Dino Santaniello

Head, Laos
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French, English, Lao, Thai, Korean


DJCE, Faculty of Law Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III University

LLM, Faculty of Law Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III University

LLB, Faculty of Law Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III University

Dino Santaniello is the head of Tilleke & Gibbins' office in Laos. He has broad experience across many fields of law, including patents and trademarks, privacy and data protection, corporate establishment, licensing, and other commercial transactions. Dino advises both domestic and international companies on legal matters in Laos and Thailand, and, based on the strengths of his client service and legal expertise, is recognized as a “rising star” in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018, and as a "Leading Lawyer" in The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 2019.

Prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Dino worked as an in-house counsel in the insurance and oil and gas industries. During this time, he advised on corporate and commercial issues, as well as intellectual property matters such as trade secrets and restrictive covenants.

Dino has spent significant time in studying foreign languages with the aim of helping inbound investors entering into Asian markets. He is fluent in French, English, Lao, and Thai, and he is conversant in Korean.

  • Secured a EUR 300 million loan to support the renewal of a shipping services company’s fleet providing logistics to oil and gas companies operating worldwide. The loan was provided by a pool of local French banks and foreign banks.

  • Completed a transfer of ownership of 25 vessels for an oil and gas company as part of sale and bareboat charter agreements signed with two large banks. The transfer, valued at approximately USD 913 million, was completed within a year and was one of the biggest deals that year in the industry. The income generated by the sale allowed the company to hasten the renewal of old and obsolete vessels.

  • Secured a loan of EUR 90 million for a client offering shipping services to oil and gas companies to improve and upgrade two vessels operating in the North Sea. This allowed the company to improve its fleet in this part of the world and provide cost-efficient vessels in a highly competitive industry.

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August 7, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Leads the Way on Copyright: MIP IP Stars 2020

Managing Intellectual Property  (MIP ) has released its list of top-rated copyright law firms around the world, part of its IP Stars 2020 guide, and Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized...

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July 3, 2020

Asialaw Awards 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three National Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for three Firm of the Year Awards at the third Asialaw Regional Awards—an Asia-wide awards ceremony recognizing the best law firms across the region. The firm...

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June 25, 2020

MIP 2020 Patent Rankings Highlight Tilleke & Gibbins’ Regional Strength

Managing Intellectual Property has released its annual patent rankings for 2020, compiled as part of the magazine’s IP Stars guide to the world’s top intellectual property law firms. The new rankings...

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June 18, 2020

MIP Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Firm of the Year in Four Major Categories

On June 18, 2020, Managing Intellectual Property revealed the winners of its annual Asia-Pacific Awards, which recognize the top IP firms in the Asia-Pacific region based on the results of extensive...

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June 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Tops 2020 IAM Patent 1000 Rankings in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins’ patent practice in Thailand has garnered a top-tier ranking in the latest edition of IAM Patent 1000  from Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. This is the eighth...

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August 7, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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July 30, 2020

Regional Guide to Cybersecurity and Data Protection in Mainland Southeast Asia

The need for privacy and security has grown in tandem with the rapid proliferation of internet-enabled technologies. This is a major concern for consumers and individuals, and governments are...

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July 29, 2020

Laos: Positive trends after impact of COVID-19

Dino Santaniello

On March 29, 2020 Laos imposed lockdown and confinement measures instructing Lao citizens to stay home, and nonessential businesses to cease operations. Certain temporary measures are now being...

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July 9, 2020

Regional Guide to Franchising Law in Mainland Southeast Asia

The popularity of the franchise business model has been growing rapidly in mainland Southeast Asia in recent years, with some of the world’s top brands becoming common sights in the commercial...

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June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Labor Law FAQ for Employers in Mainland Southeast Asia

Dino Santaniello, Jay Cohen, Kien Trung Trinh, Nada Songsasen, Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Ross Taylor, Saithong Rattana, Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to shutdowns, lockdowns, and quarantines around the world, forcing companies into drastic cost-cutting measures to offset severely diminished (or zero) revenue due to a...

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