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SASLO is one of the leading law firms for energy practice in the Sultanate. Our lawyers have unrivalled insight into local business customs and practices.

We provide legal services across all areas of the Energy Industry. It is our priority to understand our client’s needs and business and to have a practical knowledge of their commercial requirements which enables us to advise them on the impact of the applicable law and regulation.

SASLO has frequently acted for major clients involved in oil and gas, power and water, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Infrastructure and Transport and Environment projects, assistance on which frequently overlaps with company, commercial, insolvency, land law, and other general matters on which, as a full-service law firm, SASLO is ideally placed to adviseits clients.

We represent sponsors and commercial banks as well as multilateral and bilateral agencies. With extensive experience in bringing a wide range of projects to completion, we provide more than just legal counsel; we provide also business and strategic advice, and we can structure, negotiate and document the full array of project and financing agreements to suit each client’s specific needs. Our team can help identify market, revenue, production, political and other risks, propose methods to mitigate those risks and advise on ways to minimize or reduce liabilities.

We have a combination of lawyers with specialist expertise in finance, employment, intellectual property and tax which enables us to envisage and handle several issues that may arise in these sectors. In addition, our lawyers are expert in negotiation and mediation and are skilled in identifying opportunities to resolve commercial disputes early, to minimize, whenever possible, the time and costs in full arbitration proceedings.

Our team have extensive experience advising on legal matters related to project structuring and development, financing, government regulation, litigation, construction, arbitration and other contract issues across every area including:

  • Power
  • Utilities
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Water, desalinated water, waste water
  • Renewable energy

We advise on various aspects relating to projects such as:

A. PROCUREMENT AND PROJECT ADVICE

The contract structure and management of risk is a key issue in any construction project. There are various approaches to managing risk just as there are a variety of contract structures to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place. The right construction framework helps to provide for the optimum commercial outcome in terms of time, cost and risk allocation. Sound planning at the contract stage can also mitigate potential damage if disputes arise during the construction phase.

B. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND PUBLIC LAW ISSUES

We are increasingly called upon to advise on the impactof the public procurement rules on the competitive process for the award of contracts by public authorities.

C. TENDERING

SASLO has great experience of the tendering process in Oman and regularly advises on the form and content of the tender documents. This includes both the review and preparation of the Requests for Proposal and the bids themselves. SASLO drafted the Tender Law of the Sultanate of Oman. We also advise on other relevant public law issues, an aspect which is particularly important for projects in the Sultanate. SASLO regularly advises in the relevant governmental entities on all aspects of this rapidly changing area of law. SASLO team comprises genuine experts in this field and trusted advisers to some of the major players operating in the Sultanate. SASLO is regularly required to advise them on policy developments in Oman.

D. CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

We have worked on large-scale projects and regularly act on major infrastructure developments, substantial transport projects, accommodation, education and healthcare projects and large-scale energy and industrial projects. We are leaders in privatized sector projects, including power, water and waste, and act on innovative pathfinder projects in the Omani market. Our clients include major developers, project companies and sponsors, investment funds, contractors, consultants, government entities and financiers lending to projects. Contracting for the construction of a major project is critical to its ultimate viability. SASLO seeks to ensure that appropriate contracting methods are adopted so that the risk allocation does not undermine the viability of the project. SASLO has particular expertise in negotiating engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts.

E. PRIVATIZATION PROJECTS

SASLO acts for authorities, sponsors and lenders in some of the biggest most innovative waste projects procured in the last 23 years. SASLO understands the appropriate approach to risk and the complexities of the competitive dialogue process.

F. PROJECT SUPPORT AGREEMENTS

We are also familiar with the many forms of project support agreements which are necessary to structure successful projects, such as those for construction and facilities management as well as other key sub-contracts.

G. JOINT VENTURE/CONSORTIUM AGREEMENTS

We often advise on the structuring of consortia to bid for major projects and the shareholders’ agreements establishing special purpose vehicles.

H. DOCUMENT REVIEW / DUE DILIGENCE IN TRANSACTIONS

SASLO has strong expertise in undertaking due diligence in relation to business counter parties and proposed mergers and acquisitions.

OUR KEY STRENGTHS

  1. advising on risk management, procurement strategy and the regulatory environment.
  2. assisting with the tender process and tender evaluations.
  3. drafting and negotiating project documentation with supply chain members.
  4. advising on the appropriate use of lump sum, target cost and other pricing mechanisms and on the evaluation of tenders and the award of contracts.
  5. advising on standard form contracts and be spoke forms of contract and other project documentation, such as consultant agreements, bonds, warranties and guarantees, and conducting risk-based due diligence reviews for clients proposing to purchase development opportunities or completed developments.
  6. reviewing, drafting and negotiating project agreements, EPC/EPCM contracts, design and build contracts, operation and maintenance contracts, construction management contracts, partnering and framework agreements.
  7. reviewing the industry standard forms and amending, updating and restructuring the agreements / documents in line with the relevant provisions ,applicable laws and International Best practise rules.
  8. advising on procurement and construction issues and handle any disputes that might arise