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DFDL receives top recognition in the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers report


DFDL was the highest ranked of all Southeast Asian firms, entering the ranking FT Law 25 at number 13 of the top 25 ranked firms in Asia Pacific. In the category Business of Law, DFDL came in at fifth place of all firms based in the Asia Pacific region, receiving the “Highly Commended” recognition.

Finally, in the category of Finance, DFDL came in at № 7 of 25 ranked firms in Asia Pacific. DFDL received high numbers in the category for its innovative work of the past year on the first non-recourse lending project in Myanmar (PAMEL) and the first non-recourse, domestic supply hydropower project in the Lao PDR (Nam Lik 1).

“We at DFDL are very proud to be recognized by this prestigious publication for the innovative legal services we regularly provide to our clients in the ASEAN region,” Martin Desautels, Managing Partner, remarked.

David D. Doran, Founder and Chairman, commented: “We are very happy to be ranked among well-established law firms that operate in economies that are far more developed than our markets. It is a recognition of our progressive thinking, innovative solutions and contributions to the legal community.

Nearly 500 submissions from 114 law  firms in the region were received and  hundreds of interviews were conducted with clients, experts and lawyers  to determine the shortlist. More than 300 clients, senior lawyers and executives gave feedback and discussed the most innovative law firms and lawyers in the region with the research team.