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Southeast Asia Focus: How to Export Cosmetics to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar

Aye Thuzar Hlaing, David Mol, Dino Santaniello, Yuwadee Thean-ngarm
Thursday , 9th Dec 2021
Tilleke & Gibbins

With a burgeoning young population and a growing middle class, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are viewed as new frontiers for overseas companies in the beauty and cosmetics industry. Combined revenue in the beauty and personal care markets of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar amounts to 3.4 billion USD in 2021.

The large population of young people in these three countries is heavily engaged with global beauty trends and eager to embrace a modern lifestyle. Their increasing purchasing power and the value they place on the importance of skin and facial care is causing rapid growth in the demand for cosmetics and beauty products in particular, and the relative difficulties of securing quality local manufacturing present importers with excellent opportunities. By arriving early in the marketplace, brands can shape preferences for their cosmetics among the target consumers, and cosmetic imports can quickly become household names as the market develops. 

To that end, leading Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins is collaborating with ChemLinked to offer a multi-guest webinar to equip international companies with essential knowledge of the legal framework in each jurisdiction relating to the exportation of cosmetics products.

In this last episode of the Southeast Asia Focus Webinar series, four leading lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins’ offices in Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Yangon, will provide an overview of cosmetics regulations in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, discuss key elements of the regulatory framework, delve into compliance requirements and labeling essentials, and share practical advice for foreign cosmetic brands doing business in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask and receive answers live.

*From August to December, ChemLinked is teaming up with leading law firm Tilleke & Gibbins to host webinar series on Southeast Asia cosmetic regulations, including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Previous Sessions

Session I: How to Export Cosmetics to Thailand

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530-300-materials1x-7.pngWho Should Attend

  • Cosmetic companies whose target market is Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar or ASEAN countries; or

  • Companies who are interested in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar or ASEAN cosmetic regulations; or

  • Cosmetic companies who want to increase competitiveness level and win Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar consumers.



  • Overview of Cosmetics Regulations

  • Key Elements of the Regulatory Framework

  • Compliance Requirements (registration procedures, dossiers, etc.)

  • Cosmetic Labeling Essentials

  • Practical Advice for Foreign Cosmetic Brands Doing Business in Southeast Asia’s Market

  • Live Q&A

*The final outline may be subject to subtle revision

Speech Order

  • Cambodia: Mr. David

  • Laos: Mr. Dino

  • Myanmar: Ms. Aye and Ms. Yuwadee

Contact Information

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  • Associate of Tilleke & Gibbins
    Aye Thuzar Hlaing is an associate in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Myanmar office. Practicing primarily in the firm’s corporate and commercial group, she assists her clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including investment licensing and company establishment. She has extensive experience dealing with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration as well as the Myanmar Investment Commission, and has developed a deep familiarity with the working procedures and requirements of these bodies. Through her experience acting for clients in matters related to various regulatory authorities, Aye has also gained insight into the workings of many regulatory bodies in Myanmar, including the country’s Food and Drug Administration, the Plant Protection Division, the Plant Variety Protection Section, the Department of Agricultural Research, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the Posts and Telecommunications Department, the Central Bank of Myanmar, and the Department of Trade. Because of her deep practical understanding of regulatory regimes in Myanmar, she is frequently sought for her advice on regulatory affairs such as licensing, regulatory compliance, wholesale/retail registration and import/export matters. Aye previously worked at a leading commercial bank and the Myanmar office of a prominent international law firm, where she gained experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial law. She graduated with an LLB from the University of Dagon, and she holds diplomas in business law, international relations, and intellectual property law from the University of Yangon. She is a member of the Bar Council of Myanmar.
  • Associate of Tilleke & Gibbins
    David Mol is an associate in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Phnom Penh office. He assists both domestic and foreign clients on matters relating to intellectual property, licensing, regulatory affairs, and doing business in Cambodia. Prior to working at Tilleke & Gibbins, David advised the prosecution in the high-profile Khmer Rouge case before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He has also advised NGOs and nonprofit organizations in Cambodia on a range of commercial transactions, including financial and funding matters, real estate, employment relations, and regulatory affairs. David also has extensive experience advising the private sector on intellectual property and related enforcement issues, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other life science focused products. He is an active member of the firm’s Life Sciences Industry Group, and a trusted advisor to life sciences clients seeking to do business, protect their intellectual assets, and protect the public from harmful counterfeit products in Cambodia. David has been recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in The Legal 500’s guide to up-and-coming practitioners in the Asia Pacific. David received a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in public international law from the University of Amsterdam. With his international background and experience working in Cambodia, David has a strong local network of expats and Cambodians to facilitate the needs of his clients.
  • Head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ office in Laos
    Dino Santaniello is the head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ office in Laos. He has broad experience across many fields of law, including patents and trademarks, privacy and data protection, corporate establishment, licensing, and commercial transactions. Dino advises both domestic and international companies on legal matters in Laos and Thailand, and based on the strengths of his client service and legal expertise, is recognized as leading lawyer in Laos by Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR 1000, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Dino worked as an in-house counsel in the insurance and oil and gas industries. During this time, he advised on corporate and commercial issues, as well as intellectual property matters such as trade secrets and restrictive covenants. Dino has spent significant time in studying foreign languages with the aim of helping inbound investors entering into Asian markets. He is fluent in French, English, Lao, and Thai, and he is conversant in Korean.
  • Director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Office in Myanmar
    Yuwadee Thean-ngarm is the director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ office in Myanmar, having moved to oversee the firm’s Yangon office in 2013 after a decade as an attorney-at-law and litigator in the firm’s Bangkok office. She is recognized as a leading lawyer in Myanmar by IFLR 1000 and Asialaw Leading Lawyers, and in 2019 was named one of the brightest young lawyers in Asia in Asian Legal Business’ annual “Top 40 Under 40” list. She advises clients on the full range of intellectual property and corporate and commercial matters under the fast-developing legal framework in Myanmar. With her deep understanding of the needs of international business in Myanmar, along with her broad practical experience overseeing legal work across virtually all practice areas, she assists her clients in developing strategies for corporate success in Myanmar. In her corporate and commercial work, Yuwadee is especially active in advising foreign investors seeking to do business in Myanmar. She oversees a wide variety of matters, including business strategy and planning, company structuring and formation, law and legal updates, labor and employment, and tax. Yuwadee has extensive expertise in advising clients across diverse industries, such as banking and finance, chemicals, energy, logistics, manufacturing, service and trading, and telecommunications. On the intellectual property side, Yuwadee guides global and regional businesses in protecting their assets under the country’s new and still-developing regulatory framework for trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and copyright. Yuwadee is also well known for promoting cross-border business in her role as secretary general of the Thai Business Association of Myanmar. She is a formidable thought leadership contributor, providing legal expertise to World Bank research projects on investment, employment, and property in Myanmar, and is a frequent speaker in regional seminars and events on various corporate and commercial and intellectual property topics. Besides her experience in Myanmar, Yuwadee is a member of the Thai Bar Association and the Lawyers Council of Thailand, with significant experience appearing before Thailand’s trademark registrar, Board of Trademarks, and Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (IP&IT Court).