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Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited
Kantharyar Centre Office Tower, Unit no. #18-01
No.11, Corner of Kan Yeik Thar Road & U Aung Myat Street, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township
YANGON
Myanmar

Myanmar > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited advises on commercial projects and general business law and is able to leverage its wide network to advise on English, Chinese, and Singaporean law. The group strengthened this offering by adding a dual qualified Malaysian and UK lawyer to the ranks in Myanmar. Krishna Ramachandra in Singapore oversees the group and advises investment banks, private equity funds, and issuers on M&A, compliance and regulatory work. On the energy side, special counsel Priyank Srivastava is a key name, and focuses on cross-border mergers and transactions for oil and gas projects.

Testimonials

‘This practice is unique to us as it operates in markets where we are operating and is in line with our expansion footprint. Its a well-rounded firm with various complementary specialisations.

‘It has very well qualified partners and associates who over deliver their promises and commitment to us as clients ’

‘Priyank doesn’t over complicate matters and isn’t afraid to advise us if whatever we intend to do doesn’t make sense while clearly highlighting the potential risks we would undertake if we were to go ahead.’

Key clients

Eco-Friendly Tower Company Ltd

Goldman Investment Int Holdings

Iceberg Holding

State Bank of India

OIL India Limited

Indraprashta Gas Limited

Vanguard Myanmar Company Limited

Beijing Deheng, Sichuan Petroleum and Natural Gas Construction Engineering Co.

Crown Agent Bank

Shwe Min Gan Finance Company

Sembcorp

Work highlights

  • Advising Eco-Friendly Tower Company Ltd, a Singapore and Myanmar conglomerate on its potential $800 million investment in a tower company. Undertaking a red-flag due diligence on the target involving over 1000 towers and voluminous material agreements.
  • Advising Goldman Investment Int Holdings, a PRC company on its approx. USD 100 Mil housing/commercial development project and joint-venture matters with a Myanmar conglomerate. The project involves a BOT arrangement with the Myanmar authorities. Our team advised on the project documentation as well as shareholder matters on structuring the equity/debt arrangements for the client.
  • Advising Iceberg Holding, a Singapore Oil & Gas retail holding company with its US$50 million financing and joint-venture plans in Southeast Asia. The transaction involves assisting with due-diligence on several local sites and advising on project documentation as to protecting client’s investments on retail outlets in Myanmar.

Myanmar > Projects Tier 2

Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited’s project development practice operates out of Singapore and Yangon, and advises state-owned entities and conglomerates on large financing matters, PPP projects and commercial real estate matters. The group has strong regional links via its offices and handles cross-border work across Southeast Asia. Krishna Ramachandra in Singapore focuses on M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, whilst Priyank Srivastava in Yangon advises on the regulatory framework in Myanmar and energy projects. Others of note include senior associate CN Bei Lo who advises on foreign direct investment.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Eco-Friendly Tower Company Ltd

Goldman Investment Int Holdings

Iceberg Holdings

OIL India Limited

Heineken Asia Pacific Ltd

Vanguard Myanmar Company Limited

Beijing Deheng, Sichuan Petroleum and Natural Gas Construction Engineering Co.

Shwe Min Gan Finance Company

Indraprashta Gas Limited

Sembcorp

iGenesis Myanmar

Myanmar Apex Group

Myanmar Ah-La Construction

ICBC

Work highlights

  • Advising Eco-Friendly Tower Company Ltd a Singapore and Myanmar conglomerate on its potential US$800 million investment in a tower company. Undertaking a red-flag due diligence on the target involving over 1000 towers and voluminous material agreements.
  • Advising Goldman Investment Int Holdings a PRC company on its approx. USD 100 Mil housing/commercial development project and joint-venture matters with a Myanmar conglomerate. The project involves a BOT arrangement with the Myanmar authorities.
  • Advising Iceberg Holding a Singapore Oil & Gas retail holding company with its $50m financing and joint-venture plans in Southeast Asia.

The firm: Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited is the Yangon office of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, a joint law venture between US-based Duane Morris LLP and Singapore-based Selvam LLC. The office opened in September 2013 upon the personal invitation of the Attorney General of Myanmar to encourage foreign direct investment and modernisation of the legal profession. Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) is the only foreign law firm to have been awarded the Distinguished Service to Myanmar Award from the Attorney General. This was awarded in recognition of the firm’s lawyers’ assistance to the Myanmar Government in dispute resolution and transactional matters.

The firm provides on-the-ground practical commercial counsel to foreign and domestic businesses seeking to seize opportunities while minimising inherent risks in the dynamic emerging market of Myanmar. The Yangon office advises on all aspects of Myanmar and international law in relation to market entry, foreign direct investment, general corporate law, licensing, franchising, corporate finance, capital markets, energy and projects, dispute resolution, real estate, and employment matters. Lawyers have a high degree of industry knowledge across a range of industries including oil and gas, renewable energy, telecommunications, media and technology, financial services, real estate, infrastructure, private equity, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, charities, fast moving consumer goods, franchising, and distribution.

The firm’s lawyers are both locally and internationally qualified. Many of them are ex-judicial officers including the retired Attorney General of the Union, who serves as an adviser to the firm. No other international firm is as integrated and knowledgeable about how to get things done in Myanmar. The firm benefits from over a decade’s experience dealing with Myanmar matters, relying on additional support from the firm’s 800 lawyers based in 29 offices around the globe.

Main areas of practice
General corporate and M&A: The firm advises local and international clients on all forms of general commercial matters involved in market entry, the pursuit of business opportunities in Myanmar, and regional expansion. This includes company set up and licensing and registration. The firm also undertakes extensive due diligence in relation to M&A.

Capital markets: Lawyers provide a comprehensive range of services to assist clients with their listings and issues, from the initial restructuring of companies to seeking relevant approvals from the Yangon Stock Exchange. They have performed a wide range of complex transactions and have significant experience representing issuers, underwriters, placement agents, investment banks and investors in public and private offerings. The firm acted for First Myanmar Investment Co Ltd in the historic first listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange in March 2016.

Energy and projects: The team consists of foreign and international lawyers, who are specialists in oil and gas projects, including downstream, upstream, and midstream projects, regulatory and licensing matters, foreign investment, land, employment, import/export, joint ventures, and contractual arrangements connected with energy projects and operations throughout Asia. The team has advised multinational corporations, national energy regulators and government-owned utilities, working on many significant international energy matters, including the Myingyan Power Project, one of Myanmar’s largest gas-fired power plants. The team has considerable experience in providing legal support and advice to clients from the pre-feasibility and planning stages, through public tender, licensing, start-up and implementation, as well as the operational stages.

China practice: Lawyers focus on assisting Chinese corporations with a range of investment and transactional services relating to Myanmar Foreign Direct Investment.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking & Finance Leon Yeelyee@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0057
Capital Markets Jamie Bensonjbenson@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 3660
China Practice Lan Yulyu@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0044/+959 2 6663 7032
Corporate Real Estate Leon Yeelyee@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0057
Dispute Resolution Sarbjit Singh Choprassingh@selvam.com.sg+65 6311 0041
Energy, Projects & Infrastructure Priyank Srivastavapsrivastava@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0074/+959 4 5070 4379
Intellectual Property Ung Gim Seigsung@selvam.com.sg+65 6311 3697
Investment Funds Ramiro Rodriguezrrodriguez@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0051
International Arbitration Sarbjit Singh Choprassingh@selvam.com.sg+65 6311 0041
Labour & Employment Krishna Ramachandrakramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0033
Mergers and Acquisitions Krishna Ramachandrakramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0033
Private Equity & Venture Capital Krishna Ramachandrakramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0033
TMT Krishna Ramachandrakramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com+65 6311 0033
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Priyank Srivastava photoMr Priyank SrivastavaDirector Areas of Practice: Energy & Infrastructure Banking & Project Finance Corporate &…
Number of lawyers in Myanmar : 6
Number of lawyers in global network : 800+
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Diversity & Inclusion

Duane Morris & Selvam is committed to being a law firm that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. The firm will employ effective methods of recruitment of diverse persons, and we will support the success and advancement of members of diverse groups within the firm.

We are committed to fostering understanding, communication and respect among all people in the firm, including people of different races, religions, ages, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual preferences or orientations, medical conditions or disabilities, and marital, veteran or family statuses. The firm believes it should capitalize on the strength emanating from these differences. Drawing on the talents of all of the firm’s personnel helps to create an optimum workplace, one which can attract and retain diverse personnel and clients, allowing it to enter and serve varying markets and approach services to its clients more creatively. Duane Morris & Selvam has the ability to meet these challenges and recognizes the beneficial impact a successful diversity program will have on firm morale, productivity, strategies and success.

Pro Bono

Duane Morris & Selvam believes in equal justice for all. Through our pro bono program, our firm attorneys and non-attorney personnel make use of their knowledge and expertise to assist individuals, non-profit legal service providers, community economic development organizations and all other charitable organizations that work to address unmet legal, civil, economic, health, shelter and societal needs. We aim to bring about positive change for people who are disadvantaged.


In Asia, Duane Morris LLP operates through Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, a U.S.-Singapore joint venture formed in 2011. It was the first of its kind to be approved by Singapore as part of the enhanced liberalisation of its legal services market.

Our Singapore office acts as a gateway to Southeast Asia and beyond. We have multi-lingual lawyers who are admitted in various jurisdictions including Singapore, the PRC, India, Myanmar, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, France, and Vietnam. We possess a breadth of expertise in Asia, both in terms of practice areas and jurisdictional coverage. We are known for our entrepreneurial approach, deep local knowledge and global outlook.

Our firm has a strong presence in the key markets of Southeast Asia, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon, as well as in Shanghai. Supporting these regional offices, our firm operates a series of country desks for India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition, our firm has long-standing relationships with a vast network of law firms and practitioners in every capital in Latin America forged over 30 years of practice in the region. Our clients include Latin American companies doing business around the world as well as global corporations exploring their expansion within this fast-evolving region. Our Latin America Practice Group includes attorneys who speak Spanish, Portuguese and French, as well as English. A number of our attorneys have experience in and are admitted to practice in jurisdictions in Latin America.