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Managing Partner: Chris Hughes
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages:Chinese, English, German, Myanmar

Practice Areas:
Capital Markets
Competition & Consumer
Corporate / M&A / JVs
Finance & Fintech
Government Transactions & Reforms
Infrastructure / PPP
Insolvency & Restructuring
Private Equity
Real Estate

Main Areas of Practice:
SCM has been at the forefront of Myanmar’s legal and economic transition, advising on investments, projects and the reform process itself. They practice Myanmar, English and Australian laws and the diverse Partner team has global law firm backgrounds and over 30 years of combined experience in Myanmar.
SCM handles all areas of Myanmar commercial law. Having supported the Government of Myanmar with the drafting and implementation of the new Companies Law and Investment Law frameworks, the team is able to structure and execute projects and transactions with an inside knowledge few can match.
SCM’s Partners have completed transactions in almost all sectors, with particular depth in the telecommunications, financial services, infrastructure, real estate, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.
Key clients include ADB, Anthem Asia, Carlsberg, Citymart, IFC, ILO, Irrawaddy Green Towers, Grab, the Myanmar Government, Myanmar Metals, Proximity Finance, Unilever, Wave Money and Yoma Strategic.

Examples of the firm’s recent work include:

■Completing agribusiness transactions for DFI backed Anthem Asia and Infra Capital Myanmar
■Advising development agency GIZ and the Government of Myanmar on agriculture sector development strategies

■Advising multinational consumer goods manufacturing companies on the development, regulation and financing of their Myanmar joint venture investments
■Helping Myanmar’s leading retail and distribution group implement its new corporate structure

Energy / Mining / Infrastructure
■Advising the Myanmar Government on the renegotiation of concession arrangements for nine special economic zone projects
■Assisting with the proposed acquisition of power generation and distribution projects and the development of solar and wind projects
■Advising on the first mining projects to be licensed under the new Mining Rules

Financial Services
■Assisting with the licencing, compliance and growth of mobile financial services businesses
■Implementing new financing, governance and growth initiatives for banks and micro finance institutions
■Advising international banks and insurance companies on joint ventures with local entities

■Supporting telecommunications infrastructure providers on tower portfolio acquisitions, disposals and financings and broadband infrastructure disposals and regulatory matters

Corporate Services and Compliance
■SCM offers an efficient corporate services and compliance solution, including fixed fee annual corporate secretarial, resident director and registered office services, employment and payroll services, tax compliance and corporate services and translations

Responsible Business and Capacity Building
■SCM supports Myanmar’s development and transition. The firm routinely helps business associations, social-businesses, INGO’s, NGOs and Myanmar Government agencies on their capacity building, advocacy, operational and impact programs. Chris Hughes also serves as Chairman of AustCham Myanmar

Partner Contacts

Stefan Chapman (Finance/ Projects/ ITT)
[email protected]
■+95 979 575 8272

Chris Hughes (Corporate/ PPP/ Real Estate)
[email protected]
■+95 9256 147 067

Min Min Ayer Naing (Consumer/ Commercial)
[email protected]
■+95 9254 379 711

International Work
On cross-border transactions SCM happily works as local Myanmar counsel alongside international firms. The firm has recently worked with A&O, Baker McKenzie, BCLP, Freshfields, HSF and regional firms.