A&O follows clients to Myanmar

Myanmar has just celebrated its new year with the Thingyan festival, when people pour water on one another as part of the cleansing ritual to welcome the new year.

Yun Kriegler

In the legal world, Allen & Overy is the latest firm to make a splash in Myanmar, as it becomes the first magic circle firm to open an office in Yangon.

A&O is not entirely a newcomer to Myanmar. It has been working for long-standing client Telenor on winning its Myanmar telecoms licence and rolling out its national services network in the country since 2012.

As big international firms are increasingly joining the race to open in Myanmar, the expat legal community on the ground is getting crowded. In February, Baker & McKenzie launched an office in Yangon, and a month later Berwin Leighton Paisner entered the market via a local tie-up. They join a sizable group of regional competitors, such as DFDL, Nishimura &Asahi, Rajah & Tann, Selvam & Partners and ZICOlaw .

It’s all happening in Myanmar, the promising final frontier in South East Asia.

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