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Laos

Laos

We provide legal advice for foreign investors in Laos through our office in Vientiane. With expertise in intellectual property law, we can assist with trademark, patent registration and enforcement. We are also experienced in advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from company formation to projects and infrastructure to labor and employment issues.

Laos Offices
Overview

Intimate understanding of Lao law coupled with regional expertise from across ASEAN.

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vientiane office provides a full range of legal advice and services for foreign investors in Laos. Combining an intimate understanding of local law and culture with legal expertise from across Southeast Asia, we advise on major corporate and commercial issues in Laos, including share and asset sales, M&A, joint ventures, power projects, due diligence, permits and approvals, employment, distribution agreements, technology, data protection, franchising, and dispute resolution. In addition, our team has particular expertise in intellectual property law, and has assisted numerous multinational corporations with trademark and patent registration and enforcement in the jurisdiction.

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Experience

  • Advising AIG, as the lead reinsurer, on a USD 870 million reinsurance placement for a dam in Laos, and retained to review and advise on that placement annually.
  • Advising a Lao/Japanese joint venture on the development and operation of an international airport in Laos.
  • Advising a Japanese bank on their operations in Laos, including the formulation and rollout of a comprehensive anti-corruption compliance policy.
  • Represented a French industry associations in the successful registration of Champagne as a Geographical Indication—the first registration of its kind for a foreign product in Laos.
  • Advising dozens of the world’s largest franchisors on their entry into the Lao market, including advice on reviewing, structuring, and localizing franchising agreements, advising on the enforceability of standard provisions, advising on intellectual property package rights and trademark issues, and the enforceability of liquidated damages under Lao contract law.
  • Retained by one of the world’s largest social media companies to advise on a range of matters related to user-generated content hosted on their site, cybercrime laws under Laos’ new Penal Code, and ad hoc matters relating to liability for the content hosted on their site.
  • Advising an international media conglomerate on the regulations relevant to their filming in Laos. Our work included advice on court proceedings, permits and IP rights, and particularly whether anyone would file complaints about their personal image being broadcast on TV.
  • Retained to assist a leading motorcycle and bicycle tire manufacturer in carrying our IP enforcement actions in Laos against infringers in the local market.
  • Advised one of the world’s largest providers of OTT steaming services on geographic disputes between Laos and neighboring countries and their impact on graphics and footage shown on their content.

Vientiane Office

Vientiane Office

Unit 15 Boulichan Road Dongpalan Thong Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane, Laos