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Myanmar

Myanmar

Our team in Yangon supports foreign investors in navigating the business landscape in Myanmar. As Myanmar continues to position itself as a welcoming and attractive option for foreign investment, and the government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks for business operations, we provide the practical, on-the-ground experience our clients need to thrive responsibly and sustainably in the country. Our team in Myanmar has particular strength in the areas of intellectual property, commercial transactions, and corporate services in the country.

Myanmar Offices
Overview

Comprehensive, first-class legal services opening the door to investment in Myanmar.

In recent years, Myanmar has become the focus of a great deal of international attention. Many potential investors—from pioneering entrepreneurs to leading multinational corporations—are eager to share Myanmar’s immense potential, yet wary of the potential risks in this rapidly emerging market.

Tilleke & Gibbins’ team in Yangon assists major commercial clients with market entry and numerous ongoing business issues. We advise and represent international and local businesses in matters related to banking and finance, due diligence, technology, insurance, joint ventures, litigation and arbitration, power projects, and wholesale and retail training, in addition to managing the largest intellectual property portfolio in the country. As the Myanmar government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks governing investment and business operations, we provide the practical, on-the-ground experience investors need to meet business objectives in the country.

Experience

  • Tilleke & Gibbins was the first firm to successfully re-file a trademark during the soft-opening period of the Myanmar Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) under the country’s new trademark law.
  • Representing one of the largest privately held corporations in the world in the enforcement of a high value SIAC foreign arbitral award in Myanmar related to non-payment for a substantial delivery of steel—the first case of its kind to be enforced through the Myanmar courts.
  • Instructed by a major Chinese multinational technology and telecommunications equipment company to advise on legal actions in Myanmar against infringers producing and distributing counterfeit cell phones.
  • Completely redesigned corporate governance for one of the largest financial institutions in Myanmar by advising on and implementing best practice international corporate governance policies and procedures across all of the bank’s departments. The program resulted in the client receiving a rare and prestigious national award for excellence in corporate governance and anti-corruption.
  • Retained to handle the full Myanmar trademark portfolio of numerous international and local companies, including one of Myanmar’s largest conglomerates, a global chemical company, several of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, a number of multinational media conglomerates, the largest and oldest cement and building material company in Southeast Asia, a Thai integrated agricultural company, and hundreds of others.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest technology companies on a wide variety of matters relating to their expansion into the Myanmar telecommunications industry, including extensive advice on telecommunication laws and regulations, the process for incorporating a local entity, the proposed acquisition of local telecommunications companies, and licensing issues.
  • Advised a leading Thai paint manufacturer and distributor on all aspects of their complex market entry in Myanmar, including establishing a joint venture to operate a wholesale business, establishing a subsidiary in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, applying for an Offshore Loan Agreement, and assisting with ongoing corporate secretarial work as the company structure evolves.
  • Defending the Myanmar subsidiary of a leading petroleum exploration and production company in litigation brought by a Chinese construction company related to a bid bond (guarantee) for the construction of a new building for our client.
  • Advised a diversified global entertainment company on various copyright matters in Myanmar, including enforcement strategies under both the new and old copyright laws in Myanmar. On behalf of the client, we also consulted and cooperated with the Ministry of Information in order to successfully claim the exclusive right to license the broadcasting of copyrighted work through the client’s online platform, with the authorization of the copyright owners.

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Yangon Office

Yangon Office

339 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar