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Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd¬†provides ‚Äėcommercial advice at reasonable rates‚Äô. Singapore- and New York-qualified managing partner Minn Naing Oo¬†is ‚Äėa¬†superstar who combines top-quality international experience with a deep understanding of the local market and language‚Äô. Other names to note are¬†Oh Hsiu-Hau,¬†for his work on complex M&A and joint ventures, and Lee Jun Yee, who advises on financial and capital markets regulation. The team showed its ‚Äėstrength in depth‚Äô by acting for the sellers in one of Myanmar's largest M&A transactions to date¬†‚Äď the $742m sale of a 75% interest in Myanmar Supply Chain & Services and Myanmar Distillery to International Beverage Holdings (Singapore). Myanmar Smart Pack Industrial received advice on its $11m joint venture with Daibochi Flexibles,¬†one of the first foreign investments approved by the Myanmar Investment Commission under the new government.

DFDL Legal & Tax¬†receives instructions from a client roster of international corporations, developments agencies and research institutes, providing ‚Äėgood service quality, responsive teams and commercial advice‚Äô. Managing director William Greenlee¬†is ‚Äėa great people manager‚Äô. In one recent highlight the team acted for Daraz (Shop.com in Myanmar) in its acquisition by Alibaba. The group also acted as Myanmar counsel for a client in its capacity as a security trustee in connection with the financing of four aircraft leased by three different companies. Deputy managing director Nishant Choudhary¬†is another name to note.

Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar)¬†provides an ‚Äėexcellent service in terms of response times, industry knowledge and value for money‚Äô. The first US firm to open an office in Myanmar in 2013, it acts for clients in a¬†variety of sectors, such as oil and gas, telecoms, real estate and manufacturing. The Emirates Group, Oil India, Intercontinental Hotels Group and SAP count among the team's key clients. Names to note include managing director Krishna Ramachandra¬†and senior associate¬†Rory Lang,¬†who ‚Äėstands out for his work ethic, market knowledge and response times‚Äô. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of Priyank Srivastava¬†from Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd¬†in April 2018.

Rajah & Tann NK Legal Myanmar Company Limited's team¬†'responds very quickly and strikes a good balance between business and law‚Äô. It handled a substantial number of deals across a range of sectors, including agriculture, banking and micro-finance, and property development. BASF, Ericsson, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Visa International¬†count among its key clients. Singled out are managing partner U Nyein Kyaw, Myanmar practice head¬†Chester Toh,¬†who ‚Äėis very knowledgeable and finds a good balance between protecting his clients and closing deals‚Äô and senior associate¬†Arloy Chan,¬†who is 'able to give solid advice with an in-depth analysis and strategy‚Äô. Toh¬†advised Myanmar Winery & Distillery on the $742m sale of 5% of its 30% interest in Myanmar Distillery Company .

Baker McKenzie Yangon provides M&A, corporate, regulatory compliance and restructuring advice to both domestic and international companies. Managing partner Jo Daniels focuses on infrastructure and insurance regulation, transactions and tax compliance. The team acts for a number of high-profile clients in the consumer goods, entertainment, technology, communication, financial, and oil and gas sectors, including work on several multimillion-dollar cross-border matters. Yoma Bank received advice on cross-currency swap agreements in order to comply with a new directive of Myanmar's central bank.

Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd's team focuses on foreign investment, corporate and commercial work, M&A, banking, compliance, taxation, investment funds and insurance. In a notable highlight, Cheah Swee Gim advised a client on a high-value teak plantation joint venture. The team also provided local counsel to SHC Capital Asia in a reverse takeover transaction in the hotel and tourism industry in Myanmar. Gim spearheads the firm's corporate and commercial as well as M&A efforts; the foreign consulting attorney Marlon Wui is also singled out.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Yangon) Limited has a focus on the infrastructure, finance, health care, retail trading, food and beverage, broadcasting and energy industries. Key individuals are Takeshi Mukawa and Win Naing, who joined from Win & Cho, and specialises in foreign direct investment, international business transactions and cross-border M&A. Yangon Stock Exchange, Japan International Cooperation and Kirin Holdings count among the team's clients. In a notable highlight, Mukawa acted for Tokyo Tatemono on a $330m large-scale commercial development in Yangon's city centre.

Myanmar Legal Services Limited provides assistance to domestic and international clients doing business in Myanmar, including with structuring, negotiating and documenting of foreign direct investment transactions. International legal consultant Guillaume Edward Stafford advises multinational corporations, financial institutions and private equity investors on corporate and commercial matters and Thida Aung has knowledge of foreign company investment and incorporation matters. Managing partner Khin Cho Kyi is another name to note.

Tilleke & Gibbins¬†is ‚Äėexcellent at what it does‚Äô, ‚Äėpays superb attention to its clients' and 'offers outstanding services at a reasonable price‚Äô.¬†The ‚Äėvery proactive' team is noted for its¬†‚Äėdeep knowledge‚Äô and focuses on market entry advice and transactions in the banking and finance, insurance, projects and infrastructure sectors. Director¬†Yuwadee Thean-ngarm¬†regularly advises foreign investors on doing business in Myanmar. The client roster includes a number of global brands from the cosmetics, fashion, technology, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Nada Songsasen¬†from law firm¬†Siam Premier International, and Kyaw Min Tun¬†from Siam Cement Group.

VDB Loi handled a number of deals across the restructuring, real estate, food and beverage, oil and gas, media and telecoms industries. Some of the largest international equity investors active in Myanmar, among them Coca-Cola, count among the team's clients. It continues to assist Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) with consolidating its commercial operations in Myanmar. Names to note include Edwin Vanderbruggen and the Swiss-qualified senior associate Philipp Troesch, who advises on foreign investment, cross-border and infrastructure transactions. Manav Shah left to join Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd.

WongPartnership Myanmar Ltd.¬†provides a ‚Äėgood overall service‚Äô, predominantly acting for clients in the¬†hospitality, real estate, energy, food and beverages, telecoms and financial services sectors. The team ‚Äėkeeps clients informed on the commercial and legal landscape‚Äô. Recommended individuals include infrastructure expertChristopher Chuah, Low Kah Keong,¬†who focuses on M&A, corporate finance and collective investment schemes and Suegene Ang,¬†who ‚Äėgives appropriate advice and provides solutions‚Äô. The team handled a number of high-value cross-border matters, such as acting for Pan Pacific Hospitality on its joint venture with Shwe Taung Junction City Development and City Square in relation to a hotel development in Yangon's city centre.

ZICO Law acts for a number of household names, among them both domestic and international corporations. It handled several high-profile and high-value transactions in the technology, media and communications, transport, tobacco, healthcare, financial services, insurance and shipping industries. Maung Thein has a focus on banking and financial services work. Geraldine Oh Kah Yan is another name to note.

Audier & Partners Myanmar Co. Ltd advises on corporate restructuring, M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity investments, securities, initial public offerings and private placements. The team acts for a number of foreign investors in the oil and gas, financial services, insurance, and telecoms sectors.

Lucy Wayne & Associates, Ltd assisted clients with the incorporation of foreign-owned companies, public listings, and M&A transactions. Key sectors for the team include energy, waste, finance and telecoms. International household names such as Uber and Tetra Pak count among the team's clients. Lucy Wayne is the name to note.

U Tin Yu & Associates' team, led by founding and managing partner and litigator U Tin Yu , provides advice on a broad range of matters, including company law, company formations in offshore jurisdictions, share issues, transfers and subscriptions, and shareholder agreements.

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