The New Framework for Land Acquisition in Myanmar ( Live Webinar Event )

January 14, 2020
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The New Framework for Land Acquisition in Myanmar
14 Jan 2020
Yangon: 1.00pm, Bangkok: 1.30pm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia: 2.30pm, Tokyo: 3.30pm

The brand new law on the Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation is poised to drastically reform the way land can be released by the government for public purposes such as infrastructure projects. How has the process been reformed? Which new institutions are created and what do they do? How can project affected persons object, and when? Who has the last word on the compensation paid? In this unique briefing, we do not offer a legal analysis but rather a practical examination of the new rules. Based on our experience assisting land acquisitions and transfers on the ground, how do our experts think their law will impact projects?


  • Who determines the compensation and how?
  • How is the process supposed to work under the new law?
  • When are the public announcements made?
  • Who can start a land acquisition process? The government or the company?
  • Voluntary transfer of compulsory acquisition: what is best?
  • What happens if project affected person refuse the offer?
  • Do you need to convert first and acquire second, or the other way around?
  • Can the courts get involved under the new law?
  • How does the new law compare with the World Bank performance standard No.5?


How does the land acquisition process work? Theory v. Practice, 1894 v. 2019.

  • Comparing the process
  • How do the agencies involved change?
  • What about voluntary transfers?

Hot issues in Myanmar Land acquisition compared to past

  • Who is eligible for compensation? Does Myanmar Law have the same standards as PS5?
  • Who determines the compensation?
  • Calculating the compensation: comparing Myanmar Law with international standards
  • When should the cut-off date be? Differences between Myanmar Law and PS5?
  • Compensation in the form of other land: compulsory or up to negotiation?

Case study: Example of how to carry out a land acquisition strategy. (Actual case example)


Edwin Vanderbruggen
Senior Partner

Edwin is the senior partner of VDB Loi and a leading foreign legal advisor living in Myanmar since 2012. A frequent advisor to the Government on transactions and privatizations in energy, transportation and telecom, he is widely recognized for his “vast knowledge” (Legal 500) and his ability “to get difficult things through the bureaucracy ” (Chambers, 2016). He advises international financial institutions on their largest Myanmar transactions, oil and gas supermajors, a greenfield multi- billion US$ telecom project and the Japanese Government on the Thilawa SEZ. He assisted two newly licensed foreign banks setup in Myanmar, acted for the sponsor of an 800MUS$ urban infrastructure PPP project and works on the vast majority of IPP deals in the country.

Marc Maung
Senior Manager

Marc Maung is a Manager in VDB Loi’s Energy and Infrastructure team. He advises sponsors, government agencies and lenders on a wide range of local issues concerning their projects, including hydropower, thermal power, transport infrastructure and real estate. He has deep land acquisition project experience with development and regulatory issues and through his language skills and commercial experience, he is uniquely placed to liaise with government departments on a wide range of project matters.


This is an online webinar event. To register for the event, please click HERE or contact Thiha Zaw (, +95 9 773 788 813, +951 925 3752~756. After registration, we will send you an official confirmation with information on how to join the webinar. Our IT Department will also setup the webinar connection one day before the event in coordination with your relevant staff.


VDB Loi is a network of leading law and tax advisory firms with offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Our general areas of practice are corporate, finance, licensing and disputes.
Our principal specialized areas of practice are energy, infrastructure, real estate and construction , telecom and taxation.


14 January 2020

Location and Time:
Yangon: 1.00pm | Bangkok: 1.30pm | Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia: 2.30pm | Tokyo: 3.30pm

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