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AMJ top ranked by leading international law directories

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For the seventh year running, AMJ has retained its top ranking in Chambers Global, a leading international guide to lawyers and law firms around the world. Chambers Global conducts independent research into the legal markets of 190 countries, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. The Firm won the select Band 1 ranking for its corporate law practice, and Band 2 for litigation in Chambers 2017 edition released mid-March.

Additionally, four AMJ partners and special counsel retained the ‘leading lawyer’ ranking they have held for successive years. Chambers singles out managing partner, Mansoor Malik as sole star individual in the jurisdiction for the seventh year in succession. Malik is ranked for both his dispute resolution and corporate practices. Chambers describes him as “widely respected due to his masterful practice in finance, energy and projects matters.” “His practice in Islamic finance also earns great respect in the local market.” Commentators highlight that: “He is extremely knowledgeable in terms of the general legal landscape and he is able to provide holistic views thanks to his general experience and great network.”

Marcus Pery, banking and finance partner, retained his Band 2 ranking with clients commenting: “He’s switched on, knowledgeable, experienced and accessible,” and: “He’s been a key partner to our business.” Two lawyers also improved their individual rankings; Ardeshir Patel, corporate and capital markets partner moved up to Band 2. Clients describe him as ” very knowledgeable, technically solid and very easy to work with. He is truly solution-oriented.” Graham Mouat, special counsel in the commercial department, rose to Band 3.

Earlier this year, AMJ again achieved top-tier ranking for financial and corporate work in the IFLR1000, another leading global directories for financial and corporate law firms. The IFLR named Malik, Patel, Pery and Mouat as leading lawyers for their track record of innovative work on landmark transactions in the preceding twelve months.

For more information, contact Bernadette Bhacker-Millard

AMJ named Oman Law Firm of the Year for sixth year running

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AMJ Oman Law Firm of the Year

AMJ was named ‘Oman Law Firm of the Year’ at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 2016 Middle East Awards held at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab on October 19. The event gathered the region’s leading lawyers to celebrate stand-out deals over the previous 12 months. As well as the country award, AMJ was shortlisted with the GCC’s top law firms for work on a number of Oman’s landmark deals including the US$6.4 billion Liwa Plastics project financing and the Oman government’s US$680 million debut sukuk.

The annual IFLR Awards recognise the best law firms in each jurisdiction based on high level performance in business law, finance and the capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Winners are selected based on innovation and the complexity of deals completed. This is the sixth consecutive year that AMJ has won the title and the ninth time in the 11-year history of the awards

Receiving the award on behalf of the Firm, managing partner, Mansoor Malik said, “We are delighted with this prestigious award from the industry-leading IFLR following an exceptionally challenging year for Oman and the region. Thirty years of experience in Oman has enabled the Firm to play a strategic role as adviser to both government and private sectors over the past 12 months. A bold and creative approach to structuring deals and close collaboration with clients has ensured successful delivery of key projects despite the tough market conditions.”

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AMJ top ranked by leading global law directories

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AMJ Oman's top ranked law firm

AMJ has retained top spot in the Legal 500 2016 global directory rankings for Oman released in mid-April. The firm achieved top-tier ratings in all 6 practice areas under review, viz: banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, projects and energy, shipping and real estate and construction. Mansoor Malik and Marcus Pery are named as ‘elite’ lawyers by the Legal 500 and an additional 14 AMJ lawyers are listed as ‘recommended’.

This follows AMJ’s Band 1 ranking for its Corporate Commercial practice in the prestigious Chambers Global Guide 2016 published in mid-March. This is the sixth consecutive year, that the firm has achieved top rating in Chambers, and similarly the sixth consecutive year that managing partner, Mansoor Malik has garnered the exclusive accolade of ‘star individual’ in Oman’s legal world. Three additional AMJ lawyers were rated as leading lawyers; Marcus Kemal Pery, partner and banking specialist who frequently advises on high-value domestic and cross-border transactions; Ardeshir Patel partner and capital markets/M & A specialist and Graham Mouat real estate and projects lead. AMJ’s Dispute Resolution practice also retained its Band 2 for the sixth consecutive year.

Earlier this year, AMJ again achieved top-tier ranking for financial and corporate work in the the IFLR1000, one of the top global directories for financial and corporate law firms and lawyers. The IFLR named three AMJ lawyers, Mansoor Malik, Ardeshir Patel and Marcus Pery, as leading lawyers for their track record of innovative work.

For more information, contact Bernadette Bhacker-Millard

AMJ wins global Islamic finance award

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AMJ has won an international award for its advisory role on Oman’s OMR250million inaugural sovereign sukuk issuance.

The firm received the prestigious global Sovereign Deal of the Year 2015 award from the industry leading Islamic Finance News (IFN) at its annual Deals of the Year Awards ceremony in Dubai on February 28.

The Awards recognise those who have participated in the industry’s most groundbreaking transactions each year. The sovereign issuance also won an honourable mention in the top global ijarah and sukuk categories.

Commenting on the award, managing partner, Mansoor Jamal Malik said, “We are delighted that Oman’s first-ever sovereign sukuk issuance has been recognised as the standout sovereign deal of the year in the global Islamic finance space. We are pleased to have contributed to a successful debut offering which is expected not only to boost Oman’s emergent Islamic finance industry but also to strengthen the capital markets and to support the government’s economic diversification drive.”

Although the last of GCC states to embrace Islamic finance, Oman has over the last three years built a strong Shariah compliant banking and finance industry. Today the sector comprises two fully-fledged Islamic banks and six Shariah compliant banking windows, as well as two takaful operators and a several Shariah compliant investment funds. Islamic banking assets accounted for 7.4% of the total banking sector at the end of 2015 and are forecast to reach 10-12% within the next two years.

Malik led AMJ’s team which included corporate and capital markets partner, Ardeshir Patel, and senior associate, Asad Qayyum.

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AMJ rated ‘Oman’s leading commercial firm by some way’

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AMJ Reception

AMJ has maintained its top-tier ranking for financial and corporate work in the latest IFLR1000 Guide released last month. Three AMJ lawyers, Mansoor Malik, Ardeshir Patel and Marcus Pery, are also singled out, uniquely in the jurisdiction, as leading lawyers for a clear track record of innovative work.

One of the top global directories for financial and corporate law firms and lawyers, the IFLR1000 describes AMJ as ‘Oman’s leading commercial firm by some way’ and as being ‘a rarity in the Middle East, where international firms tend to dominate the top tiers of rankings, an independent domestic firm widely considered the strongest advisor in its market. Banking, all types of finance and capital markets are areas where the firm is widely considered the best choice for advice in Oman.’

According to the IFLR, clients are consistently impressed by the quality of legal and practical advice and level of the service AMJ lawyers provide. “Their professionalism, technical abilities and overall customer service were excellent and rank alongside the best I have received from ‘magic circle’ firms,” explains one who has instructed the team on a range of banking and finance work. “Their advice was always clear and logical and they have a commercial problem solving ability which is the hallmark of a true advisor.” Another, who instructed the firm on a project finance agreement, says: “A solid performance – difficult to see a better firm in Oman.”

As well as analysing client and peer feedback, the IFLR also ranks firms and lawyers based on innovation in their financial and corporate deals. AMJ’s recent deal highlights include Mansoor Jamal Malik advising Oman Oil, the lead developer on the Musandam IPP, and representing the lenders providing $164 million in financing for the Sur IWP expansion project. In banking, Marcus Perry represented First Gulf Bank in refinancing a facility agreement of around $314 million for Al Qahtani Investments, and assisted Bank Muscat in negotiating a $215 million financing for MB Petroleum and its group companies.

The team was also involved in several large debt capital markets issues. One headline deal saw Mansoor Malik representing the joint lead managers HSBC, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Credit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank and Standard Chartered Bank on the establishment of a $600 million EMTN programme for the National Bank of Oman. Ardeshir Patel advised include Oman’s first-ever, cross-border dual currency bond issuance, the public merger of ONICH and Ominvest and the acquisition of a brokerage division of Bank Muscat.

For more information, contact Bernadette Bhacker-Millard