The experience and expertise to make the most of a fast emerging market
In the ever-changing business and legal landscape of this exciting emerging market, it's our in-depth local knowledge and wide-ranging experience that gives us - and, more importantly, our clients - a real competitive advantage.
We have a track record of supporting international investors in Myanmar and have advised on a number of landmark transactions in the country.
We also routinely advise on joint ventures between international and Myanmar companies, as well as on appropriate investment structures for foreign businesses looking to play their part in building our country's economy.
Our team can advise on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the following practice areas.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our team of lawyers has significant experience in complex and cross-border M&A transactions. Our services include conducting legal due diligence across a wide range of industry sectors, advising on the structure of the investment, providing assistance in determining key legal and commercial issues, as well as assisting with contract negotiations.
We handle a wide range of joint ventures and foreign investments for both domestic and international clients, including structuring investments, advising on inter-shareholder rights, carrying out due diligence, advising on transfer of assets, drafting and negotiating joint venture documents, and advising on compliance with regulatory requirements.
General Corporate Commercial
We provide domestic and international clients with extensive support in corporate commercial matters, ranging from corporate secretarial services including company incorporation and post-incorporation reporting requirements, to advising on joint ventures and providing market access advice. More specifically, we handle a wide range of joint ventures and foreign investments in Myanmar, including structuring foreign investment approvals, advising on equity and debt financing, advising on inter-shareholder rights, carrying out due diligence, advising on transfer of assets, drafting and negotiating joint venture and other commercial agreements.
Employment & Benefits
We handle numerous employment-related matters for foreign companies in Myanmar. These include advising on labour law requirements for both foreign and local employees, advising on cross-border employment issues, drafting employment agreements, advising on the termination of employees and advising on the transfer of employees resulting from mergers and acquisitions. In addition, we regularly assist our clients in undertaking consultations with local labour offices, registering employment contracts with local labour offices and social security registrations.
Our firm is supported by a strong arbitration team from Rajah & Tann Singapore which has been consistently recognised and ranked as a top international arbitration practice by leading publications.
Construction & Projects
We support our clients from inception to the final close out of construction projects. With the best possible legal advice from a team with long and wide experience and cutting-edge knowledge of the key issues affecting the industry, clients are assured of minimizing project risk. Should a dispute be unavoidable, our clients are also backed by a professional team with a strong reputation for resolving complex high-end disputes. Our lawyers also understand the commercial drivers and the risks for all parties involved in infrastructure projects. We have advised on drafting of documentation for the construction and financing of projects such as hotels, airports and more.
Regulatory & Market Access
Our team has extensive experience in advising both multi-national and Myanmar companies on compliance with specific Myanmar laws. We provide advice on dealing with specific regulatory and licensing authorities. We also provide regulatory risk assessment, assist with issues relating to the possible enforcement of security, and have first-hand experience in assisting our clients with applications to relevant sectoral regulators.
Energy & Mining
Our team has extensive experience in handling contentious and non-contentious issues with major oil companies, refineries and petrochemical companies in emerging markets such as Myanmar.
Banking & Finance
Our banking and finance practice lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the transactional and regulatory frameworks necessary to undertake both domestic and regional deals. Our strength lies in offering thoughtful and comprehensive legal advice to banks and other financial institutions, as well as their clients on a wide variety of instruments and cross-border transactions.
Foreign Investment Approvals
Our lawyers are well-versed with Myanmar regulatory requirements and are able to provide advice on appropriate investment structures as well as the form of the investment vehicle. Our team takes a holistic approach when considering our client’s specific objectives.
We are able to assist with licensing and regulatory approvals, as well as advise on exchange control and cross border double taxation issues. The team is also very experienced in dealing with Myanmar regulatory authorities including assisting clients who seek investment approvals from the Myanmar Investment Commission.
Shipping & International Trade
We can draw from Rajah & Tann Singapore to manage a complex portfolio of high-end shipping work throughout the region, in both “wet” and “dry” contentious matters, as well as in ship finance and other non-contentious matters.
Our dedicated team of lawyers combine cutting-edge legal expertise with in-depth understanding of the industries in which our clients operate, to provide a comprehensive service of the highest quality. We handle contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property law.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Our team is well placed to provide expertise in both traditional TMT fields such as telecommunications, technology, media, data privacy, data analytics, smart contracts and blockhchain technology as well as high-value specialised areas such as data security and cyberbreach readiness and response, e-commerce and FinTech.
We work closely with the TMT teams within the Rajah & Tann Asia network, providing clients with streamlined cross-border service and end to end advice across a multitude of jurisdictions.