Southeast Asia & The Pacific

ASEAN is currently the fifth largest economy in the world and one of the fastest growing. Covering this dynamic region of growth and opportunity is our Southeast Asia & the Pacific team, which includes seasoned former American and foreign diplomats who have lived and worked in the region for decades.

Our Southeast Asia team is led by former US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake, Jr. and includes former US Ambassadors to the Philippines John D. Negroponte and Thomas C. Hubbard; former US Ambassador to Thailand William H. Itoh; and former US Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher LaFleur.

In the Southeast Asian region, McLarty’s Singapore presence is led by Steven Okun, supported by our people on the ground in Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.

In Indonesia and Vietnam, MA has helped firms navigate the complex regulatory environments, and build relationships with a wide range of high-level government and private sector partners, leveraging our extensive knowledge of these countries and wide network of contacts in sectors ranging from tech to cybersecurity to agriculture and energy.

In the Philippines, MA has worked with several companies to mitigate political risks and navigate the bureaucracy to resolve business and product registration issues for companies in a variety of sectors.

Our experts have a nuanced understanding of US interests and relationships that extends from Southeast Asia to Australia and New Zealand, enabling us to craft innovative solutions, connect and leverage contacts, and help clients reach their goals throughout the region.

Southeast Asia & the Pacific

With former ambassadors to every market of consequence in East Asia, and resources on the ground in Beijing, Singapore, and four other Asian markets, we offer our clients in-depth local and regional coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific region.


We’ve lived in or worked on:

  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • The Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • APEC

We speak:

  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Vietnamese
  • Thai
  • Tamil

Our Regional Team

Based in the region