Jo Daniels is the managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s Yangon office. She transitioned to this role from the Brisbane office, which she helped launch, bringing more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure sectors including railways, tollroads, ports, electricity, pipelines and export facilities. In Australia, Jo advised clients in complex merger and acquisition clearances, third-party access matters, and cartel and other antitrust investigations across most Australian states. In Myanmar, she advises clients on major projects as well as large-scale M&A and a range of corporate matters related to market entry.
Jo's practice focuses on infrastructure, having spent a significant amount of time on major port-to-pit projects. Her Myanmar infrastructure work includes toll road concessions, greenfield port projects, telecommunications, and mining activities as well as advising on acquisitions in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Jo also advises on all areas of corporate activity in Myanmar, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and general FDI matters including compliance with the new investment laws.
Representative Legal Matters
- Acting for vendors/purchasers in a range of M&A transactions in Myanmar across various sectors including consumer goods and oil & gas.
- Advising on power and renewable energy projects in Myanmar including drafting PPAs, EPC agreements and O&M contracts.
- Acted for telecommunications companies seeking spectrum licenses and operational agreements such as internet broadband service agreements, installation agreements, fair usage policies and taxation issues.
- Acting for a number of foreign entities in applying for MIC Permits.
- Acting for foreign companies establishing operations in Myanmar by way of joint venture with local entities.
- Acted for bidders, vendors and acquirers on the sale and privatization of major port and rail infrastructure within Australia, including development and certification of regulation, and ACCC clearances.
- Acted on a number of specific projects, including Abbot Point, Dudgeon Point and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
- Advised major coal companies on all aspects of Pit-to-Port projects within Queensland, including both commercial and regulatory advice.
- Advised major coal companies on all aspects of rail and port regulation, including negotiating access agreements, access undertakings, project deeds, and specifically in Queensland the ongoing development of a standard user funding agreement.
- Advised electricity companies on the full range of electricity regulatory issues with respect to the valuation of asset bases, calculation of weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and WACC parameters, connection agreements, expansion of networks, distribution use of system charges (DUOS) and transmission use of system charges (TUOS), licensing issues and pricing disputes with regulators.
- Represented major investment corporations on the sale, acquisition and construction of toll road infrastructure in Victoria and Queensland, specifically in relation to the statutory, commercial and regulatory aspects of the transactions.
- Client-nominated Acritas Star™ Lawyer, 2016, 2018
- Chambers Asia Pacific, Competition/Antitrust, 2016
- Best Lawyers, Competition Law, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Best Lawyers, Regulatory Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Listed in Expert Guides, Women in Business Law 2015
- Listed in Euromoney, Expert Guides, Competition and Antitrust, 2016
- Queensland High Court~Australia (1997)
- University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (1995)
- Queensland University of Technology (LLB, LLM (Hons))
Baker & McKenzie Yangon is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein