Articles
27
Apr
2017
INSIGHTS THIS MONTH (April, 2017)
HIGHLIGHT OF THIS MONTH From Our Corporate M&A Team Myanmar Dramatically Cuts List of 92 Activities Requiring a Local Partner Down to 22 In a move to expand the potential opportunities for foreign investors, the list of activities a foreign investor is allowed to carry out in Myanmar only under a joint venture (“JV”) with […]
25
Apr
2017
Should Myanmar Join the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes?
In an investment dispute between a foreign investor and the Government of the Union of Myanmar, there are several institutions and rules which can be used.  Highlights of this note What Are the Pros and Cons of ICSID Arbitration for Myanmar Compared to Non-ICSID Arbitration Myanmar’s Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in Existing Investment Treaties Will Myanmar […]
25
Apr
2017
A New Energy Landscape in Myanmar
Myanmar may be on the verge of a completely new energy landscape offering exciting opportunities for international investors. In coming months, a new energy master plan is expected to be revealed for the Yangon Region – which accounts for almost half of all electricity produced across the country. Highlights of this note Evolution of the […]
24
Apr
2017
Myanmar Dramatically Cuts List of 92 Activities Requiring a Local Partner Down to 22
In a move to expand the potential opportunities for foreign investors, the list of activities a foreign investor is allowed to carry out in Myanmar only under a joint venture (“JV”) with a Myanmar citizen or company, has been cut significantly. Highlights of this note Big Winners are Retail, Petroleum Products, Real Estate, Media and […]
6
Apr
2017
“Building Yangon” seminar held in Yangon on 4 April 2017
Despite being enacted last year, the Condominium Law has still not had subordinate legislation released under it to make the registration of condominiums possible.  As we anticipate the formation of a Committee to hear condominium applications and the release of the Condominium Law Rules, it is timely to consider infrastructure and construction projects in Yangon […]
6
Apr
2017
INSIGHTS THIS MONTH (March, 2017)
VDB LOI BRIEFING IN TOKYO Client Briefing – 7 March 2017, Yangon Japanese Seek Entry into Myanmar Energy Sector, But How? On 15 March, VDB Loi’s Edwin Vanderbruggen and Satoshi Mitsukuri presented a uniquely practical update on Myanmar energy and infrastructure projects in Tokyo. The briefing was sponsored by the Japan Institute for Overseas Investment […]
4
Apr
2017
MOGE and EPGE Discuss LNG Project Structuring Options
Knowledge Sharing Session between MOGE LNG Committee, VDB Loi and ING Bank On 3 April, our firm’s Energy team met with the LNG Tender Committee of MOGE and EPGE to share insights and structuring options on Myanmar’s upcoming LNG project. VDB Loi had invited ING Bank’s financial advisory team specialized on LNG transactions, including Mr. […]
3
Apr
2017
Five Fearless Ways to Shake Up The Myanmar Electricity Market
VDB Loi has worked on nearly 4,000 Megawatts worth of Myanmar power projects, some now in operation, some awaiting financial close, but most remain in various stages of approval. We have also assisted the Ministry of Electricity and Energy with many of its transactions and privatizations. However, in the last 12-month period, since 1 April […]
3
Apr
2017
“Government Guarantees for PPP Projects in Myanmar” seminar held in Nay Pyi Taw on 31 March 2017
On Friday March 31st 2017 the VDB Loi and Latham & Watkins hosted an event entitled “Government Guarantees for Public Private Projects in Myanmar” in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. In attendance were H.E. Kyaw Win, Union Minister of Planning and Finance, U Aung Nai Oo, Director General DICA, U Win Khant, Permanent Secretary Ministry of […]
3
Apr
2017
First Ever Transfer of Shares From a Myanmar Company to a Foreigner: Key Observations From VDB Loi Briefing
Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (“DICA”) has for the first time implemented a transfer of shares in a company wholly owned by Myanmar citizens and registered as a Myanmar company to a foreigner. This is a promising news for a wide-range of business owners and foreign investors in Myanmar, given that attracting a […]
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