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tel: +84 4 3936 6411 | fax: +84 4 3936 6413
9th floor, BIDV Tower | Hanoi | Vietnam

Main Contacts

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Jerome Buzenet

Jerome BuzenetPartner; Managing Director, Vietnam

David Doran

David DoranFounding Partner

DFDL's Overview

With its regional legal and tax expertise, DFDL has assisted clients in Vietnam since 1995, advising on both local and international legal and tax matters from its offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Drawing on more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the country and the Mekong region, DFDL has built a reputation as the preferred choice of legal and tax services provider in Vietnam, advising on all aspects of investments from general regulatory matters to commercially robust, complex and bespoke sophisticated transactions.

Providing international quality, seamlessly integrated, and relentlessly solution-oriented legal and tax services to establish, structure and protect our clients’ business interests, are key cornerstones of DFDL’s culture, approach and strategy worldwide. Positioned as the preeminent full-service, legal and tax integrated law firm in Vietnam, DFDL has developed a reputation for technical excellence, creativity and integrity coupled with in-depth knowledge of the local environment.

Our advisers have represented leading international and Asian investors in Vietnam, including leading international and Asian financial institutions. Our involvement in major projects in Vietnam includes major electricity projects, large real estate projects and mergers and acquisitions.

  • 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
  • ACA Investments
  • Agence Française de Développement
  • Agoda
  • ANZ
  • Arcelor Mittal
  • AREP
  • Audi Vietnam
  • China Development Bank
  • Clermont/Orchid Capital
  • CNC Hong Kong
  • EaDs
  • EDF
  • Fortis Inc.
  • Harvard University
  • HSBC
  • International Financial Corporation (IFC)
  • JCDecaux
  • JSM Group
  • Lagadère Active
  • L’Oréal
  • Maybank
  • Mekong CapitalMOIT
  • Molenbergnatie
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New Forests Asia
  • Nokia
  • Norfund
  • Openasia Group
  • OTIS Elevator Korea
  • Perenco
  • Prudential
  • Red Apron - Celliers D’Asie
  • Research In Motion (RIM)
  • Rhodia Energy
  • RMA Group
  • Siam Cement Group
  • Sodexo
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Timberland
  • TPG
  • Yves Rocher


Hoang Phong Anh

Hoang Phong AnhPartner, Vietnam; Head of Hanoi Legal Team

Jerome Buzenet

Jerome BuzenetPartner; Managing Director, Vietnam

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Huynh Dai Thang

Huynh Dai ThangPartner, Vietnam; Senior Legal Adviser


Supporting Your Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak
DFDL, March 2020

As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, we would like to reassure you that DFDL takes the needs and well-being of our clients, our people and local communities seriously. We have enacted plans across our offices to deliver uninterrupted service to our clients and we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. All members of DFDL remain ready to serve client needs and DFDL offices remain open, when allowed by local authorities.   DFDL has a well-established agile working program which enables remote working across all our offices and we have been implementing team rotations, where appropriate, without impacting our operations...

Cambodia Update: Relief Provided for Businesses Affected by COVID-19 and EBA
DFDL, February 2020

  In response to the impact of COVID-19 and the partial withdrawal of EBA benefits – see our update here – the Cambodian government have issued a number of regulations which are intended to provide some relief to affected businesses in Cambodia. We outline these updates below: Letter 1313 MEF – dated 25 February 2020 Notification no...

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Sokheng Say Speaks at Career Path in Accounting, Auditing & Tax Event in Phnom Penh
DFDL, September 2019

On 30 August 2019, Sokheng Say (DFDL Partner and Head of the Regional Accounting Advisory Practice Group) was invited to speak at a CamEd Business School event: Career Paths in Accounting, Auditing and Tax. This event was organized for the benefit of students who are studying and newly graduated students looking to join the accounting, audit and tax industry in Cambodia. Sokheng gave a presentation on Career Paths in the Accounting Profession. Sokheng is an internationally qualified accountant and a member of CPA Australia and CIMA United Kingdom...

DFDL Organize NZ-Cambodia Networking Event with Visiting Victoria University Delegation on 2 September 2019
DFDL, September 2019

DFDL were proud to host a networking event on 2 September 2019 welcoming a visiting Victoria University of Wellington (“ VUW ”) delegation from New Zealand to Phnom Penh. The purpose of the event was to forge closer business ties between Cambodia and New Zealand and explore business and investment opportunities that could be pursued in Cambodia through mutual cooperation and potential bilateral partnerships...

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