Firm Profile > Addleshaw Goddard > Muscat, Oman

Addleshaw Goddard
PO BOX 4, PC 102

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in the financing and refinancing of high-value projects in Oman, which utilise both conventional and Islamic financing. The team is led by Roger Byrne, who is praised by a client as 'arguably the best finance/banking lawyer in Oman'. Associate James Shaw is the other key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Roger Byrne

Other key lawyers:

James Shaw


‘We work and have worked with them very closely in Oman where are definitely one of top tier firms in this area. Combine very good knowledge of Omani law with excellent knowledge of Omani market. ’

‘Highly recommend Roger Byrne as partner that both leads their team, and does a substantial amount of work on matters on which work with them. He combines very good knowledge of Omani law together with excellent knowledge of Omani market that facilitates delivery of excellent service.’

‘Roger Byrne is arguably the best finance/banking lawyer in Oman. He and his team have advised on 3 separate loans made by Z-Corp group companies to a UK listed entity; and on Project Tango (a $50m acquisition financing). ’

‘Roger Byrne is highly recommended. He is assisted by Andrew Johnson and James Shaw.’

Key clients

Bank Muscat SAOG

Sohar International Bank SAOG

National Bank of Oman SAOG


Oman Telecommunications Company SAOG

Alizz Islamic Bank SAOG

BankDhofar SAOG

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Ahli Bank SAOG

Standard Chartered Bank

Mizho Bank, Limited

The Commercial Bank (PQSC)

The Zubair Group

Oman > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Led by Oliver Stevens, Addleshaw Goddard handles some of the largest corporate and commercial matters in Oman, including billion-dollar M&A transactions and joint ventures. The practice's commercial work includes advising international companies on entering the Omani market. The team draws on Addleshaw Goddard's network of offices worldwide to handle cross-border matters. In addition to Stevens, Nasser Al Habsi and associate Ma’athir Al Busaidi are key contacts in the team. Stevens is praised as 'a fantastic lawyer who seems to genuinely care about his clients'.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Nasser Al Habsi; Ma’athir Al Busaidi


‘The AG team are a pleasure to work with. Extremely diligent and responsive. No job is ever too big or too small, where solutions to problems are always found. ’

‘Oliver Stevens is a fantastic lawyer who seems to genuinely care about his clients. His communication skills are excellent allowing him to explain complex legal matters in a straightforward manner. His knowledge of commercial law is impressive. I would highly recommend Oliver.’

‘It was a nice experience to directly work with Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP on our shareholders’ agreement, including all other relevant documents for acquiring more shares and registering with the Government authority. The team was very aware with all the required terms and conditions that forms part of such agreement. In addition, they knew all the relevant procedures, documentation that the Government authority will require to complete such an acquisition.’

‘It was very evident to me that Addleshaw Goddard lawyers were aware of all requirements or conditions that were needed to make the agreements to be fair and reject any conditions that were biased. They were very flexible in meeting deadlines, they are readily available to responds outside the normal working hours, they attend calls at any time and give instant advice. They meet their deadlines. ’

‘It is the best firm in Oman we have dealt with. The associates are very professional and prompt in their advice and actions. They give you a clear and concise opinion of the situation; don’t cloud the facts, you know where you stand with them and what is best way to a solution. ’

‘Oliver stands out as he is absolutely blunt on the law and its effects. There is no mincing of words to make one or the situation look different than it is. This is very much appreciated by us.’

‘Oliver Stevens is excellent. Intelligent, flexible, hungry, and pragmatic, he is arguably the leading corporate lawyer in Oman’

‘Roger Byrne and Oliver Stevens both have excellent knowledge and experience in this jurisdiction, which is an absolute must for practical solutions.’

Key clients

Bank Muscat

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)

Phaze Ventures

China State Grid

The Zubair Group



Oman Aviation Group




Special Technical Services

Alizz Islamic Bank

National Bank of Oman

HSBC Bank Oman

Khazaen Economic City

Oman Investment Corporation

Raysut Cement Company



Innovation Development Oman

Al Dhahira Colas

Hill International

Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel

Multiplex Middle East

Qatar Investment Authority

The Nielsen Company


Thawani Technologies

Middle East Consulting & Engineering

Sharqiyah Desalination Company

Apergy Corporation

Port of Rotterdam

Services & Trade Co.

Knoma Ltd

Ensign International Energy

TUV Middle East

ALEC Engineering


Vennwest Global Technologies

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Nasser Al Habsi, Addleshaw Goddard's dispute resolution practice covers a broad range of work, including insurance, non-payment, construction and employment disputes. The firm also acts for banks in debt enforcement matters. Al Habsi is known for his experience in arbitrations, both ICC and ad hoc. Saif Al Mamari is another key partner in the team. Finance partner Roger Byrne and corporate partner Oliver Stevens also advise on disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nasser Al Habsi

Other key lawyers:

Saif Al Mamari; Roger Byrne; Oliver Stevens


‘Good approach to problem-solving and always available to assist. ’

‘As mentioned, the dynamic approach of the team in resolving problems and their approach to clients’ issues is very proactive. We have always found them supportive and available when needed.’

Key clients



Raysut Cement Company

ALEC Engineering & Contracting Oman LLC

Oman > Projects and energy Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard's team has 'excellent knowledge of the Omani market', as is evidenced by its advice to clients on the financing and development of projects. The team handles both conventional and Islamic financing deals. Practice head Roger Byrne is recommended by clients for his experience of both the Omani market and Omani law.  Also notable is that the group leverages the resources of the wider international network to handle cross-border matters, including M&A.

Practice head(s):

Roger Byrne


‘Work and have worked with them very closely in Oman where are definitely one of top tier firms in this area. Combine very good knowledge of Omani law with excellent knowledge of Omani market. ’

‘Highly recommend Roger Byrne as partner that both leads their team, and does a substantial amount of work on matters on which work with them. He combines very good knowledge of Omani law together with excellent knowledge of Omani market that facilitates delivery of excellent service.’

Key clients

Sharqiyah Desalination Company SAOG (SDC)

BankDhofar SAOG

State Grid International Development Limited (SGID)


Sohar International Bank SAOG

Oman Gas Company SAOC

Qatari Diar Ras Al Hadd Development Company SAOG (QDRH)

Mazoon Electricity Company SAOC

Bank Muscat SAOG

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Leeds
Other offices : London
Other offices : Manchester
Other offices : Singapore