Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co (AMJ)

Corporate & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Well-established and highly distinguished firm with a deep bench of practitioners. Frequently cited by international law firms as a preferred choice of local counsel. A major player in M&A matters, most significantly in the infrastructure, banking and oil and gas sectors. Further areas in which the firm is prominent include capital markets, Islamic finance and tax.

Strengths One client commented: "The firm's performance is outstanding. They are responsive, easy to approach, impressive and have a diversified skill set."

The firm is widely commended by interviewees, who say: "They've been here a long time and get a lot of high-profile transactions. When anyone needs local counsel, AMJ are always the one they choose."

Work highlights Represented the government-owned Oman Sovereign Sukuk Company in its USD1.5 billion sukuk issuance.

Notable practitioners

Ardeshir Patel is an experienced figure with skills in M&A, capital markets, restructuring and joint venture matters. One client praised him as someone who "pays attention to detail while at the same time having an eye on the bigger picture."

Asad Qayyum leads the firm's Islamic finance team, advising on sukuk and other Shari'a-compliant financial products. He is also seasoned in energy matters, particularly in the oil and gas sector, and has assisted with acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Sources describe him as "very strong" and "a popular name in the market."

Mansoor Jamal Malik possesses a remarkable reputation and advises on some of the most significant transactions in the market. He is also well versed in regulatory matters, having assisted with the drafting of Oman's public-private partnership legislation. Sources praise him very highly, describing him as "the leading lawyer in Oman" and "incredibly well respected."

Marcus Pery is a well-regarded banking and finance practitioner who is adept at project finance and syndicated lending, as well as debt restructuring. He represents a variety of local, regional and international banks, and has a strong reputation among international counsel. One impressed client noted that "he's very open in terms of explaining things; it's very easy for us to call him and he's always available."