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DFDL Legal & Tax

NO. 3, RAJANAKARN BUILDING, AA FLOOR, SOUTH SATHORN ROAD, YANNAWA SUB-DISTRICT, SATHORN DISTRICT, BANGKOK METROPOLIS 10120, THAILAND
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Work +662 059 4090
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Audray Souche

Tel:
Work +66 26 363 282
Email:
Web:
www.dfdl.com/locations/thailand/thailand-advisers/audray-souche/
DFDL

Work Department

Thailand

Position

Partner 
Country Managing Director, Thailand
Deputy Head of Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice Group

Career

Audray Souche is a Partner and Managing Director of DFDL Thailand. She has been working in the region since 2004, combining general commercial/foreign investment experience specializing in energy and infrastructure projects. As the Deputy Head of the Regional Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice Group, she leads DFDL teams on numerous energy project development, financing and technical assistance matters in the Lao P.D.R., Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Bhutan. Audray has worked in DFDL’s Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., and Vietnam offices, and she is now based in our Bangkok office. Audray is the Head of the Clean Energy Division and has extensive experience on development and financing of renewable projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the Lao P.D.R., and Cambodia. She led the DFDL team on the P-Fund initiative financed by USAID to promote financing of renewable energy projects in the region as well as on various other technical assistance initiatives to promote the development of renewable energy projects and rural electrification. She makes regular presentations on the legal frameworks for the development and financing of renewable energy projects in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Thailand, and Vietnam.

Languages

French, English, German, Thai

Education

Audray holds a Master's Degree in Political Sciences/Public Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon (France)/School of Political Sciences of Innsbruck (Austria). She also holds a post - graduate Master’s Degree in European and International Law from the University of Lyon (France).


Thailand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The regional M&A team at DFDL Legal & Tax includes Thailand-based lawyers with local and international experience, who benefit from the support of colleagues based in other ASEAN countries. The firm's China and India desks, both of which are led by Bangkok-based partners, are additional draws for Chinese and Indian investors. The China desk in particular was strengthened by the hire of Oliver James Ting in March 2018, who re-joined the firm from an in-house position in Beijing. Energy, mining and infrastructure-related M&A is a mainstay, with recent highlights including the firm advising Royal Dutch Shell on the sale of its stake in the Bongkot natural gas field to PTTEP; this matter was handled by a cross-office team including Thailand managing director Audray Souche, Kraisorn Rueangkul and legal adviser Prateep Lumrungruang. Other names to note include Rashane Leerabandhu, who has over 30 years of legal experience, and Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan, who is noted for her 'crystal clear, objective and practical advice’.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Energy, mining and infrastructure has been a sweet spot for DFDL Legal & Tax since the opening of its first offices in the 1990s. Though it has expanded its services in the intervening years, the firm maintains a strong reputation in the energy space. From its Bangkok office, which was established in 2005, the team continues to handle a steady flow of instructions in Thai and regional energy projects. In particular, it has recently advised on a number of hydro-power projects in the region. One example is the firm's work, via an ethical wall structure, for both the sponsors and lenders in a 670MW hydro-power project in Laos; the intensive project saw involvement from key partners Audray Souche (who 'gives sound legal advice'), David Doran, Walter Heiser and Vinay Ahuja. The department's client base is kept purposefully broad, with instructions coming from local and international sponsors, developers, lenders and investors, giving the team a deep and comprehensive insight into the requirements of all relevant parties to a project. Energy-related M&A also features among the department's workload. English and Mandarin speaker Ivy Liu acts for Chinese clients in cross-border projects, with a specialism in hydro-power. Corporate lawyer Angus Mitchell has notable experience across the ASEAN region, primarily focusing on oil and gas and power projects.

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