Aristotle David

Managing Partner
ZICO Law Laos
d.+856 20 5801 1108f.+856 21 410 041


Aristotle David is the Managing Partner in Laos. His professional experience encompasses; company establishment, corporate and commercial, investment structuring, investment regulatory compliance, investment and project coordination, due diligence, contracts, real estate, labor, intellectual property registration, energy, mining, infrastructure, international non-governmental organizations, administrative and other government proceedings in Laos and the Philippines.


Aristotle was admitted to the Bar in the Philippines in 2000 and practiced in the Philippines until 2004. In 2005, he relocated to Laos and has been practicing as a foreign legal adviser in Laos since then. Aristotle joined DFDL in 2005 and VNA Legal in 2012 as a partner and head of legal. In 2015, He joined ZICO Law as the Managing Partner in the Laos office.


  • Registered foreign lawyer in Laos
  • Admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Republic of the Philippines
  • Lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Masters of Law, International and European Law, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Certificate on Principles of Intellectual Property Right, World Intellectual Property Office Academy
  • Certificate on International Courts and Tribunals, UNITAR/Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Postgraduate Diploma, International Human Rights Law, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Juris Doctor – Law, San Sebastian College, Manila City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines


  • Tier 1, General Business Law, Legal 500, 2020
  • Band 1, General Business Law, Chambers Global, 2017-2021
  • Band 1, General Business Law, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015-2021
  • Market-Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Asialaw Profiles, 2017-2020
  • Winner – Client Service Excellence, Corporate/M&A, Asialaw, 2021
  • Rising Star, Corporate/M&A, Energy & Infrastructure, IFLR1000, 2014-2018

I find him very proactive in bringing out possible issues when discussing any form of business in Laos. He is also approachable, and that is a key strength when working with him.” – Client feedback

I appreciate the enthusiasm, professionalism and accuracy you get when dealing with him,” – Client feedback

For foreign clients, I highly recommend him for legal service provision in the Lao PDR.” – Client feedback

Straightforward, responsive, and well informed.” – Client feedback

Excellent services, high expertise and interaction.” – Client feedback


On 1 December 2022, KPMG and ZICO Law entered into an agreement under which a number of law firms and teams from the ZICO Law network have joined the KPMG network of firms.

The deal will see more than 275 lawyers join over 2,900 legal professionals in the KPMG global organization, creating a significant legal footprint across Asia. It will offer legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who work with leading technology providers to modernize legal functions across organizations. The strategic combination increases the total number of legal professionals in the KPMG network to over 3,750 across 84 jurisdictions. You may read the press release here.

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