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Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Ho Chi Minh City

Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI - Paris
  • 18 Hai Ba Trung
  • District 1
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietnam
  • Senior Partner: Baudouin de Moucheron
  • Managing Partner: Stephane Puel
  • Number of partners: 95 
  • Number of lawyers: 600
  • Languages: Include Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • International Offices Algeria, Algiers; Belgium, Brussels; France, Paris; Hungary, Budapest; Morocco, Casablanca; Poland, Warsaw; Romania, Bucharest; Russian Federation, Moscow, Tunisia, Tunis; Turkey, Istanbul; Ukraine, Kyiv; United Kingdom, London; USA, New York

Firm Overview:
Gide Loyrette Nouel is a premier international law firm and the first to have originated in France. Founded in Paris in 1920, Gide Loyrette Nouel now operates from 18 offices in 15 countries. The firm has more than 600 lawyers drawn from 40 different nationalities. The firm offers respected specialists in each of the various sectors of national and international finance and business law. In each of its offices, Gide Loyrette Nouel puts its comprehensive knowledge of local markets, its regional expertise and the resources of an international law firm to the service of its clients. In Asia, Gide Loyrette Nouel has five offices (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), approximately 70 lawyers and more than 20 years of experience.

Main Areas of Practice:
Gide Loyrette Nouel is a full-service international law firm. The firm’s areas of expertise include foreign direct investments in China and Vietnam, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, outbound investments, banking and finance, venture capital, private equity, projects (finance and infrastructure), public-private partnerships, real estate and construction, mining, oil and gas, taxation, customs and foreign exchange control, intellectual property, telecommunications, internet and new technologies, economic and European law, international trade (WTO, anti-dumping), dispute settlement, arbitration, employment, public law and environmental law, transportation, aviation, maritime and insurance law.
• Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on the sale of CLSA to China’s CITICS for US$1.252 billion
• Advised GDF SUEZ - Cofely on a major project to build, own and operate the district cooling in Yujiapu, a new financial district in Tianjin
• Advised Air Liquide on the establishment of a joint venture with Sinopec
• Advised Pierre Balmain on the establishment of two joint ventures with Stella International Holdings Limited for the distribution and sale of “Pierre Balmain” brand footwear and other products in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other countries
• Advised Carlsberg Group on its acquisition of an additional shareholding in Chongqing Brewery Co. Ltd., a Chinese company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange
• Advised the giant Chinese agribusiness COFCO on the acquisition of Château de Viaud, a leading vineyard set in the prestigious Lalande-de-Pomerol wine growing area in France
• Assisted IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group, and IFC Capitalization Fund with investing up to US$182 million in equity and US$125 million in subordinated debt in Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade, commonly known as VietinBank
• Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on its partnership with CITIC Securities in global equity business
• Advised Capgemini on its acquisition of Praxis (Beijing) Technology Ltd., a specialist developer and provider of IT services in China
• Advised SEB, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cookware and small domestic appliances, on the acquisition of a further stake in Zhejiang Supor, a leading manufactuer of cookware and rice cookers which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange

International Work:
Gide Loyrette Nouel – whose head office is located in Paris – has a truly global presence. The firm has a long-standing full-service presence in a number of countries where the legal system is based on Roman-Germanic principles, in particular in Brussels, Central and Eastern Europe (six offices), Asia (five offices), North Africa (three offices). In New York and London, the firm’s offices cover all aspects of US and English law, in particular in the context of international financing transactions. Each one of the firm’s international offices is fully integrated in its local cultural, legal, economic and political context and maintains close relations with the local administrations and agencies, the key players in the market, and the international organisations and financial institutions. Gide Loyrette Nouel regularly works in close co-operation with leading law firms in the countries where it does not have offices and is a member of several international legal networks.


  • Unit 01-03, Floor 9, Tower B,
  • Parkview Green Tower,
  • No. 9, Dong Da Qiao Road,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • Tel +86 10 6597 4511
  • Fax +86 10 6597 4551
  • Email : beijing@gide.com
  • Website : www.gide.com
  • Suites 1517-19,
  • 15th Floor, Jardine House ,
  • 1 Connaught Place,
  • Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 2536 9110
  • Fax +852 2536 9910
  • Email : hongkong@gide.com
  • Suite 2008, Shui On Plaza,
  • 333 Huai Hai Zhong Road,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200021
  • Tel +86 21 5306 8899
  • Fax +86 21 5306 8989
  • Email : shanghai@gide.com
  • Pacific Place,
  • 1025-1026,
  • 83B Ly ,
  • Thuong Kiet Street,
  • Hanoi,
  • Ha Noi
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 4 3946 2350
  • Fax +84 4 3946 2351
  • Email : hanoi@gide.com
  • 18 Hai Ba Trung,
  • District 1,
  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 8 3823 85 99
  • Fax +84 8 3823 85 98
  • Email : hcmc@gide.com

Banking & Finance - Vietnam

What the team is known for Advises global credit institutions on a range of work in the sector, including financing, regulatory advice and other corporate activity. Frequently handles impressive cross-border mandates for clients who benefit from the firm's substantial presence across the Asia-Pacific region.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The blend of European and Vietnamese cultural expertise was really crucial for us - they really understood our needs and goals."

Pragmatic advice: "They gave great, proactive advice, and pointed out to us what was and what wasn't workable in Vietnam."

Work highlights Acted as lender's counsel to a major international bank in relation to a series of short-term facilities to local banks.

Advising a major global bank on its strategic exit from Vietnam through the transfer of loans and the restructuring and sale of its Vietnamese portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Samantha Campbell impresses peers and clients with her pragmatic approach and deep understanding of commercial banking. Interviewees describe her as "responsive and available."

Significant clients Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, IFC.

Corporate/M&A - Vietnam

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 13 associates

What the team is known for Represents a distinguished international client base that includes a number of French companies. Handles a variety of corporate matters, including M&A, joint ventures and restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Proactive, responsive and available - a very, very positive experience."

Clarity: "The advice we received was clear, clever and useful."

Work highlights Represented a major international bank in the sale of a Vietnamese subsidiary. Assisted in the bidding process, where both domestic and international groups participated. 

Provided a range of corporate advice to a significant international metals manufacturer making its entry into Vietnam.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Samantha Campbell as "smart, switched-on and super-responsive." She frequently acts for major international banks in transactions covering a range of sectors, including food and drink, oil and gas, and technology manufacturing.

Significant clients IFC, Nestlé Waters, Technip, Nexans.

Projects - Vietnam

What the team is known for Acts for a number of major sponsors and lenders on significant energy and infrastructure projects. Additional experience encompasses water treatment and alternative energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The lawyers there are always responsive and available."

Work highlights Acted for a major international financial institution on the financing of a significant infrastructure project in Vietnam, utilising new PPP structures. 

Represented a significant Japanese steel manufacturer in the development and continued operation of its Vietnamese project.

Notable practitioners  

Samantha Campbell is noted by clients for her "hands-on approach" and "really practical advice." Her recent practice has seen her represent both banks and project developers. She has a wealth of experience on sizeable infrastructure projects, including high-value road and water projects.

Significant clients Veolia, EDF, IFC.