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Simon Makinson

Partner

Hong Kong

Makinson Simon
Simon Makinson

Partner

Hong Kong

Simon is a partner in our corporate team in Hong Kong and Head of our Myanmar practice. Simon has been based in Asia since 1988 and advises on a wide range of corporate matters including M&A, large real estate transactions, FDI and restructuring. He works across a number of specialist areas including telecoms, securities, insurance, power and natural resources.

Initially based in Hong Kong but for many years in ASEAN, Simon was responsible for opening our offices in Thailand (in the 1990’s), Vietnam (2012) and latterly Myanmar as part of our strategy to cover the emerging markets of ASEAN and complement our existing offices in Singapore and Indonesia. Simon was based in Myanmar prior to moving back to Hong Kong in early 2016 to provide better coverage of ASEAN from Hong Kong.

According to Chambers 2016, Simon Makinson ‘is considered by peers to be "the standout for corporate matters."’.

News & insights

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Publications: 01 APRIL 2021

Developments in sanctions targeting Myanmar

Following the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021, the U.S., UK and EU have imposed a range of sanctions targeting individuals and entities affiliated with the Burmese military.

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Publications: 15 MARCH 2021

Myanmar update from on the ground: Changes to the Electronic Transactions Law and the impact on financial institutions

The amended Electronic Transactions Law (ETL) is one of several legislative changes that have emanated from the recent military takeover in Myanmar. 

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Publications: 02 MARCH 2021

Update from on the ground: Draft Cyber Security Law – Implications for business in the ICT sector in Myanmar

On the morning of 1 February 2021, in response to allegations of voter fraud, Vice-President Myint Swe (who has since assumed the role of acting President) declared a State of Emergency for one year…

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Publications: 18 FEBRUARY 2021

Myanmar update from on the ground: implications for investors

On the morning of 1 February 2021, in response to allegations of voter fraud, Vice-President Myint Swe (who has since assumed the role of acting President) declared a State of Emergency for one year…

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Office

Hong Kong

Allen & Overy
9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central
Hong Kong

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1985

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 1988

Academic

MA, Law, University of Cambridge, 1981