Chris Muessel Appointed Partner at VDB Loi

15 Jun, 2012

 VDB Loi is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Muessel as Partner. Muessel will lead the firm’s growing legal practice in the Southeast Asia region.


“Chris Muessel is one of the region’s most experienced and respected foreign lawyers,” said Jean Loi, Managing Partner, VDB Loi. “We are thrilled that he has chosen to join our growing firm, and I can say with absolute certainty that our clients will benefit from his expertise.”


Muessel is a US attorney, with a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He has in-country experience in Cambodia (1998-1999), where as a World Bank Counsel, he advised the Council of Ministers on new commercial laws, and in Vietnam (2001-2007), where as a Baker & McKenzie lawyer, he advised MNCs on a broad range of legal matters.


As a partner with the US firm Duane Morris LLP, Muessel headed the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office, and later undertook equally high-profile partnership roles with Watson Farley & Williams and Rajah & Tann, where he focused principally on Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.


In his 20-year career, Muessel has developed an expertise in cross-border M&A (incl. PE funds), real estate, project finance (energy and mining), compliance (incl. FCPA) and trade (treaties and anti-dumping claims).


Muessel has previously served on several boards of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), including AmCham Vietnam (Chairman 2007) and AmCham Singapore (Governor 2008-2011). He has been a recommended lawyer by Chambers Asia (Leading Overseas Counsel; Vietnam), Chambers Global (Global Leading Lawyer – Corporate; Vietnam) and the Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer – Corporate; Vietnam).


Muessel’s position as VDB Loi Partner is effective as of 1 May, 2012.


VDB Loi is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing legal and tax firms, with offices in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Laos, and plans for further growth in the region, including working with an affiliated firm in Myanmar (fully compliant with existing sanctions), over the next few months.


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