Addleshaw Goddard > Muscat, Oman > Firm Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
BEACH ONE, SHATTI AL QURUM
PO BOX 4, PC 102
AL QURUM, MUSCAT
Oman

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard continues to be recognized for its ‘excellent’ banking and finance practice under the leadership of Roger Byrne. The team is known for handling high-value and complex financing and refinancing deals across the region. James Shaw advises on corporate lending and borrowing work and is recommended for project finance matters. Real estate finance and energy-related project finance transactions are also drivers of work.

Practice head(s):

Roger Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and helpful. The team knows the Oman market well.’

‘Roger Byrne – powerhouse in Oman, useful and knows the market, and is excellent technically. Great manager.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s banking and finance team in Oman is excellent. Within their team, Roger Byrne provides outstanding leadership, as well as undertaking a substantial amount of work.’

Roger has built up an excellent team around him that has within the space of a few years (from when Addleshaw Goddard first set up in Oman) established Addleshaw Goddard as one of the leading international law firms in Oman.’

The firm is very flexible with its billing and charge rates. They will always find a way to accommodate loyal clients through difficult times.’

‘Roger Byrne is a very knowledgeable and patient law professional. He goes the extra mile for his clients and always surfaces issues or angles that the client has missed.’

Key clients

Bank Muscat SAOG

Qatari Diar / Ras Al Hadd Luxury Services SPC

Mashreqbank psc

HSBC Bank Oman SAOG and HSBC plc

Alizz Islamic Bank SAOC

The Commercial Bank

Ahli Bank SAOG

National Bank of Oman SAOG

Gulf International Poultry Farms LLC

Oman Arab Bank SAOG

BankDhofar SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Nama Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Sohar International Bank SAOG

Mizuho Bank

Bank Muscat SAOG

Qatari Diar / Ras Al Hadd Luxury Services SPC

Mashreqbank psc

HSBC Bank Oman SAOG and HSBC plc

Alizz Islamic Bank SAOC

The Commercial Bank

Ahli Bank SAOG

National Bank of Oman SAOG

Gulf International Poultry Farms LLC

Oman Arab Bank SAOG

BankDhofar SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Nama Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Sohar International Bank SAOG

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Mazoon Electricity Company SAOC on its $235m 2021 Islamic Ijara Bridge Loan Facility arranged by National Bank of Bahrain and led by Kuwait International Bank and obtaining required regulatory consents from the Authority for Public Service Regulation
  • Advising the issue dealers in connection with the OQ SAOC $2bn Global Medium Term Note Programme

Oman > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard has an outstanding track record for handling large corporate transactions, including private equity investments, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and cross-border mergers. Under the leadership of Oliver Stevens, the practice often advises investment funds and companies operating in the renewable energy sector. Other key contacts in the team include Nasser Al Habsi, who has experience of advising government entities, associate Ma’athir Al Busaidi (who is a name to note for advice on foreign direct investment) and Alistair Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Nasser Al Habsi; Ma’athir Al Busaidi; Alistair Stewart

Key clients

Bank Muscat SAOG

Vodafone Oman

Oman Infrastructure Fund

Mashreqbank psc

HSBC Bank Oman SAOG and HSBC plc

Alizz Islamic Bank SAOG

Qatar Investment Authority

Weatherford Drilling International Oman LLC

The Commercial Bank

Grant Thornton Oman

Phaze Ventures

United Securities LLC

National Bank of Oman SAOG

OQ

GFH Financial Group B.S.C.

Zubair Corporation

British Embassy Muscat

Work highlights

  • Advised International Distribution Network SPC (IDN) on the establishment structure and commercial operations to bring Sainsbury’s supermarkets products from the UK to Oman.
  • Advised The Commercial Bank (CBQ) on its potential acquisition of 15.2% of the shares in National Bank of Oman (NBO) to give it majority ownership.
  • Advising Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its joint venture with Oman Investment Authority to form a fund to invest in a wide range of sectors in Oman

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘excellent’ dispute resolution practice is jointly led by local litigation partners Saif Al Mamari and Nasser Al Habsi. The team is singled out for its extensive experience of contentious matters connected with power and water projects, as well as its strong capabilities in construction arbitrations. Counsel Nic Henrikson is often seen as the first choice among larger international firms for advice on local Omani law issues. The group also acts in arbitral tribunals, including at the ICC, SIAC, and ad-hoc arbitration. US-trained litigator Faisal Hinai is recommended for commercial disputes and has experience in both Oman and the UAE.

Practice head(s):

Saif Al Mamari; Nasser Al Habsi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s dispute team in Oman is excellent. Within their team, Nasser Al Habsi provides great leadership and is also an excellent lawyer. In addition, their team very much benefits from the international perspective and experience of Nic Henrikson, as reflected by Nic’s well-deserved promotion to counsel.’

‘This strong combination enables Addleshaw Goddard’s dispute resolution team in Oman not only to have very good knowledge of Omani law, but also to have excellent knowledge of the Omani dispute system.’

‘The team always provides practical legal advice, which helps the client to make informed decisions on the next steps needed in a dispute.’

‘All of the staff I have worked with have a very professional attitude, however they are also very amiable and friendly in their approach. I have been mainly dealing with Nic Henrikson who has continually gone above and beyond what would normally be expected and indeed what the competitors of AG do.’

‘The AG dispute resolution team is experienced and forthcoming with information, which helps set expectations and understand potential outcomes. Nic is also responsive and diligent, which is always valuable to a client.’

‘I mainly worked with Nic Henrikson, who is helpful, candid and responsive. I appreciate that he regularly follows up and keeps in touch until the matter is finally resolved.’

Key clients

HSBC

Weltech Co.

Sohar International Port Company

Special Technical Services LLC

Bank Muscat

Standard Chartered

Raysut Cement Company

ALEC Engineering & Contracting Oman LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Raysut in proceedings before the Omani Primary Court, concerning allegations related to wrongful termination of a contract.
  • Successfully obtained damages for ALEC Engineering sand Contracting Oman LLC in a case against a construction company in relation to non-payment of invoices.
  • Acting for SIG Middle East LLC (UAE Compnay) in a Primary Court of Oman proceedings in a commercial dispute against Foast LLC.

Oman > Projects and energy Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard distinguishes itself in landmark infrastructure developments and oil and gas projects in Oman and across the Middle East. It is also prominent in areas such as water, power and industrials. Roger Byrne leads the group, whose diverse client roster includes government bodies, developers, vessel owners, lenders and contractors. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of Alexander Sarac from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, where he led the Middle East energy group. Sarac has extensive experience of large PPP projects. The team leverages its regional presence to handle large cross-border matters across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. John Podgore is a name to note in the Dubai office.

Practice head(s):

Roger Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s projects and energy team in Oman is excellent. Within their team, Roger Byrne provides outstanding leadership, as well as undertaking a substantial amount of work.’

‘In addition, Roger has built up an excellent team around him that has within the space of a few years (from when Addleshaw Goddard first set up in Oman) established Addleshaw Goddard as one of the leading international law firms in Oman.’

Key clients

Bank Muscat SAOG

Ras Al Hadd Luxury Services SPC

BankDhofar SAOG

Amakan Sohar LLC

Khazaen Economic City LLC

Gulf International Poultry Farms LLC

Bank Nizwa SAOG and Alizz Islamic Bank SAOC

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

Clifford Capital Pte Ltd

Sohar International Bank SAOG

EDF Renouvelables

Work highlights

  • Advising the Bank Muscat SAOG led syndicate for the $112m construction finance facility to Renaissance Duqm Accommodation Company SAOC for the expansion of the permanent accommodation for contractors facility at Duqm and the associated security package.
  • Advising Ras Al Hadd Luxury Services SPC (the joint venture between Qatari Diar and Omran) the developers of the 5 star, Chedi Hotel Resort and staff accommodation at Ras Al Hadd on its $86m hospitality construction finance facility project from National Bank of Oman SAOG and the associated security package.
  • Acting for BankDhofar SAOG on the project financing for the Oman Tank Terminal Company facility for $350m and associated security package for the oil and gas tank storage facility at Duqm adjacent to the refinery plant owned by Oman Oil Company.

The firm: Addleshaw Goddard is committed to delivering outstanding value and to doing all it can to help clients succeed in their ambitions. By understanding what really matters to clients, spending time in their markets and through finding new and better ways to deliver and price its services, clients report time and again that the firm’s investment in them, allied with first-rate technical expertise, sets Addleshaw Goddard apart. Addleshaw Goddard is also recognised for its differentiated approach to attracting, retaining and developing great people. The firm offers a full range of commercial legal services from its offices in the UK, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Singapore. As part of an increasing focus on the Asia Pacific region, the firm also has a formal alliance with Tokyo-based Hashidate Law office.

The firm’s network of preferred firms is extensive and covers all major jurisdictions and regions, in particular Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, India, South East Asia, Korea and China.

The firm’s preferred firms are all well regarded in their home jurisdictions, and are all significant, independent, commercial law firms capable of delivering a quality of service commensurate with Addleshaw Goddard. Addleshaw Goddard enjoys close but non-exclusive relationships of mutual trust and commitment with these firms, supported by a high level of personal contact through regular meetings both in the UK and overseas.

Working independently, and also alongside the preferred firms, Addleshaw Goddard has built up a wealth of insight and specialist expertise in all the major jurisdictions. The firm draws this knowledge together through multidisciplinary international groups. The Africa, India, Korea and Malaysia business groups are highly regarded.

The firm’s client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, including financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across the firm’s operating divisions – commercial services, corporate, finance and projects, litigation and real estate – as well as in its four chosen sectors: financial services, government, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer, and property.

Areas of practice: In Muscat, Oman, legal services are provided through Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP’s association with Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm as an integrated practice, providing advice to both Omani and non-Omani clients.

The combination of an experienced Oman-based team with a wealth of expertise advising clients with business interests in the GCC, the firm’s absolute commitment to developing long-term relationships, and the firm’s experience of doing business in this region across a range of legal disciplines means that Addleshaw Goddard has the right experience and credentials to support the opportunity of growth anticipated in the years to come, wherever it may occur.

The Muscat office provides corporate, finance, projects, litigation and infrastructure and ancillary legal services, as well as disputes capability to ensure all necessary support is given for clients engaged in corporate and commercial activities in Oman.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking Roger Byrne
Banking Martin Brown
Islamic finance Roger Byrne
Islamic finance Martin Brown
Commercial services Oliver Stevens
Construction Andrew Greaves
Corporate Oliver Stevens
Employment Gorvinder Pannu
Energy Oliver Stevens
Healthcare Oliver Stevens
International arbitration Andrew Greaves
Litigation Andrew Greaves
Litigation Saif Al Mamari
M&A Oliver Stevens
M&A Andrew Johnston
Private client Oliver Stevens
Private equity Oliver Stevens
Private equity Andrew Johnston
Projects Roger Byrne
Projects Andrew Greaves
Real estate Louise Vun
Number of lawyers : 800+
at this office : 8
The firm's lawyers are fluent in languages spoken across Europe
the GCC
Africa and Asia
Contact : Roger Byrne
Other offices : Doha
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