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Sarah Al Hinai


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
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Languages Arabic, English, French

Sarah is a dual-qualified lawyer within the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction team in Oman. In 2019, she was admitted as a solicitor in the England and Wales, and as a barrister in Oman. During her training at CMS, Sarah has gained experience across Construction, Energy, Corporate and Disputes. She has been involved in a broad range of multi-jurisdictional projects for energy and climate change, construction and corporate clients. Recently, she has focussed her practice on energy transactions and dispute resolution.

Sarah has worked with CMS in multiple jurisdictions, namely Muscat, London and Dubai. She is actively involved in the firm’s MENA practice- beyond Oman, and advises international clients in respect of business in the region.

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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Relevant experience

  • Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO) on its procurement of Oman’s first utility scale IPP. This included advising on the applicable statutory and regulatory framework and project structure, drafting the Request for Proposals and project agreements which incorporate a project risk profile capable of supporting limited recourse project finance, and assisting PDO with its procurement of the project to the project company’s financial close.
  • KCA Deutag on the Omani law aspects of its $660 million acquisition of the Dalma Energy’s Oman business. The combined business will form the largest drilling services company in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • MB Holdings with respect to certain of its international interests and market entry into new regional markets.
  • Electricity Holding Company (the Nama Group) on various initiatives including: (i) advising the Electricity Holding Company of the Sultanate of Oman on a proposed accession a new party to an existing arrangement for the Salalah IWPP; (ii) advising the Electricity Holding Company of the Sultanate of Oman in relation to the drafting and implementation of a proposed whistleblowing policy; and (iii) advising various group companies on their corporate governance requirements and the relevance and application of the Code of Corporate Governance for SAOGs.
  • Al Osool Real Estate on all aspects of the Pearl Muscat “ITC” Project for the construction, development and sale of 300 Units at the Muscat Hills ITC Complex, including the drafting of the Unit Reservation Agreement, Sale and Purchase Agreement and Community By-laws.
  • SEPCO III on the majority of their corporate structuring in relation to the Sohar-3 IPP, providing strategic advice and coordinating with various government authorities in respect of the licenses and permits required in respect of the construction of the power plants.
  • Oman KCA Deutag (Drilling) LLC on the consolidation of its local operations in the Sultanate of Oman, including preparatory measures and general due diligence for a potential listing on the Muscat Securities Market.
  • Abraj Energy Services with respect to certain litigation matters, including large value contractual interpretation matters with respect to existing long-standing service contracts.
  • Freudenberg Oil and Gas Technologies on the proposed acquisition of an Omani goods and services supplier.
  • Various international and local companies on their joint venture and other local entity incorporation needs and corporate governance requirements in Oman and other countries in MENA.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Oman Ministry of Justice.
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  • 2016 – LPC, The College of Law, London.
  • 2016 – LLM, The College of Law, London.
  • 2015 – LLB (Hons), SOAS, University of London.
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