News 04 Nov. 2014

Curtis Oman and KPMG Launch Anti-Bribery and Corruption Initiative

Muscat, November 4, 2014 – The Oman offices of international law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and KPMG, the global audit, tax and advisory firm, will jointly offer comprehensive anti-bribery and corruption procedures, processes, training and support to Omani companies, and international organisations with business interests in the Sultanate.

The collaboration between the market leading professional firms in Oman is a response to the Government of Oman’s increased focus on eliminating bribery and corruption. This includes the introduction and implementation of new local and international legislation, which has led to an increase in demand for such services by businesses throughout the Sultanate.

“Compliance is a hot topic right now in the Sultanate. Curtis and KPMG together can provide the right level of help for businesses. Some may require a comprehensive review of procedures, others may simply need the comfort of some reassuring pointers to improve their already excellent programmes” said Bruce Palmer, Managing Partner, Curtis Oman.

"The joint expertise and experience of Curtis and KPMG in Oman will allow us to offer something incredibly valuable to our clients. I look forward to us working together to help businesses in Oman to be better prepared to meet the risk and effects of fraud.", added Khalid Ansari, Partner in charge, KPMG in Oman.

The initiative combines the talents of Curtis’ lawyers and KPMG’s audit and compliance experts to support businesses in Oman to:

• Curb corrupt practices
• Reduce risks and enhance stakeholder confidence
• Protect their reputation
• Update and improve existing compliance programmes to promote and guarantee the highest possible standard of business ethics

It follows a heavily-attended “Focus on Fraud” breakfast seminar hosted by Curtis, which featured KPMG’s head of risk, Paul Callaghan and Curtis Counsel Jamie Kellick, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Muscat in June 2014.

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Notes to Editor

Full details of how the combined Curtis and KPMG team is supporting businesses can be found in the attached flyer.

Photographs of the Curtis and KPMG are available.

Curtis’ Muscat office was established in 1997 and is served by US, UK, German, India, Pakistan and Omani qualified lawyers. We offer a full range of domestic and international legal services in the fields of real estate, corporate and commercial law, banking, energy, arbitration, insurance, shipping and port development, tourism, employment and public procurement, amongst others.

KPMG employs more than 155,000 people and operates in 156 countries worldwide. In the Lower Gulf, comprising Oman and UAE, KPMG employs more than 850 professionals and operates from seven offices in Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Jebel Ali.