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In 1994, DFDL was built on the foundation of a unique vision: to build an integrated international standard law firm, with in-depth knowledge of the Mekong Region, while providing specialized and personalized advisory services to the international business community. DFDL Expertise Integrated international law firm providing technical excellence across our core areas of expertise; In-depth local and cross-border experience in complex and sophisticated transactions across a wide geographical front; A practical knowledge of local business cultures and practices; and Our areas of expertise: Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Energy, Mining and Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate and Construction, and Taxation. As the Mekong Region and other emerging markets continue to thrive, DFDL is uniquely positioned to secure your access to promising international growth opportunities.

Myanmar Tax Update: The Ministry of Planning and Finance Removes 2% Advance Income Tax Exemption on Exports for Taxpayers Under the LTO and MTO1
Business,Myanmar,Regional Law,Taxation

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Ministry of Planning and Finance (“MOPF”) recently issued Notification 38/2019 dated 8 April 2019 removing the 2% advance income tax exemption on exports previously granted to taxpayers under the Large Taxpayers Office (“LTO”) and Medium Taxpayers Office No. 1 (“MTO 1”) effective from 1 May 2019. The 2% advance income tax was introduced […]

Vietnam Legal Update: New Rules Governing Investment in Vocational Education
Business,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Government of Vietnam’s Decree 15/2019/ND-CP dated 1 February 2019 detailing the regulations and measures for implementing the Law on Vocational Education (“Decree 15”) replaces Decree 48/2015/ND-CP detailing the regulations for the Law on Vocational Education (“Decree 48”). Decree 15 took effect on 20 March 2019 and introduces major differences with the requirements previously required […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Additional Permitted Cases on the Use of Foreign Currency in the Territory of Vietnam
Business,Business Advice,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt is Circular No. 03/2019/TT-NHNN dated 29 March 2019 (“Circular 03”) due to amend Circular 32/2013/TT-NHNN dated 26 December 2013 (“Circular 32”), the State Bank of Vietnam relaxes the restrictions on the use of foreign currency in Vietnam. Principle of restriction on use of foreign currency in Vietnam Under Circular 32, except for 16 limitative […]

Myanmar Tax Update: Myanmar IRD to Implement Integrated Tax Administration System Starting FY 2019-2020
Business,Myanmar,Regional Law,Taxation

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) recently issued a notice with regard to the implementation of the Integrated Tax Administration System (“ITAS”). This is an electronic system that aims to modernize tax administration procedures in Myanmar starting FY 2019-2020. The aim of the ITAS is to implement an electronic-based system that will administer the tax […]

Thailand Legal Update: New Amendment to Thailand’s Labour Protection Act
Business,Personal,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Thai National Legislative Assembly approved a resolution to amend the existing Labour Protection Act (the “LPA”) on December 13, 2018. This amendment to the LPA has been published in the Government Gazette on April 5, 2019, and will come into effect on May 6, 2019. Key takeaways of this amendment, which is largely favorable […]

Thailand Tax Alert: Thailand Moves to Revoke ROH, IHQ and ITC Tax Incentive Programs
Business,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn compliance with the obligations to implement OECD/BEPS reforms, Thailand’s Cabinet has just announced the complete cancellation of all tax benefits granted under three longstanding and significant BOI incentive programs: Regional Headquarters (ROHs), International Headquarters (IHQs), and International Trade Centers (ITCs). According to the attached translation of the official announcement, all tax incentives granted under these programs […]

Cambodia Real Estate Update: Annual Tax Compliance and Transfer Pricing
Business,Cambodia,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesRegistered taxpayers in Cambodia are now in the process of completing their Annual Tax on Income (“TOI”) declarations for the 2018 tax year. This applies equally to those entities that hold real estate in Cambodia and we provide below some of the key tax issues that those entities should be aware of when submitting their […]

Cambodia Tax Alert: Use of Khmer Riel in Tax Invoices
Business,Cambodia,Regional Law,Taxation

Reading Time: 2 minutesNotification 4908 issued by the General Department of Taxation (GDT) on the 18th of March 2019 requires all registered taxpayers in the self-assessment taxation regime in Cambodia to now provide the total amounts, in tax invoices that they issue to customers, in Khmer Riel (KHR). For completeness the itemized amounts in a tax invoice do […]

Philippines Legal Alert: Philippines Overhauls Corporation Law to Aid Business
Business,Philippines,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesContributed by Ocampo & Suralvo Law Offices Aiming to provide a more business-friendly environment and boost the competitiveness of the economy, the Philippines recently enacted Republic Act No. 11232 or the Revised Corporation Code, which replaces the old code. Under the old law, a corporation’s maximum term of existence was 50 years. Even though this […]

Cambodia Tax Alert: Interest Rate Update/Transfer Pricing
Business,Cambodia,Regional Law,Taxation

Reading Time: 3 minutesMarket rates On 13 March 2019, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) released Notification 4630, which provides the “market rates” for determining the caps on interest rate deductions for loans that had been entered into using Khmer Riel (“KHR”) and United States Dollars (“USD”) in the 2018 financial year. The “market rates” for 2018 are as […]

Vietnam Legal Alert: New Regulations Further Restrict the Scope of Local Lending in Foreign Currency
Business,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe State Bank of Vietnam (the “SBV”) issued Circular No. 42/2018/TT-NHNN dated 28 December 2018 (“Circular 42”) that amends and supplements specific articles of Circular No. 24/2015/TT-NHNN of the SBV dated 8 December 2015 (“Circular 24”) regulating lending in foreign currencies to resident borrowers by credit institutions and foreign bank branches established and operating in […]

Vietnam Legal Update: Proposed New Solar Feed-In-Tariff
Alternative Energy,Business,Business Advice,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Vietnam

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 22 February 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (the “MOIT”) publicized a draft Decision (the “Draft Decision”) that will replace Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam dated 11 April 2017 ( “Decision 11”) on mechanisms to encourage the development of solar power projects in Vietnam. The Draft […]