Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome to Thomas Miers

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Miers has joined the Corporate Team as a Senior Associate. Mr. Miers brings with him extensive international corporate and transactional experience comprising negotiated acquisitions and disposals, strategic investments and divestments, complex joint venture arrangements, corporate reconstructions, property transactions, general commercial and regulatory advice, acquisition and divestment transactions and transactions covering multijurisdictional regimes.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Legal Updates

RD 28/2015: Promulgating the Law on Granting Concession to Develop, Manage and Operate Duqm Port

A new Royal Decree has been issued in July, Royal Decree No. 28/2015 promulgating the Law on granting concession to develop, manage and operate Duqm Port and endorsing its related agreements.

Additionally, the Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority has issued two decisions:

Decision No. 326/2015 issuing the regulations of the environmental permits in Duqm Special Economic Zone; and
Decision No. 327/2015 issuing the regulation of the utilization of state-owned lands in Duqm Special Economic Zone.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Free Trade Agreement Between European Free Trade Association and GCC Countries

The Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) between European Free Trade Association (“EFTA”) States of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) was signed on 22 June 2009 in Norway. The FTA established EFTA-GCC Joint Committee as the body responsible for supervising the implementation of the FTA.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Conducting Promotional Offers in Oman

Promotional offers in Oman are governed by regulations set out in Ministerial Decision No. 239/2013 (“Regulations”).  It is important for a commercial establishment to comply with the Regulations in order to conduct a promotional offer in Oman.  As such, this article sets out the main provisions as set out in the Regulations.


Monday, August 17, 2015

The Changing Approach of the Omani Judiciary

It is common knowledge that the Omani civil system, much like the rest of the GCC member states, is heavily based on the Egyptian civil system.  This is evident when comparing the principles underpinning Omani law contracts and the Omani Civil Transactions Law with the Egyptian civil code.  Similarly, Omani jurisprudence has traditionally observed and followed the Egyptian system, notably by the outcome of Omani Supreme Court judgments.  Over the years, however, there has been a shift in Oman in the way judges conduct their respective hearings and the way in which cases are adjudicated.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Effective Management of Arbitration: Lessons From the Revised 2012 International Chamber of Commerce Rules

It is often said that resolving disputes through arbitration can permit flexibility, innovation and cost/time saving. This is more likely when a client and legal counsel give thought and effort to develop early and effective case management. Efficiency in time and cost is best achieved when both a client and their legal advisors have a clear strategy, and work towards it together.

The 2012 International Chamber of Commerce (the “2012 ICC”) rules were held out as a gold standard in assisting parties to more effectively manage their arbitral proceedings. This article looks at options that parties and their legal advisors should consider at the preliminary stages, and revisit during the arbitration process.


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." 


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.


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.


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”).