We are pleased to advise that Arion Legal (Lao) Sole Co., Ltd. (“Arion Legal”) has completed its restructure in order to continue to create a strong and improved presence and capability in the Lao PDR. With effect from today Arion Legal (Lao) will change its name to McDonald Patafta & Associates Lawyers (“MPA Lawyers”).
Under the new structure, MPA Lawyers will continue to provide a strong focus on the Lao PDR, building on Arion Legal’s excellent track record and standing in the Lao PDR where it has operated since 2008.
The restructure will allow MPA Lawyers to leverage the strong market position in the Lao PDR while providing the expanded resources and expertise that MPA Lawyers has to offer. MPA Lawyers will continue with its unique depth and reach in the Lao PDR and will provide significant opportunities and competitive advantages, building on the Arion Legal’s established position in Laos, in the energy & resources, hydro power, infrastructure and financial services sectors.
Mike McDonald, one of the founders of MPA Lawyers, as well as the founder of Arion Legal in Australia and the firm in Laos, has a good understanding of Laos and MPA Lawyers position in the market, and will continue to take an active role in Laos together with the strong team of lawyers.
Co-Director, Kaz Patafta will manage the team of lawyers and consultants in our Vientiane office. Kaz is the Honorary Legal Advisor to the British Embassy in Laos, a Former Board Member of AustCham Lao, and is a barrister and solicitor admitted in the Australian Capital Territory. Prior to his career in corporate advisory and law, Kaz was a professional footballer for Benfica (Portugal), Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets in the A-League. Kaz was represented and signed to the worldrenowned agent, Jorge Mendes and his agency Gestifute whom currently represent Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho. Kaz also represented the Australian National Team and was a part of the training squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
In addition, MPA Lawyers is associated with the McDonald Patafta Group, (www.mcdonaldpatafta.com), a professional advisory firm with offices in Singapore, Australia, Belgium and Lao PDR, specialising in corporate advisory and related business matching services, as well as investment opportunities internationally. The restructure with MPA Lawyers and the association with McDonald Patafta Group will provide clients with access to a far broader range of legal and business advisory services both in multiple international jurisdictions.
For a profile of the full MPA Lawyers team please visit our website (mpalawyers.com/our-team/). Please also note our office address remains the same and contact details may be found below.