Dino Santaniello

Head, Laos
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Practices

Offices

Languages

French, English, Lao, Thai, Korean

Education

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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October 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins among Southeast Asia’s Top Corporate Firms in IFLR1000 2021 Rankings

In the recently released IFLR1000  2021 rankings of the world’s best corporate and financial law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins was honored with a record 15 firm-wide rankings across all...

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September 21, 2020

ALB M&A 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Repeat Honors in Thailand and Vietnam Rankings

The Asian Legal Business  (ALB ) 2020 M&A rankings were recently released, and Tilleke & Gibbins has again been recognized for its consistently strong M&A practice across the...

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September 21, 2020

Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Dominates the Thailand Rankings

The recent publication of Asialaw Profiles 2021, a guide to the leading Asian law firms, saw Tilleke & Gibbins further maintaining its dominance of the legal market in Thailand. The firm earned...

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September 21, 2020

Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked among Top Law Firms in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar

In the recently published Asialaw Profiles 2021, a guide to the leading Asian law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins’ offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar achieved high rankings across several...

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September 21, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Recognized with 21 Individual Rankings in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021

A total of 21 Tilleke & Gibbins practitioners are recognized in the 2021 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a highly regarded guide to leading law firms and legal practitioners in the Asia-...

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October 15, 2020

Laos Opens Real Estate Investment Opportunities to Foreigners

Dino Santaniello, Saithong Rattana

On August 12, 2020, the amended Law on Land No. 70/NA, dated June 21, 2019 was published in the Official Gazette  of the Lao Ministry of Justice, replacing the previous amendment of the law from...

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September 18, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Guide to Bankruptcy Law in Southeast Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in widespread economic turmoil, with quarantines, business closures, and precipitous declines in consumer and business spending causing momentous shifts in...

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September 16, 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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September 2, 2020

Renewables in CLMVT and the Potential for Wind Power

With interest in renewable and sustainable energy sources rapidly increasing worldwide, the nations of the Mekong region are beginning to incorporate innovative power generation options into their...

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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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