IFLR 1000 2020
Tier 1 – Cambodia & Myanmar
Active – Lao PDR
Tier 3 – Thailand & Vietnam
ASIALAW PROFILES 2020
Highly Recommended – Lao PDR & Thailand
Recommended – Vietnam
Outstanding – Cambodia & Myanmar
LEGAL 500 2019
Tier 3 – Thailand
Tier 4 – Vietnam
2018 Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards
Innovation in Accessing New Markets and Capital
IFLR 1000 2018
Project Finance Deal of the Year – Myanmar
Our Banking and Finance team has the expertise and insights to assist clients navigate the complexities of emerging market and provide commercially focused legal & tax advice based on experience in acting for leading banking & financial institutions. By combining international experience and local legal experts, we have built a reputation as premier financial legal advisers in developing ASEAN and beyond.
We act for several domestic and international banks both lenders and borrowers, sponsors, private and institutional investors, insurance companies, development banks, governments, agencies and state owned enterprises in their domestic and cross-border finance transactions including commercial and institutional lending, acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, securitization and structured finance, derivatives, secured and unsecured transactions, and regulatory advice and compliance.
DFDL is a member of numerous legal panels of leading financial institutions, including ANZ Group, Standard Chartered Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Asian Development Bank.
Our goal is to provide clients with practical legal advice to fit their expectations in these markets. We strive to offer the best solutions, while retaining a focus on the commercial aspects of your business.
We have extensive experience, locally and internationally, drafting loan and security agreements, financial leasing agreements, providing legal opinions, and advising on local law and practice. We have been involved in many of the Mekong Region’s landmark investment projects as well as representing investors in small projects that serve the local communities in the region.
We represent banks and financial institutions, private equity funds and corporates in connection with the financing of mergers, equity or asset acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and other similar transactions. Our team has extensive experience related to cross-border acquisition financings, including the timely and efficient creation and perfection of security interests in many different types of collateral in multiple jurisdictions.
We are also advisers to sponsors, funders, and governments on the financing aspects of projects in a range of industry sectors. We have been involved in some of the groundbreaking hydropower and infrastructure projects in the Mekong Region. Over the past twenty-three years, DFDL has advised on major power projects in excess of USD 25 billion and 17 gig watts.
We have structured transactions that were unprecedented under legal systems in the region. As such, we played a key role in developing the transactional structure and form documentation in many sectors. We have built strong relationships with governments and the private sector by assisting in legal and regulatory reform. As these governments and businesses have progressed throughout the past twenty-three years, we have grown alongside them. Helping to shape the regulatory environment has deepened DFDL’s ground level knowledge and expertise thus allowing us to offer the best legal services available to our markets and clients.
The market for derivatives and structured products in the region is in an adolescent phase of development, but with the region’s fast-growing banking sector, there are many opportunities for local and international market entrants. As the global reach of the financial centers in emerging Asia has expanded, the offshore trading of many emerging market currency derivatives has risen as well. Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the laws and business issues governing local financial systems applicable to derivative transactions in the region. From structuring to documenting and closing, we tailor seamless solutions to specific financial, regulatory, and tax requirements across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.
The DFDL Fintech Practice team, currently part of the Banking & Finance Practice Group, advises a large array of clients from start-up across a wide range of fintech industry segments to major multinational conglomerates, banks, financial institutions, financial services companies, insurance companies and venture capital firms, asset managers, private equity houses focus on fintech domain.
Within each of these industry sectors, our highly regarded advisers have experience in a wide range of transactions in Asia and further afield. We have developed a close-knit team with the capabilities to understand our clients and offer the best possible legal and tax advice.
Partner, Head of DFDL India Desk, Head of the Regional Banking and Finance Practice Group & Head of the Indonesia Practice Group