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DFDL Mekong

Dusit Thani Building, 9th Floor 946 Rama IV Road, Silom Bangkok, 10500
Tel: +66 2 636 3282
Fax: +66 2 636 3290

Firm & Lawyer Profile

DFDL Mekong is the leading legal practice in the Mekong Region. Through its six offices, DFDL Mekong has provided integrated regional legal services to foreign and local companies and international institutions for over 13 years. Our team of 15 foreign lawyers and advisors, and more than 25 Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar and Cambodian lawyers and advisors, provides personalized, practical and cost-effective legal and tax services in Thailand, and the Mekong Region.

Our Thai practice is led by partners Paniti Junhasavasdikul and David Doran. Khun Paniti specializes in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Doran’s practice focuses on Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure and Property. They are supported by a team of experienced lawyers and legal advisers to provide a full range of legal services, with special focus on:

  • Property Development, Acquisition and Structured Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (public, private & cross border)
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Project Finance
  • Equity Capital Market (IPOs and all types of secondary offers)
  • Property Fund (REIT) & Corporate Finance

Standard Legal Services – Foreign Direct Investment

DFDL Mekong’s Bangkok office provides a full range of commercial and corporate legal services to foreign and local investors operating in Thailand. The firm advises on every phase of an investment - from initial contracts, licensing, negotiations with the government and joint venture partners, land purchasing, leasing and financing, to operational issues such as labor, taxation, corporate governance and other contractual matters.

At the initial stages of an investment, these services include:

  • Providing legal opinions on local law and procedures
  • Conducting legal due diligence on project and financing documentation
  • Obtaining business or project licenses
  • Drafting joint venture agreements and other legal documentation
  • Incorporation and registration of companies

During the operation phase, DFDL Mekong can assist with:

  • Advice on labor law, employment contracts and related matters
  • Securing ownership, lease, titling and registration of land
  • Registration and protection of intellectual property
  • Corporate governance
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • All other commercial matters

Taxation Division

In 2006, due to the increased interest in investment in the Mekong Region, and the correlating demand for clear advice on complex cross border tax issues, the regional Firm established a dedicated taxation division. From our extensive experience in the Mekong Region, we are able to assist clients in identifying the major tax issues that will affect their investment region wide, and to provide strategies to minimize unnecessary adverse tax exposures and consequences.

Corporate & Corporate Finance

Representative projects and clients Corporate, Finance and M&A sectors include (from DFDL Mekong and Paniti’s group prior to joining DFDL Mekong):

  • IPO: conversion of private company to public company and SET listing;
  • Telecom: Advised state telecom operator on its JV and mobile phone operation; Acted as Thai, Lao and Cambodia counsel to foreign purchaser of equity stake in regional telecom operator;
  • M&A: legal work from VC’s term sheet, due diligence, share and asset acquisition/ disposition, pre and post closing;
  • Debt Restructure: PTT debt restructuring and disengagement related to refinery subsidiary and Thai Olefins and Aromatics Thai Plc; debt restructure related to Robinsons Dept Stores, Thai Wah, SVOA & SV City;
  • Real Estate Finance: Represent Malaysia Exim Bank and OCBC in various real estate and corporate financings as well as developers of luxurious condos, villas and resort hotels;
  • Property Fund: Represent underwriters in international wrap of property fund units for shopping complex (4.5 Million Baht); and
  • Debenture: Issuance of 6 Billion Baht secured debentures for Thai subsidiary of Japanese industrial automobile conglomerate.

Project Finance, Energy & Infrastructure

DFDL Mekong has a leading energy, project finance and infrastructure practice in the Mekong Region. We have acted on major energy, financing and infrastructure projects, notably:

  • Nam Theun 2 Hydro Project (USD 1.3 Billion): Lao Counsel for consortium of 33 Thai & International Lenders
  • Nam Theun 1 Hydro Project (USD 750 Million): Laos Counsel for Thai and Malaysian developers – 2006 to present;
  • Nam Ngum 2 Hydro Project (USD 700 Million): Lao Counsel for Thai Lenders
  • Theun Hinboun Hydro Project: Laos Counsel for Thai and International Lenders and Investors
  • Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports – Cambodia counsel to IFC and PROPARCO on the financing of airports
  • Telecommunication Projects – Cambodia counsel to IFC, PROPARCO and DEG in financing projects related to major mobile phone operator.

Real Estate and Property Finance

DFDL Mekong’s real estate finance team has structured many large and small property projects in Thailand and the Mekong Region. It has also represented commercial and individual buyers for their purchases of petroleum station sites, villa sites, plantation sites, hotel sites, industrial estate sites and sites for other uses, across the Mekong Region.

Representative Clients in the Mekong Region

International Law Firms:

  • Ashursts
  • White & Case
  • Jones Day
  • Allen & Overy
  • Drew & Napier
  • Berwin Leighton
  • International Law Firms:

  • Coca-Cola
  • APBL
  • BAT
  • BNP Paribas
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Vinci
  • Shell
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nestle
  • EDF
  • BP Oil
  • ST Telemedia
  • Siam Cement
  • ANZ Bank
  • ChevronTexaco
  • Bilateral and International Organizations:

  • IFC, IMF, ADB, World Bank
  • JBIC
  • Malaysia, Thai and China Exim Banks