asialaw Analysis

General business law

Established in 1994, DFDL provides legal services in M&A, employment, infrastructure and tax matters. The firm has a deep local knowledge and understanding of the legal and tax regulations and policies. The firm’s key contacts include Kristy Newby, Audray Souche and Vinay Ahuja.

Client feedback

“Responsive and delivers in a timely manner.” – Regulatory

Audray Souche

“Audray is knowledgeable, experienced, and a problem-solver.”

Work highlights

Advised a consortium of Thai lenders in relation to the financing of the Xayaburi Power Project.

Advised Mekong Timber Plantations on a $12 million financing transaction for a processing facility in Laos.

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins has been based in Laos for 25 years and continues to provide an extensive range of legal services. The Vientiane office is particularly noted for its work in energy, TMT, intellectual property and regulatory. Dino Santaniello heads the firm’s office and is valued for his ability to connect the business community with the Lao government authorities.

Work highlights

Advised a local engineering and construction firm on the joint development of a hydroelectric power plant in Laos.

Acted for a leading alcoholic beverage company in arbitration regarding the accumulated debt of their local distributor.


The Vientiane office of VDB Loi provides a high standard of legal and tax solutions for transactions and investment in Laos. In particular, the firm performs well in energy and infrastructure, banking and finance, and corporate and regulatory. The main contact is Daodeuane Duangdara, who leads the firm’s tax team and advises clients in the banking, hydropower and mining sectors.

Client feedback

“Processes queries fast and responds on time.” – Labour and employment

Customer oriented, quick to respond, gives quality advice.” – Tax

Souknilanh Keolakhone

“Immediately attends to the customer’s needs; operates professionally.”

Work highlights

Advised a leading power company based in Hong Kong regarding a 600MW cross-border Laos-Vietnam wind project.

Assisted Ratch Lao Services with the acquisition of shares in the largest private hospital in Laos.

Advised China CITIC Bank on drafting a corporate guarantee agreement.


In business since 2009, ZICO Law operates its Vientiane office with a team of experienced foreign and Laotian lawyers. The firm has seen solid growth in the areas of sustainable energy, transportation, fintech, aviation, and telecommunications. Managing partner Aristotle David specialises in banking and finance, corporate commercial, IP and real estate.

Client feedback

“Gives quick and appropriate feedback.” – Regulatory

Aristotle David

“Friendly, trustworthy and efficiently handles the customer’s needs.”

Work highlights

Advised one of the largest sustainable tree plantation investments in Laos regarding its business expansion.

Advised a mining and exploration company in Laos on the investment acquisition of mining exploration projects in Laos.