DFDL is a pioneering legal and tax firm in Southeast and South Asia, founded in 1994 by international lawyers passionately connected to the region. Today, we cover nine jurisdictions across 11 offices to form one regionally-integrated firm, with over 300 employees of 28 nationalities.
DFDL is committed to being your partner in growth, leveraging our entrepreneurship legacy, entrenched knowledge of local jurisdictions and our team of regional experts.
Our Legacy: On the Ground since 1994
DFDL was established in 1994 by four international partners who saw the immense potential of Southeast Asia and joined the first major multi-lateral projects in these emerging markets. Since then, DFDL has grown from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia to Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines, while maintaining its vision of being “One Region. One Firm”.
From the start, DFDL has been committed to supporting local economies and international investors, by setting high standards of quality and offering legal and tax services on the ground, based on our local knowledge.
We are proud to have advised multinational companies, major conglomerates, international financing institutions and governments on projects and transactions that have contributed transforming Southeast and South Asia into an economic powerhouse. Our ambition as a firm is to keep supporting your growth, as your reliable business partner.
DFDL provides fully integrated legal and tax services across Southeast and South Asia, with the highest quality standards, efficiency and professional ethics. We draw from our local knowledge and industry-specific expertise to serve your best interests with pertinent and personalized advice.
Why ‘Integration’ is Essential
We are much more than a string of local offices. Since its foundation, DFDL has been conceived as an integrated law firm, driven by the same momentum and standards across Southeast and South Asia. Our regional team of practice and sector experts ensures consistent knowledge and execution, and the ability to provide true multi-jurisdictional assistance in a coordinated and efficient fashion. Integration is our major asset for your cross-border strategy.
Origin of the DFDL Logo
The shapes were inspired by the symbolism of harmony between the heaven (roundel) and the earth (square). “Squaring the circle” also reflects our ambition to constantly find innovative solutions to the most challenging problems.
At DFDL, we strive to align our business with local and global sustainability challenges. Therefore, our ESG commitments to our clients, our people and the community are a core part of the Firm’s strategy.
To our Clients
To our Teams
We also recognize the value and challenges of women and other minorities. We offer equal career opportunities for all. We have a woman-led leadership team (10 out of 27 partners are female partners) and a majority of female legal advisors (51%). We offer flexible work options and work-life balance. Our leaders join local networks that support young female professionals.
Most importantly, we follow the vision of our founders: to support the development of countries that were “developing” (then “frontier”, then “emerging”) through improving their legal systems and creating a community of legal professionals. With high economic growth, such development has advanced considerably. However, access to legal education is still unequal. For those DFDL team members who have talent but lack resources, we support them to reach their career potential. Our commitment to our teams is more than retention; it is long-term value creation.
To the Community
We provide pro bono legal services in a structured, coherent and consistent way. Our pro bono program follows international best practices and clear principles, standards and processes. We use a professional and trustworthy platform of pro bono opportunities that match our experience, expertise and priorities. Pro bono work is voluntary but recognized and encouraged at DFDL.
The Firm’s ESG committee monitors our progress and makes recommendations to the management team and the Board. It also reports the outcomes of our activities.
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