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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

Myanmar

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

Myanmar ministries announce "100-day" plans

​After a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general election held on 8 November 2015, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 30 March 2016, with U Htin Kyaw named as President.

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2019

Myanmar Competition Act: Ready or not - here it comes

​It’s just a little over a year until the Myanmar Competition Act comes into force in February 2017. The Act fleshes out the main anti-trust principles, but is arguably muddled in framing their exact scope and the relevant legal tests. Secondary legislation may clarify things but a lot of the work is likely to be left to the new Competition Commission to create a robust anti-trust regime. This bulletin summarises the Act, identifies areas of ambiguity and considers what the Act (in its current form) means for businesses.

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2019

Myanmar revises scope of prohibited and restricted activities for foreign invesment

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Expertise

Practices

Corporate and M&A

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