Rory is an international corporate lawyer and senior associate at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP’s offices in Yangon and Singapore. He practices in all areas of dispute resolution, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, cross border transactions, commercial, M&A, real estate, employment, and energy and resources law. He has significant experience in all forms of foreign direct investments and cross border transactions. Rory provides ongoing legal assistance in relation to corporate structuring for investment; commercial contracts with local and international corporations and individuals; labour law; local regional compliance requirements; and real estate guidance for developers and hospitality providers. Rory’s clients regularly refer to ‘his exceptional insight and understanding of the legal framework in Myanmar’ as he provides ‘good legal advice that helps to map our business plan and strategy’. Apart from corporate and project matters, Rory is also actively involved in pro bono services, which a client described as ‘could not have been more attentive, kind and professional’. Rory is listed as a 2018 ‘next generation lawyer’ in the practice areas of corporate and M&A by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also named as a recommended lawyer in projects (including energy) by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for his ‘extensive experience in foreign investment, project finance and commercial contracts’.
Rory has more than nine years of experience in Australia and South East Asia, including over three years on-the-ground experience in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Singapore. He speaks regularly on market entry, M&A, employment law, energy, resources, insurance and property matters at conferences throughout the ASEAN region.
Rory is admitted to practise as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and as a solicitor of the Federal and High Courts of Australia. He is also a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore. Rory is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Australia, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Law Students Society, and a masters of law graduate from the University of Western Australia.