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

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's banking and finance practice excels in advising corporate clients on cross-border trade finance and project finance transactions. Elsewhere, the team assists institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, with their investments into funds. In a notable development, Leopold Zentner retired from private practice and was succeeded by Mehdi Al Lawati (who made partner in November 2019) as the head of the department.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Al-Lawati

Key clients

Ahli Bank

Oman Arab Bank

Bank Nizwa

Al Izz Islamic Bank

National Bank of Oman

Bank Muscat

Bank Dhofar

Taageer Finance Company

Oman Broadband Company

Oman Technology Fund

Oman Investment Authority

Oman Chlorine SAOG and Oman Industrial Development Company SAOC

Credit Agricole Indosuez SA

Oman > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP experienced changes at the top of the team in 2020, with Mehdi Al Lawati (who was promoted to partner in November 2019) taking over as the practice head from Leopold Zentner, who retired. The practice continues to handle corporate and commercial matters for a wide range of clients, including multinational companies, domestic Omani companies and state bodies.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Al Lawati

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Abaza

Key clients

National Finance Company


Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC


Oman Oil Marketing Co

Taageer Finance Co

A’Namaa Poultry Co

Oman Broadband Company

Oman Aquaculture Development Company

Blue Waters

Oman Shrimp Aquaculture

Oman Technology Fund


Synergies Castings LLC

Oman Investment Authority

Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman Medical College and the National University of Science and Technology

Oman Air SAOC

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's dispute resolution practice focuses on tax and construction disputes, representing clients in Omani courts, as well as both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. 'Highly recommended' practice head Simon Ward works with Dominic Pilkington, who is experienced in construction litigation. Mehdi Al Lawati, who 'adds considerable value to the Curtis offering in Oman', was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ward

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Pilkington; Mehdi Al Lawati; Hamood Al-Rawahi


‘Understanding the case, establishing good relations with the client, honest and straight forward, advising of any point whatsoever even if it is small, credibility, cooperation. We felt as client to Curtis how they paid attention to our interests. It is not a matter of counting hours comparing to other entities and law firms who care only to collect as much as hours to be paid. Their advice is valuable and you can feel that you can count on them.’

‘The individuals are professional and they know how to communicate in a friendly manner which is very important and build sconfidence and relaxation in dealing with the firm. They do analysis thoroughly and highlight the points we need to be alerted of and which they considered important.’

‘Simon Ward is excellent.’

‘Simon Ward is highly recommended.’

Key clients

MPE Engineering

SoharGlobal 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

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.

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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
Contact : Simon Ward
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