Chris Muessel is a US attorney, with a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He is one of Southeast Asia’s most experienced foreign lawyers. He has in-country experience in Cambodia (1998-1999), where as a World Bank Counsel, he advised the Council of Ministers on new commercial laws, and in Vietnam (2001-2007), where as a Baker & McKenzie lawyer, he advised MNCs on a broad range of legal matters. As a partner with the US firm Duane Morris LLP, Chris headed the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office, and later undertook equally high-profile partnership roles with Watson Farley & Williams and Rajah & Tann, where he focused principally on Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. In his 20-year career, Chris has developed an expertise in cross-border M&A (incl. PE funds), real estate, project finance (energy and mining), compliance (incl. FCPA) and trade (treaties and anti-dumping claims).
Chris has previously served on several boards of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), including AmCham Vietnam (Chairman 2007) and AmCham Singapore (Governor 2008-2011). He has been a recommended lawyer by Chambers Asia (Leading Overseas Counsel; Vietnam), Chambers Global (Global Leading Lawyer – Corporate; Vietnam) and the Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer – Corporate; Vietnam).