Lao Law – Energy & Resources/Project Finance

The energy and resources sector remains a significant area of potential and realized growth in Lao PDR.

Arion Legal has been active in various hydropower, mining and infrastructure projects in Asia since 2000. In Lao PDR, where we have built strong connections within the energy and mining sector, we provide the following types of expertise:

  • Conducting due diligence investigations in relation to equity acquisitions of service providers and concession projects, and examination of the status and the legality of various hydropower and mining companies in the context of project finance negotiations for the lenders
  • Negotiating concession agreements, licences and approvals during all phases of mining project including prospecting and exploration, feasibility, and exploitation and production
  • Negotiating and drafting MOUs, project development agreement, lease and BOT agreements with the Government of the Lao PDR, as well as PPAs, EPC contracts and related documents for hydropower developers and contractors
  • Drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements between shareholder/joint venture parties and advising on optimal investment onshore and offshore structures
  • Representing various parties in relation to contractual disputes
  • Negotiating, drafting, reviewing, translating and notarising all project financing documentation, including loan, bond, security and escrow agreements

We have significant experience in project financing and have acted as Lao counsel for international law firms and lenders in relation to numerous large-scale projects located in the Lao PDR, including:

  • Nam Kong 2 Hydropower Project (representing the Government of the Lao PDR)
  • Nam Mo Hydropower Project (representing the Government of the Lao PDR)
  • Nam Ou (1, 2, 5 and 6) Hydropower Projects (representing the lender)
  • Nam Phay Hydropower Project (representing the lender)
  • Nam Sim Hydropower Project (representing the lenders)
  • Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project (representing the lenders)
  • Electricite du Laos – various transmission line and hydropower projects (representing the lender)
  • Saysettha Development Zone of Lao PDR (representing the lender)
  • The Turnkey Construction of the Friendship Hospital – Modernization & Extension Project (representing the lenders)