Banking, Finance & Technology

2022 Awards

IFLR 1000 2022

Tier 1 – Cambodia, Lao PDR & Myanmar

Tier 3 – Thailand & Vietnam


Outstanding – Myanmar

Highly Recommended – Cambodia, Lao PDR & Thailand

Recommended – Vietnam


Band 3 – Bangladesh

LEGAL 500 2022

Tier 3 – Thailand

Tier 4 – Vietnam

Our Banking, Finance & Technology 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.

How we can help

  • Corporate Banking, Loan Syndication, and Cross-Border Lending

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.

  • Project Finance and Acquisition Finance

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.

  • Financial Services Regulation

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.

  • Securitization, Derivatives, and Structured Finance

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.

  • Financial Technologies

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.


Vinay Ahuja

Partner, Head of India Desk, Head of Regional Banking, Finance and Technology Practice  & Head of Indonesia Practice