Firm Profile > Tilleke & Gibbins > Yangon, Myanmar

Tilleke & Gibbins
NO. 1703A, 17TH FLOOR, SAKURA TOWER
339 BOGYOKE AUNG SAN ROAD, KYAUKTADA TOWNSHIP
YANGON
Myanmar

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins provides a broad range of advice on market entry, regulatory affairs, foreign investment finance, and labour and employment law in Myanmar -one of its many offices in South East Asia. It is particularly known for its work on dispute resolution and corporate litigation, banking, insurance, and IP matters. Recent years have seen an increase in Thai clients interested in investing in Myanmar. Yuwadee Thean-ngarm consults on legislation and policy. Ross Taylor joined as counsel from SCM Legal Myanmar in 2019; additionally, consultant Nada Songsasen rejoined from Siam Premier International Law Office Limited.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bloomberg

Cargill

Centara International Management

Facebook

KBZ Bank

KBZ Group

Mundipharma

Myanmar Information Highway Ltd

RMA Group

Disney

Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 160 lawyers and consultants practicing in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Yangon. Established in 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins has grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam due to client focus, regional expertise, and international vision.

The firm represents top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia in the key areas of commercial transactions and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property, including world-leading corporate clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retailing, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and telecommunications.

Our practice areas
Anti-corruption: advises clients on local anti-corruption laws, the FCPA, and the UK Bribery Act. Designs and implements compliance programs. Conducts due diligence, performs anti-corruption risk assessments, oversees internal corporate investigations, and assists with asset recovery and protection.

Banking and finance: provides assistance to financial institutions, investors, government entities, and businesses on debt and equity markets, regulatory compliance, financial instruments, workouts, and restructurings.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: helps clients structure and implement strategic transactions, and advises investors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and other vehicles for equity investment.

Dispute resolution and litigation: offers clients the largest dispute resolution team in Thailand and over 120 years of litigating the most challenging cases in the region.

Employment: a leader in providing strategic employment advice and assistance with labor-management relations, immigration, and labor litigation.

Energy and infrastructure: advises global leaders on oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, and large-scale projects such as airports, railways, and roads.

Insurance: highly experienced in complex property and casualty coverage disputes, property damage and business interruption claims, cross-border reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity and D&O claims, liability, market entry and regional shared services operations, regulatory compliance, agreements, data privacy and outsourcing, policy wording advice and localisation, and underwriting risk assessment.

Intellectual property: exceptional expertise in IP registration and enforcement, commercialisation, and litigation. Recognised by all major legal directories as a leading IP practice in the region.

Property: handles the full range of work involving real estate, property, and construction. Expertise covers sales, purchases, mortgages, leasing, property due diligence, and property development.

Regulatory affairs: paves the way for life sciences clients to enter and excel in markets throughout Southeast Asia. Assists with research and development, clinical trials, registration, commercialisation, and technology transfer. Team includes pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists.

Tax: top-ranked practice advises on customs duties, excise tax, specific business tax, transfer pricing, petroleum income tax, corporate income tax, property and land tax, tax planning, double taxation treaties, personal income tax, stamp duties, signboard tax, and value added tax.

Technology, media, and telecommunications: market-leading team with expertise in technology procurement, development, licensing, transfer, and protection; communication, media, and entertainment; and data privacy and cyber security.

Head office
Thailand (Bangkok): since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s center of commerce, serving the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market. The Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, multimedia, and communications, and banking and finance.

Other offices
Cambodia (Phnom Penh): built on a strong local foundation, the Cambodia practice offers a team of dedicated Khmer advisors who draw on the international expertise of the Bangkok office to provide advice on intellectual property, licensing, and regulatory issues. Among a range of industries, the team in Phnom Penh also specializes in sectors including franchising, life sciences, and high technology.

Indonesia (Jakarta): the Jakarta office, which operates as a dedicated intellectual property agency, brings Tilleke & Gibbins’ high standards of quality and client care to the Indonesian market. Leading multinational clients depend on our Indonesia team to protect their patents, trademarks, copyright, and other IP rights. Our team of qualified intellectual property consultants assists clients with patent, utility model, design, and trademark applications and registrations, renewals, searches, responses to office actions, oppositions, cancellations, recordal of license agreements, due diligence, watch services, copyright recordation, and a wide range of other services to help you manage your portfolio of intellectual assets.

Laos (Vientiane): the Vientiane practice provides legal advice for foreign investors in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. With particular expertise in intellectual property law, our team has assisted hundreds of multinational corporations with trademark and patent registration and enforcement in Laos. Building on our expertise in IP law, the team in Laos is also well positioned to work with local associates to advise clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from company formation to projects and infrastructure to labor and employment issues.

Myanmar (Yangon): the Tilleke & Gibbins team in Yangon assists new market entrants to navigate this unfamiliar jurisdiction. As the Myanmar government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks governing how investors can operate businesses, our team provides the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to meet business objectives in the country. Backed by the expertise of the Bangkok office, our Myanmar office has particular strength in the area of intellectual property, protecting and defending the building blocks of domestic and international businesses.

Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh): Tilleke & Gibbins has been practicing law in Vietnam since becoming the first foreign law firm to be granted a license to establish a representative office in Vietnam in 1992. With two office locations in the hubs of both the Northern and Southern parts of the country, Tilleke & Gibbins helps businesses capitalize on Vietnam’s abundant trade and investment opportunities.  The Vietnam teams play a part in this true emerging market, by providing a full array of legal services, including commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, telecommunications and technology, franchising, and intellectual property. The Vietnam offices have been recognized by top legal publications and directories in the areas of trademarks and patents, construction and real estate, corporate and M&A, and banking and finance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption Michael Ramirez michael.r@tilleke.com +66 2056 5794
Anti-corruption John Frangos john.fr@tilleke.com +66 2056 5790
Banking and finance Santhapat Periera santhapat.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5995
Banking and finance Cynthia Pornavalai cynthia.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5559
Corporate, commercial and M&A Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn lui.r@tilleke.com +66 2056 5533
Corporate, commercial and M&A Kobkit Thienpreecha kobkit.t@tilleke.com +66 2056 5534
Corporate, commercial and M&A Charunun Sathitsuksomboon charunun.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5541
Dispute resolution and litigation Tiziana Sucharitkul tiziana.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5777
Dispute resolution and litigation Thawat Damsa-ard thawat.d@tilleke.com +66 2056 5500
Employment Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut june.v@tilleke.com +66 2056 5588
Employment Chusert Supasitthumrong chusert.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5793
Energy and infrastructure Cynthia Pornavalai cynthia.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5559
Energy and infrastructure David Duncan david.d@tilleke.com +66 2056 5538
Insurance Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh nop.c@tilleke.com +66 2056 5600
Insurance Ittirote Klinboon ittirote.k@tilleke.com +66 2056 5798
Intellectual property Darani Vachanavuttivong darani.v@tilleke.com +66 2056 5888
Intellectual property Alan Adcock alan.a@tilleke.com +66 2056 5871
Property Cynthia Pornavalai cynthia.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5559
Property Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn chaiwat.k@tilleke.com +66 2056 5507
Regulatory affairs Alan Adcock alan.a@tilleke.com +66 2056 5871
Regulatory affairs Atthachai Homhuan atthachai.h@tilleke.com +66 2056 5610
Tax Sriwan Puapondh sriwan.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5700
Tax Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn lui.r@tilleke.com +66 2056 5533
Technology, media, and telecommunications Jeffrey J Blatt jeffrey.b@tilleke.com +66 2056 5644
Technology, media, and telecommunications David Duncan david.d@tilleke.com +66 2056 5538
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yuwadee Thean-Ngarm photo Yuwadee Thean-Ngarm Director, Myanmar
Number of lawyers : 170
at this office : 104
Bahasa Indonesia
Bahasa Malaysia
Burmese
Chinese (Putonghua)
Dutch
English
Filipino
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Lao
Thai
Vietnamese
Spanish
Lex Mundi
Multilaw
SCG Legal
Transatlantic Law International

Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 190 lawyers and consultants practicing in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. We provide full-service legal solutions to the top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia.

Established in Bangkok in 1890, we have since grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm across Southeast Asia due to our commercial focus, local knowledge, and extraordinary service.

Commercial focus: Your long-term success is our utmost priority, and we take the time to learn about your unique corporate culture, operational needs, and commercial goals, to determine how we can best provide value to your organization. From highly technical experience in specific fields, to a deep understanding of your business, our team is committed to providing high-quality legal advice, tailored to meet your unique needs, to best help you succeed.

Local knowledge: You need a local partner to help you navigate emerging markets that can otherwise present unfamiliar challenges. We bring an international perspective, but we have deep roots in each jurisdiction where we practice. We know the local players in your industry, can identify advantageous private partnerships and areas for government collaboration, and act as your gateway through language and cultural barriers.

Extraordinary service: Our team takes pride in providing extraordinary service that exceeds your expectations. When you work with us, you can expect to have a team of collaborative advisors who provide you with clear, practical advice; who are responsive in all our communications; who represent you with integrity; and who apply an innovative approach in everything we do. With clients as extraordinary as ours, we know that nothing short of extraordinary legal services will suffice.

Our practice areas
Anti-corruption: advises clients on local anti-corruption laws, the FCPA, and the UK Bribery Act. Designs and implements compliance programs. Conducts due diligence, performs anti-corruption risk assessments, oversees internal corporate investigations, and assists with asset recovery and protection.

Banking and finance: provides assistance to financial institutions, investors, government entities, and businesses on debt and equity markets, regulatory compliance, financial instruments, workouts, and restructurings.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: helps clients structure and implement strategic transactions, and advises investors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and other vehicles for equity investment.

Dispute resolution and litigation: offers clients the largest dispute resolution team in Thailand and over 120 years of litigating the most challenging cases in the region.

Employment: a leader in providing strategic employment advice and assistance with labor-management relations, immigration, and labor litigation.

Energy and infrastructure: advises global leaders on oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, and large-scale projects such as airports, railways, and roads.

Insurance: highly experienced in complex property and casualty coverage disputes, property damage and business interruption claims, cross-border reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity and D&O claims, liability, market entry and regional shared services operations, regulatory compliance, agreements, data privacy and outsourcing, policy wording advice and localisation, and underwriting risk assessment.

Intellectual property: exceptional expertise in IP registration and enforcement, commercialisation, and litigation. Recognised by all major legal directories as a leading IP practice in the region.

Property: handles the full range of work involving real estate, property, and construction. Expertise covers sales, purchases, mortgages, leasing, property due diligence, and property development.

Regulatory affairs: paves the way for life sciences clients to enter and excel in markets throughout Southeast Asia. Assists with research and development, clinical trials, registration, commercialisation, and technology transfer. Team includes pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists.

Tax: top-ranked practice advises on customs duties, excise tax, specific business tax, transfer pricing, petroleum income tax, corporate income tax, property and land tax, tax planning, double taxation treaties, personal income tax, stamp duties, signboard tax, and value added tax.

Technology, media, and telecommunications: market-leading team with expertise in technology procurement, development, licensing, transfer, and protection; communication, media, and entertainment; and data privacy and cyber security.

Head office
Thailand (Bangkok): since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s center of commerce, serving the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market. The Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, multimedia, and communications, and banking and finance.

Other offices
Cambodia (Phnom Penh): built on a strong local foundation, the Cambodia practice offers a team of dedicated Khmer advisors who draw on the international expertise of the Bangkok office to provide advice on intellectual property, licensing, and regulatory issues. Among a range of industries, the team in Phnom Penh also specializes in sectors including franchising, life sciences, and high technology.

Indonesia (Jakarta): the Jakarta office, which operates as a dedicated intellectual property agency, brings Tilleke & Gibbins’ high standards of quality and client care to the Indonesian market. Leading multinational clients depend on our Indonesia team to protect their patents, trademarks, copyright, and other IP rights. Our team of qualified intellectual property consultants assists clients with patent, utility model, design, and trademark applications and registrations, renewals, searches, responses to office actions, oppositions, cancellations, recordal of license agreements, due diligence, watch services, copyright recordation, and a wide range of other services to help you manage your portfolio of intellectual assets.

Laos (Vientiane): the Vientiane practice provides legal advice for foreign investors in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. With particular expertise in intellectual property law, our team has assisted hundreds of multinational corporations with trademark and patent registration and enforcement in Laos. Building on our expertise in IP law, the team in Laos is also well positioned to work with local associates to advise clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from company formation to projects and infrastructure to labor and employment issues.

Myanmar (Yangon): the Tilleke & Gibbins team in Yangon assists new market entrants to navigate this unfamiliar jurisdiction. As the Myanmar government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks governing how investors can operate businesses, our team provides the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to meet business objectives in the country. Backed by the expertise of the Bangkok office, our Myanmar office has particular strength in the area of intellectual property, protecting and defending the building blocks of domestic and international businesses.

Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh): Tilleke & Gibbins has been practicing law in Vietnam since becoming the first foreign law firm to be granted a license to establish a representative office in Vietnam in 1992. With two office locations in the hubs of both the Northern and Southern parts of the country, Tilleke & Gibbins helps businesses capitalize on Vietnam’s abundant trade and investment opportunities.  The Vietnam teams play a part in this true emerging market, by providing a full array of legal services, including commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, telecommunications and technology, franchising, and intellectual property. The Vietnam offices have been recognized by top legal publications and directories in the areas of trademarks and patents, construction and real estate, corporate and M&A, and banking and finance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director, Myanmar Yuwadee Thean-ngarm yuwadee.t@tilleke.com +95 9 772 440 002
English
Myanmar language
Thai
Lex Mundi
Multilaw
SCG Legal
Transatlantic Law International

David Lyman Receives Royal Decoration from HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua of Thailand

On June 21, 2021, Thailand’s Government Gazette announced that His Majesty the King of Thailand has conferred a royal decoration on David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer of regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins, for his lifelong dedication to the improvement of the Thai nation and its relations with the United States.