Firm Profile > Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co > Muscat, Oman

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co
MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
BAIT AL FALAJ STREET, PO BOX 686
112 MUSCAT
Oman

Banking and finance Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is 'known for its quality, not just in Oman, but also in the GCC'. It advises on a wide range of banking and financing matters for Omani and international clients. The firm's asset finance practice includes working for both lenders and borrowers, and in addition, the firm acts for clients in areas such as project finance and trade finance. The team is jointly led by Mansoor Jamal Malik and Marcus Pery. Associate Robert Calleja has a specialism in aviation finance. Asad Qayyum left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik; Marcus Pery

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Coddington; Robert Calleja

Testimonials

‘The law firm is known for its quality, not just in Oman, but also in the GCC. Experienced in many sectors of law, the firm is unique for its prompt advise and experience in many aspects of Banking and Finance.’

‘Mansoor Malik and Marcus Pery are very knowledgeable with the highest profile in the market.’

‘The strong and efficient team that manages the cases referred to their firm makes them different from the other firms. ‘

‘AMJ is my first choice in Oman for banking and finance matters. We advise on the largest project finance and debt finance matters in Oman. We go to AMJ for high quality technical advice which often involves extensive liaison with local regulatory authorities. AMJ “gets it” and it shows in the practical nature of the advice and responsiveness.’

‘Robert Calleja is very professional, attentive, responsive, and solution-oriented.’

‘The qualities valued in them are their wide expertise, their multi-linguist lawyers and their clear value added assistance provided to us in many aspects of banking and finance.’

‘Robert Calleja is very communicative, paid attention to details and always available for a call/clarifications. He was keen to understand the financial aspects of the financing transaction which was interesting.’

‘I would consider them to be the preeminent law firm in Oman. They are generally on all the major financing deals that we work on. Their lawyers are knowledgeable and personable.’

Key clients

Al Bashayer Meat Company SAOC

Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company SAOC

Alizz Islamic Bank S.A.O.G.

Arab Banking Corporation B.S.C.

Arab Bank Plc

Bank Muscat SAOG

Bank Dhofar SAOG

Eagle Hills Properties LLC

Emirates NBD PJSC

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Government of Oman – Ministry of Finance

Habib Bank Limited

HSBC Bank

Meethaq Islamic Banking – Bank Muscat SAOG

Moon Iron & Steel Co SAOC

National Bank of Oman SAOG

Octal SAOC FZC

Oman Arab Bank SAOC

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Sohar International Bank SAOG

Saraya Bander Jissah SAOC (Muscat Bay)

Standard Chartered Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is regarded as 'a point of reference in the Omani legal market', with it adeptly handling matters of the utmost complexity and significance for clients. Recent work included advising on privatisations, the establishment of limited liability companies and the restructuring of government-owned companies. The practice is led by Mansoor Jamal Malik and Ardeshir D Patel; Malik has more than 35 years of experience in the Omani market, while Patel is recommended as 'an excellent lawyer to work with, and very knowledgeable and approachable'.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik; Ardeshir D Patel

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Al Busaidy

Testimonials

‘AMJ is a point of reference in the Omani legal market. There are few reputable and well recognized law firms in Oman and AMJ is indeed one of them. The team at AMJ is well placed to support on a wide range of legal issues and is well introduced in the local community.’

‘Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal and Co (AMJ) repeatedly deliver excellent legal advice and the firm has an has a good spread of lawyers with in depth knowledge of Omani laws, regulations and practice. Great individual lawyers to work with and always feel confident that when you approach the AMJ, you will be getting sound, relevant legal assistance to help you along your way.’

‘Very responsive and diligent. Great team and a pleasure to work with.’

‘AMJ is clearly the leading law firm in Oman and this is reflected in the quality of their legal advice on local law matters which is far more thorough and definitive when compared with other peer firms in Oman. They combine their strong knowledge of the law, with clear practical views which makes them a very good partner firm to work with.’

‘We have been working mainly with Ardeshir Patel. Whilst being a very competent lawyer in his field, he always shows a pro-active attitude and accountability on the tasks assigned to him. Hands on and very supportive.’

‘Ardeshir Patel is an excellent lawyer to work with, very knowledgeable and approachable. Adi takes a very pragmatic approach to resolving legal problems and is a thorough, well rounded legal professional. Highly recommended.’

‘Despite being the managing partner, Mansoor Jamal Malik is readily accessible and adds great value through his years of experience, both from a legal and commercial perspective which clients really appreciate. Ardeshir Patel in the corporate practice is also very easy to access, and like Mansoor, will provide practical advice which clients can appreciate and act upon. Both Mansoor and Ardeshir are also very collaborative and easy to work with.’

Key clients

A’Saffa Foods S.A.O.G.

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company SAOC

Advanced Energy Systems

Al Asilah Desalination Company SAOC

Al Batinah Power Company SAOG

Al Hassan Engineering Company SAOG

Al Rusail Power Company SAOC

Alizz Islamic Bank SAOG

Bahwan Engineering Company LLC

Bank Muscat SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Barka Desalination Company SAOC

C.C. Energy Development S.A.L

Dhofar Generating Company SAOG

Electricity Holding Company SAOC (Nama Holding) and its subsidiaries

Engie Middle East, South and Central Asia & Turkey

Equitativa (Dubai) Limited

Equitix Investment Management Ltd.

FIM Partners

Government of the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Finance

Hark Capital Limited

Interserve Group Holdings Limited

Iskan Oman Investment Company SAOC

Majid Al Futtaim Group LLC

Marubeni Middle East & Africa Power Limited

Masirah Oil Limited

Meethaq Islamic Banking

Muscat National Development and Investment Company SAOC (ASAAS)

Musa

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is praised by its clients for 'top-drawer legal advice'  and 'agile but professional approach'. It demonstrates strong capabilities handling employment, commercial and construction disputes. In employment matters, the team acts for both employers and employees in disputes such as wrongful termination claims. Elsewhere, the firm acts for banks in debt enforcement work and it represents construction companies in litigation over breaches of contract. Practice heads Mansoor Jamal Malik and Said Hilall Al Busaidy are highly experienced in this area; Malik is 'most impressive', while Al Busaidy (a former vice president of the Supreme Court of Oman) has a 'strong reputation for his sage advice and integrity'. Ayman Ali and special counsel Erik Penz are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik; Said Al Busaidy

Other key lawyers:

Ayman Ali; Erik Penz

Testimonials

‘Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal provided our international business with proactive, professional legal services for over two decades. In that time they have developed an excellent understanding of our business and requirements in terms of legal advice. Their people are approachable and provide clear down to earth legal support.’

‘We have been very well served by Erik Penz and his colleagues at Al Busaidy in relation to a matter involving the collection of an outstanding debt from an Omani company. While the process of litigating in Oman has been tiresome at times, Erik and his colleagues have guided us through the process and have always been prompt to respond to any queries we may have had.’

‘Good commercial understanding, valuable strategy for dispute resolution, constant check of strategy whether strategy remains appropriate under change of circumstances, creative ideas, thinking out-of-the-box. Constant flow of information in long-lasting processes.’

‘Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is a highly professional and well-established organisation which is well managed, competently resourced at all levels and appears to be well respected within its field.’

‘In the past I have dealt with Mansoor Jamal Malik and I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the dispute matters which we had instructed AMJ on. In recent times I worked closely with Erik Penz on a complex Commercial dispute and found his litigation expertise and advice was excellent.’

‘Mansoor Malik is the managing partner and has been working in Oman for 30 years having qualified as a barrister in the UK. He is most impressive and acts as an expert on Oman law in arbitrations and Court cases outside of Oman. He is extremely hard working. Dr Said Al Busaidy is a great lawyer and important figure in the legal world with a strong reputation for his sage advice and integrity. Dr Ayman Ali is a very good and forceful advocate.’

‘I worked with Erik Penz and I appreciated his disputes strategy skills. He got in touch with me before we met in Oman and together we deeply analized the issue to find a solution to the disputes. He met me straight after I arrived in Oman and since then he dedicated me long hours to discuss and resolve the matter.’

‘Erik Penz is highly skilled in disputes strategy. Very understanding of client needs.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

National Bank of Oman

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Bank Muscat

Sohar International Bank

AIG MEA Limited

Subsidiaries of French multinational ENGIE

Carillion

Consolidated Power Projects Pty Ltd

Oman International Terminal Container LLC

DalkinMiddle East

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co Ltd

Power Mech Projects Limited

Muriya Group

Petrofac International

Interwell LLC

Projects and energy Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co's team has 'a deep understanding of Oman's energy market, laws and regs and administrative processes'. It is particularly active in corporate transactions involving Omani energy companies. In addition, it advises on the development of energy projects and has also been involved in the privatisation of energy assets. The practice is led by Mansoor Jamal Malik and the 'excellentMarcus Pery. Malik is well-respected, with decades of experience in this sector. Asad Qayyum left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik; Marcus Pery

Other key lawyers:

Ravinder Singh

Testimonials

‘The practice is uniquely experienced in Oman law as it relates to the energy and electricity sector, with a team of dedicated energy law specialists . We have found their expertise to be superior to other local firms we have had to deal with in this area.’

‘They have strong experience in the oil and gas sector, as well as in general corporate matters, and provide timely advice.’

‘I do a lot of oil and gas work in Oman and try to work exclusively with AMJ for Oman law matters. AMJ has a deep understanding of Oman’s energy market, laws and regs and administrative processes. Responsive and practical advice.’

‘They provide solid legal advise and the team is highly cooporative across all expertise from juniors to partners.’

‘Mansoor Jamal Malik is a leading light in the Omani market. I would not want to work with anyone else in Oman for a first-of-a-kind transaction.’

‘Mansoor Malik is my go-to, but Marcus Pery is also excellent.’

‘The best firm in Oman for energy and infrastructure transactions. Responsive. and knowledgeable about the market.’

Key clients

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

ACWA Power

Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company SAOC

Al Asilah Desalination Company SAOC

Al Batinah Power Company SAOG

Al Rusail Power Company SAOC

Al Suwadi Power Company SAOG

Dhofar Generating Company SAOG

Dredging,Environmental&MarineEngineering (DEME nv)

Electricity Holding Company SAOC

Engie Middle East, South and Central Asia & Turkey

Marubeni Middle East & Africa Power Limited

Musandam Power Company S.A.O.G.

Myah Gulf Oman Desalination Company SAOC

Oman Global Logistics Co SAOC and its subsidiaries

Oman Investment Authority (formerly the State General Reserve Fund (Oman))

OQ SAOC

Phoenix Power Company SAOG

Shinas Generating Company SAOC

SMN Barka Power Company SAOC

SMN Power Holding SAOG

Sohar Power Company SAOG

Stratum Reservoir

Total S.A

United Power Company SAOG

Wellbore Integrity Solutions

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co, whose team is 'responsive and easy to work with', handles real estate and construction-related mandates involving infrastructure, leisure facilities and industrial developments. The firm's non-contentious work involves advising on transactions and construction contracts. In addition, the group is also heavily involved in litigation and arbitration arising from construction disputes. Practice head Mansoor Jamal Malik is 'hugely experienced and well-known in the Oman market'.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik

Other key lawyers:

Ravinder Singh

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, they know what they’re doing.’

‘Longstanding practice comprised of partners with a long-term presence on the ground. Means that they have experience with most projects and industry players in Oman built up over many years. Responsive and easy to work with. Play to their strengths and happy to support international counsel as needed, in the manner that best suits the client.’

‘Mansoor Jamal Malik is hugely experienced and well known in the Oman market. He draws on this to the benefit of clients by anticipating issues in advance.’

Key clients

Ad-Dhahirah Generating Company SAOC

Alargan Towell Investment Company LLC

Al Asilah Desalination Company SAOC

Al Raid Group of Companies

Bahwan Engineering Company LLC

Barka Desalination Co SAOC

Cinepolis / Gulf Entertainment Company LLC

Eagle Hill International Muscat LLC

Jebel Al Ahkdar Data Centre

Iskan Oman Investment Company SAOC

Larsen & Toubro

Majid Al Futtaim Group and its subsidiaries

Marriot Hotel

Muriya Tourism Group and its subsidiaries

Muscat Bay (Saraya Bandar Jissah SAOC)

Muscat Intercontinental Hotel

Muscat National Development and Investment Company SAOC (ASAAS)

Muscat Duty Free

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC Oman Aviation Group

Oman Cement Company SAOG

Oman Investment Authority

Oman Sales and Services Company (Muscat Duty Free)

Oman Tourism Company SAOC

Pine Bridge Investments Europe Ltd.

Radisson Hotel Group

Shinas Generating Company SAOC

Suhail Bahwan Group

Zawaya Contractors LLC/ Amwal Development LLC

Shipping Tier 1

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is active in a wide range of shipping law matters, including ship collisions, development projects related to shipping and the financing of ships. The practice is led by Mansoor Jamal Malik and Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy; Malik is praised for his 'very good knowledge of the local market'. The firm's client base includes both local Omani companies and prominent multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Malik; Dr Said Al Busaidy

Testimonials

‘Mansoor J Malik has very good knowledge of the local market and an excellent team to provide quality advice at a reasonable price.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Global Logistics Oman SAOC (Asyad)

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering (DEME NV)

Oman International Container Terminal LLC

Ministry of Environment

Total SA

The firm: Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co (AMJ) is a top-tier, full-service law firm of international quality established in Oman for over 30 years. It has been described as a rarity in the Middle East being an independent, national firm that tops the legal rankings and is widely considered the strongest adviser in the market. It has expanded to become the largest law firm in Oman providing clients with significant in-country breadth and depth of expertise. Eight teams of experienced UK, US and commonwealth-trained solicitors, barristers, Arab law specialists and Omani advocates serve a large portfolio of international and regional corporates, financial institutions, government bodies, trading houses, and high-net-worth individuals. The team includes most elite and ranked lawyers in the jurisdiction known for their involvement in innovative, ‘first of a kind’ deals and landmark projects in Oman and the region. Recent highlights include the restructuring of Oman’s aviation, transport and logistics sectors, logistic and financial sectors, advising the government on the establishment of its first sovereign sukuk programme and debut US$2bn international sukuk issuance thereunder, and advising IPIC on its US$125m merger with Mubdala Development Company, one of the largest ever globally.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: AMJ’s banking and finance team handles large-scale domestic and cross-border transactions for Omani and international banks, international finance and export credit agencies, government bodies, issuers, asset managers, funds, private equity participants and project sponsors. They advise borrowers and lenders on syndicated and multilateral loan and credit facility agreements and related security packages, project finance, corporate finance, ship and aircraft finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, asset and real estate finance, and corporate restructurings. In 2017 AMJ was involved in all the government’s external borrowings exceeding US$10bn. The team also won heavyweight mandates from international and regional banking institutions in the wholesale lending market, and AMJ’s dedicated Islamic finance team advised on numerous ‘first of a kind’ Islamic and hybrid real estate development financings and product development.

Corporate and capital markets: AMJ has the largest corporate/capital markets and M&A practice in Oman advising the government of Oman, leading corporates and institutions on a full spectrum of corporate and capital markets work. They regularly act for corporate clients in headline capital market transactions, funds, bonds, sukuk, IPOs, rights issues, private equity transactions, privatisation projects, complex restructurings and M&A. They provide advisory on the full range of securities laws and regulations, bankruptcy, corporate governance, compliance and other regulatory issues. AMJ has been at the forefront of ground-breaking capital market developments such as swaps, derivatives, and Oman’s rapidly developing Islamic finance segment. Recent highlights include the government’s debut US$2bn international sukuk issuance under its first-ever sukuk programme; US$2.5bn sovereign bond issuance, three IPOs and restructurings in the insurance sector, and cross-border acquisitions of controlling interests in leading Omani companies.

Litigation and arbitration: AMJ’s strong reputation stems from its success in handling complex, high-profile claims before the Omani courts as well as in conducting international and regional arbitrations in centres such as LCIA, ICC, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and Dubai International Arbitration Centre. Three teams of 18 litigation specialists advise on a wide range of commercial litigation, banking litigation and regulatory proceedings, administrative law claims, employment, private property disputes, Shariah and criminal cases. Each team includes international lawyers with multi-jurisdictional experience, and a large cadre of Omani advocates, all licensed to practise by the Oman Ministry of Justice (four Supreme Court-licensed litigators, nine Court of Appeal licensed and eight licensed arbitrators). The firm’s dedicated administrative law team is unique in the jurisdiction and considered influential in shaping amendments to Oman’s administrative law through the establishment of legal precedents in cases handled since 2000. AMJ is also recognised as a market leader in criminal law, in particular white-collar crime, insolvency and liquidation, trade union disputes and collective bargaining.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Commercial
Construction
Corporate and M&A
Employment
Intellectual property
Islamic finance
Litigation and arbitration
Projects
Real estate
Regulation and governance
Restructuring and insolvency
Tax
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ahmed Al Busaid photo Mr Ahmed Al Busaid Ahmed is a Senior Associate in AMJ’s Corporate/Commercial Department.  Ahmed’s areas of…
Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy  photo Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy Head of the dispute resolution department. Dr Said specialises in litigation, arbitration,…
Mr Armughan Ashfaq  photo Mr Armughan Ashfaq Armughan is a Senior Associate in AMJ’s Corporate/Commercial Department.  Armughan advises on…
Mr Hussein Azmy  photo Mr Hussein Azmy Hussein is an Associate in the Islamic Finance and Natural Resources team…
Mr Robert Booth  photo Mr Robert Booth Robert is an Associate in the Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions Team;…
Mr Andrew Coddington photo Mr Andrew Coddington Andrew is a Senior Associate in AMJ’s banking and finance team and…
Mr Ahmed Hashim  photo Mr Ahmed Hashim Consultant Ahmed Hashim has extensive experience advising international and regional corporate and…
Mr Faiz Khan  photo Mr Faiz Khan Faiz is a Consultant with AMJ’s Corporate/ Commercial practice. Faiz’s areas of…
Mr Mansoor Jamal Malik  photo Mr Mansoor Jamal Malik Mansoor is AMJ’s founder, managing partner and head of the corporate commercial…
Mr Zarrar Mir  photo Mr Zarrar Mir Zarrar is an associate in AMJ’s Corporate and Commercial department.  Zarrar’s areas…
Mr Ardeshir D Patel  photo Mr Ardeshir D Patel Partner in AMJ heading the firm’s market-leading corporate and capital markets team.…
Mr Marcus Pery  photo Mr Marcus Pery Marcus is a Partner who heads AMJ’s banking and finance team. Marcus…
Mr Ravinder Singh  photo Mr Ravinder Singh Ravinder is a Senior Associate in AMJ’s Projects and Commercial team. His…
Number of lawyers : 42
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Contacts : Mansoor Jamal Malik
Contacts : Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy

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