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DFDL Mekong Regional Brochure

  1. 1. “The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them” Thomas Jefferson
  2. 2. UNIQUE FOCUS OUR UNIQUE FOCUS IS YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THE MEKONG REGION Not all law firms are alike. Each is guided by distinct principles, focus and capabilities affecting every aspect of your experience. As the Mekong Region’s leading law firm, DFDL Mekong is no exception. More than 15 years ago, our firm was built on the foundation of a unique vision: to build an integrated, international standard law firm with in-depth local knowledge of the countries of the Mekong Region, while providing effective, accurate, efficient and personalized legal services. Today, under the leadership of our six principals, our vision is a reality, with more than 90 multicultural lawyers and legal advisers serving our clients throughout eight offices across the five countries in the region. We pledge to provide you with effective, accurate, efficient and personal legal services: Effective means that we care about achieving results, not just providing advice. Accurate means that we will always uphold the highest standards of our profession, which, even in the region’s sometimes opaque and unpredictable legal systems, inspires us to give you clear, accurate and targeted legal advice closely tailored to your needs. Efficient means that we care about your bottom line, and we do not waste unnecessary resources on your projects. Personal means that our lawyers are committed in the success of your business and the transactions or disputes that you place under their care. DFDL Mekong provides a truly uniform regional service under our “One Firm One Region” operating doctrine. Our principals and senior advisers all have experience across the region and can give you the local expertise and regional perspective you need to successfully invest in and operate a business in the Mekong region. CLIENT SUCCESS IS THE TRUE MEASURE OF OUR FIRM DFDL Mekong’s success lies not only with our deep local insight and connections in the region to assist in every phase of your investment, but also with our commitment to providing you, our clients, the highest degree of excellence in service and, above all, results. Many law firms active in this region try to service their clients from major business centers outside the region. We at DFDL Mekong know that the legal services you need to make your investment successful cannot be provided on a “fly-in” basis. Our regional presence in eight offices spanning five countries gives you the ability to obtain legal and consulting advice through an integrated network. Our team works closely together to ensure you obtain the most up to date advice on all aspects of your investments.
  3. 3. SERVICES PERSONALIZED SERVICE IS IN THE DETAILS Whether you need legal assistance on one aspect of Based on your needs, throughout the course of your a deal, or a step by step approach from conception business operation, we will assist with the following: to fruition, DFDL Mekong will guide you through each step of the process. Examples of our services during Advice on labor law, employment contracts and the investment phase include: related matters Registration and protection of intellectual property Issuing legal opinions on local law and procedure Corporate governance Conducting legal due diligence for all types of Debt or equity financing transactions, including project finance, mergers Dispute resolution and acquisitions Environmental regulations Obtaining business or project licenses Tax compliance Drafting joint venture agreements and other All other commercial matters commercial contracts Incorporating and registering companies Assisting with legal aspects of financing and banking Leasing and purchasing of residential and commercial property Tax and investment planning and structuring 2
  4. 4. EXPERTISE OUR EXPERTISE IS YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE As a full service law firm, DFDL Mekong provides legal and advisers have practical knowledge of the various services in nearly all sectors and practice areas. forms of ownership, taxation, zoning and regulation of For a complete list of our practice areas and business sectors, land use throughout the Mekong Region. We will assist please visit our website at www.DFDLMekong.com. you with all aspects of your invesment, from structuring complex real estate transactions to drafting and The team at DFDL Mekong has developed special negotiating all legal documentation. expertise in a number of specific practice areas. This special expertise is made available to our clients through Taxation regional practice groups with experts in each country attending to every aspect of your legal requirements. DFDL Mekong specializes in providing tax planning and These practice groups are aligned with the major sectors structuring advice throughout the Mekong Region (and for investments in the region. offshore) to ensure that your business will benefit from the lowest tax burden legally possible. We will develop By focusing on these specialized areas of practice, our the optimum tax structure for your transaction. Members lawyers and advisers are able to leverage expertise for our of our tax practice group have the technical know-how clients and provide an unparalleled quality service, helping and experience to deal with a variety of tax issues, including you achieve your goals in the region. purchase price allocations, preserving net operating loss carryovers, and maximizing amortization and depreciation Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance benefits. We also have extensive experience in drafting DFDL Mekong has considerable experience in the energy complex contractual provisions relating to tax representations sector in the Mekong Region. We have advised on major and indemnities. projects worth billions of dollars. These range from large DFDL Mekong assists clients with corporate, partnership hydropower projects in Laos and Cambodia, to pipelines and individual tax, real estate transactions, mergers and IPPs in Vietnam, to renewable energy projects in and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, leveraged leases, Thailand. We have also advised on major roads, ports, exempt organizations, employee benefits, trusts and bridges, water treatment facilities, transmission lines, estates, estate planning and tax controversy work. Clients railroads, airports and telecommunications projects. in this area range in size from individual investors and DFDL Mekong’s project finance experience is deep and diverse, SMEs to large established multi-region and international with an emphasis on providing viable solutions to enable corporate groups. successful financing of projects in the region’s sometimes underdeveloped legal environment. DFDL Mekong has Corporate and Commercial extensive understanding and recognized expertise in a wide array of finance and secured lending transactions: assisting Our corporate and commercial practice group will banks, international financial institutions, hedge funds, provide you with knowledge that can only come from mining companies, power companies, insurance companies more than 15 years experience advising a comprehensive and other institutional and commercial lenders, as well as and varied client base on a wide range of commercial borrowers, equity investment groups and individual investors. and corporate matters. From large multinational corporations to local small to medium-sized enterprises, we have Our lawyers’ and advisers’ unique knowledge and considerable expertise on a wide range of corporate and capabilities, along with strong dedication to client commercial legal matters, including cross border transactions, service, allow us to complete energy, infrastructure mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory, technical and financial transactions in the region in a timely and assistance, commercial and corporate governance and successful manner. compliance matters. Our mergers and acquisitions expertise has been Real Estate Practice acknowledged by Asia Counsel through “Deal of the Whether your real estate transactions and disputes Year” awards in 2007 and 2009 for two regional are routine or complex, DFDL Mekong’s real estate telecommunication mergers. In year 2009, “Asian Legal practice group represents developers, investors, lenders Business” has selected DFDL Mekong as the best private and businesses in the acquisition, development, equity & venture capital boutique firm in both Vietnam financing, sale and leasing of real estate. Our lawyers and Thailand. 3
  5. 5. PEOPLE IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR FIRM At DFDL Mekong we are only as good as our people. Fortunately, we are dedicated to hiring, keeping and making available to you the best legal minds in the region. Here are some more insights into the talented and diverse people making DFDL Mekong’s guiding principles work for you. DAVID DORAN THIERRY GOUGY Partner and Chairman Partner; Managing Director, Vietnam Managing Director, Thailand Thierry.Gougy@dfdlmekong.com David.Doran@dfdlmekong.com Based in Vietnam, Thierry is a French qualified lawyer with Having started his legal career at the Bangkok office of a more than 15 years of experience on M&A and privatization, major international law firm in 1992, David recognized the infrastructure projects, taxation and technical assistance to need for a regional law firm with exceptional customer local governments. He has worked in Asia for more than 10 service and specialized local knowledge. In 1994 David years, seven of which were spent in Vietnam, first with Gide founded DFDL Mekong with three other attorneys, in Loyrette Nouel and then with Pricewaterhouse Coopers Legal. Prior to joining DFDL Mekong, Thierry was the managing Vientiane, Laos. In 1995, he set up DFDL Mekong’s office lawyer for the Hong Kong and Guangzhou offices of French in Phnom Penh. In 2003, David relocated to Thailand law firm, Lefe�vre Pelletier & Associes. Before moving to the to establish the firm’s Bangkok office, and to supervise Mekong region, Thierry was partner at a leading commercial hydropower and other energy projects in Laos. Currently law firm, Naciri & Associes in Casablanca, Morocco. Thierry David is the Managing Director of the Thai offices, and the attended Universite Paris Dauphine where he studied Chairman of DFDL Mekong. international business and administration and business law David’s practice focuses on energy, infrastructure, project at Universite Pantheon Assas (Paris II). He is a graduate of the finance and mergers & acquisitions. He heads, together Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). with Martin Desautels, the firm’s Energy Infrastructure and Languages: French, English, basic Vietnamese and Mandarin Finance Practice Group. EDWIN VANDERBRUGGEN David was born in Bangkok. He is a member of the California Partner; Managing Director, Regional Tax Group and Washington State Bar Associations, and has a Juris Edwin.Vanderbruggen@dfdlmekong.com Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of As the “go-to” tax specialist, Edwin is regularly called on Law, where he served on the Law Review. to train and assist government tax department officials Languages: English, French throughout the Mekong region. Based out of our Phnom Penh, Cambodia office, he advises multinational enterprises L-MARTIN DESAUTELS and international organizations in the field of taxation. Edwin Regional Managing Partner previously taught tax and international law at numerous Managing Director, Cambodia universities in Belgium, The Netherlands and Thailand and Martin.Desautels@dfdlmekong.com continues to teach at prestigious universities throughout Martin’s experience in the Mekong Region dates back to the Mekong region. In addition, Edwin has published more 1999 when he worked on major energy projects in Hanoi, than 40 scientific articles in international legal journals and the first BOT power plant project in Vietnam: the Phu My 2-2 five books on international law, taxation and investment law Gas Power Plant Project. He has considerable experience on issues, some of which won scientific awards. Edwin holds a a variety of energy, infrastructure, project finance, secured LL.B. from University of Antwerp, Belgium and a LL.M. in tax lending and corporate transactions across the region, with law from Free University of Brussels, Belgium. special emphasis on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Martin Languages: Dutch, German, English, French and Thai joined DFDL Mekong in 2002 when the Firm went on a major regional expansion program setting-up offices in all Mekong MARCUS COLLINS Region countries. Martin is DFDL Mekong’s Regional Managing Partner; Head of Samui and Phuket, Thailand offices Partner and Managing Director of our Cambodia office. Marcus.Collins@dfdlmekong.com Marcus has more than 20 years experience advising clients Martin’s practice currently focuses on regional energy and on investing and operating businesses in Thailand. He has infrastructure projects, finance transactions, investment practiced in Thailand at some of the world most prestigious funds and other corporate work. He has worked on a variety firms including Allen & Overy, where he was a partner. of infrastructure projects throughout the Mekong Region, Marcus left Allen & Overy in 2003 to join McEvily & Collins. In notably port construction, railway development, toll bridge, search of new regional opportunities, Marcus merged his firm water plant facilities, telecommunication networks and gas- into DFDL Mekong in January 2010. His practice focuses on coal- heavy fuel- renewable- hydro power plants. general corporate/commercial work and property and finance Martin holds a LL.B. Sherbrooke University, Quebec, Canada transactions. and LL.M. from London School of Economics and is a Marcus has a LL.M. from Cornell Law School and a LL.B. from member of the Quebec Bar Association. Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He maintains Languages: English, French, basic knowledge of Vietnamese his membership with the New York State Bar Association and is and Khmer. also admitted in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Languages: English, Dutch, conversational Thai and German PANITI JUNHASAVASDIKUL Partner For more information on the DFDL Mekong Team visit us at Jpaniti@dfdlmekong.com www.dfdlmekong.com After working for 5 years with White & Case and Linklaters, Paniti merged his practice with and co-founded DFDL Mekong’s Bangkok office in 2007. Paniti’s practice focuses on corporate finance, energy, property finance, TMT & IT. He also advises on employment law and dispute resolutions. Paniti has a LL.B. from Chulalongkorn University and a LL.M. from University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law. Languages: Thai, English 4
  6. 6. “Common sense often makes good law” William Orville Douglas
  7. 7. ONE REGION ONE FIRM™ www.dfdlmekong.com BANGKOK PHUKET HANOI HO CHI MINH Thailand@dfdlmekong.com Phuket@dfdlmekong.com Vietnam@dfdlmekong.com Vietnam@dfdlmekong.com +66 (0) 2636 3282 +66 (0) 76 279 921 +84 (0) 4 3936 6411/2 +84 (0) 8 3910 0072 PHNOM PENH SAMUI VIENTIANE YANGON Cambodia@dfdlmekong.com Samui@dfdlmekong.com Laos@dfdlmekong.com Myanmar@dfdlmekong.com +855 (0) 2321 0400 +66 (0) 77 484 510 +856 (0) 21 242 068-70 +95 (0) 1 548 835