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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.

Indonesia Legal Alert: A Regulatory Pole Vault for the Indonesian Crypto-Industry
Business,Business Advice,Cryptocurrency,Indonesia,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesFebruary 2019 was a tumultuous month for the Indonesian crypto-industry with the introduction of regulations that impose staggering thresholds for minimum capital and closing balance requirements among other stringent qualifying criteria for Crypto Asset Exchanges, Custodians, Clearing Agencies and Traders. The regulatory rationale advanced by Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Supervisory Authority, “Bappebti” is that in […]

Lao PDR Legal Alert: New Economic Dispute Resolution Law in Effect
Business,Business Advice,Laos,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Amended Law on the Resolution of Economic Disputes (Nº 51/NA, 22 June 2018) (the “Amended Law”) came into effect on 6 December 2018 and replaced the previous Law on Economic Dispute Resolution (Nº 06/NA, 17 December 2010) (the “2010 Law”). A key highlight of the Amended Law is the inclusion of more detailed procedures […]

Myanmar Tax Alert: Recent Updates on Myanmar Commercial Tax Rules
Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesOver the past few months, the Myanmar Internal Revenue Department (“IRD”) has issued several Interpretation Statements and a Notice Statement clarifying certain provisions of the Commercial Tax (“CT”) Laws. These Interpretation Statements address a number of common issues encountered by taxpayers and to provide clearer guidance with respect to the CT treatment of service charges, […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: Myanmar Enacts Trademark Law with Priority Protection
Business,Intellectual Property,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesOne of the most significant developments in the spectrum of intellectual property rights in Myanmar is the enactment of the Trademark Law (“TL”). The TL though enacted on 30 January 2019 has not yet entered into force pending the issuance of a Notification by the President of Myanmar. Newsletters related to the TL that were […]

Myanmar: Insolvency Laws in Myanmar
Business,Business Advice,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesThis article has been published in IBA Banking Law Committee Publications. Insolvency laws in Myanmar Myanmar insolvency legislation is interspersed with and revolves around the Rangoon Insolvency Act 1910 (‘Rangoon Act’), the Burma Insolvency Act 1920 (‘Burma Act’) and the Myanmar Companies Law 2017 (MCL). Like the majority of laws in the country, both the […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: The Central Bank of Myanmar Introduces Market-Based Reference Exchange Rate
Business,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy way of recently issued Instruction No. (5 /2019), the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”) has announced that on a daily basis it will begin to publish the Reference Exchange Rate (“RER”) of Myanmar Kyat (“MMK”) to the US Dollar (“USD”). The RER will be based on transactions conducted on foreign exchange markets. The RER […]

Myanmar Legal Update: CBM Allows 35% Foreign Equity Investment in Local Private Banks
Business,Business Advice,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn a recent order of the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”), it was announced that foreign banks and financial institutions would be allowed to have 35% equity investment in local private banks. As a corollary, local banks having a foreign equity injection up to the above mentioned limit would now be allowed to operate in […]

Cambodia Tax Alert: Tax Incentives for Listing Entities
Business,Cambodia,Regional Law,Taxation

Reading Time: 2 minutesSub-Decree 01 ANKr.BK dated 4 January 2019 (“Sub-Decree”) has introduced a new package of tax incentives for those entities in Cambodia looking to list on the Cambodian Stock Exchange (CSX). The 2019 tax incentives provided to listing entities on the CSX are much more comprehensive and concessional then those that were initially offered in 2011, […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: RFP and EOIs for Foreign Insurance issued by FRD
Business,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn early January the Ministry of Planning and Finance (“MOPF”) issued Announcement 1/2019 through which foreign companies were permitted “to operate the business of insurance, underwriting agency or insurance broking with foreign investment” in Myanmar. Further to this announcement, the Financial Regulatory Department (“FRD”) has now published an Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for 100% foreign […]

Myanmar Legal Alert : Amendment of Central Bank of Myanmar Lending Rates
Business,Funding,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn the most recent update on the Myanmar banking sector, the Central Bank of Myanmar (“CBM”) announced amended and increased lending rates through the issuing of Directive 1/2019 (“Directive”) on 15 January 2019. The changes in this Directive will take effect from 1 February 2019. Under this Directive, 13% will be the highest lending rate […]

Thailand Legal Alert: Essential Differences Under Thailand’s New Competition Law
Business,Competition Law,Legal Updates,Regional Law,Thailand

Reading Time: 6 minutesThailand was one of the first ASEAN Member States to enact a competition law with the Price Fixing and Anti-Monopoly Act of 1979. However, that legislation was generally accepted to have been ineffective in relation to competition law enforcement and was replaced by the Trade Competition Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (“Old TCA”). The Old TCA came into […]

Myanmar Legal Alert: Foreign Insurance Providers Now Allowed to Operate in Myanmar
Business,Business Advice,Myanmar,Regional Law

Reading Time: 3 minutesA recent development in the insurance sector has allowed foreign insurance providers to finally operate in the Myanmar insurance sector. Through Announcement No. 1/2019, the Ministry of Planning and Finance (“MOPF”) now permits foreign companies “to operate the business of insurance, underwriting agency or insurance broking with foreign investment” in Myanmar. This announcement follows Notification […]