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Saithong Rattana is an associate in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vientiane office. She has experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, such as company registration, legal due diligence, and agreement preparation, as well as advising on foreign investment, property, immigration, and government relations. She also assists clients with the full range of intellectual property matters, including trademark registration, renewals, and more.

Saithong is a qualified lawyer licensed by the Lao Ministry of Justice and is a member of the Lao Bar Association. She was appointed as a mediator with the Economic Dispute Resolution Center in 2019 and was among the first group of lawyers to be appointed as insolvency administrators in 2022, following the enactment of the Law on Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy of Enterprises. Based on her legal expertise, Saithong is ranked as a leading lawyer in Laos by IFLR 1000.

Prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Saithong worked at an international law firm, where she assisted both domestic and international clients with different aspects of doing business in Laos. She is also familiar with the regulatory framework of the energy sector in Laos, having previously authored research papers on foreign investments in Lao hydropower and legal risk management in hydropower project contracting.

Saithong regularly contributes research to publications and initiatives such as the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law reports, and she has participated in several regional forums on economic and trade development, with the aim of fostering business cooperation among investors in the region.


  • Advised international clients on corporate formation, business expansion, and relevant Lao laws and regulations.
  • Assisted a number of companies from Hong Kong and Japan in establishing Representative Offices (RO) in Laos, including preparing applications, liaising with authorities, obtaining RO certificates, etc.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for a leading Indian company seeking to purchase a wood factory in Laos, including advising the client on legal risks and the actual value of the target company.
  • Represented clients in arbitral proceedings before the Economic Dispute Resolution Center.
  • Successfully registered the trademarks of the subsidiary of a Hong Kong food services company in Laos.
  • Assisted expatriate workers from India, the Philippines, Sweden, and the United States in obtaining work permits and visas for employment in Laos.
ABOUT Saithong







    MPM, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics

    BA, Sanaphay English College

    BA, National University of Laos


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