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Simon Makinson


Hong Kong

Makinson Simon
Simon Makinson


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

News: 21 FEBRUARY 2020

A&O supports the ‘Big Legal Lesson’

As part of Justice Week 2020 (24-28 February) Young Citizens, in partnership with Allen & Overy,  has created the ‘Big Legal Lesson’ - a range of classroom resources that look at the fundamentals of the rule of law, and the role of parliament, government and the justice system.

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Publications: 25 JULY 2019

Myanmar’s economic liberalisation: Three years on

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (the NLD) celebrates its third anniversary of government this year. Fourteen months from now, campaigning will commence for Myanmar’s 2020 general election, which will be its third since the country’s reintroduction of free elections in 2010. This offers an opportune moment to consider the performance of the NLD government in the past three years since their assumption of control.

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2019

Our hope rests with the rule of law

Much needs to be rebuilt and renewed in Myanmar, including its legal system. It’s often said that information is power. In developing markets in general, and in South East Asia in particular, that certainly rings true - information is proving to be a hugely important driver for economic growth and the benefits will be felt right across the global economy.

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Publications: 11 JANUARY 2019

Myanmar permits foreign investment into the insurance sector

The Myanmar government has at long last announced that foreign insurers will be entitled to seek market access to its insurance sector in 2019.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1985

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 1988


MA, Law, University of Cambridge, 1981