Johann Spies

To complement his experience as a practicing attorney, Johann Spies has experience as an in-house legal counsel for a company in the credit provision and insurance markets which operates in a number of jurisdictions.

Johann began his career at Webber Wentzel (the South African Linklaters associate and one of the largest firms in Africa) and has practiced in Yangon, Myanmar, where he specialised in cross-border transactions, commercial arrangements and the regulatory framework in the South East Asian markets. Prior to joining Arion Legal, Johann practiced as a partner at Clyde & Co, Johannesburg, in the corporate and commercial department. Johann prides himself on delivering legally sound advice which is commercially minded and reflects an understanding of clients’ businesses.

Firm Overview:

Arion Legal (formerly McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers) has been operating in Lao PDR since 2008 and is the only Australian law firm registered in Lao PDR.

Our Vientiane office provides international standard Lao legal and tax advice and documentation for foreign investors operating in, or looking to invest in, Lao PDR. Our approach is commercially focused and adapted to suit changing economic and regulatory conditions.

We have represented foreign and local clients across a broad range of commercial issues concerning foreign investment into Lao PDR. We have participated in several mining projects and acted as Lao Counsel to the Government of Lao PDR and lenders on numerous large-scale hydropower projects including:

– Nam Sim Hydropower Project (USD17.6M investment)
– Nam Lik 1 and 2 Hydropower Project (USD 150M investment)
– Nam Ou (USD 700M investment)

Arion Legal has been appointed as Honorary Counsel to the British Embassy and has also acted as Lao Counsel to the Singapore and Australian Embassies.

Our firm has strong links to the local and international business community and actively participates in community events. Arion Legal holds membership with numerous organisations including Australian Chamber of Commerce (AUSTCHAM) and the British Business Group.

Our Lawyers In Lao PDR:

Johann Spies, our Country Manager, is based in Vientiane and is supported by a talented team of foreign and Lao lawyers and tax advisors. The firm’s directors, as well as a team of specialist lawyers and consultants, provide additional expertise and support to the Vientiane office. Our team also travels within Lao PDR and internationally in response to client and project demands.

Daniel Braun

Daniel Braun is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniel directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniel’s focus is on criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation, often involving allegations of market misconduct, foreign bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions violations, fraud and anticompetitive activity.

With more than 15 years working for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Daniel has extensive experience in cross-border investigations, interagency cooperation and market enforcement. Most recently he was Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he managed a number of the department’s most significant cases.

Daniel Braun ran the DOJ’s global investigations focusing on LIBOR, foreign exchange and other benchmarks, and took the lead in coordinating with United States and international regulators and law enforcement agencies. He has also worked closely with the DOJ’s antitrust division and other authorities on cartel investigations.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Malcolm Moller

Malcolm Moller is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Mauritius on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Malcolm directly using the contact details listed above.

Malcolm is Managing Partner of the Mauritius, Seychelles and Shanghai offices. He is a member of the Corporate department and both the Insurance and Structured Finance teams. He specialises in advising financial institutions on financial regulation, regulatory capital issues, financial institution mergers and acquisitions, and insurance-related transactions. He advises on private equity funds, hedge funds, derivatives transactions and securities offerings, as well as a range of corporate and corporate finance transactions.

Malcolm has extensive experience representing corporations, financial institutions and other entities. His experience spans public and private mergers and acquisitions, credit, restructuring, bankruptcy, capital markets, fund formation and winding-up, a variety of strategic and advisory corporate assignments.

Malcolm experience in credit transactions has included representing both banks and borrowers in multi-billion-dollar secured, unsecured and commercial paper facilities for companies. In addition, his experience has included advising on strategic, regulatory, corporate governance, and director and officer liability issues for clients.

Malcolm Moller was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1998, solicitor and barrister of the High Court of Australia in 1999, a solicitor of England and Wales in January 2003, and solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Bermuda in 2004. He was registered as a foreign lawyer in Mauritius in 2009 in accordance with the provisions of the Law Practitioners Regulations. Malcolm also obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Firm Overview:

We are an offshore law firm with around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from 10 offices around the globe. We advise global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.

Appleby represents combined ingenuity and talent taken from all of the most significant international offshore financial centres, and is focused on the development of new products and the provision of effective service to its many international clients.