US law firm opens office in Oman
Muscat, March 26, 2013
Duane Morris, a leading law firm headquartered in Philadelphia (US) has joined hands with Oman-based Al Mashaikhi to set up its first regional office in Muscat.
The new JV firm, to be known as Dr Said Al Mashaikhi and Partner Law Firm -- A GCC representative office of Duane Morris, significantly expands the capabilities and geographic reach of both firms, said the American law firm in a statement.
The Omani firm was founded by name partner Dr Said Al Mashaikhi, and Duane Morris partner Jeffrey Rodwell, formerly based in Duane Morris' London office, who has relocated to Muscat to serve as the managing director.
Duane Morris previously expanded its global footprint with the formation in 2010 of an enhanced joint law venture with Selvam in Singapore, creating Duane Morris & Selvam, followed in 2011 by a strategic alliance with Mexico City firm Miranda & Estavillo.
Duane Morris also has offices in London as well as in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, in addition to its 20 US locations.
"We are excited about the opportunities that our new venture with Dr. Al Mashaikhi and his colleagues opens for our clients and the firm," said Duane Morris chairman and CEO John Soroko.
"Oman's key location and role in international commerce, as well as an affluent population and a modern, open economy, create an abundance of business possibilities," remarked Soroko.
"Our two firms have been in talks for more than a year, and by formalising our relationship as a new joint venture with Dr Al Mashaikhi's firm, Duane Morris greatly expands its transactional capabilities not only in Oman, but also throughout the Gulf region," he said.
"Oman being a member of the GCC, the joint venture law firm can provide legal services across the entire region, he added.
Dr Said Al Mashaikhi said, "Duane Morris has a strong presence in the US and globally, as well as an impressive reputation for client service. We look forward to leveraging the global Duane Morris platform and working with the firm's lawyers to expand the services we offer."
"We believe our mutual reputation for superb legal service will have great impact on the business community that we now expect to serve together," he added.
Dr Al Mashaikhi has more than 15 years of experience practicing law in Oman and surrounding GCC countries.
His experience encompasses legal work for banking and financial services clients, construction projects and disputes, foreign investments, and work in business and commercial law and foreign claims. -TradeArabia News Service