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L-Martin Desautels

L-Martin Desautels

Regional Managing Partner


  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Energy
  • Foreign Direct Investment

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WSG Regional Council
Past Member
DealMaker Group
WSG in Asia Group
WSG Main Group
Dispute Resolution Group
Martin is the Managing Partner of DFDL and has been practicing law in the ASEAN Region since 1999. He specialized in International Banking and Finance Law at the London School of Economics. As head of DFDL Banking & Finance Practice Group, he has been counseling a diversified group of foreign investors, including investments funds, international banks and large Asian investors, on their investment in the ASEAN Region. Martin has also advised various governmental entities under technical assistance projects (notably for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Union) on various aspects of the development of investment, regulatory and legal frameworks. He heads the DFDL ASEAN Task Force, which examines the legal intricacies of all the ASEAN Agreements and their impact on foreign investors. He speaks English, French, basic Vietnamese and Khmer.
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance | Corporate & Commercial | Energy | Foreign Direct Investment | Hydropower | Infrastructure | Licensing | Mergers & Acquisitions | Other Renewable and Green Energy | Power Projects


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...

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...

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