IFLR 1000 (2021)

Financial and corporate – Tier 2
Project development – Tier 2

Leading Lawyer:
Chester Toh (Highly Regarded) - Banking
Hiroyuki Ota (Highly Regarded) - M&A

Regional firm Rajah & Tann’s Myanmar office is led by managing partner Min Thein. Membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network allows the firm to provide comprehensive legal advice to clients across the region.

The firm is a consistent performer in the financial and corporate and project development practice areas. The firm has experience in advising across a range of industry sectors including insurance, hospitality, real estate, logistics, food and beverages, healthcare, technology and telecommunication, and energy. The firm has built a robust Japanese practice and often acts for clients based there with interests in Myanmar.

The firm’s client list includes names such as Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Yangon Metropolitan Development, Eco World Developer Holding, Myanmar Distribution Group, and Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance.

The firm had a busy research period in corporate and M&A, acting for buyers, sellers and joint venture partners. A newsworthy mandate saw the firm advise a foreign acquirer in a first of its kind acquisition in the insurance sector. A highlight in the projects space saw the firm advising a consortium of foreign investors on the development of Myanmar’s first-ever transit-oriented development.

The firm’s financial and corporate practice was hit by the departure of senior partner U Nyein Kyaw, who left the firm after Rajah & Tann Myanmar and NK Legal parted ways.

Deal highlights

  • S Hotels and Resorts Public Company / Eco World Developer joint venture
  • Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance $60 million acquisition of stake in AYA Myanmar Insurance
  • Yangon Metropolitan Development / Berjaya Land joint venture

Client feedback

"R&T is very knowledgeable in their field and their explanations are always very clear. What I like the most from them is that I could contact them very easily and they respond within my expectations."

Project development
“Provides practical solutions.”

Lester Chua
“He is up-to-date on the latest changes regarding Myanmar's legal and government matters. I can also call him almost each time I message him.”

Hiroyuki Ota
“He speaks fluent Japanese and English.”