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Our Firm

McDonald Patafta & Associates Lawyers (formerly Arion Legal) has been operating in Lao PDR since 2008 and is the only Australian law firm registered in Lao PDR.

Our Vientiane office provides a full range of international standard Lao legal, tax advice  and documentation services for foreign investors operating in or intending to operate within Lao PDR and for governmental authorities, international organisations and local clients operating in or intending to operate within Lao PDR .

Our approach is commercially focused and adapted to suit changing economic and regulatory conditions.

We have represented foreign and local clients across a broad range of commercial issues concerning foreign investment into Lao PDR. We have acted for clients and as Lao Counsel to the Government of Lao PDR, and lenders on many large developmental and investment projects within Lao PDR including in the energy and natural resources, mining , infrastructure and construction, transport, real estate and project finance sectors

 Our major services and capabilities extend to  – 

Foreign Investment                                              Construction & Infrastructure                          Joint Ventures

Energy and Natural Resources                        Property Transactions

Legal DueDiligence                                               Corporate & Commercial

Employment Law                                                   Mergers & Acqusitions

Project finance                                                       Taxation                                                                   

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MPA Lawyers has been appointed as Honorary Counsel to the British Embassy and has also acted as Lao Counsel to the Singapore and Australian Embassies.

Our firm has strong links to the local and international business community and actively participates in community events. MPA Lawyers holds membership with numerous  organisations including Australian Chamber of Commerce  (AUSTCHAM) and the British Business Group

Our Lawyers

Kaz Patafta, our Director, is based in Vientiane and is supported by a talented team of foreign and Lao lawyers and tax advisors. The firm’s directors, as well as a team of specialist lawyers and consultants, provide additional expertise and support to the Vientiane office. Our team also travels within Lao PDR and internationally  in response to client and project demands.

Learn more about our foreign and Lao lawyers here.



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