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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, 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


L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Jack Sheehan

Jack SheehanPartner, Regional Tax Practice Group


Danyel Thomson

Danyel ThomsonHead of Regional Employment Practice Group


Kristy Newby

Kristy NewbyManaging Director, Lao PDR


Cambodia: Procedures and Implementation Guidelines for Checklist in Preparing the Initial Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report
DFDL, September 2021

On 29 June 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”) issued five new Prakas pursuant to Prakas No. 021 dated 3 February 2020 on the Classification of Environmental Impact Assessments (“EIA”) for Development Projects. These new Prakas determine the procedures and implementation guidelines for checklists used to prepare initial environmental and social impact assessment (“IEIA”) reports. These Prakas aim to facilitate both public and private ?project development owners in preparing IEIA reports and streamlining the procedures to approve IEIA reports in the following specific fields: Prakas No...

Cambodia: Use of Khmer Language and Currency in Financials and Onsite Inspections
DFDL, September 2021

September 2021 has seen the issuance of Circular 009 on the Usage of Khmer Language and Currency in Accounting Records and Financial Statements (“Circular 009”) and Notification No. 355 on Inspection Visits and Implementation of Interim Fines for Violations of Law on Accounting and Audit (“Notification 355”). We set out the salient points in Circular 009 and Notification 355 below for your reference. Circular 009 dated 1 September 2021 The 2016 Law on Accounting and Auditing (Royal Kram No. NS/RKM/0416/006 dated 11 Apr 2016) and Sub-decree 79 (ANKr...

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DFDL Thailand Participates in 3 Internship Virtual Roadshow Events Held in September
DFDL, September 2021

Over the month of September, DFDL Thailand took part in 3 virtual internship roadshow events conducted by Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University...

Jude Ocampo Listed as Top Philippines Lawyer 2021 by Asia Business Law Journal
DFDL, September 2021

Asia Business Law Journal recently released its 2021 report on the Top 100 Lawyers in the Philippines...

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