Arion Legal is excited to announce the arrival of its newest Senior Legal Advisor, Steve Goddard.
Steve is a qualified Australian Lawyer with several years’ experience specialising in foreign direct investment under the Cambodian, Myanmar and Lao PDR legal frameworks.
Before joining the Arion Legal team, Steve headed, among others, the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group of a leading regional law firm in Cambodia, while overseeing operations in Myanmar.
Steve’s areas of expertise include advising on investments in a diverse range of industries and matters, encompassing corporate law and governance, commercial establishment and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, industry–specific licensing (with a focus on the construction, transport and logistics, aviation, tourism and gaming sectors) and assistance with the drafting of various commercial agreements from a local law perspective.
Prior to working in Southeast Asia, Steve spent a significant amount of time studying and working in Kunming, China. Given the strategic cooperation agreement between Arion Legal and Yunnan Baqian Law Group, Steve’s proficiency in speaking Mandarin makes him a valuable asset and well-positioned to assist Chinese investors establish entities and expand their business in Lao PDR.
Steve brings a wealth of regional understanding and background to the firm and we are very excited to have him onboard as we continue to grow and expand our knowledge of, and presence in, Lao PDR and the greater Mekong region.