I have obtained advice and support from Mission Legal for a range of legal services needs for several businesses that I have managed over recent years, including Smart Power Myanmar. I have always found Mission Legal, in particular the firm’s principal, Mark Livingston, to be highly approachable, knowledgeable and commercial. Mark has an excellent knowledge of the regulatory environment in Myanmar and exceptional technical and analytical skills in assessing the practical application of Myanmar regulations, including in relation to novel potential new business structures.
Min Chan Win
Smart Power Myanmar
Kyawt Kay Thi Win
Business Coalition for Gender Equality Association
While acting as general counsel to several high profile Myanmar companies and as an executive committee member of AMCHAM Myanmar, I have worked with almost all the main foreign law firms in Myanmar – including Singaporean, regional, Japanese, and British. I can unequivocally say that Mark Livingston is the best attorney practicing law in Myanmar.
No matter what the project, big or small, he has always provided the careful, thoughtful, and well-reasoned legal advice/drafting that one would expect from a white shoe/magic circle law firm (and at much more affordable rates). The ability to have someone like him as a resource in Myanmar, a country with a labyrinthine and nigh incomprehensible legal/regulatory system, is really critical to any company hoping to successfully conduct business here.
Vice President, International Review
We have used the services of Mark Livingston and his firm for the entire period of our involvement in Myanmar from 2017 to 2021. Mark has been of great assistance to us. He has a rare understanding of the Myanmar legal system and its challenges. He displays great loyalty, dedication and absolute dogged tenacity to achieve the best commercial outcome for his clients at all times. Mark has demonstrated willingness to be available whenever we have needed him and is extremely responsive to deadlines. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and Mission Legal.
Mallee Resources Limited (formerly Myanmar Metals Limited)
The Sika Group has used Mission Legal’s services in Myanmar and Cambodia across a range of areas, including permitting, employee relations and commercial contracting. Mission Legal, and Mark Livingston in particular, have always provided an exceptional combination of international expertise and professionalism and deep understanding of local regulatory frameworks. The Mission Legal team is highly responsive, highly practical and highly approachable – and at the same time provides consistently high quality outcomes.
Sika (Cambodia) Ltd
Our business engaged with Mark Livingston on our initial entry into Myanmar in early 2015. Mark was instrumental in helping us with our corporate establishment, governance and providing introductions into the local business community. Since that time he has proven himself as a very trustworthy and diligent operator, to the extent that he has become an essential part of our team. We couldn’t have gotten this far without him.
Access Asia Mining Pte. Ltd.
Mission Legal’s high-calibre team is responsive, technically strong and dedicated to client service. We value Mark Livingston’s hands-on and commercial approach. He and his team are willing and able to take ownership of processes and move them forward to meet deadlines or navigate challenges. They consistently achieve excellent results and provide international standard work in an often challenging developing market environment.
Vulpes Investment Management Pte. Ltd
Mission Legal has been instrumental in assisting us to progress the permitting and development of Savitar Exploration’s major project in Myanmar. Mark Livingston played a crucial role during challenging government negotiations to successfully obtain an agreement on international standard concession terms that have not previously been used in Myanmar. Part of this process involved Mark educating our governmental and local partners on a new fiscal and legal structure.…which he handled with great tact and diplomacy. His insight into local regulatory frameworks and the dynamics of decision-making in Myanmar have been invaluable in this process. Mark and Mission Legal have consistently provided a mix of commercial acumen, local knowledge and technical capability that is hard to match in developing South-East Asian markets. It should be noted that Mark was one of the first international lawyers on the ground when Myanmar first opened up and continues to maintain his commitment in a challenging frontier market.
Savitar Exploration Limited
Mission Legal has supported Vier Pfoten International and its Myanmar entities across a range of legal and compliance issues, including employment law, INGO regulation, commercial contracting, tax advice and ultimately in the winding up of our Myanmar operations. We have always found the Mission Legal team to be responsive, thorough, diligent and highly knowledgeable. We have valued Mission Legal’s ability to help us navigate the sometimes opaque regulatory frameworks in Myanmar while maintaining high compliance and governance standards for our operations.
Senior Project Manager,
Vier Pfoten International