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Our Story

Three decades of experience in ASIA

IAO ASIA is a boutique advisory firm gathering seasoned international and Cambodian experts in legal services, private equity, venture capital, project finance and, investment.

At IAO ASIA, we know Cambodia, the Greater Mekong Region and the financial capitals of Asia and the World.

Our Vision

“Your Gateway to Cambodia, and beyond”

As one of the fastest developing markets in Southeast Asia, the Kingdom of Cambodia offers attractive business opportunities, but also many challenges. Navigating its complexity and leveraging on the country’s growth story requires expertise, a deep understanding of the local business, political and legal/regulatory environments.

IAO ASIA is about
Investments, Advisory and Opportunities
Our values
  • Agility

  • Expertise

  • Ethics

  • Trust

Our partners


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Joseph Lovell

Joseph is a New York-licensed attorney with three decades of Asia-focused legal, investment and business experience.

Over the last decade, Joseph has advised on some of the biggest infrastructure investment projects in Cambodia, assisted numerous international banks and DFIs with crucial and significant liquidity loan support to Cambodian financial institutions, advised on significant M&A transactions, counseled global technology and telecommunications companies, coordinated international litigation, and supported IPOs and securities issuance.

Before founding IAO ASIA, he served as Managing Partner for two regional law firms with offices in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, COO/General Counsel for an emerging markets private equity fund management company in Cambodia, Managing Director/General Counsel for a financial group with offices in New York, London and Beijing, Corporate Secretary and Counsel for a Beijing-based LSE-listed private equity firm, Managing Attorney at a Honolulu law firm, board member for a number of companies and not-for-profit entities, and senior consultant at PwC (Taipei). 


Cross-border investment, banking & finance, and corporate law. 

Expert in sophisticated issues involving private equity, banks & MFIs, corporate and project finance, international M&A, and securities and public listings. 



BS (Georgetown University), 

MA & JD (University of Hawaii at Manoa) 

Member of the US state bars of New York, Texas, and Hawaii.

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Native English speaker 

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese (with the ability to read and write both simplified and traditional Chinese at a professional level)

Basic French, Khmer, Thai, and Hokkien.


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