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McDonald Patafta & Associates Lawyers

Laos > Leading firms Tier 2

McDonald Patafta & Associates Lawyers provides corporate and commercial advice to financial institutions and NGOs regarding international investment into Laos. The team works across a range of sectors such as banking and finance, energy and mining, and real estate, and is experienced in Lao registration, joint venture agreements, and Lao taxation matters for international companies. Overseeing the team from Singapore, managing partner Mike McDonald is a key contact, as is the Vientiane-based team leader Kaz Patafta. Furthermore, Khamkong Liemphrachanh leads the team in government relations.

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McDonald Patafta & Associates Lawyers (MPA Lawyers) (formerly Arion Legal) is a registered foreign law firm in Lao PDR and has been operating in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) since 2008 and is the only Australian law firm registered in Lao PDR.

MPA Lawyers provides international standard legal and tax advice and documentation for foreign investors operating in, or looking to invest in, the Lao PDR. With extensive commercial legal experience our senior Lao and foreign legal and tax advisors take a practical and problem-solving approach to their work, whilst maintaining a high level of integrity in all dealings.

Our team has the skills and expertise to guide clients through the complexities of doing business in Lao PDR and we provide excellent services to our clients by developing strong relationships, understanding objectives and working to ensure our client’s legal affairs are dealt with professionally and expeditiously.
In particular, we have specialist expertise in all aspects of mining and hydropower projects as well as other large-scale investment projects in the Lao PDR, having represented investors, lenders and the Government of Lao PDR for various projects.

Our major services and capabilities extend to:

– Foreign Investment
– Energy & Mining
– Corporate & Commercial
– Tax Advisory
– Construction & Infrastructure
– Property Transactions
– Project Finance
– Asset Purchase & Divestment
– Labour & Employment Law
– Environment & Agriculture
– Forestry
– Legal Due Diligence

MPA Lawyers is managed by highly experienced directors Mike McDonald and Kaz Patafta who take a hands-on approach in the day to day running of the office and provide expertise and support to the Lao team, a talented and experienced team of foreign and Lao national lawyers led by Soulignasack Liemphrachanh.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Director Mike McDonald +61 (0) 407 727 046
Director Kaz Patafta +856 (0) 20 5559 9430
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Rosie Cole  photo Ms Rosie Cole Legal Advisor
Mr Khamkong Liemphrachanh photo Mr Khamkong Liemphrachanh Senior Counsel
Mr Soulignasack Liemphrachanh  photo Mr Soulignasack Liemphrachanh Deputy Director
Mr Mike McDonald photo Mr Mike McDonald Managing Director
Mr Kaz Patafta  photo Mr Kaz Patafta Director
Mrs Chintala Xayyaveth  photo Mrs Chintala Xayyaveth Legal Advisor
English (fluent)
Chinese (Mandarin)