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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 2

Oman > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is noted for its strengths in drafting and negotiating construction contracts, in addition to handling M&A, cross-border investment fund structuring, multijurisdictional restructurings and various financings for Omani companies and multinationals. The practice is led by Mehdi Al Lawati in Muscat. Senior associate Malcolm Abaza is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Al Lawati

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Oman National Investments Development Company SAOC (TANMIA)


Oman Investment & Finance Company

Khatib Al Alami and Partners LLC

Oman Air SAOC

Diwan Royal Court Pension Fund (DRCPF)

Turkish Airlines

National Finance SAOG

Innovation Development Oman Holding SAOC


A’Namaa Poultry SAOC

Work highlights

  • Advised Oman Investment and Finance Company SAOG (OIFC) on its merger with Gulf Investment Services Holding Company SAOG.
  • Advising Oman National Investments Development Company SAOC (TANMIA) on general corporate matters.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs Group, Inc (via King Wood & Mallesons) on a multibillion dollar investment in the renewables sector in Oman.

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 2

At Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, the dispute resolution practice is strong in both domestic and international arbitration, including high-value construction and engineering mandates, as well as commercial disputes. Managing partner Simon Ward is well-regarded in the Omani arbitration market and has appeared in ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA arbitration proceedings. Infrastructure and construction litigation is handled by Dominic Pilkington, while Mehdi Al Lawati is recommended for commercial litigation work. The group acts for a number of private companies and government-owned entites.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ward


The Curtis construction dispute resolution team utilises its global resources effectively and efficiently.’

‘Dominic Pilkington is down-to-earth, practical and insightful, with an excellent working knowledge of, and feel for, construction disputes in Oman.’

‘Simon Ward is commercially minded and highly recommended.’

Key clients

MPE Engineering

Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co LLC

Subail Bahwan Automotive LLC

ABA School

Al Qersh

Oman Air

Oman Methanol & Muscat Insurance Company SAOG

Renaissance Services SAOG

Gulf Air


Zubair Corporation LLC


Sambu Construction Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Oman Methanol & Muscat Insurance Company SAOG in a claim arising from design failures in a methanol plant.
  • Advised MPE Engineering on a dispute in the Omani courts relating to oil and gas installations.
  • Acting for Al Qersh in a construction dispute filed against the Gulf of Jiboti in the Oman Primary Courts.

The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counselling clients involved in some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in the United States, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Central and East Asia, Curtis is located in the key business centres where clients need the firm most.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Muscat office was established in 1997 and is the largest office of any international law firm in Oman. Curtis remains the only US-headquartered law firm that is licensed to practice in Oman. Clients benefit from a highly regarded and integrated team of US, UK, Australian, Indian, Pakistani, Italian and Omani lawyers, which provides practical and nuanced advice on both international and local law under one roof.

Private and public sector clients, including various ministries and related entities, come to Curtis for advice on the full range of international and domestic legal matters, from general services mandates to specialist areas of law. The core practice areas of (i) infrastructure, project finance and energy, (ii) corporate, commercial and banking, and (iii) litigation and dispute resolution are complemented by experience in privatisation, insurance, shipping and port development, tourism, real estate, employment and public procurement, among others.

The disputes team of approximately 8 lawyers is currently working on various active arbitrations, primarily in the construction industry including advising a multinational engineering and construction company. These include matters under ICC, LCIA and DIAC rules as well as ad hoc proceedings under Omani arbitration law, focusing on commercial and construction arbitrations in the region. The team continues to be instructed and have success in the Sultanate’s biggest infrastructure and construction disputes, with recent instructions in the oil and gas sector being a highlight.

The office undertakes dispute avoidance, as well as litigation and arbitration in respect of a large, diverse range of matters, including high-quantum corporate disputes, criminal law, labour law, agency, insurance, construction and real estate.

The highly subscribed Oman Insight Series, in which Curtis’ Muscat lawyers hold regular breakfast seminars on topical legal issues in Oman, continues, as well as the office’s highly regarded legal blog ( The team has also produced an overview of the business and legal framework in Oman for foreign companies and investors entitled ‘Doing Business in Oman’.

To ensure a consistent, high-quality service, Curtis’ Muscat-based lawyers work closely with colleagues across the firm’s international network, enabling clients to receive the full benefit of Curtis’ resources and global reach. The Muscat office is part of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, a New York limited liability partnership.

Energy/oil and gas
Finance and capital markets
Hotels and tourism
Intellectual property
International arbitration
Investment management
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Real estate and construction
Renewable energy
Restructuring and insolvency
Sovereign wealth funds
Venture capital
Contact : Simon Ward
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