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DFDL  

Legal Services | Lao PDR

www.dfdl.com
tel: +856 21 242 068 | fax: +856 21 218 422
Unit 01, House 004 Phai Nam Road, Xieng Yeun Village, Chanthabouly | Vientiane | Lao PDR


Main Contacts

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Kristy Newby

Kristy NewbyManaging Director, Lao PDR

David Doran

David DoranFounding Partner

DFDL's Overview

DFDL was established in 1994 in the Lao PDR and was built on a unique vision: to create an integrated legal and tax firm with in-depth knowledge of our jurisdiction so as to provide technical excellence across our core areas of expertise.

Our Lao office has the experience and insights to assist clients to navigate the complexities of this emerging market and to provide commercially-focused advice, based on over twenty years of experience in this jurisdiction.

Described in Legal 500 as being: very professional, and offering: excellent local experience and expertise, DFDL’s Lao and foreign advisers have an outstanding reputation for offering focused 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
  • China-ASEAN Capital Advisory Company Ltd
  • Dominion Metals Pty Ltd
  • Hongsa Lignite
  • Nam Lik 1-2 Hydropower
  • Nam Ngum 2 Hydropower
  • Nam Ngum 3 Hydropower
  • Nam Ngum 5 Hydropower
  • Nam Theun 1 Hydropower
  • Nam Theun 2 Hydropower
  • Phu Bia Mining Project
  • Sepon Gold and Copper Mine
  • Theun Hinboun Hydropower
  • Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower
Professionals

Partners

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Jack Sheehan

Jack SheehanPartner, Regional Tax Practice Group



Advisers

Danyel Thomson

Danyel ThomsonHead of Regional Employment Practice Group


Other

Kristy Newby

Kristy NewbyManaging Director, Lao PDR

Articles

Cambodia: New Prakas on Formalities of Certification Work of Architectural Design and Structural Design
DFDL, January 2022

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (“MLMUPC”) issued a new Prakas No. 109 on 22 November 2021 on the Formalities for Certification Work of Architectural Design and Structural Design (“Prakas 109”). The purpose of this Prakas 109 is to regulate the formalities of inspection and certification works in order to implement the Sub-Decree No. 225 on the Condition and Procedures of Construction Inspection and Certification issued on 30 December 2020. This Prakas 109 sets out the classification, types and sizes of the building that required the inspection and certification of the drawings as a mandatory and voluntary basis...

Thai Cabinet Passes New Draft Resolution Easing Restrictions on Cross-Border Transactions and Commercial Activities
DFDL, December 2021

On 23 November 2021 The Thai Cabinet passed a resolution permitting the amendment of Ministerial Regulation No. 13 (the “Regulation”) under the Exchange Control Act (1942) which relaxes a lot of the rules on cross-border transactions, online activities and e-commerce matters. The amendments, among other things, includes: Allowing permitted persons (business operators) to accept foreign currency via sources other than bank notes (i.e. debit cards, credit cards issued by foreign banks, electronic transfers etc.). Previously, only duly licensed operators were permitted to operate or engage in foreign currency exchange activities...

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Press

DFDL Receives Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 Awards
DFDL, January 2022

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 edition is out! DFDL has been recognized as Top Tier Firm in 5 practice areas and recommended in 10. 8 DFDL lawyers have received an award: 5 are listed in the elite “Leading Lawyers” group and 3 in the “Next Generation Lawyers” group. We are very pleased to have maintained the rankings of our practices and lawyers for this 2022 edition. We are very proud of our Vietnam Corporate and M&A practice which has improved and got ranked Tier 2 for 2022. Our deepest congratulations to our hard-working Partners and their team for their resilience, dedication, and commitment throughout 2021...

Shahwar Nizam Listed as Top Bangladesh Lawyer by Asia Business Law Journal
DFDL, January 2022

DFDL is pleased to announce that our Partner and Bangladesh Managing Director, Shahwar Nizam, has been ranked as Bangladesh Top Lawyer by Asi

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