Welcome To MAR & ASSOCIATES!
Cambodia, Japan, Lao, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam

ABOUT US

MAR & ASSOCIATES is a lawfully registered law firm and a network of legal advisory member firms within the jurisdiction of Cambodia, Japan, Lao, Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore.
We are a member of Cambodian Bar of Association with listed credential by Legal 500, a member of One Asia Lawyer, a member of IFC and World Bank Group for doing business in Cambodia, and various international organizations from Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japanese Embassy.
We have offices in Cambodia, Japan, Lao, Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore. Through our motto; “Lawyer takes you higher” and “Justice makes you success”, we help client’s business needs in the region.
Our core proficiencies are foreign investment, merger & acquisition, real estate law, banking & finance law and accounting & taxation within the region.
Thanks to our unique, specialized and localized knowledge, we have built up a respected and competent presence and are able to navigate the intricacies of business in the region, with its diverse cultures and backgrounds.

HISTORY

MAR & Associates was formed in early 2014 by Mar Samborana and JBL Group. This partnership, through legal practice and business engagement, aims to foster a long-term and fruitful relationship.

VISION

We are growing and developing everyday together to create the future of Excellent People, Organization and Country.

MISSION

We are advising both individuals and organizations with regards to the implementation of internal regulations within business and seek to continually provide valuable knowledge and expertise to our clients, thanks to our vast experience throughout the region.

We are able to provide swift and highly specialized legal services to an international standard. Our team comprises of Cambodian, Japanese, Laotian, Thai, Myanmar and Singaporean lawyers, who by working together to meet the clients demands, help to cement our status as experts in the region.


Attorney. Mar Samborana

Managing Partner

Admitted to Cambodian Bar of Association
Attorney at Law attached to the Ministry of Interior
Arbitrator on Employer List for Collective Disputes
Master of Science in Engineering from Naval Red College, Russia
LL.M. from Build Bright University, Cambodia
LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Has extensive legal experience representing multinational investment companies, corporations, banks, telecom companies, and equity funds prior to be a founder of the firm. He has worked as a senior associate of a major international consulting firm for more than 10 years. He had been serving as a board member of the Arbitration Council Foundation for 8 years and currently is an active arbitrator on the employer side for collective disputes. He had been acting as a vice chairman of the Legislation Council of the Ministry of Interior for more than 10 years and now has been appointed to be a Legal Advisor of the Ministry Of Interior for matters related with Immigration and International Affairs.

He is fluent in English, Khmer and Russian.


Attorney. Seng Bun Huy

Director of Corporate & Tax Affair

Admitted to Cambodian Bar of Association
LL.M. from Yokohama National University, Japan
LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Has worked as a senior in house counsel for many major international consulting firms prior to join the management team of the firm. He has extensive legal experience representing multinational investment companies, food and alcohol industry, corporations, banking and finance, real estate and property development, as well as taxation for more than 8 years.

He is fluent in English, Khmer, Chinese and Japanese.


Attorney. Prak Phannarath

Director of Litigation Affair

Admitted to Cambodian Bar of Association
LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Has worked as Court Clerk of the Svay Rieng Provincial Court and Kandal Provincial Court for many years prior to join the management team of the firm. He has extensive legal experience representing multinational client in civil litigation for more than 8 years.

He is fluent in English and Khmer.


Attorney. Chea Pheng

Director of Commercial & Intellectual Property Affair

Admitted to Cambodian Bar of Association
LL.M. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia
LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Has worked as legal compliance manager at a major local consulting firm for more than 5 years. He has extensive legal experience in corporations, taxes, intellectual property, and customs.

He has been granted license as a Trademark Agent from the Ministry of Commerce and a Custom Broker from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

He is fluent in English and Khmer.


Mr. Nobuaki Murakami

Of Counsel

Admitted to Japan Federation of Bar Associations
Jurist Doctor from Kobe University, Japan
LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, Japan

Is responsible for assisting and providing legal advice to firm partners in relation to investment within the Mekong region. Prior to his current role, he had worked for a Japanese law firm in Japan for 4 years, where his area of practice was corporate and commercial litigation. He has experience in commercial cases in Japan and has supported a wide range of legal matters including real estate, regulatory compliance, employment, corporate governance, investments, joint ventures and merger and acquisitions.

He is fluent in both English and Japanese.


Mr. Yuto Yabumoto

Japanese Investment Coordinator

LL.B from Chuo University, Japan

Is responsible for assisting and providing legal advice to firm partners in relation to investment within the Mekong region. Prior to his current role, he had worked for a Japanese consulting firm in Cambodia for 5 years, where his area of practice was corporate, tax, labor and intellectual property and has supported a wide range of corporate matters in both Japan and Cambodia including regulatory compliance, registration and tax compliance in Japan, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos.

He is fluent in both English and Japanese.


Bun Pronh

Associate

LL.M. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia
LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Had worked as a legal assistant of a major local consulting firm for more than 3 years before joining this firm as an Associate. He has extensive legal research and liaison with various government ministries, such as the ministry of land management, the ministry of commerce, general tax department.

He is fluent in both English and Khmer.


Ouk Chanchakrya

Associate (Japanese Desk)

LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Had worked as a legal assistant of a major local consulting firm for more than one year before joining to this firm as an Associate of the firm. She has extensive legal research, translation and archive documents as well as liaison with the ministry of labor for corporate and labor migration compliance.

She is fluent in both English and Khmer.


So Sokvireak

Associate (Japanese Desk)

LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Had worked as a legal assistant of a major local consulting firm for one year before joining this firm as an Associate. He has extensive legal research and liaison with various government ministries such as the ministry of labor and the general tax department for corporate and tax compliance.

He is fluent in both English and Khmer.


Sou DoungChay

Associate

LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Had worked as a legal assistant of a major local consulting firm for one year before joining this firm as an Associate. He has extensive tax compliance and liaison with various tax branch offices and the general tax department for corporate and tax audit, tax re-assessment, and tax dispute.

He is fluent in both English and Khmer.


Kim Boryna

Associate (Litigation Desk)

LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia

Had worked as a legal assistant of a major local consulting firm for more than four years before joining to this firm as an Associate of the firm. She has extensive legal research, drafting legal petition and brief for court actions as well as liaison with various court adjudications; assisting senior associates in translation and management of legal documents.

She is fluent in Khmer, Japanese and English.


Mar Kolvirya

Junior Associate

LL.B. from Royal University of Law and Economic, Cambodia
BA. from CAM ED BUSINESS SCHOOL, Cambodia

She joined M&A for one year as Junior Associate of the firm. She assists senior associates and other associates with legal review and analysis of legal documents and contracts, preparation of legal briefs and claims for legal actions; management of legal document and archive.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT


Our team’s expertise in foreign investment encompasses a broad range of advisory experience ranking from general advice of corporate structure, company formation, investment policy and guideline, dissolution and liquidation.

We will ensure that our client will come up with the right decision among the line of our proper advice in term of structuring and creating company as well as operating business. Our team will help draft and review various corporate policies, investment guideline, and operational menu. We will make sure that these policies are in place for fully implementation. We will protect our client’s interest for the business if it is end up with dissolution and liquidation.

MERGER & ACQUISITION


Our team has years of experience in providing expert due diligence advice to clients with regard to the Merger and Acquisition of local and international companies.

We will protect our client’s interests by ensuring that transactions of merger and acquisitions will be done properly with a high standard of due diligence. We will ensure proper documenting, titling and authority will be in place with clear guidance policies for our client’s interests.

We will focus on proper management of the due diligence process, including dimensioning and structuring. We will provide clear and understandable steps along the entire process and specify an estimated cost and timelines. We will dedicate the best findings with detailed executive summary as well as an accompanying full due diligence report before our client takes further steps in their investment.

REAL ESTATE


Our team has decades of experience providing advice to clients in all aspects of real estate and property development.

Our services include drafting of purchase and sales agreements, leases, deeds, mortgages, and others security registrations. We also complete title searches and coordinate the filing of legal documents for all types of real estate transactions.

BANKING & FINANCE


Our team’s expertise in banking and finance encompasses a broad range of advisory experience. We will provide full services on various banking and finance sector to ensure compliance with prevailing laws in the Kingdom of Cambodia. We can help establish Associations, Micro-finance, Lenders and Banks. We also assist drafting of security documentation and all aspects of bank licensing in Cambodia. We can help drafting, reviewing and legalizing all types of loan agreements, ensuring banking corporate compliance and providing advice on finance structure.

ACCOUNTING & TAXATION


Our team is qualified as Tax Agent to be recognized by the General Tax Department of the Ministry of Economic and Finance. We have many years of experiences in accounting management, financial and auditing report. We are a leading of taxation service for monthly tax filing, annual tax return and audit.

LABOR


Our team is qualified as Arbitrator on both employer and employee list for collective labor dispute to be recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. We have many years of experience in advising our clients in all aspects of Cambodian labor law.

We can help draft, review and legalize employment, policies, agreements, and assist document registration with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. We have represented many clients for the labor disputes at both Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and the Arbitration Council. We can also help in the case of individual labor disputes at Cambodian courts.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND LITIGATION


Our team is qualified as Attorney at Law to be recognized by the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. We have in-depth experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and litigation. We assist clients by negotiating and settling commercial disputes through mediation and arbitration. We help clients by avoiding time consuming and resource-wasteful finance even in the situation of litigation. Our work in dispute resolution includes negotiation and drafting of all settlement agreements, providing a turnkey solution to complex business problems.

Alternative dispute resolution involves clear and honest communication benefiting from high standard of professionalism. We can offer expert help to our clients thanks to our superior knowledge of Cambodian law and current ethical business practices.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY


Our team is qualified as Intellectual Property Attorney to be recognized by the Department of Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Commerce. We will help draft, review and search in all aspects of the intellectual property including registration, renewal or cancelling trademark and any modification or assignment.

We also provide full service of intellectual property litigation, copyright infringement and confiscation process of such violation.

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Cambodia Office: Mar & Associates Law Office
Phnom Penh Tower 2nd Floor, #445, Monivong Blvd (Street 93/232), Sangkat Boeung Pralit, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
855 23 96 48 76 / 855 12 943 676
info@mar-associates.com
http://www.mar-associates.com

Japanese Affiliate Law Office: One Asia Lawyers (Tokyo Office)
+03-5273-4455
tetsuo.kurita@oneasia.legal
03-6273-4456
Post Code 100-66171705 Grand Tokyo South Tower 1-9-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (The nearest exit from JR Tokyo Station is Yaesu Exit)

Lao Affiliate Office: Phanthaly LAW
+856-205453-0065
viengsavanh@phanthaly.law
2nd Floor, Vien Vang Tower, Bourichane Road, Uni 15 Dongpalane Thong Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital Lao PDR.

Thai Affiliate Law Office: JNP Legal Co., Ltd.
+66-617801515
nippita@jnplegalthailand.com
Unit 2301, 23rd Floor, Interchange 21 Building, North-Klongtoey, Wattana Bangkok, Thailand.

Myanmar Affiliate Office: JBL Mekong (Myanmar) Co., Ltd.
+95-94-5139-2712
kazuki.sano@oneasia.legal
No.10, Myayatanar Street, Bauk Htaw Ward, Yankin Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Singapore Affiliate Office: JLC Advisors LLP
+65-8183-5114
desmondong@jlcadvisors.com
80 Raffles Road #43-03 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore.

Vietnam Affiliate Office: ACS Legal
+84-838-224-538
Mark.Oakley@acslegalvn.com
Level 2 Somerset Chancellor Court, 21-23 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

Malaysia Affiliate Office: Lim Jo Yan & Co
limjoyan@gmail.com
Level 17-10, Q Sentral, 2A Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur