SEA Digest: Myanmar Strategic Holdings to rebrand; Dentons merges with Vietnamese law firm

Sule Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Arkar Phyo/Unsplash

Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH) is planning to rename itself to Asia Strategic Holdings, while global law firm Dentons has announced a merger with Vietnamese law firm LuatViet.

Myanmar Strategic Holdings to rebrand to Asia Strategic Holdings

Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH) is planning to rename itself to Asia Strategic Holdings, which signals its regional expansion plans as Myanmar is still impacted by both the COVID-19 crisis and political uncertainties caused by the military coup.

The London Stock Exchange-listed firm said it will submit the proposal to its shareholders on December 6.

MSH had focused on the Myanmar market, but started to expand overseas last year, with the acquisition of Vietnam-based English language training centre Wall Street English. MSH said more than 50% of its revenues on an annualised run-rate basis are now generated in Vietnam.

“While continuing to build upon the Myanmar Strategic Holdings brand and the existing operational platforms in Vietnam and Myanmar, Asia Strategic will increasingly focus on scaling its education and services businesses regionally,” said Enrico Cesenni, CEO of MSH.

The company already owns the Wall Street English franchise in Myanmar. It also operates the Auston College Myanmar, K-12 education group Yangon American International School, security and risk management services provider EXERA, and Ostello Bello budget hospitality brand in the country.

Dentons merges with Vietnamese law firm LuatViet

Global law firm Dentons has announced a merger with the Vietnamese law firm LuatViet, that will give it a presence in key locations of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

This merger is a critical milestone as Dentons continues to build its presence across ASEAN.

LuatViet and Dentons have served clients collaboratively for many years, in practice areas such as banking and finance, M&A, and corporate & investment.

“Vietnam, as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, is a priority market for our clients,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Combining with LuatViet, with whom we have years of significant collaboration, will allow us to connect clients to leading talent in Vietnam and to more than 20,000 professionals around the globe.”

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.