Bretton G. Sciaroni

Bretton G. Sciaroni: Attorney with Sciaroni & Associates
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Bretton G. Sciaroni has been a lawyer and investment adviser in Phnom Penh since 1993, making him one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia in the modern era.

Focusing principally on commercial law, Mr. Sciaroni negotiated the first foreign investment in Cambodia under the 1994 foreign investment law. He also served as legal adviser to the Royal Cambodian Government's delegation to negotiate the release of assets frozen in the United States since the fall of the Lon Nol regime in 1975.

In 1995, he entered into a partnership with Tilleke & Gibbins International, the oldest law firm in Thailand, opening an office in Phnom Penh. In 2004, Sciaroni & Associates became independent.

In 1996, Mr. Sciaroni was named Legal Adviser to the Royal Government in a decree signed by King Norodom Sihanouk. He was reappointed to this position by Royal Decree in successive governments in 1999, 2004 and 2008. The position carries with it the rank of minister.

In addition to a number of other assignments, he was on the Cambodian government delegation that traveled to Quebec City, Canada in July 2008 to attend the 32nd Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, which inscribed the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site. He served in a similar capacity in 2009 at the World Heritage Committee's annual meeting in Seville, Spain.

Mr. Sciaroni also has served in a number of positions in the business community. Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of the International Business Club, an association that includes most of the multinational corporations in Cambodia. Along with the Minister of Finance, since 2000 Mr. Sciaroni has served as the Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Law, Tax and Good Governance. (Working Groups are sectoral committees that include both private sector and government delegates to discuss and resolve problems in the business community.)

Since 1998, he has served as Chairman of the American Cambodian Business Council. He was named vice chairman representing the ASEAN region for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) in 2012.

In 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2010 Mr. Sciaroni was the head of the private sector delegation to the Consultative Group meetings, held by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the donor community.

Mr. Sciaroni serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of entities, including banks, commercial enterprises and non-governmental institutions. Prior to coming to Cambodia, Mr. Sciaroni was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he still is a member of the bar. He also is a member of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Sciaroni has served in the U.S. Government, including positions at the White House and in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Sciaroni is a graduate of the U.C.L.A. School of Law and has received degrees from Georgetown University and Claremont McKenna College.

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  • Law and Investment
  • Government Relations

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Contact Information:
+855-23-210-225  Phone
+855-23-213-089  Fax
Mailing Address:
No. 24 Street 462, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Year of First admission:
1984, District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar.

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