Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines Practice Groups
Areas of Practice: Securities Regulatory, Mergers and Acquisitions, Fund and Fund Management, Equity Funds, Joint Ventures, Foreign Investment, Oil and Gas, Mining, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Cross Border, Regional, Myanmar, North Korea, Indonesia, Philippines.
As a member of the corporate and commercial department of the firm, Marlon is actively involved and assists in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions in Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. Marlon's diverse practice portfolio currently spans mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, mining, power, oil and gas, investments, corporate restructurings, and the establishment of offshore private equity funds.
Since joining the firm in 2006, Marlon has acquired and developed significant know-how and work experience in relation to the firm's steadily growing regional practice, particularly in the Indochina region. As an active part of the firm's Myanmar practice group, Marlon collaborates with the firm's Yangon-based lawyers in rendering advisory work on a variety of subjects/issues, including foreign investments in Myanmar in general and the regulatory framework on the mining, energy and agricultural/plantation sectors in particular. In the course of his Myanmar transactional work, Marlon also prepares and reviews various commercial contracts and agreements and other transaction documents. He likewise takes part in extensive legal due diligence investigations and contract negotiations which the firm carries out in respect of various transactions, the more recent of which include mining, hotel, oil palm, manufacturing, power, and oil and gas acquisitions/investments in Myanmar.
Marlon also helps in overseeing the firm's Indonesia practice group which is able to provide advisory and transactional services to clients in relation to foreign investments in Indonesia and cross-border/multi-jurisdictional matters involving Indonesia laws. In particular, and in collaboration with the firm's Indonesia law-qualified lawyers in Jakarta, Marlon has assisted in a number of acquisitions work in the Indonesian mining, steel, lease finance and other sectors, and in the setting up of foreign-invested companies and other investment vehicles in Indonesia. In the course of his work for the Indonesia practice group, Marlon has also reviewed various commercial contracts and agreements relating to, and has engaged in advisory work on, Indonesian foreign investments, acquisitions, construction (engineering/architecture), consumer protection, employment and company laws.
In relation to offshore private equity funds, Marlon assists fund companies and managers in the preparation of their offering documentation and also advises them on various regulatory concerns affecting the offering and the management of the funds in certain jurisdictions overseas. Capping Marlon's practice portfolio is his Philippine-bound work, in relation to which he has likewise undertaken advisory and transactional work, the more recent of which include advising on Philippine foreign investment and company laws, undertaking a legal due diligence exercise on the Philippine segment of a cross-border acquisition, setting up of a full banking branch of a leading international commercial bank, and establishing the corporate vehicle of a leading global telecommunications and data service provider. Being Philippine law-qualified, Marlon is able to advise and assist clients on a variety of Philippine law-related issues and transactions.
Marlon was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the Philippines in 1999, where he engaged in litigation and corporate practice (including civil, commercial and criminal litigation, labor and other administrative proceedings, arbitration, corporate rehabilitation and other special projects). Before joining the firm, Marlon practiced as an associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices, a leading Philippine law firm, and thereafter as a partner at a general law partnership based in Makati City, Philippines. He also acted as special legal counsel to a Philippine government agency, where he handled the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violations of anti-graft laws and the forfeiture and recovery of proceeds of such offenses. In 2003-2005, he was also part of the delegation that represented the Philippines in treaty negotiations at the United Nations Offices in Vienna, Austria, for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption as well as related agreements involving the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.