Firm Profile > Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP > Muscat, Oman

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Banking and finance Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP provides 'excellent legal support and insight' in 'a very flexible and open manner'. The team assisted Oman Broadband Company and the sponsor Oman Investment Fund with the $230m development and financing of nationwide telecoms and fibre optic infrastructure. Leopold Zentner heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Leopold Zentner


Excellent legal support and insight.

A very flexible and open manner.

Key clients

Ahli Bank

Oman Arab Bank

Bank Nizwa

Al Izz Islamic Bank

National Bank of Oman

Bank Muscat

Bank Dhofar

Taageer Finance Company

National FinanceCompany

Oman Broadband Company

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises a number of key public bodies on transactions and general corporate issues. Leopold Zentner leads the practice and is very experienced in M&A, restructurings and joint ventures. Another key figure is Zainab Aziz, who advised Oman National Investment Corporation on its acquisition of a stake in a Singaporean private equity fund.

Practice head(s):

Leopold Zentner

Key clients

National Finance Company


Mazoon Dairy Company


Oman Oil Marketing

A’Namaa Poultry Co

Oman Broadband Company

Oman Aquaculture Development Company

Blue Waters

Oman Shrimp Aquaculture

Oman Technology Fund

Octal NoMajis

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is particularly skilled in construction and tax-related disputes. Simon Ward leads the team and defended Oman Air in a $1.5m claim alleging improper storage of cargo. He also represented Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co in a tax dispute against the Secretariat General of Tax Oman, which challenged a tax assessment made by the latter. He is supported by counsels Dominic Pilkington, Mehdi Al Lawati  and Hamood Al-Rawahi.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ward

Key clients

MPE Engineering

Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co LLC

Sambu Construction Co Ltd

ABA School

Al Qersh

Projects and energy Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's work is 'always above par' and it typically acts for major domestic entities on power, utility and telecoms projects. One recent example was its advice to Oman Broadband Company on the $230m financing of nationwide telecoms and fibre optic infrastructure. Notable names from the Muscat office include Alessandra Zingales  and Leopold Zentner.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Zingales; Leopold Zentner

Key clients

Oman Broadband Company SAOC

Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC

Petroleum DevelopmentOman LLC


Dhofar Generating Company SAOC

National Pharmaceutical Industries SAOC

Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC

Oman Dates Packaging and Production Company SAOC

Al Fajar Al Alamia Co. SAOG

Minerals Development Oman SAOC

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 practise 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.

In 2017 the corporate team advised on the IPO of a listed company, perpetual bond issue for a bank and on the merger of two large listed companies in the finance sector. The team also advised on a number of project finance transactions related to new project companies, in particular in the food sector. The projects and energy team completed the Salalah and Sharqiyah IWPs for Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP), and won a new mandate to advise OPWP on the design and implementation of a new more flexible IPP procurement process for 2022. The team also won a mandate to advise Petroleum Development Oman LLC on its procurement of a utility size solar IPP, a first for Oman.

The disputes team of approximately ten 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.

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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
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