News 03 Sep. 2009

Curtis Adds Two to Oman Office, Continues Middle East Expansion

MUSCAT, OMAN, September 3, 2009 – Leading international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP continuing its ongoing expansion in the Middle East announced today the arrival of two new lawyers to the firm’s Muscat office.

Kamilia Al Busaidy will join the firm as counsel in the litigation practice and Jacqueline Truong will serve as an associate in the firm’s international corporate group. Their arrival follows closely on the hiring of highly regarded litigation partner James Harbridge, whose July arrival established new on-the-ground litigation capabilities in the firm’s Oman office.

“Our unique practice in Oman, combined with the growing reputation of the firm’s offices in Dubai and Istanbul, has helped Curtis to establish itself as one of the Middle East’s leading law firms,” said Bruce Palmer, Managing Partner of the Muscat office. “Adding talented lawyers like James, Kamilia and Jacqueline demonstrates our commitment to maintaining that reputation and fulfilling the mounting needs of our clients in the region.”

Al Busaidy brings with her more than 10 years of experience working in Oman, and has wide-ranging litigation experience. She has advised on various types of disputes, including corporate and commercial matters, intellectual property and trademark infringement, construction, complex tax issues, civil and labor cases and criminal cases, and frequently represents clients in matters against agencies or instrumentalities of the Omani Government before the Administrative Court. Al Busaidy is licensed to appear in the Primary and Appeal Courts in Oman. She is fluent in English and Arabic, and also speaks Swahili. She received her undergraduate degree from Al Salaam College (Cairo, Egypt) and her law degree from Cairo University. Prior to joining Curtis, she served as counsel with the Muscat office of Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

“Kamilia has vast experience in Oman,” noted Harbridge. “Having worked with her in the past, I can confidently say that the firm and its Omani clients stand to benefit a great deal from her arrival.”

Truong, meanwhile, has worked on a variety of project financing matters, and specializes in property development issues. She is fluent in English and Vietnamese, and is admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. Truong received her Bachelor of Laws degree, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management, from the University of Technology, Sydney. She also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree from the University of Sydney. Truong has worked for leading Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and, most recently, with a local firm in Oman.

Curtis is the only licensed American law firm in Oman. Established in 1997, the firm's Muscat office advises both private- and public-sector clients, including various ministries and related entities, on a full range of international and domestic legal matters. The firm has been lead adviser on some of the largest and most significant projects in Oman, and is regularly recognized as one of the country's foremost law firms. The core practice areas of infrastructure, project finance, privatization and litigation are complemented by experience in banking, energy, arbitration, insurance, shipping and port development, tourism, real estate, employment, public procurement, corporate and commercial law, among other areas. In the 2009 edition of the Legal 500: Europe, the Middle East and Asia guide, Curtis was recognized as a leading firm for Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Projects and Energy, and Shipping in Oman. For more information, visit the Curtis Oman blog at