Edwin Vanderbruggen

VDB Loi - Myanmar



+95 94 2031 8709

Highly regarded




Practice areas:

Project development

Industry sectors:

Oil and gas

Client feedback - Financial and corporate 2016

"Edwin Vanderbruggen is very solution oriented and capable of navigating through new terrain."

"Edwin is the leading international lawyer in Burma. He assisted on two of my projects in Myanmar and has been first rate."

"Edwin offers professional advice, a very good understanding of business needs, and a convincing approach."

"Edwin is well-positioned to provide excellence legal advice, and knows more about the country's legal environment than just about anyone else. He is also an expert at picking up on a company's needs and adapting his advice to meet those requirements."

"Edwin is very responsive to our requirements and has deep knowledge of the subject matter. We are very confident in his advice."

Client feedback - Financial and corporate 2015

"Edwin Vanderbruggen and his team have been very effective in finding the current regulations on satellite communication and he has communicated directly with governmental authorities on this matter to obtain the latest relevant information. No other firms seemed to be able to find the correct and relevant information so his team offered an above par service."

Client feedback - Financial and corporate 2014

"Edwin Vanderbruggen has a very strong knowledge of the Myanmar law and tax system."

Edwin is one of Myanmar’s leading foreign lawyers. He has advised on the implementation of a $5 billion telecommunication project, on the privatisation of several state-owned enterprises and on the development of a $2 billion property project in Yangon. He has advised a number of the ‘supermajors’ (oil companies) on the acquisition of oil and gas interests in Myanmar, the Korean Government on the construction of the new Yangon international airport and the Japanese Government on its joint venture with the Myanmar Government for the Thilawa.

He lives full-time in Yangon, where he leads a team of 20 lawyers and tax advisers. In his academic career, he has lectured at six prestigious universities in Europe and Asia and written numerous textbooks.

• Advised Shell EP International in relation to production sharing contracts.

• Advised Nokia Siemens Networks Singapore in relation to its market entry in Myanmar.

• Legal & Tax advisory

• M&A

• Energy

• Real Estate

• Taxation

Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Licenciaat in de Rechtsgeleerdheid) University of Antwerp, Belgium

Master of Laws, LLM (Bijzonder Licenciaat in Bedrijfsrecht en Fiscaal Recht) Thesis: “Do Domestic Anti-Avoidance Measures Interfere with International Tax Law?” (published and awarded) Free University of Brussels, Belgium

In process - Doctoral Thesis (in Law): The International Protection of Investors under Bilateral Investment Treaties in Matters of Taxation and Tax Administration

Understanding the loss carry forward system for tax holidays - Bloomberg BNA Tax Planning International Journal