Standard Legal Service:
  BNO provides a full range of commercial and corporate legal services and litigation to foreign and local investors operating in Cambodia. The firm provides local legal expertise for every phase of an investment - from initial contacts, licensing, negotiations with the government and joint venture partners, land purchasing, leasing, and financing, to operational issues such as labor, taxation, corporate governance and other contractual matters. BNO's clients include many of the major investors in Cambodia. While there are other firms in the region that may handle the initial stages of the investment process, there are few who have the practical local experience and the in-country presence to advise at every stage of a client'sbusiness. Not only are we well equipped to handle the "upstream" licensing and negotiation stages of theinvestment process, but also the "downstream" legal issues that arise on a day to day basis.


Address: Phnom Penh Center, Building H. 7Floor, Room 781, corner Sihanouk (274) & Sothearos (3) Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Tel: (855-69) 699 498.

Atty. Ouk Ry
Founder and Senior partner

Is a Senior Partner of BNO based in Phnom Penh. He joined BNO in mid 2003. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a Master of Laws degree from Monash University, Australia. Ry is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand Bar and also a member of the Cambodian Bar Association. Mr. Ouk is responsible for investment projects in the real estate development, hotel, and project finance, (BOT), power projects, labor law, intellectual property, banking, agro-industry, and manufacturing, environmental law, and aviation law.
Working Experiences

Current consultant to ADB in Technical Assistance Project 7700 “Promoting Gender Equality in the Labour Market for More Inclusive Growth.  This assignment to do gender analysis of the legal framework on employment in Cambodia, specifically the labour laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Current consultant to CANARIAL in the Grant 0187-CAM (SF) project entitled “Capacity Development Assistance to the Railway Department of the Ministry of Public Work and Transport. The assignment is to (i) liaise with the international legal advisor to ensure that proposed legislation and regulatory frameworks or regimes are consistent with the laws of Cambodia or that they are workable within the context of the laws of Cambodia, (ii) prepare draft legislation or amendments in Khmer (iii) review and provide advice on legal agreements related to new railway line development or for the development of surplus railway land, and (iv) provide legal advice to the Department related to the staffing and recruitment of staff.  

Short term consultants to IFC/MPDF project entitled "Special Economic Zone Law (SEZ Law) Project in Cambodia".  Research laws and prepare reports on the current development of laws and regulations associated with SEZ and make recommendation to IFC/MPDF international consultants.

Consultants on ADB Project (ADB TA No. 4179) entitled "Reform Plan for Business Registration at the Ministry of Commerce". Research laws, and review draft Civil Procedure Code, draft Secured Transaction Laws, draft Commercial Enterprise Law and prepare reports on its consistencies with current laws of Cambodia; and make recommendations of same.

Consultant on ADB Project (ADB TA No. 4131-CAM) entitled "Preventing Poverty and Empowering Female Garment Workers Affected by the Changing International Trade Environment". Research Cambodian labor laws regulations. Prepare report on current labor laws and practice. Prepare summary of arbitral awards. Make recommendations to improve the labor law and its implementation.

UNDP Project on "Justice of the Peace 2007". Head of BNO research teams in conducting feasibility study on the possible introduction of Justice of the Peace. BNO prepared over 60 pages reports and is now published by UNDP

FROM: July 2003 TO: September 2003

HELD: Domestic Legal Expert
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES : Assist foreign legal experts and the CDC in drafting and finalization of BOT Law. The project is UNIDO funded in cooperation with the CDC. My primary role is assist in legal research and drafting and translation of the BOT Law with international consultant. Assisting the Task Force to understand the draft BOT Law and how project financing works in Cambodia.

FROM: August 2003 TO: Present :

EMPLOYER: BOU NOU OUK & Partners (law firm) :
POSITION HELD: Managing Partner

FROM: February 1998 TO: August 2003:

Dirksen Flipse Doran & Le (DFDL)/Mekong Law Group :
POSITION HELD: Legal Adviser/Attorney at Law

FROM: January 2001 TO: June 2001 :

EMPLOYER: Padeco Co., Ltd.
POSITION HELD:: Local Legal Counsel
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The project was an ADB technical assistance to prepare and issue final report on tourism planning to the Ministry of Tourism and the government of Cambodia. My primary role is to assist the foreign consultant drafting and translation of the Tourism Law and related tourism regulations (including Draft Law on Travel Agency, Regulation on Hotel Classification etc.) and advice on Cambodian laws and regulations relevant to the project. In addition I was given the task of reviewing and revising the draft law with the Ministry of Tourism Working Group and finalizing the draft law.

Other Legal Work Experiences
  • Labor Arbitrator at the Labor Arbitration Council, sat on the panel with arbitrators from the employee list and the Ministry of Labor list in over 50 cases during the six years term
  • Legal research on Cambodian laws and regulations, and international laws
  • Contractual drafting: Lease Agreement, Loan Agreement, Mortgage Agreement, Share Pledge Agreement, Share Purchase Agreement, Sales and Purchase Agreement etceteras.
  • Land transactions: Real estate development projects. Involve in advising and carrying out land sale and purchase. Title search and mortgage of land and assets.
  • Project finance: Advise client on obtaining financing for hotel project in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Advise IFC on its investments in a local Private Banks, power plant and soy milk factories.
  • Banking and insurance: Advise insurance companies on claims under the insurance policies and the Cambodian laws and regulations.
  • Commercial and secured transactions: Advise banks on secured lending and transactions. This includes preparation of the loan, mortgage and other securities agreements.
  • Tax: Give written legal advice to companies on their tax structure and compliance.
  • Provision of legal opinions for major foreign and private investors and international organizations on project finance (such as International Finance Corporation) on Cambodian laws.



He is a member of the Labor Arbitration Council, former Co-Chair of the Private Sector Working Group on Tourism, and President of the Cambodia Law Community. Mr. Ouk has been awarded by His Majesty the King the Medal of the Order of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

He is current Council member of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, member of the Council of Jurists, and Vice-President of the Cambodia Taekwondo Federation. Mr. Ouk is currently assigned by the Council of Jurists to advise the Secretariat of Civil Aviation on domestic and international aviation laws.

Contact Info:

Phone: (855-12) 858 695





Address: Phnom Penh Center, Building H.7Floor, Room 781, corner Sihanouk (274) & Sothearos (3) Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Basac, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: (855-69) 699 498.
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