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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May 28, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to have been named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – Asia at the 2020 Counsels of the Year Awards, hosted by the Asian-Mena Counsel  In-House...

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May 28, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to have been named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – Asia at the 2020 Counsels of the Year Awards, hosted by the Asian-Mena Counsel  In-House...

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May 15, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Receives Twelfth Tier 1 Ranking for Thailand in ALB IP Rankings 2020

In the newly released 2020 edition of Asian Legal Business' annual intellectual property rankings, Tilleke & Gibbins is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Thailand for matters relating to patents,...

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April 16, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Visionary Client Service Award

In-House Community, the well-respected publishing house behind Asian-Mena Counsel  magazine, has announced the shotlist for its 2020 Visionary Client Service Providers awards, naming Tilleke...

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April 13, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named ALB Employer of Choice 2020 in Thailand and Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins has once again been named as an “Employer of Choice” in Thailand and Vietnam in this year’s listings from Asian Legal Business  (ALB). This now marks eight...

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May 29, 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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May 25, 2020

Amended Law on Insurance in Laos

Dino Santaniello, Sappaya Surakitjakorn

The newly amended Law on Insurance was published in the Electronic Official Gazette on March 30, 2020, and has been in effect since April 15. Existing insurers are allowed three years to comply with...

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May 14, 2020

Laos Further Details COVID-19 Preventive Measures for Business Operators

Dino Santaniello

On May 11, 2020, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control (NTCCPC) issued Recommendations, no. 071, on the Conditions and Measures for Operations of Business Operators...

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May 5, 2020

Laos Begins Relaxing Some Lockdown Measures as Planned

Dino Santaniello

Shortly after the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown measures in Laos on May 1, 2020, the Prime Minister’s Office provided additional details on the post-lockdown period and the relaxation of certain...

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April 23, 2020

COVID-19: Laos Releases Requirements for Companies Seeking to Resume Normal Operations

Dino Santaniello

On April 21, 2020, following the Prime Minister's extension of the lockdown measures in Laos to May 3, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control (the Taskforce) issued...

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