Breakfast Briefing: All roads lead to Myanmar – Vietnam and Myanmar legal and tax comparison

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Date(s) - 08/05/2013
8:30 am - 10:30 am

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Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon

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Presentation: Myanmar’s Foreign Investment Law, Company Forms, Trading, Equity and Real Estate
Presentation: All Roads Lead to Myanmar
Presentation: Taxation in Vietnam and Myanmar

Event Description

It is impossible to ignore the enormous economic, political and social transformation sweeping through Myanmar in recent times. The significant developments in Myanmar’s economic and political landscape are somehow similar to the ones Vietnam experienced over the past couple of decades. Such changes in Myanmar resulted in optimism within the country and the global business community. Although these developments in Myanmar bring immense opportunities for enterprises looking to invest in Myanmar, challenges remain. We will be discussing the latest developments in Myanmar and how the evolving Myanmar legal and tax environment and its challenges and opportunities compare to that of Vietnam.

Agenda

08:30 am Registration and Breakfast
09:00 am Welcome and Introduction
09:05 am Presentation by 3 speakers
10:00 am followed by Q&A
10:30 am Event Ends

Cost

Members: vnd 450,000 | Non-members: vnd 550,000

Speaker

JAMES FINCHJAMES FINCH – Partner; Managing Director, Myanmar, DFDL
James’experience in the commercial legal field spans three decades and has taken him to the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, where he practiced for extended periods. His work as a partner in the firm of Russin & Vecchi finally took him to Asia, where he began in the Hanoi office of the firm. In 1996 he became the managing partner of the firm’s Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) office that has now become DFDL’s Yangon office. Since then he has had a varied and active practice in Myanmar, with extensive legal work in the energy, hard minerals, corporate, tax, aircraft leasing, hotel development, banking and finance fields. During this period he also served on Russin & Vecchi’s management committee. In 2005, Jim joined DFDL as Senior Of Counsel to establish DFDL’s Myanmar practice, as well as advise clients of the firm in Laos and Cambodia. In 2007 the former Russin & Vecchi office in Yangon changed its name to Myanmar Thanlwin Legal Services Ltd (now DFDL Myanmar) and entered into an exclusive affiliation with DFDL.

JEROME-BUZENETJÉRÔME BUZENET – Partner; Managing Director, Vietnam, DFDL
Jérôme qualified as a French Lawyer (Avocat) and studied at Oxford University (St Peter’s College LL.M program in English law). Prior to that, he obtained a postgraduate Master’s Degree in Business and Tax Law at La Sorbonne-Paris I. Before joining the firm Jérôme was with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Hanoi for over six years. He started his career at internationally renowned CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and then worked as a business lawyer for Linklaters LLP in Paris, where he advised on a variety of corporate issues, offshore funds and other collective investment schemes. Jérôme is amongst the very few lawyers with an active Vietnam securities practice and he is recognized as a leading practitioner by each of Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. He speaks French, English, Italian and some Vietnamese. Described as a “very strong negotiator.” and is praised for his in-depth knowledge of regulations. (Chambers Asia 2012) “smart, organised and provides quick turnaround” (Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012, Vietnam, Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A) “Provides ‘good knowledge and practical advice on securities and stock exchange matters’” (Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012, Vietnam, Capital Markets)

BERNARD COBARRUBIASBERNARD COBARRUBIAS – Tax Director, Vietnam, DFDL
Bernard has over 10 years of tax and legal experience, four of which were obtained in a Big 4 Firm in Vietnam. He has also assisted in handling some Cambodian tax engagements. He specializes in international tax services with focus in cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions advisory and implementation. He also handles local business tax advisory services, corporate structures and licensing, as well as regulatory and tax compliance. Bernard holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) degree from the University of the Philippines. He speaks English and Filipino.