February 16, 2018

Clyde & Co expands in Middle East with Oman association

Global law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce the opening of an associated office in Muscat, Oman. Clyde & Co's association with Fatma Al Mamari Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Firm complements Clyde & Co's four existing offices in the Middle East.

Joining the team "on the ground" will be Managing Partner Marla Valdez, who joins Clyde & Co following a 20 year career with another major international law firm, and Legal Director Stephen McKenna, who relocates from Clyde & Co's office in Abu Dhabi.

The Muscat team currently includes Associates Fatma Al Mamari and Fatma Makki, along with business services staff, who will work closely with other specialists in Clyde & Co's other offices in the region. The Oman office will advise clients on foreign direct investment into the country and a broad range of corporate and commercial law issues, including mergers & acquisitions, employment, intellectual property, and regulatory and compliance matters, with a strong focus on shipping, insurance, education, infrastructure and energy sectors.

The association is the latest phase of Clyde & Co's growth in the Middle East, where it is the largest international law firm, with over 40 partners and 400 staff. The firm recently bolstered the breadth and depth of its offering with five key partner hires: Ian Chung in shipping, Glenn Lovell in corporate, Dino Wilkinson in technology, Matthew Heywood in construction and Mark Devaney in intellectual property.

Niall O'Toole, Partner at Clyde & Co in Dubai, says:  "Clyde & Co provides a full-service offering from locally-based specialist lawyers. Opening an associated office in Oman will allow us to extend, more directly, our reach in the Middle East and offer clients in the region and beyond a seamless service across borders".

Marla Valdez, Managing Partner in Muscat, says: "We look forward to bringing to Clyde & Co our Oman specific experience for the benefit of our clients, together with our expertise in key sectors, further boosting Clyde & Co's market-leading presence in the Middle East. Clyde & Co's service offering and core sector focus are a good match for our team and we look forward to strong growth in Oman".

Jonathan Silver, Chairman of Clyde & Co's Regional Management Board, says: "We pride ourselves on our ability to understand and advise our clients on commercial and legal risk across borders, which is why continued international expansion is central to our growth plans. Having operated in the region for almost 30 years, we are excited to be able to offer clients such an experienced team "on the ground" in another key market in the region, which is experiencing strong growth in our core sectors, such as infrastructure, energy, education, and healthcare".

Marla Valdez joins Clyde & Co having previously been co-chair of the global mining and natural resources sector as well as chair of her former firm's global oil and gas group. Marla has advised clients on a range of energy and infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory and compliance matters.

Through its wider network, Clyde & Co has advised international organisations and local entities in Oman for decades, in addition to providing trade mark and patent filing capabilities in conjunction with Clyde IP Services' office in Oman[1].

Located in the major commercial hubs of the region, Clyde & Co supports regional organisations and international investors throughout the wider Middle East with operations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, Muscat[2] in Oman and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service of local specialists in commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, finance & banking, insurance, projects & construction, real estate, regulatory & investigations, and technology.

[1] Offices of Clyde IP Services, a separate business owned by Clyde & Co which provides trademark and patent registration services. Clyde IP Services is not a law firm and is not subject to legal services regulation.

[2] Office of Fatma Al Mamari Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Firm, in association with Clyde & Co.