Goltsblat BLP: Berwin Leighton Paisner opens new office in Myanmar to enhance its Asia operation


International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced opening of its first office in Yangon, Myanmar. This move demonstrates the Firm’s priority focus on service delivery in South East Asia and its intention further to strengthen and extend its presence in the region. This is BLP’s 14th office globally and 4th in Asia, where it already has a footprint in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. BLP’s new office in Myanmar reflects the Firm’s growing capabilities in this region, with its rapidly developing economy.

BLP / Goltsblat BLP team is well positioned to provide comprehensive legal support to Asian clients including outbound investments, including into Russia / CIS or partnering with Russian corporates and banks, as well as international investors in entering Asian markets or doing business in the Region. Our cross-office China team provides clients with industry specific legal expertise, unique skills in handling complex international transactions and a deep understanding of local perspectives and issues, wherever it might be required – in China, South-East Asia or in Russia/CIS.

Chris Hughes, former Managing Partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Yangon office, who will lead this expansion at BLP noted: "Many companies from Europe and North America are now ensuring that investment into South East Asia, and particularly Myanmar, is a big part of any growth strategy and we will be perfectly positioned to advise them with our local knowledge alongside our already strong Asian footprint. As one of the first international law firms to operate in Myanmar, BLP has a rich history of working in the South East Asia region and the opportunity to build a local presence to serve a truly international client base really attracted me to the Firm."

Bob Charlton, Head of Asia, BLP, said: "The legal market is in growth mode in Myanmar and this provides great opportunities for BLP in a country which is now opening up to increased international investment into infrastructure, real estate, telecommunications and transport to name a few. Feedback from our existing clients in Myanmar, as well as prospective clients across the wider region, shows it is the right time to have a physical presence in the country and highlights how we as a Firm are flexible and nimble enough to respond to our clients’ needs."

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