More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

Myanmar’s best-known business house is joining up with multinationals

THE maroon hot-air balloons which carry tourists over Bagan—an ancient city teeming with crumbling red-brick temples—are famous in Myanmar. The fleet belongs to one of the country’s best-known tycoons. Since the pariah nation began to open up in 2011, Serge Pun has gradually transformed an empire built on property into a conglomerate with interests in […]

Major Myanmar’s real estate project wins lease extensions

A half billion dollar real estate development in Myanmar’s commercial capital has gained critical lease extensions from the ministry of transport, its developer said on Wednesday. The Landmark Development, backed by Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., located in Yangon, has been stalled since 2012 without them. The centerpiece of the 10 acre mixed-use property is […]

Mitsubishi to begin Myanmar project

YANGON – Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp said Tuesday that it has agreed with Mitsubishi Estate Co to commence work on a mixed-use landmark development project in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, in collaboration with Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd and local firm First Myanmar Investment Co. The project, which will cover 200,000 square metres of residential, […]

Yoma revs up property development drive in Myanmar

YANGON — Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings is accelerating its real estate development drive in Myanmar to meet growing local demand for residential units, offices and commercial facilities. Yoma’s move comes as Myanmar has emerged from decades of international isolation and now enjoys high economic growth, making the Southeast Asian country an increasingly promising property market. Yoma […]

Dealmaking excitement builds over beers in newly opened Myanmar

YANGON (Bloomberg) – A scorching May day in Myanmar calls for beers and loosened neck ties. At newly opened Harry’s Bar in Yangon, investors talk opportunities over draft lagers, jalapeno steak sliders and fries. Several private equity types and company executives are gathered around Ms Jasmine Thazin Aung, an energetic and bubbly Yangon-based executive director at […]

Golden Glory plans IPO to fund Myanmar projects

YANGON • Golden Glory Group, a developer of Myanmar real estate, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in Singapore this year as the opening of the market spurs property demand in South-east Asia’s fastest-growing economy. The Singapore-based company is targeting an US$80 million to US$100 million (S$110 million to S$138 million) initial share sale, […]

FMI increases capital to Yoma Bank

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has increased its capital contribution to its subsidiary Yoma Bank by almost K9.6 billion, after accepting a loan facility from Bangkok Bank, said a company announcement yesterday. FMI, owned by businessperson Serge Pun, is the first and only company to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange and owns a 51 percent […]

Myanmar’s Mr Clean says he takes ‘red tape road’ to profit

Scaffolding around the 139-year old Burma Railway Headquarters, a red-brick colonial relic at the center of a half billion dollar property development in central Yangon, hasn’t seen much action since the project was announced four years ago. Serge Pun, the 63-year-old project developer and one of Myanmar’s richest men, says his Landmark development – which […]