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30
Aug
2019
Myanmar Passes New Law for Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation
On 19 August 2019, the Union Parliament of Myanmar, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, enacted Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Law (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 24/2019) to replace the colonial-era Land Acquisition Act (1894) as well as to provide a legal framework for resettlement and rehabilitation for the first time in Myanmar. Highlights of this note Overview What’s […]
29
Jun
2019
INGOs and NGOs Providing Microfinance Services Are Required to Transform Into Corporate Entities in Myanmar
On 4 June 2019, the Financial Regulatory Department (“FRD”) issued a letter (“Letter”) directing International Non-Governmental Organizations (“INGOs”) and Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) which provide microfinance services to register as companies and apply for fresh Microfinance Business License (“MFI License”). MFI License issued previously Pursuant to the Letter, FRD had previously issued MFI Licenses to 3 […]
31
May
2019
Change of the Income Year in Myanmar: What Do Companies Need to be Aware of?
On 28 May 2019, the Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) of the Ministry of Planning and Finance (“MOPF”) announced a change to the income year (formerly from 1 April to 31 March) of private and cooperative sectors (“taxpayers”) to 1 October to 30 September, effective from 1 October 2019. As a result, the taxpayers will have a […]
22
Mar
2019
Second chance to re-register your company before being struck off the registry
According to the recent Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (“DICA”) announcement issued on 8th March 2019, companies who missed the 31 January deadline now have until March 30 to re-register. However, any companies who fail to re-register by this new deadline will be struck off from the registry, and will not be able to […]
28
Feb
2019
How to Best Split a Myanmar Insurance Company in a Life and a Non-Life Corporate Entity?
Most of the insurance companies which Myanmar has licensed since the liberalization of the sector to the local, private sector in 2013 are actually composite insurance companies. Highlights of this note Life and Non-Life entities may not hold shares in each other Form one, not two new entities How to transfer the Life business to […]
6
Feb
2019
CBM allows foreign investments in Myanmar banks
Since the implementation of the new Myanmar Companies Law (“MCL”) in August, the so-called 35% rule has been subject to interpretation by each government Ministry. Slowly, we have been seeing updates from Ministries on whether they will allow 35% foreign shareholding in various sectors. On 29 January 2019, the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”) issued […]
31
Jan
2019
Bank Fees Now Included in Interest Cap (VDB Loi Insights)
Following the recent directive of the Central Bank of Myanmar (the “CBM”), , interest rate caps of 13% and 16% shall apply for secured loans and unsecured loans,. The Directive provides that “the maximum interest rate … includes all other fees collectible in lump sum or in partial payments such as guarantee fees, management fees…
29
Jan
2019
Bank Fees Now Included in Interest Cap
Following the recent directive of the Central Bank of Myanmar (the “CBM”), , interest rate caps of 13% and 16% shall apply for secured loans and unsecured loans,. The Directive provides that “the maximum interest rate … includes all other fees collectible in lump sum or in partial payments such as guarantee fees, management fees […]
29
Jan
2019
Insurance Update: Request for Proposal and Invitation Letters for Expression of Interest issued by Financial Regulatory Department
RfP for licenses to carry on life insurance business in Myanmar as 100% foreign company As reported earlier by VDB Loi, (read here: http://www.vdb-loi.com/mlw/myanmar-opens-up-insurance-sector-to-foreign-investors/) when a foreign life insurer wishes to obtain an individual license in Myanmar, it is required to submit a proposal in response to a Request for Proposal (the “RfP”), issued on […]
30
Nov
2018
PFI: “Myanmar Reforms Sparks Major Projects Pipeline” (VDB Loi Insights)
Energy and Infrastructure Team PFI: “Myanmar Reforms Sparks Major Projects Pipeline” Myanmar is undertaking a series of reforms, both in terms of laws and policies, that strengthen the country’s attractiveness for energy and infrastructure projects.
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