the Omani energy, water and utilities, and infrastructure sphere, the firm is advising a lenders’ consortium in relation to the Misfah STP PPP project. Projects partner, Thamer Al-Shahry , special counsel, Graham Mouat and head of corporate, Jeremy Pooley are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Thamer Al Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Graham Mouat; Jeremy Pooley

Testimonials

‘The team comprises diverse expertise serving various industries. Very conversant with project financing and the complexity of large scale EPC legal structures. Was able to advise on the right regulatory and documentary needs, with is the first step of getting things right. Provides practical advices.’

‘Has good subject matter experts who are familiar with legal drafting with a practical sense of enforceability. Highly detailed in managing potential risks to projects.’

Key clients

Oman Infrastructure Fund (Rakiza)

GS Inima Environment S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Rakiza, Oman’s infrastructure fund, on its greenfield investment in the new central fruit and vegetable market at Khazaen Economic City.
  • Advised GS Inima Environment S.A. in relation to the Barka V Independent Water Project (IWP) at Barka which involves the design, construction, ownership, financing, operation and maintenance of a high efficiency desalination facility based on seawater reverse osmosis technology.
  • Advised a consortium of bidders led by GS Inima Environment S.A. in relation to the Ghubrah III Independent Water Project (IWP) at Ghubra which involves the design, construction, ownership, financing, operation and maintenance of a high efficiency desalination facility based on seawater reverse osmosis technology.

Oman > Legal market overview

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is a leading Omani full-service law firm, which has provided expert legal services to its domestic and international clients for almost three decades. Today we have three fully operational offices in each of the Sultanate’s major civil and industrial hubs: Muscat, Sohar and Salalah. We operate seamlessly across this network of offices, enabling our 31 experienced and qualified lawyers to service our clients with specialist, local knowledge and around the clock support.

SASLO has advised on some of the most complex financing and infrastructure projects in the Sultanate and has been involved in significant litigation and arbitration in Oman setting precedents with the Supreme Court.

SASLO has reputation for providing practical and commercial advice in the context of Omani regulatory and legal requirements.

SASLO has a good working relationship with all the Government ministries and decision makers within Oman whose remit affects the business of both local and international clients. In addition to this, SASLO has regularly acted as advisers to Government to the regulatory development of the business environment.

Having its head office in Muscat and branches in Sohar and Salalah, SASLO is capable to respond rapidly to the legal needs of its clients anywhere in the Sultanate of Oman.

Department Name Email Telephone
Projects Thamer Al-Shahry thamer.alshahry@saslo.com +968 24636999
Arbitration & Mediation Said Al-Shahry said.alshahry@saslo.com +968 24636999
Corporate / M&A Jeremy Pooley jeremy.pooley@saslo.com +968 24636999
Banking & Finance Sherif Hampton sherif.hampton@saslo.com +968 24636999
Litigation Tarek El Hassan tarek.alhassan@saslo.com +968 24636999
Senior Management Malcolm Dickinson malcolm.dickinson@saslo.com +968 24636999
Corporate Commercial Maria Petrou Maria.petrou@saslo.com +968 24636999