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    • Chris Burkett - Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd
    • Mohammed Hakim - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited
    • Joshua Htet - Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd

‘A market leader’, Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd acts for financial institutions, corporates, multilateral agencies, export credit agencies, sponsors, developers and governments. The team has domestic and cross-border capabilities and ‘in-depth knowledge’. Myanmar practice head Simon Makinson assists telecoms companies, international financial institutions and multilateral agencies with cross-border matters; Stephen Jaggs and counsel Sarah Wilson, both Bangkok-based, are other names to note. Jaggs advised subsidiaries of Total and Siemens on a local $2bn LNG-to-power project. International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank also instruct the team.

In a notable highlight, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Viettel, Vietnam's largest telecoms operator, on its joint venture with two Myanmar companies to invest a combined $1.75bn in Myanmar’s telecoms sector, a matter led by Singapore-based Don Stokes. Hanoi-based Tony Foster acted for international pharmaceutical, consumer goods and mining companies in Myanmar; Robert Ashworth, who is based in Hong Kong, advised a global consumer goods company on its market entry.

‘The exceptional’ team at Mayer Brown is noted for its project finance expertise in emerging markets. It provides ‘speedy responses and appropriate advice’, with Benjamin Thompson being particularly singled out. The team has seen an increase in both volume and quality of its work and counts the first internationally competitively tendered power project, the first multi-bank project financing and and a high-value infrastructure project among its case load.

Norton Rose Fulbright's expertise spans government advisory, banking and finance, M&A, infrastructure and project development work. The team provides ‘good response times and a very good overall service’. Key names to note are finance-focused Yu-En Ong in Singapore, and Sydney-based insolvency and restructuring expert Scott Atkins. It handled a number of high-value matters, among them advising a financial services client in relation to legislative framework reviews.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's team in Myanmar acts for multinational and domestic companies across numerous sectors including hospitality, retail, insurance, real estate, manufacturing and technology. Thailand country managing partner Peter Shelford has a particular focus on work in the insurance, reinsurance and construction sectors; Joe Bauerschmidt, country managing partner in Singapore, handles capital markets and M&A matters and Mohammed Hakim advises on inbound and outbound investment.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a focus on the TMT and oil and gas sectors but also fields construction and infrastructure project specialists and regularly acts for foreign investors in Myanmar. Key individuals include David Clinch, who is an expert in the energy and natural resources sectors, and TMT expert Mark Robinson; both are based in Singapore. Brian Scott, also in Singapore, advised Puma Energy on all aspects of its expansion in Myanmar. Woodside Energy and Chevron also count among the team's clients.

King & Spalding LLP handles corporate, M&A and project development matters in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Key individuals in the team are the Singapore-based energy sector expert Richard Nelson and Tokyo managing partner John McClenahan, who specialises in project development and financing with particular emphasis on power, gas and LNG projects. McClenahan rendered contract-related advice to Posco-Daewoo Corporation for the expansion of the $1bn Shwe natural gas project off the coast of Myanmar.

Stephenson Harwood LLP handles transactions in highly-regulated industries including finance, telecoms, energy and healthcare. Names to note include of counsel Helen Rhind-Hufnagel and Tom Platts, who regularly assists international businesses with their market entry strategies. Platts advised International Bulk Thilawa Terminal on the development of a $65m port project in Yangon.

Ashurst handles banking and finance, M&A, employment, intellectual property, projects, restructuring and tax matters. Key individuals are the Tokyo-based Matthew Rickards, who specialises in the development of infrastructure projects, and Andrew Diggs in Singapore, who advises on project development and finance in the power, infrastructure, mining, petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP provides advice on M&A, foreign direct investment, regulatory, project development, finance and restructuring matters. Stephen Bennett heads the Bangkok corporate team; Manida Zinmerman represents clients in corporate and finance matters; Edward Koehler specialises in project development and cross-border M&A, and James Bradley handles electric power projects in Southeast Asia.

Latham & Watkins LLP's team is noted for Singapore managing partner Sharon Lau, who acts for a number of investment banks across the region, and Stephen McWilliams, who represents developers, sponsors, project companies, lenders and government entities, among others. The team advised Cathay United Bank on the $480m project development and financing of the 300MW Mandalay solar project.

Linklaters' names to note include banking and projects expert Wanwisar Nakarat and Niranjan Arasaratnam, who co-heads the firm’s TMT practice in Singapore. The team has a focus on the TMT, oil and gas and chemicals industries and recent high-value work includes Nakarat's advice to an international energy company on the $10m development of industrial gas facilities in Myanmar.

Milbank's key contact in the region is Giles Kennedy in Singapore, who has extensive experience in Myanmar and a focus on corporate finance, particularly in emerging markets. Recent highlights saw the team handle high-value matters in the financial services and telecoms sectors.

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