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Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd is valued for its ‘level of performance and short response times’ and the 'very flexible' team possesses ‘practical knowledge’. Managing partner Minn Naing Oo provides ‘always practical and helpful advice’ and has ‘great projects experience and very strong connections with government authorities’. The team handles projects in the infrastructure, real estate, energy and port sectors. In a notable highlight, Minn Naing Oo  and Lee Jun Yee advised the lenders on the $248m syndicated financing of the construction and operation of a power plant.

Baker McKenzie Yangon's team provides an ‘excellent service’ and includes managing partner Jo Daniels, who is singled out for her ‘subject matter knowledge, timeliness of responses and great personality’, and associate Dustin Combs, who is valued for his ‘cultural awareness’. The team acts for a number of multinational clients on high-value projects in the transport, telecoms, energy and construction sectors. Daniels advised the Asian Development Bank and the Myanmar Ministry of Construction on the contractual arrangements for the Yangon-Pathein road project.

DFDL Legal & Tax's team includes managing partner William Greenlee Jr., who focuses on M&A, project finance and projects across the region; Nick Towle, who acts for major international investors, and the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ Nishant Choudhary, who has been promoted to deputy managing director. The team handled significant project finance work and advised Alibaba on its entry into the Myanmar online marketplace, making it the country's largest online retailer.

Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited's team is the ‘first choice for foreign direct investment and energy projects in Myanmar’. Key sectors for the team, which ‘matches clients’ expectations with regards to the quality of advice, response time and value for money’, include oil and gas, renewables, telecoms, infrastructure, real estate and manufacturing. It assisted Global Power Synergy with its cross-border acquisition of two solar power plants and project companies in Myanmar worth in excess of $500m, a matter led by Krishna Ramachandra.

Lucy Wayne & Associates, Ltd has significant experience across the region and has handled a large number of projects in Myanmar and Vietnam with over $10bn of total investment value. Key individuals in the team are Lucy Wayne, who has 25 years’ experience as a Vietnam registered foreign lawyer, and U Win Naing.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (Yangon) Limited has cross-border experience coupled with strong local knowledge. Names to note are Takeshi Mukawa, who focuses on infrastructure, energy and financing matters, and Kana Manabe, who in a large-scale real estate matter advised Tokyo Tatemono on its $330m development of a commercial complex in Yangon’s city centre. The team also assisted logistics operator Kamigumi with gaining a port concession.

Myanmar Legal Services Limited has extensive projects experience across Myanmar. It has handled the construction, financing and operation of a copper mine, advised on the construction of an onshore pipeline project, acted for a foreign firm on a Myanmar hydropower project and assisted Thai banks with a solar energy project financing. Khin Cho Kyi is the name to note.

VDB Loi's energy team advised on a large number of potential LNG projects and assisted the World Bank and the Japanese government with regulatory reforms in this space. In also handles several telecoms-sector as well as infrastructure-sector projects, and assisted a client with the project financing for the expansion of a hotel chain. Notable names include senior counsel Jeffrey Martin, who advises on project finance, secured lending, commodities lending and corporate finance matters, and associate Alan McCabe, who has a focus on thermal projects.

WongPartnership Myanmar Ltd. possesses ‘adequate knowledge to assess its clients' requirements’. The team advises on foreign direct investments, joint ventures as well as infrastructure and construction projects. Names to note include Christopher Chuah, who handles infrastructure, energy and construction projects, and Suegene Ang, who covers a range of industries including property, hospitality and oil and gas developments.

ZICO Law has experience in the power and renewables, petrochemicals, water and wastewater sectors. In a notable real estate matter, Geraldine Oh acted for a property development company on developing close to 400 hectares of land. It also assists sponsors, lenders, contractors and government agencies with transport infrastructure developments and financing. Maung Maung Thein is another name to note.

Audier & Partners Myanmar Co. Ltd's Yangon-based associate Eddy Jabnoune and senior associate Phyo Min work closely with Nicolas Audier and Bernadette Fahy in the firm's Hanoi office. It covers a wide range of projects-related work, such as the design, development, construction, financing and operational aspects. It frequently handles foreign investment matters, including tax issues.

Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd's Pedro Jose F. BERNARDO assists local and foreign clients with investment projects across the real estate, manufacturing, telecoms and oil and gas sectors. He, jointly with Lee Ying Yingg, advised the JFE Meranti joint venture on an investment permit application for the establishment of its $85m steel factory in the Thilawa special economic zone. Wilmar Myanmar Port Terminals received assistance with gaining investment permits for food-related businesses from the Myanmar Investment Commission.

Rajah & Tann NK Legal Myanmar Company Limited provides advice on foreign investment matters as well as energy, infrastructure and property projects. Singled out are Chester Toh, who ‘gives excellent legal advice’, and Shemane Chan, who regularly handles large-scale construction projects.

Thanlwin Legal Mariano Suarez regularly acts for international clients, and head of project development Shu Yuan Chen has a focus on infrastructure and real estate projects. The team attracted a number of high-value matters in the agriculture, energy and telecoms sectors. Mariano Suarez focuses on structuring foreign bank loans to finance projects in Myanmar; managing partner Chin-Po Tseng is another name to note.

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