The Myanmar Federation of Mining Association (MFMA), an organisation which aims to promote the mining sector and its role in Myanmar's economy, has appointed international law firm Stephenson Harwood to be its honorary legal advisor. The firm is the first and only firm to hold this role.
The firm will act as a resource for the MFMA members to work with in their dealings with overseas investors, and matters linked to imports, exports and new contract negotiations. The work will be led by Matthew Gorman, head of Stephenson Harwood's corporate practice in Singapore, and Peter Church, special counsel at Stephenson Harwood.
MFMA aims to offer guidance to its members on the development and growth of mining in Myanmar. It also plays an important role in promoting external investment into the mining sector and importing technology, as well as overseeing mining techniques and the impact on the environment, promoting sustainable digging amongst its members.
Commenting on the appointment, Peter Church said: "We are honoured to be appointed as legal advisers to the Myanmar Federation of Mining Association. Myanmar has one of Asia's richest mining resources, which has remained relatively untapped. We are glad to offer guidance with regards to work to develop the mines in an ethical, fair and environmentally friendly way."
Stephenson Harwood formed an alliance with Myanmar law firm U Tin Yu & Associates in May 2013. U Tin Yu & Associates are experts in a number of areas, including corporate and commercial matters, litigation, real estate, IP and employment law. The association adds to the firm's existing Asian footprint which includes offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Singapore, and associations with Indonesian law firm, Christian Teo Purwono & Partners (November 2011) and with Singapore law firm Virtus Law LLP (incorporating Arthur Loke LLP) (April 2013).
Bill Sullivan, a licensed foreign advocate with Christian Teo Purwono & Partners, recently published the first book to offer a legal guide to the Indonesian mining sector: "“Mining Law & Regulatory Practice in Indonesia – A Primary Reference Source”.