Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Director, Myanmar
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Yuwadee Thean-ngarm is the director of Tilleke & Gibbins' office in Myanmar. After having served for a decade as an attorney-at-law and litigator in the intellectual property group within the firm’s Bangkok office, Yuwadee moved to oversee the firm’s Yangon office in 2013. 

She advises clients on the full range of trademark, patent, and copyright issues under the existing legal framework in Myanmar. She advocates on her clients’ behalf in planning strategies for intellectual property protection in Myanmar, recording declarations of ownership before the Office of Registration of Deeds, and exploring other opportunities to help clients grow their business and protect their intellectual assets in this emerging jurisdiction.

Yuwadee is actively involved in corporate and commercial matters, especially in advising foreign investors seeking to do business in Myanmar. She oversees a full range of work, including business strategy and planning, company structuring and formation, law and legal updates, labor and employment, and tax. Yuwadee possesses extensive expertise in advising clients across diverse industries, such as banking and finance, chemicals, energy, logistics, manufacturing, service and trading, and telecommunications.

She is also a formidable thought leadership contributor, and regularly provides her legal expertise to World Bank research projects on investment, employment, and property in Myanmar.

Yuwadee is a registered patent agent and notarial services attorney in Thailand with significant experience appearing before the Trademark Registrar, the Board of Trademarks, and the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. She is also a member of the Thai Bar Association and Lawyers Council of Thailand. She has completed the Development of Specialist in Trademark Registration course at the Thai Department of Intellectual Property, the Specialist Bar in IP #2 at the IP&IT Court, and the JPO/IPR Training Course for Advanced IP Protection Practitioners.

  • Assisted a regional packaging company in company formation in Myanmar, including conducting land legal due diligence, advising on the establishment of a factory, obtaining necessary approvals and licenses, and advising on labor and employment matters.

  • Advised a subsidiary of Thailand’s largest cement company in developing port facilities for private use in cement operations, including preparing agreements, structuring terms and conditions, and obtaining the Myanmar Port Authority’s approval for the deal.

  • Advised one of the world’s largest social network companies on Myanmar Wi-Fi and telecommunications laws and regulations as part of the client’s plans for the establishment of a subsidiary in the country.

  • Advised an international development organization on labor laws, employment agreements, office policy manual, tax, and banking and accounting reports for their company’s establishment in Myanmar.

  • Represented a leading providing of offshore ship and shipyard services in establishing a technical services and engineering company in Myanmar, including assisting with company formation, advising on environmental regulations and operational issues, and obtaining necessary permits.

  • Assisted a regional medical information services provider in setting up a medical information management and research company in Myanmar, including advising on laws and regulations for offering consulting and information services, market research and support services, and publicizing of medical information.

  • Protected the intellectual property rights of a famous drug company in regard to an osteoporosis drug product passed off by another pharmaceutical company. The Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the infringing party’s mark.

  • Represented a top Italian fashion brand in a civil action against the Department of Intellectual Property at the IP&IT Court to appeal the Board of Trademarks’ refusal of our client’s trademark applications. The Court withdrew the Board’s decision and accepted our client’s trademarks for registration.

  • Acted on behalf of our client before the IP&IT Court and obtained a very favorable settlement just prior to the rendering of judgment in what has been widely regarded as the largest and most complex patent infringement case in Thai history. In this multijurisdictional case, our team not only secured a rare Anton Piller order to seize infringing goods, which enabled us to successfully prove infringement, but also formulated extensive strategies for protecting the validity of our client’s patent.

  • Represented a multinational pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation against a local generic company.  Managed a major pharmaceutical-related patent during a trial on patent infringement.

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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has released the 2018 edition of its annual rankings of the leading law firms from 41 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region, in which Tilleke & Gibbins has once...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 in IP, Labor and Employment, Tax, and TMT in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office has been ranked in “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Tax, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications in the 2018 edition of The Legal...

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November 30, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins in Myanmar Ranked Tier 2 for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500

The Tilleke & Gibbins Myanmar practice has been awarded a Tier 2 ranking for Corporate and M&A work in the country by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, a guide to the preeminent firms in the region...

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the Year...

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November 15, 2017

Asialaw Profiles 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads Rankings in Thailand

Regional law firm Tilleke & Gibbins has again distinguished itself as the dominant domestic law firm in Thailand in Asialaw Profiles 2018, a guide to the top domestic and regional firms in the...

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November 27, 2017

Myanmar Opens Agricultural Machinery Trade to Foreign-Domestic Joint Ventures

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

On November 17, 2017, the Myanmar Ministry of Commerce issued Notification No. 55/2017, under section (13) (B) of the Import and Export Law, which grants permission for joint ventures (JV) between...

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November 16, 2017

Myanmar: Changes to Fiscal Year Calendar and MIC Benefits

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

As part of overall efforts to improve the business environment in Myanmar, the Union Government recently announced changes to the nation’s fiscal year calendar, while the Myanmar Investment...

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August 31, 2017

Thailand Legal Basics

Thailand Legal Basics, a valuable primer for foreign investors, explores all aspects of living and doing business in Thailand. Written by Tilleke & Gibbins, the book begins with an overview of...

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December 30, 2016

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Myanmar Chapter

Members of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Yangon office have contributed the Myanmar chapter to Practical Law’s Doing Business in … Global Guide. In the chapter, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, director of the firm’s...

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September 15, 2016

PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Global Guide 2016/17 – Myanmar Chapter

Nwe Oo, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

The 2016/17 edition of Employment and Employee Benefits  provides an overview of employment and employee benefits laws and issues in 32 jurisdictions around the world. The Myanmar chapter of the...

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