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DFDL Legal & Tax

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Vinay Ahuja

Work +66 803 221 484

Work Department

Thailand & Lao PDR
India Desk &
Regional Banking and Finance Practice Group


Head of DFDL India Desk
Deputy Head of Regional Banking and Finance Practice


Vinay is based out DFDL’s Bangkok office as head of the firm’s India Desk. His core expertise is in Banking & Finance which has resulted in his leading the firm’s Banking & Finance practice.                                                                                                                                       
With 13 years of transactional and advisory experience, 7 years of which were spent in South East Asia at DFDL, Vinay has advised and represented myriad multinational clients in complex transactions relating to Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, Information Technology, Agriculture & Plantations, Transport and Logistics, and Telecommunications, besides Banking and Finance. Given his vast experience in Banking, Vinay is also the go to person at DFDL for its fintech clients. Lately, he has been advising a number of clients in the blockchain and crpyto space. His practice in the domain is growing exponentially.


English and Hindi


Bar Council of India, being registered with the Bar Council of New Delhi,
International Bar Association,

Inter-Pacific Bar Association


Vinay graduated from Symbiosis Law School, University of Pune, India, as a gold medalist.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Leveraging an extensive presence across the ASEAN region, DFDL Legal & Tax has a strong focus on regional energy, infrastructure and real estate projects. Much of its banking and finance work occurs in the context of project and real estate finance, which continue to be active areas. In one example of its strength in cross-border project financing and development, a team led by Walter Heiser advised a sponsor on the financing aspects of what will be the largest multiple dam cascade hydropower project in Laos; that team also included China-desk head Ivy Liu and regional legal advisors Briana Olson and Kunal Sachdev. Other clients in the development finance space include local and international financial institutions, foreign law firms and a variety of corporate borrowers. Fintech, e-commerce and cryptocurrencies are additional areas of expertise, and are also areas in which practice head Vinay Ahuja has developed a particular niche. The department also draws on the expertise of Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan and Rashane Leerabandhu, both of whom have broad experience in finance, projects and M&A.

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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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Within: TMT

The fintech team at DFDL Legal & Tax sits within the broader banking and finance department. It provides an extensive range of services to internet, technology and financial services companies, from licensing and IP to data privacy and employee agreements. The group has also seen an uptick in work from e-commerce companies. Much of its work is cross-border and multi-disciplinary in nature, requiring close cooperation between the firm's offices. In a recent example, Vinay Ahuja and Kraisorn Rueangkul worked alongside colleagues in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines to advise Gobi Partners on the Series A funding round of logistics platform start-up Deliveree. Ivy Liu is another name to note; she regularly advises China-based technology companies with operations in Thailand. In recent work, she advised a Chinese cloud computing and network security solutions company on legal and compliance issues relevant to its Thai subsidiaries.

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