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DFDL strengthens its Myanmar team with Regional Partner William D Greenlee, Jr.

To meet the demands of our growing Myanmar practice, we are delighted to inform you that Mr. William D Greenlee, Jr., Partner and former head of our Indonesian practice, relocated earlier this month to our Myanmar office.


William D Greenlee, Jr.
Deputy Managing Director,
MyanmarHead of DFDL’s China Desk

He has taken up the position as Deputy Managing Director Myanmar, working with Managing Director and Partner James Finch and our team of five expatriates and six Myanmar lawyers based in our Yangon office.

William’s practice focuses on M&A and project finance and includes negotiating, structuring, documenting and managing large private equity and opportunity-fund companies and transactions. William holds a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon in Asian Studies with a minor in East Asian Literature and Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco, California. William is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Nevada, State Bar of California International Law Section and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and Bahasa Indonesian.

The DFDL Indonesia practice will be coordinated by DFDL’s Managing Director in Singapore, Mr Rashed Idrees (, and who will continue to work closely with DFDL’s local counsels with whom we work closely on all Indonesian law matters.

“DFDL has a long historical presence in Myanmar. The recent political and economic changes have brought a fast and growing interest from international investors for the country. To meet with this demand, we have significantly strengthened our teams of legal and tax advisers over the past year locally. William’s expertise in capital markets and M&A, and his regional experience, will be an extremely valuable addition to our Myanmar practice and a great asset for all of our clients wanting to invest in the country.” Martin Desautels, Managing Partner.

DFDL in Myanmar

DFDL provides a full range of legal and tax services to foreign and local investors operating in Myanmar through our associated firm, Myanmar Thanlwin Legal Services, Ltd., which was established in 1995. Working through our associated firm, our lawyers in Yangon provide efficient, effective and practical legal services at an international standard, coupled with a high level of personal in-depth knowledge of the local environment. Chambers Asia recently ranked DFDL’s associated firm among the leading General Business Law Firms (Band 1) in Myanmar, and named a number of our advisers as Leading Individuals.

About DFDL

DFDL is the first leading international law firm specialized in emerging markets with a pan regional legal and tax expertise developed throughout the Mekong region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam), Bangladesh, Indonesia and Singapore, and with a dedicated focus on other Southeast Asia jurisdictions, South Asia and the Middle East.

With a team of over 250 foreign and local lawyers, advisers and support staff working closely together within a fast growing network of 11 offices in Asia, we provide personalized and cost-effective legal, tax and consulting services and solutions with particular expertise in:

  • Energy, Mining and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation & Customs
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • English law governed transactions

Founded in 1994, DFDL has acquired an outstanding reputation in providing seamlessly integrated and solution-oriented legal and tax services to establish structure and protect our client’s business interests. DFDL is also actively involved, in tandem with local jurisdiction stakeholders, in developing the legal and regulatory environment of the emerging markets in which we operate.

Our experts are committed to provide international standards state of the art legal and tax solutions though the Mekong region and beyond.

Alexander Lynch
CEO; Head of Marketing & Business Development