SokSiphana&associates was founded in 1998 by Dr Sok Siphana, one of the most respected lawyers and corporate figures in Cambodia. Soon after that, he was invited by the government to serve as the Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Cambodia from 1999 to 2005. In 2009, he resumed practice and the firm was reconstituted.
Since then, the firm has quickly risen to be one of the most prominent legal firms in the country. We are a now full service legal firm, providing the whole spectrum of corporate and commercial work. Our clients range from leading international corporate entities to progressive local businesses and banks.
Dr Sok is a practicing attorney and the Principal at SokSiphana&associates (a member of ZICO Law), a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh.
Dr Sok has unique experiences and insights related to the development of the Cambodian legal system, the business environment and the intricacy of the commercial and investment law evolution in Cambodia. His vast hands on experiences as a former Commerce Secretary of State (Vice Minister) in the Cambodian Government, where he worked extensively on issues related to commercial and investment legal framework, trade promotion, trade policies, trade development, and economic intégration, gives him a unique perspective on both the macro and micro needs of businesses and foreign investors alike. In the area of policy formulation and policy mainstreaming he was responsible for leading a large multidisciplinary inter-agency task force to prepare complex action plans (including the National Legislative and Regulatory Agenda) and to negotiate successfully Cambodia’s accession to the WTO. He was also instrumental in initiating the development of the first ever trade Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for Cambodia.
He was responsible not only for the preparation of the various commercial laws currently in force in Cambodia, but also for their defense in front of the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the Senate.
Mr. Matthew Rendall
Matthew has vast experience in advising foreign and local investors in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate, labor and investment law and providing valuable insights of the legal developments in Cambodia.
He served as professor of law at Cambodia national law school (Royal University of Law and Economics) and was a founding arbitrator of the Labor Arbitration Council (Cambodia). Matthew has authored and co-authored legal training texts on the Constitutional Law, Property law, Labor Law, Cambodian and International Human Rights law, Contract law, Sales of Goods law, ADR, and Democracy, a Citizens’ Role. Matthew was formerly a member of the Cambodia non-governmental working group on Land Law. He authored a textbook on the 2001 Land Law, jointly published by the ADB and the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction.
Matthew is also Board Member of Eurocham (Cambodia), CAMFEBA (Employers Federation of Cambodia) and the British Business Association of Cambodia.
Khieu Mealy is a partner at SokSiphana&associates, a law firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh.
Mealy is experienced advising on domestic and offshore financing matters, structuring for bank capital requirements, asset financing and on the legal and regulatory requirements of the securities exchange and the central bank. She sits as a panel lawyer for seven banks and is also well versed in providing practical legal solutions for clients who require strategic business and investment advice.
Mealy has advised on every aspect of business in a wide range of sectors, including domestic and international investment, commercial banks, and real estate. She has represented public listed real estate companies in a full range of real estate and related transactions, and also covers litigation and arbitration, ranging from personal rights to commercial disputes and corporate concerns.
Mealy has also been involved in law reform and acts as an advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia on a variety of land and agricultural matters, particularly the Land Law Implementation Project and the Agriculture Sector Development Project with the Asian Development Bank. Her experience in trade law saw her involvement as the Chief Editor/Translator of WTO Trade Negotiations Materials for the Ministry of Commerce.
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