Articles
30
Jul
2019
How to Create a Tidal Wave of Foreign Investment in Electricity and Infrastructure? By These 5 Steps.
Not much works without electricity, and not much moves without roads, ports and railways to move it on. Infrastructure, including electricity, is the obvious key to unlocking the huge economic potential of Myanmar and the road to prosperity for its people. Highlights of this note We need to improve Myanmar’s reputation by fast-tracking and completing […]
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 […]
30
May
2019
10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Myanmar Industrial Design Rights Law 2019
As we mentioned in our previous article on the Myanmar Trademark Law 2019 [10 Frequently Asked Questions About the Myanmar Trademark Law 2019], the Myanmar Industrial Design Rights Law 2019 (the “Industrial Design Law”) was passed at the same time. Highlights of this note What kind of industrial design is registrable? Can I sell the […]
29
Mar
2019
10 Frequently Asked Questions About the Myanmar Trademark Law 2019
On 31 January 2019, the President of Myanmar signed and formally enacted the Industrial Design Rights Law (No:2/2019) and the Trademark Law (No.3/2019) (“Trademark Law”).
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
Financing a Myanmar-based Internet Service Provider
The market for Internet Service Providers (“ISP”) in Myanmar is stabilizing. Refinancing strategies, retooling and opportunities for expansion are fueling the need for new cash. Foreign financing remains one of the most obvious ways for ISPs to attract new funding. Highlights Official Approvals for a New Foreign Loan Regulatory Regime of an ISP Due Diligence […]
30
Mar
2018
Foreign Ownership Soon Allowed in Private Schools (VDB Loi Insights This Month)
In the beginning of last year, private schools were classified as a promoted sector under the MIC notification 13/2017 and therefore opened to foreign investors. In addition, the Union Parliament (the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) released a new draft Private School Law (the “Draft PSL”) in December 2017. VDB Loi is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to finalize the Draft PSL in order to make this lucrative sector more attractive to foreign investors.
30
Mar
2018
On the homestretch: Trademarks Law passes National Assembly
Continuing our intellectual property reform coverage, especially our comprehensive analysis of the Trademarks Bill Myanmar recently saw the passing of the Trademarks Law by the National Assembly in a move which brings the long-awaited agenda intellectual property reform in Myanmar closer to reality. What is left now is for the lower house to finalize and approve the Trademarks Law and for the President to sign it into force.
29
Mar
2018
Update from Myanmar’s private education sector
In the beginning of last year, private schools were classified as a promoted sector under the MIC notification 13/2017 and therefore opened to foreign investors. In addition, the Union Parliament (the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) released a new draft Private School Law (the “Draft PSL”) in December 2017. VDB Loi is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to finalize the Draft PSL in order to make this lucrative sector more attractive to foreign investors.
19
Feb
2018
Myanmar Progress Report (2017-2018)
As in previous years, we like to update our clients at the beginning of each year on the progress we made as a firm in the previous year.
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