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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
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  • Banking & Finance
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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


Jerome Buzenet

Jerome BuzenetPartner; Managing Director, Vietnam

L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin DesautelsRegional Managing Partner

Tran Thi Vu Hanh

Tran Thi Vu HanhPartner, Vietnam; Senior Legal Adviser


Elizabeth Davey

Elizabeth DaveyLegal Adviser


Myanmar Tax Update: Additional COVID-19 Tax Relief for Businesses in Myanmar
DFDL, June 2020

The Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry (“MOPFI”) issued Notification No 65/2020 (“Notification 65”) which outlines additional forms of tax relief that can be availed by businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar. This Notification is issued in line with the fiscal stimulus provided under Myanmar’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan and the President’s Executive Order Concerning the Union Tax Law as recently issued on 12 June 2020...

Aviation in Southeast Asia Beyond the Horizon - Cambodia 10 Key Q&As
DFDL, June 2020

For the aviation sector, the first half of 2020 has sadly been defined by the many challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in operational and economic disruption across the globe. Now six months in, the industry is taking stock, adapting strategies and mapping out future plans for business post Covid-19. Aviation’s emergence from this crisis will need to involve practical measures, including insolvency proceedings, the re-negotiation of aircraft leases, corporate triage to determine what aspects of an aviation business can be saved and how investors can recover their interests to the fullest possible extent...

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Vinay Ahuja Moderates India Thai Chamber of Commerce Panel Discussion on Thailand Economic Outlook
DFDL, June 2020

On 29 May 2020, the India-Thai Chamber of Commerce organized a panel discussion with industry experts on Thailand Economic Outlook – All is not lost. DFDL Partner, Vinay Ahuja, took the helm in moderating this insightful discussion between two key experts: Amonthep Chawla (EVP, Head of Research CIMB THAI Bank) and Adisorn V. Singhsacha (Founder & CEO of Twin Pine Group). The experts discussed the current Thai economic situation and climate over the past few months in light of the COVID-19 crisis and its resulting impacts and what to expect in the upcoming months...

Paul Volodarsky Co-moderates Panel Discussion on the Relationship Between Hotel Owners & Operators During the COVID-19 Crisis
DFDL, May 2020

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