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Legal Services | Lao PDR

tel: +856 21 242 068 | fax: +856 21 218 422
Unit 01, House 004 Phai Nam Road | Vientiane | Lao PDR

DFDL's Overview

DFDL was established in Lao PDR in 1994, as the first officially authorized foreign legal and tax consultancy. Licensed by the Lao authorities as legal and tax advisers, our Firm is permitted to advise foreign investors and international organizations on all aspects of Lao law. Our foreign and Laotian advisers are fully committed to providing international standard services coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the local environment.

Our clients include major international and Asian foreign investors participating in foreign direct investment in the Lao PDR, including large international financial institutions. We have been involved in most major projects in the Lao PDR since the office opened in 1994, including virtually all large hydro-electricity and mining projects as well as the first thermal power project in the Lao PDR.

DFDL has an award-winning practice in the Lao PDR, where we recently received project finance deal of the year for the Hongsa Mine-Mouth Power Project and an honorable mention for its role as the Lao PDR counsel to the lenders and the Lao PDR counsel to the developers on the USD 650 million Theun Hinboun Hydropower Expansion Project, which closed in late 2008.

Described in Legal 500 as being “very professional” and offering “excellent local experience and expertise”, DFDL’s legal advisers have an outstanding reputation for offering personalized legal services covering a broad scope of legal issues.


  • Year this Office was Established: 1994
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 140

Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Carbon Credit Trading
  • Compliance
  • Copyright
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Hospitality
  • Hydropower
  • Immigration Law
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Other Renewable and Green Energy
  • Patents
  • Power Projects
  • Public Sector Consultancy
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development and Construction
  • Retail
  • Road
  • Securities
  • Tax & Customs
  • Tax Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Telecoms
  • Trade & Commerce
  • Trademarks
Representative Clients
Air France
ANZ Banking Group
Asian Development Bank
British American Tobacco
British Embassy
Brocon Group
China Development Bank
Coca Cola Sabco
Dragon Air
Elixir Gaming Technologies, Inc.
Esso / Exxon
GE International
Hwang DBS Commercial Bank
Independent Towers
JSM Group
Lan Airlines
Levi Strauss
Maruhan Japan Bank
Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd.
Nokia Siemens
Nestlé Dairy (Cambodia) Ltd.
Nittetsu Mining
Philip Morris International
Posco E&C
Royal Group of Companies
Sime Darby
Sojitz Corporation
TeliaSonera UTA Holding B.V.
U.S. Embassy
Western Union Financial Service
World Bank
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd


Jack Sheehan

Jack SheehanPartner, Regional Tax Practice Group


Rupert Haw

Rupert HawManaging Director, Lao PDR


Karouna Sunthorn

Karouna SunthornRegional Marketing & Business Development Manager


Cambodia investment update for May 2016
DFDL, May 2016

The Law on Trade Unions is intended to: (a) provide rights and freedom for enterprises, establishments and persons governed by the provisions of the 1997 Labour Law and persons serving in air and maritime transportation and (b) sets out the organization and functioning of professional organizations of employees and employers.  This law includes provisions related to, among other things, the establishment, operation, dissolution, rights and obligations and dispute resolution concerning professional organizations of employees and employers...

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DFDL a finalist in ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2016
DFDL, May 2016

DFDL has been shortlisted for Thailand Law Firm of the Year and Vietnam Law Firm of the Year categories at the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2016. Martin Desautels is also one of the finalists for Managing Partner of the Year. ALB is owned by Thomson Reuters and recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Southeast Asia’s leading law firms and in-house legal teams, as well as the top deals and dealmakers. The winners will be announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony on 20 May at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore...

David Doran interviewed by The Business Year
DFDL, May 2016

DFDL Chairman David Doran was recently interviewed by international magazine The Business Year on his thoughts on the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). He took the opportunity to make a number of comments regarding trends for the renewable energy sector and PPPs in Thailand and beyond. The Business Year publishes a number of country-specific editions featuring interviews with government and industry leaders...

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