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Laos

Vientiane Laos

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Since economic integration with ASEAN and the WTO, Laos has seen its economy grow steadily over the last ten years, with GDP growth reaching 8% in 2013. Most of the foreign investments are in mining and hydropower, with large sectors of the economy still underdeveloped. The Lao government has been pushing for diversification of its economy, thus offering unique business opportunities for investors. Strategically located, this landlocked country shares borders with five others—Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and China—making business expansion in the region very convenient. Sciaroni & Associates, with its many years of local experience and keen insight into the particular cultures and societies, is well‐placed to assist investors in maximizing their growth potential in the region.
 
Sciaroni & Associates is a leading professional services and investment advisory firm that has been doing business in Southeast Asia since 1993. Based in Cambodia, with offices in Laos and Myanmar, we provide skilled counsel, knowledgeable business insights and experienced guidance to many of the world’s premier companies, banks, financial institutions, governments and global development organizations.

Sciaroni & Associates is a duly registered and licensed international law firm operating in Lao PDR, with Enterprise Registration Certificate No. 128/ERO dated 21 March 2014 issued by the Lao PDR Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and Legal Enterprise Business License No. 021/MOJ dated 21 March 2015 issued by the Lao PDR Ministry of Justice.

Click here to download a pdf of our "2017 Doing Business in Laos" guidebook of frequently asked questions (2.5MB file).

Click here to download a pdf of our "2016 Doing Business in Laos (French)" guidebook of frequently asked questions (2.4MB file).

Main Areas of Practice

 

Banking & Finance:
We advise banks, borrowers, insurance companies, MFI’s, international financial institutions and property developers with all aspects of licensing, reviewing loan agreements, ensuring banking corporate compliance.

Corporate & Commercial:
We assist investors with a wide range of commercial work, including company registration and dissolution, ongoing corporate governance requirements, business licensing, investment incentives.

Due Diligence:
Whether examining a merger, joint venture or acquisition, our team’s comprehensive due diligence investigations enable our clients to make informed investment decisions.

Energy & Mining:
We have extensive experience representing major drilling, mining and oil companies.

Property & Real Estate:
Whether purchasing, leasing, developing or mortgaging land we can help investors to secure and protect key property assets.

Labor:
We assist in drafting labor contracts, registration with the Labor ministry, advising on collective bargaining agreements and the resolution of labor disputes.

 

Our Legal Team in Laos

Anna Linden
Legal Advisor

Anna holds law degrees from both the Universities of Cologne, Germany and Stockholm and completed her post-graduate studies in European Competition Law at the University of Stockholm. Prior to joining the firm’s Laos office, Anna provided legal advice and assistance to a diverse range of clients at the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, in market entry, registration, licensing, and business expansion. She speaks German, English, French, Swedish and Finnish.

 
Daniel Noonan
Legal Advisor

Daniel, an American lawyer, has been advising on foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions and commercial regulatory matters in Southeast Asia since 2007. Prior to joining Sciaroni & Associates, he advised investors entering Laos and Vietnam. Daniel has a law degree from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA and has studied in Tokyo.

 
Valloph Sisopha
Legal Advisor

Mr. Valloph is a Laotian attorney and member of the Lao Bar Association. He has broad experience covering four decades in various administrative positions in the public sector, including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Agriculture, and most recently, ten years in the Ministry of Justice. Valloph has attended international law training courses in France, Sweden, Japan, New  Zealand,  among  others.  He speaks Lao, English, French and Thai.

 
Sengny Phimmany
Sengny Phimmany
Legal Advisor

Sengny is a Laotian law practitioner and a member of the Laotian Bar Association. Sengny has diverse experience in the fields of company formation, investment, business and tax licensing, and court proceedings. A former intern with the 1st Sub- District Court, Sengny was involved in civil, criminal and family law matters. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Judicial Law from the National University of Laos and is fluent in Lao, English and Thai.

 
Sithong Chanthasouk
Consultant

Sithong has expertise in Lao laws in the areas of investment, banking, finance, energy, mining, real estate, intellectual property, contracts, bankruptcy, anti‐corruption and labor. He has extensive  legal experience in both private and public sectors. Sithong holds a Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. He speaks Lao, English, French and Thai.

 

Our team’s work

Examples of major projects in Laos our legal team has worked on:

Chambers & Partners legal directory 2013 entry:

‘This firm has a long and distinguished track record in advising foreign clients on their inbound investments. Commentators single out the team's strong relationship with the government as one of its greatest strengths. It is particularly active in the areas of property development, agriculture, telecoms and mining’.

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Sciaroni & Associates is a leading professional and investment advisory firm doing business in Southeast Asia since 1993. Based in Cambodia with legal offices in Laos and Myanmar, we provide experienced advice and business insights to many of the world’s leading companies, governments, economic think tanks, global development funds, international NGOs and the Royal Government of Cambodia in accordance with strict international standards.
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