Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Curtis Selected as Top Global 20 Firm by Law360

We are very happy to announce that Law360 has ranked Curtis as one of its Global 20 law firms.  Curtis ranked 13th overall in the prestigious annual Global 20 list, which recognizes the 20 law firms “which had the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.”

The Global 20, writes Law360, “is a mix of multinational powerhouses, vereins and U.S. firms with a small but significant presence in key global markets." 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Law on Anti-Dumping

Royal Decree 20 of 2015 (“RD”), published in the Official Gazette on 24 May 2015, promulgates the GCC Common Law on Anti-Dumping, Countervailing Measures and Safeguards. The RD came into force the day after its publication and it is expected to ensure a “level playing field” between domestic companies and imports into Oman by providing for “anti-dumping” (“AD”) and “countervailing duties” (“CVD”) where dumped or unfairly subsidized imports have injured the domestic industry in Oman.


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Work Hours Sensitivity during Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of Hijri/Islamic calendar which is considered to be the holiest month in the year when Muslims worldwide do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours. Ramadan begins on sighting of the moon as per the lunar calendar and ends with the celebration of Eid-Al-Fitr. Fasting is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam. During the holy month, Muslims give extra emphasis on prayers, spirituality, inner strength and patience.


During this period it is important for colleagues, managers, supervisors and other stakeholders to be sensitive to the requirements of their Muslim colleagues.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Register a Trademark in Oman

A trademark under Omani law is defined as “A mark that may be subjected to topography in a specific manner that allows the distinguishing of goods (trademark) or services (service marks) produced by a particular establishment from those produced by other establishments. The mark may, in particular, be words (including personal names), drawings, letters, colours, group of colours, numbers, shape of goods, their canning, three-dimensional pictures, geographical indicators, voices, fragrance or taste.”

The Law of Industrial Property Rights promulgated pursuant to Royal Decree 67 of 2008 (the “IP Law”) is the legislation that governs trademarks in Oman and Ministerial Decision 105/2008 sets out the Executive Regulations for the IP Law (the “Executive Regulations”).

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Legal Updates

Ministerial Decision 107 of 2015 issued on 6/5/2015 to continue temporarily ceasing recruitment of non-Omanis in some professions


The Ministry of Manpower has issued Ministerial Decision 107 of 2015 (“MD 107/2015”) which temporarily ceases recruitment of non-Omanis in the private sector. This decision which was effective from 1 May 2015 will last for the period of six months within which period non-Omanis will not be issued visas to work in the following professions: sales person/sales promoter and purchasing agents. The decision, however, is not applicable to certain establishments which include those:

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Law in Practice: Seven Core Principles for a Healthy Attorney/Client Relationship

Disputes that result in formal legal action often arise from very precarious situations. Thus, naturally, external legal counsel is often retained by clients during the midst of extreme tension. However, in order to optimise the likelihood of a favourable outcome, it is critical for the attorney/client to work together, and to develop a healthy relationship founded upon mutual trust, collaboration and effective communication.


We discuss below seven key principles that enable and help nurture a healthy, synergetic attorney-client relationship.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MOCI's New Procedure on Company Formation

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) signed an Agreement on 7 December 2013 with Nortal Gulf Company from Estonia to develop the One Stop Shop (OSS). The venture known as the “Business and Technology Transformation Project” is implemented by the MOCI to take a further step in the development of the e-Government and to support the e-Transformation plan.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Omanisation Compliance for Small and Medium Enterprises

The Government of Sultanate of Oman has recently showcased an increasing interest in the development and support of Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME”). The Ministry of Manpower has issued Ministerial Decision 103 of 2015 which clearly exempts SME from the set Omanisation percentage (“MD 103/2015”).


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Employment of Part Time Workers

Ministerial Decision 102 of 2015 Regulating Part Time Work (the “Regulation”) governs the employment of part time workers in Oman and has repealed Ministerial Decision 520 of 2013 governing part time work (the “Old Regulation”). A “part time” worker by definition is a “worker whose regular working hours or days are less than the working hours and days” as stipulated by the Labour Law in accordance with Royal Decree 35 of 2003 (as amended). This article briefly sets out the provisions provided for under the Regulation and highlights the changes from the Old Regulation.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Legal Updates

Ratifying the Arab Convention on Combating Information Technology Offences


Royal Decree 5 of 2015, published in the Official Gazette on 8 March 2015 (the “Ratification”), ratifies the Arab Convention on Combating Information Technology Offences signed by the Sultanate of Oman on 15 February 2012 (the “Convention”). Such Convention shall be effective thirty days from the date of ratification, approval or adoption documents by seven Arab states who have signed up to the Convention, (hereinafter referred to as “States” or as “State” in the singular). Currently, of the 22 countries to have signed the Convention, only the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman have ratified.


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