Partners

Ali Khamis Al Alawi
Founder & Senior Partner

Ali Khamis Al Alawi is descended from a reputable family with strong roots in the Sultanate of Oman.

Ali Khamis Al Alawi was the first Omani to hold the position of Head of the Land Registry Office in the Sultanate of Oman. He was appointed to this position in 1982 after completing his studies and continued his work for the government until 1986. During his time with the Ministry, Ali Khamis Al Alawi steered and headed drafting a number of Omani laws (such as the Land Registry Law, the Usufruct Law and the Tenancy Law), which legislation remains in force in the Sultanate to date.

Because of his experience working for the government and holding the position of Land Registrar of the Sultanate of Oman, Ali Khamis Al Alawi continues to have and maintains strong relationships with governmental authorities, particularly those administrations that supervise real estate activities in the Sultanate of Oman (this includes Oman Tourism Development Company S.A.O.C. or OMRAN, the Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry).

In 1997, Ali Khamis Al Alawi was the first Omani national to be registered with the Supreme Court of the Sultanate of Oman as a lawyer; the second lawyer registered with the Appeal Court; and he was the first lawyer to plead before the State Security Court. Ali Khamis is therefore licensed and qualified to appear before all courts in the Sultanate of Oman and has a rich experience appearing practicing before the local courts.

Having worked in the legal field in the Sultanate of Oman for almost 30 years, Ali Khamis Al Alawi is well versed in Omani laws generally and in drafting legislation in particular. He is also well acquainted with business law generally, having been an executive member of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the Sultanate of Oman. He is also often called upon to either act as arbitrator or to represent a party in arbitration not in the least because of his experience as Chairman of the Commercial Arbitration Center of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Ali Khamis Al Alawi was also at the forefront for the protection of intellectual property rights in the Sultanate of Oman and he was the founder of the Arab Organization for Industrial Property and Gulf Consultants for the protection of intellectual property rights.

Ali Khamis Al Alawi is an active participant in conferences and seminars held in the Sultanate of Oman and abroad, and he is a member of the International Bar Association and the International Trademark Association.

E-mail: a.alalawi@alalawico.com

Anwaar Ali Khamis Al Alawi
Managing Partner(Intellectual Property)

Anwaar has rejoined the Firm as a Managing Partner. Previously, Anwaar served as an External Advisor with the firm, concentrating her practice on commercial law, maritime law and real estate transactions. Most recently, she was with the Oman Ministry of Legal Affairs where she practiced for the past eight (8) years.

Anwaar will take the lead in furthering the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Administrative Law practice.

Anwaar graduated with Masters in Law from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. She received her Bachelors of Law from Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates.

Anwaar speaks Arabic and English.

E-mail: anwaar@alalawico.com

Al Hassan Al Alawi
Partner (Corporate, Litigation and Banking – Finance Law)

Al Hassan is the firm’s Partner.

Al Hassan specializes in intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution.

Al Hassan is a graduate of Bachelor of Laws from Plymouth University, United Kingdom.

Al Hassan is a member of International Bar Association.

Al Hassan speaks Arabic and English.

E-mail: h.alalawi@alalawico.com

Jeffrey Jerome Greene
Partner and Head of Corporate Advisory

Jeffrey heads Al Alawi & Co.’s Corporate practice, and has nearly 20 years experience leading banking, finance, capital markets and M&A transactions. He lived and practiced law in the U.S., China & Middle East (at large international law firms as well as regional & local firms), and has led cross-border deals around the globe.

Jeffrey practiced for 10 years in Seattle, Washington (USA), where was named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine every year from 2002-2006.

Jeffrey a seasoned venture capital and private equity attorney, having closed well in excess of US$1Billion in venture capital transactions of the course of his career for the likes of Softbank, JP Morgan, Intellectual Ventures, eFund, Madrona, Maveron, Ignition Partners, amongst others.

Jeffrey was also previously a Corporate Partner in the Shanghai and Seattle offices of DLA Piper US/UK LLP, where he was responsible for venture capital, private equity and capital markets transactions, including leading the US$500 million dual listing of China Central Properties on the AIM and HK exchange.

Prior to joining Al Alawi & Co. in Oman, Jeffrey practiced in Kuwait for 5 years for ASAR (the largest firm and only IFLR Tier/Firm in Kuwait) where he worked on such noteworthy Islamic transactions as the restructuring of the Investment Dar, restructuring of AAyan and Global Investments.

Prior to completing his law training, Jeff worked in the “Loan Adjustment Group” of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (one of the largest U.S. banks), as a Senior Loan Documentation Specialist, where his responsibilities included documenting and ensuring adequate collateral coverage for the bank’s portfolio of non-performing corporate loan facilities.

Jeffrey is co-editor/co-author of “The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook – A Guide to Negotiated Transactions”.

Jeffrey is a graduate of Juris Doctor with Honors, Golden Gate University School of Law. B.A. University of Nevada, Reno.

Jeffrey speaks English. Jeffrey joined Al Alawi & Co. in 2014.

E-mail: j.greene@alalawico.com

Sahil Taneja
Partner (Corporate and Commercial)

Sahil Taneja is a partner (Corporate and Commercial). Sahil is an attorney with more than 12 years of experience and is presently a partner in the firm, specializing in corporate-commercial law. He graduated in law from Amity Law School, GGSIP University, New Delhi (2005), is enrolled as an Advocate with the Delhi Bar Council and licensed to practice across all courts in India. Prior to joining Al Alawi & Co., Sahil worked for an eminent law firm in Delhi where he was heading the corporate law team as a Managing Associate.

Sahil specializes in cross-border investments, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligences and regulatory matters, where he is extremely active on the transactional front. General corporate/commercial advisory also forms a significant part of his practice, including, rendering legal advice and opinions on unique aspects of company law, corporate governance, anti-trust regulations, free zone rules and employment legislation.

Sahil is regularly tasked with drafting/review/negotiation of a variety of commercial contracts, inter alia, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, distribution and franchising arrangements, employment contracts and service agreements. Further, he is also part of the firm’s real estate practice and frequently engaged as counsel vis-à-vis development projects, usufruct and sub-usufruct arrangements, matters relating to transfer/lease of immovable property and support on relevant government procedures/registrations.

Sahil also plays a key role in administering the India desk of the firm thereby engaging and managing relationships with clients and associate law offices from India. He is a regular attendee at International Bar Association seminars and events held in India from time to time.

Sahil has spoken at conferences on a variety of subjects, notably, non-compete provisions in employment contracts, anti-bribery/corruption & anti-money laundering law and corporate governance developments. Sahil has also authored/co-authored several publications, including, on viability of confidential information & trade secret protection, Omani laws on combating money laundering & terrorism financing and repercussions of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement.

Sahil speaks English and Hindi. Sahil joined Al Alawi & Co. in 2013.

E-mail: s.taneja@alalawico.com

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