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Whether you are an international or domestic business active in Oman and the wider Middle East, you can rely on our advice on complex and multi-jurisdictional contractual arrangements and our knowledge of the commercial issues facing the sectors in which you operate. When entering Oman, it is extremely important to understand how to set up, and operate, a business in accordance with local regulations and customs.

We have particular experience advising international companies entering the Omani market and continue to assist them as they grow their businesses in the region and beyond.

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With over 350 commercial and regulatory lawyers across 34 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business factors impacting your commercial arrangements. We organise our teams around sectors and industries relevant to you, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, lifesciences, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports. We can guide you towards the best business outcome, whether you require advice on commercial contracts, supply services, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing, or sales, agency, distribution and franchise agreements.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Com­mer­cial in Oman
Amet­ek on the draft­ing and ne­go­ti­ations of an agency agree­ment for the ap­point­ment of an agent for the dis­tri­bu­tion of products through­out Oman.BP in re­la­tion to the con­sid­er­a­tion of an in-house change...

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12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
15/02/2022
Oman Bank­ruptcy Law
Be­fore the new bank­ruptcy law (Roy­al De­cree 53/2019) (the “Bank­ruptcy Law”) came in­to ef­fect in Oman, the laws and reg­u­la­tions reg­u­lat­ing bank­ruptcies were lim­ited and simply ad­dressed in laws such...
24/11/2021
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
22/06/2021
UAE Cent­ral Bank Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion: A new era in per­son­al...
This brief­ing sum­mar­ises the com­pre­hens­ive data pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments which now ap­ply to all Cent­ral Bank-li­censed fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions op­er­at­ing in the UAE. The UAE Cent­ral Bank Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion...
15/06/2021
The end of USD LIBOR in Oman
Across Oman and the Middle East, USD LIBOR has been used as a bench­mark for the cal­cu­la­tion of in­terest in US Dol­lar de­nom­in­ated loans and oth­er fin­an­cial trans­ac­tions.  In par­tic­u­lar, it has been used...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
31/03/2021
Elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture law in com­mer­cial con­tracts in Oman
1. Defin­i­tion and form­al re­quire­ments of writ­ten leg­al state­ments or leg­al state­ments leg­ally bind­ing if the law re­quires writ­ten form An agree­ment is made solely based on an of­fer and ac­cept­ance, sub­ject...
26/03/2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
04/02/2021
Law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure in Oman
1. Is there le­gis­la­tion on force ma­jeure in your law sys­tem? Yes, there are pro­vi­sions in the Omani Civil Trans­ac­tion Law as pro­mul­gated by Roy­al De­cree No. 29/2013 (the Civil Code). 2. If so, what is...
01/12/2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The sea­son of change con­tin­ues: ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Up­date
On 1 Decem­ber 2020, the ICC In­ter­na­tion­al Court of Ar­bit­ra­tion launched its re­vised ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (the “Rules”), which will ap­ply to ar­bit­ra­tions sub­mit­ted to the ICC Court from 1 Janu­ary...
14/07/2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
In­tro­duc­tion In a sig­ni­fic­ant case for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial ar­bit­ra­tion, on 23 June 2020, the Par­is Court of Ap­peal re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to an­nul an ICC award, find­ing that the ar­bit­ral tribunal...
29/06/2020
Es­tab­lish­ment of the Oman In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity
Re­cently a new au­thor­ity named the “Oman In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity” (OIA) was es­tab­lished in the Sul­tan­ate of Oman by Sul­tani De­cree No. 61/2020 dated 4 June 2020. It was es­tab­lished to merge the two ex­ist­ing...