Steve Goddard –  Country Manager

Steve is a qualified Australian Lawyer with several years’ experience specialising in foreign direct investment under the Cambodian, Myanmar and Lao PDR legal frameworks. Before joining the Arion Legal team, he headed up, among others, the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group of a leading regional law firm in Cambodia, while overseeing operations in Myanmar.

Steve’s areas of expertise include advising on investments in a diverse range of industries and matters, encompassing corporate law and governance, commercial establishment and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and industry-specific licensing (with a focus on the construction, transport and logistics, aviation, tourism and gaming sectors) and providing assistance with the drafting of various commercial agreements from a local law perspective.

 Prior to working in Southeast Asia, Steve spent a significant amount of time studying and working in Kunming, China. Given the strategic cooperation agreement between Arion Legal and Yunnan Baqian Law Group, Steve’s proficiency in speaking Mandarin makes him a valuable asset and well-positioned to assist Chinese investors establish entities and expand their business in Lao PDR.

Steve holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Laws &  Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University, Melbourne). Steve speaks English and Mandarin.


E: stevegoddard@arionlegal.com

P: +856 (0) 20 5559 9430