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DFDL Announces New Head of Lao PDR Practice



Rupert Haw

Country Managing Director, Lao PDR

DFDL is delighted to announce the appointment of Rupert Haw as the new Country Managing Director (CMD) of its Lao PDR practice, effective 12 April 2014.

Rupert will replace the outgoing CMD, Brennan Coleman, who is leaving the firm to take up the role of RMA Group’s first General Counsel, located in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rupert initially joined DFDL in Cambodia in 2006 and since then he has worked with the firm in Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Yangon before joining the Vientiane office in July 2012.  He was appointed Deputy Country Managing Director in Lao in May 2013. He is a highly experience lawyer, with outstanding experience in telecommunications, corporate finance and M&A in South East Asia, and he has strong credentials in regulatory and operational risk management in emerging economies. 

Prior to joining DFDL, Rupert was a senior manager with Deloitte Forensic & Dispute Services in South Africa where he specialized in managing large fraud investigation and corruption cases.

“We are delighted that Rupert has agreed to take on the MD role of our Lao office,” says DFDL Chairman David Doran. “He is a highly experienced practitioner who understands the challenges and opportunities of working in emerging Asia.We look forward to working with Rupert in building our excellent Lao practice and maintaining our position as the preeminent law firm in Vientiane.”David also paid tribute to outgoing CMD, Brennan Coleman. “Brennan has done a fantastic job over the last few years, and on behalf of the entire firm I would like to thank him for his efforts at DFDL.

We wish him the very best in his exciting new role.”ENDSNote to editorsDFDL is the leading international law firm specializing in emerging South East Asian markets.  


Founded in 1994 it provides expert legal and tax advice to a range of multinational and domestic companies and financial institutions.  It has 290 people – including 130 lawyers – located in offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Bangladesh and Indonesia.