Managing Partner: 1
Number of partners: 12 regional/15 national
Number of lawyers: 144
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Bengal, Tamil, Japanese
DFDL was established in 1994 and built on a unique vision: to create an integrated legal, tax and investment advisory firm, with in-depth knowledge of the jurisdictions the firm works in, providing technical excellence across its core areas of expertise. Headquartered in Cambodia, DFDL’s integrated and expanding network of 11 offices, strategically located throughout nine countries around Asia. The firm stands as a testament to these goals. DFDL has acquired an outstanding reputation for providing integrated and solution-oriented services to establish, structure and protect clients’ business interests in dynamic and challenging markets. DFDL has also been actively involved in developing the legal and regulatory environments of its markets.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The team has the expertise and insights to assist clients navigate the complexities of emerging markets and provide commercially focused legal and tax advice based on experience in acting for leading banking and financial institutions. It acts 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, securitisation and structured finance, derivatives, secured and unsecured transactions, and regulatory advice and compliance.
Corporate & M&A:
With in-depth understanding of local legal systems and regulatory regimes together with local business culture/practices, DFDL assists clients in designing, conducting and evaluating international corporate, commercial, and financial services. The firm advised domestic and international corporations, private equity funds, banks and financial institutions, industrial firms, state-owned enterprises and government departments. This has given the firm extensive experience advising across various industry.
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure:
A full-service group within the firm with an outstanding reputation across the Asian region, providing legal and tax services of the highest quality by drawing on the firm’s highly regarded commercial, M&A, finance, construction and engineering, tax and dispute resolution expertise. The depth of its capabilities across a broad geographic footprint and its industry knowledge enable the successful development and financing of energy, mining and infrastructure projects in the region, for sponsors, developers, lenders and investors alike. Over the last decade DFDL has advised on major projects valued in excess of USD 25 billion.
DFDL’s employment practice group firmly believes that clear, legally compliant HR documentation creates a solid foundation for a good working relationship between employers and their people. The firm’s employment practice group is dedicated to preparing that solid basis, and advising clients on employment and labour issues which arise. DFDL provides personalised and comprehensive services tailored to the unique needs of its clients.
Real Estate & Construction:
The team represents developers, financiers, contractors, and other project parties on commercial, industrial, residential, and mixed-use projects. It regularly advises on land acquisition, construction contracts, joint venture agreements, leases, sales, EPC contracts, offshore and onshore guarantee, and wrap around arrangements, turn-key projects and both front-end and back-end aspects.
DFDL’s team offers a combination of highly specialised lawyers and accountants completely dedicated to tax and customs services from strategic planning to day-to-day operations, including tax litigation, FTA, and customs advisory. The practice is also regularly involved, in tandem with local jurisdiction stakeholders, in developing tax environments of markets in which it operates. DFDL is considered the preeminent pan-regional tax law firm.