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Corporate/M&A — Vietnam


Allens - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier practice held in high regard for its cross-border M&A work for major foreign investors and joint ventures. Advises a broad range of clients including technology, energy and natural resources, financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail and real estate companies. Experienced at handling matters for local, regional and international clients. Works closely with alliance partners Linklaters on complex, high-value matters.

Strengths One impressed client reports: “They have been very responsive, commercially practical and aware of US customs and practices. They are just what we look for in a firm in an emerging market.”

Another client says: “Their subject matter expertise was very clear during our interaction," adding: "We are very satisfied with the advice and results.”

Work highlights Advised TCC on its bid to acquire the Big C retail business from Casino Group.

Represented Abbott Laboratories in its acquisition of Glomed Pharmaceutical.

Notable practitioners

Bill Magennis continues to uphold his strong reputation for advising global corporations on high-profile inbound acquisitions. He recently acted for Orix and UOB on their joint investment into Bitexco Power, a matter valued at USD50 million.

Department co-head Bui Linh is well respected for her work on both international and domestic M&A. One client enthuses: “She is very practical, has strong relationships in the Vietnam business community, and gets to practical solutions to problems.” She lately advised Heineken Vietnam on its acquisition of Carlsberg Vietnam Breweries-Vung Tao.

About the Team (content provided by Allens)

Our Vietnam Corporate and M&A practice is focused on cross-border M&A deals for major foreign investors (including corporates and private equity funds), in addition to other forms of foreign direct investment in Vietnam (eg, establishment of branches, subsidiaries and representative offices) and joint ventures (or other forms of business cooperation).

Our experience spans a broad range of sectors, including energy and natural resources, financial services (including banking, insurance and consumer finance), manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, entertainment & leisure, food & beverage and real estate.

Our clients hail from all corners of the globe, particularly throughout Asia including the major Asian economies such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.

Overall, we are one of the very few firms in the market that can manage large and complex transactions with demanding timeframes where international quality lawyers are required on the ground.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with a very strong corporate practice covering acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment. Acts for a broad range of domestic and international clients from numerous industries, including hospitality, financial services and retail. Has an extensive track record of advising on the Vietnamese aspects of global M&A transactions.

Strengths One source reports that the team's lawyers “are very good as local counsel.”

Work highlights Advised Global Fashion Group on its USD20 million sale of Zalora Vietnam and Thailand to Central Group in Thailand.

Acted for Sun Life Assurance on its buyout from PVI Holdings of its 25% stake in PVI Sun Life Insurance, a deal valued at USD35 million.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Burke is lauded by one client as “smart, quick and a great negotiator." His practice encompasses a range of issues, including tax and M&A, and he recently advised Norfolk Group on its USD18 million acquisition of Condur Resorts from Indochina-Crescent Land Development.

Yee Chung Seck, based in Ho Chi Minh City, is co-head of the Vietnam M&A practice and advises on a range of commercial, corporate and regulatory issues. Recently, he acted for LafargeHolcim on its USD580 million agreement with Siam City Cement to divest its 65% interest in LafargeHolcim Vietnam.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Exceptional reputation for advising on complex M&A transactions in Vietnam, with additional expertise in corporate restructuring and investment matters. Regularly represents clients in the mining, retail, banking and automotive sectors, among others. The team has extensive experience advising foreign strategic investors on the acquisition of major SOEs.

Strengths One satisfied client says: "The quality is very high, we are always happy with their professionalism."

Another source reports: "They have always been first-rate," further explaining: "They typically managed to exceed expectations, and did not charge more than they said."

Work highlights Advised Warburg Pincus on its USD300 million joint venture with VinaCapital to establish an integrated hospitality platform.

Represented FWD Group in its acquisition of Great Eastern Life, a USD50 million deal.

Notable practitioners

Tony Foster has over 25 years of experience in Vietnam, and is described by one client as "extremely efficient: he knows the ways of the regulators and can get things done." His work of late includes advising Hewlett-Packard on all aspects of the restructuring of its businesses in Vietnam.

Bui Thanh Tien is praised by peers, who cite his good quality work and further describe him as "very technical and solid." He is well known for his work on inbound investment and acquisitions, regularly acting for investment banks and financial institutions. In one work highlight, he advised Mekong Capital on a number of investments, including those in Mobile World Investment, Vietnam Australia International School and Wrap and Roll Restaurant.

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VILAF - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Standout local practice with senior practitioners who continue to act as local counsel for global transactions. They frequently advise on complex cross-border acquisitions, with a focus on inbound work. Regularly appears on deals for clients from the food and beverage, real estate and retail sectors.

Strengths One client highlights the team's capacity for taking on major matters: “For big deals, VILAF is the best.”

Work highlights Represented ANA Holdings in its USD105 million acquisition of an 8.8% stake in Vietnam Airlines.

Acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on the acquisition of a 49% interest in BIDV Finance, a matter valued at USD50 million.

Notable practitioners

Tran Tuan Phong is highly respected by his peers for his extensive experience advising on a wide range of domestic and cross-border M&A work. Recently, he acted for TE Healthcare and TPG on negotiating and preparing documentation, including applications to register as foreign investors in a new business. He is also well known for his project and energy expertise.

Dang Duong Anh is described by one client as “experienced and reliable” and is known for his long track record advising on real estate and projects related to M&A. Of late, he acted for Shinsei Bank and Shinsei Financial on the transfer made by Military Bank of 49% of its equity interest in MCredit to Shinsei Bank, in order to establish MB Shinsei Consumer Finance joint venture, a matter valued in total at USD38.5 million.

Kevin Hawkins is noted for his work advising on cross-border M&A, with additional expertise in France-related matters. Peers also highlight him for his skills in the employment and energy spaces.

About the Team (content provided by VILAF)

The Corporate Team of 51 lawyers has handled some of Vietnam's largest and most complex M&A and restructuring transactions. The corporate team also advises on equitization, commercial contracts, antitrust, energy, direct investment, financial institutions, funds, insurance, private equity, and life sciences. As the largest corporate team in the country, the team is also well capable of assisting multinational clients on all operational corporate matters.

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YKVN Lawyers - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent Vietnamese firm with a high degree of experience in both inbound and outbound transactions. Its expertise covers acquisitions, disposals, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and general corporate work for clients ranging from multinational organisations to state-owned enterprises. Regularly acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, food and drink and automobile industries.

Strengths The team wins high praise from sources, one describing YKVN as "the strongest firm" in this space, while another observes: "We come across them a lot."

Notable practitioners

Vu Dzung is praised by one peer as “a very good transactional lawyer.” He is well regarded for his work on high-value M&A matters.

Diep Hoai Nam has a significant track record advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A and tax issues. He is also skilled at taking on international trade matters.

Singapore-based K Minh Dang frequently represents international clients on a range of cross-border matters that involve Vietnam. He is best known for his work on inbound acquisitions.

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Allen & Overy - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team with a focus on cross-border transactions, acting on high-value M&A and private equity mandates. Additionally advises on domestic transactions. Recent activity on deals in the financial services and food and beverage industries. Works closely with other offices in its network, such as Singapore, in order to provide extensive regional coverage.

Strengths "They are capable advisers who have the relationships in their network to get the deals done," a peer notes.

Work highlights Advised Central Group on its USD1.1 billion acquisition of Big C Vietnam from Groupe Casino.

Advised Saigon Securities, Vinacapital and Morgan Stanley as the consortium advisers in connection with State Capital Investment's USD500 million sale of its 5.4% stake in Vietnam Dairy Products.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Tran Anh Duc is described as “a leading lawyer” by one peer, while a client says he is “one of the top lawyers for M&A, especially for local law.” Recently, he acted for VietJet Aviation on a public offering of existing shares and initial listing of its shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, valued at USD167 million.

Tina LeDinh is a senior associate and handles both inbound and outbound M&A work for global clients, one interviewee noting that she is particularly "skilled at handling international matters.” She recently assisted in advising Vinacapital, Morgan Stanley and Saigon Securities as the consortium advisers in connection with State Capital Investment's 5.4% sale of shares in Vietnam Dairy Products.

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Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised for its corporate practice and focuses on restructuring, M&A, joint ventures, acquisitions and equity investments. Its client base includes high-profile names from the real estate, manufacturing, agribusiness, hospitality, infrastructure and media sectors. Particularly experienced at taking on inbound work for French businesses.

Strengths One client describes the lawyers as “very good; they are knowledgeable and give practical solutions.”

Work highlights Acted for Casino Group on its EUR1 billion sale of Big C Vietnam to Central Group.

Represented Accor in its development of a network of hotels across Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Nicolas Audier is the managing partner of the firm, and maintains his excellent reputation for taking on complex cross-border M&A matters. His work of late includes advising Central Group on the development of new supermarkets and commercial centres in Vietnam.

Etienne Laumonier is skilled at taking on investment, M&A and trade matters. He has particular expertise advising on international matters involving French businesses, and recently advised the Casino Group on its EUR1 billion sale of Big C Vietnam to Central Group.

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Frasers Law Company - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced in the corporate sphere, with a well-known bench that is trusted by leading international and local corporations. Regularly advises on competition law, corporate governance, acquisitions, foreign investment structures and restructuring. Works for clients in the retail, insurance, education and travel and leisure sectors.

Strengths A client who is "happy with Frasers' services" and would readily recommend the team, cites the firm's "solid foundations" in the jurisdiction as the source of his confidence.

Work highlights Represented Vietnam Infrastructure in its sale of a ten-company corporate group that collectively owned and operated almost 2,000 mobile telephony BTS towers in the country.

Represented two Chinese investors in sponsoring the development of a 2,000 MW thermal power plant through a PPP arrangement.

Notable practitioners

Mark Fraser is the head of the firm and has over two decades of experience representing international clients on a range of commercial and M&A transactions in Vietnam. He recently advised two Chinese investors on funding the construction of a thermal power plant in Vietnam. Peers say his is a "very well-known name" in the market.

Justin Gisz has a strong track record advising a range of local and global businesses on both outbound and inbound M&A work, and is also skilled at taking on real estate matters. Recently, he advised Vietnam Infrastructure on its divestment of a corporate group made up of ten companies.

Nguyen Lang has been advising domestic and international clients on a range of M&A work for nearly 20 years. She is also known for advising clients in the pharmaceutical sector.

About the Team (content provided by Frasers Law Company)

The firm has worked on many of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in Vietnam, and its combined experience and expertise enables it to provide clients with innovative, individually tailored solutions that help them to achieve their business objectives in Vietnam.  Frasers' M&A team has significant experience acting on the buy side and the sell side of transactions in connection with the acquisition of Vietnamese companies and assets.

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Russin & Vecchi Ltd - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly acts as Vietnamese counsel on cross-border M&A deals. Advises foreign and domestic companies regarding the sale and acquisition of strategic shareholdings in large state-owned enterprises. Noted for advising foreign investors on setting up and operating subsidiaries in Vietnam, with a focus on healthcare and insurance companies. The team also works on tax, environmental and contract negotiation matters.

Strengths One client enthuses: "We have been very impressed and satisfied with their professionalism, attention to detail, responsiveness and anticipation of risks."

Peers are impressed by the "many good transactions" handled by the team.

Work highlights Advised TNT Express on its acquisition of 20% of shares in TNT-Vietrans Express Worldwide from Foreign Trade Freight Forwarding and Warehousing, to increase its equity interest to 100%.

Advised Post-Telecommunications Insurance on its USD50 million sale of newly issued shares to Dongbu Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Sesto Vecchi has over three decades of experience advising international clients on Vietnam-related M&A. One client reports that he is "very knowledgeable and vastly experienced in Vietnamese law," adding: "It was comforting that he knew and delivered what we were expecting from him."

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut leads the Vietnam corporate team, and has over 15 years of experience advising on a range of cross-border matters. He is regularly instructed by clients to work on inbound M&A, finance and private equity matters.

Mai Thi Minh Hang is best known for her work advising on a wide range of domestic and international M&A transactions. She acts for both buyers and sellers, and recently advised TNT Express on its acquisition of 20% of the shares in TNT-Vietrans Express Worldwide.

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DFDL - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Sought after by clients for M&A, joint venture and foreign investment matters. Provides regular advice on local and regional transactions in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, finance, real estate, energy and retail. The team also advises on investment funds and securities matters, and works closely with clients from Japan, China and India in particular.

Strengths One source highlights the team's client service: They are very responsive, understand our perspective, know where we're coming from and keep our interests in mind."

Another client says that solutions proposed by the team are "very practical and workable."

Work highlights Represented Orchid Capital Investments in its USD57.65 million sale of its 6% stake in Masan Group.

Advised eCom on licensing issues linked to the establishment of a foreign-owned subsidiary in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Jérôme Buzenet is the Vietnam managing director, and heads the firm's Asia M&A practice. He has a broad corporate practice, advising on private equity, investment funds and M&A, and recently advised PEP Services on its co-investment with Academic Colleges Group into a number of education businesses in Vietnam. Clients report that he has "sound hands-on experience in Vietnam and understands local business thinking and practices."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with a good track record for M&A and post-acquisition matters in the financial services and private equity sectors. Client roster encompasses financial institutions, banks and telecommunications companies. Works closely with its Asian network, especially the Singapore office, in order to provide seamless cross-border advice.

Strengths One source points to the team's responsiveness as a key strength: "I appreciate Hogan Lovells’ accurate comments with timely manner for all instructions and requests given so far."

A client characterises the practice as "a quality player" in the market.

Work highlights Represented IFC on its acquisition of TP Bank's convertible preference shares.

Acted for IFC and Armstrong SE Clean Energy Fund on their respective investments into hydropower firm Gia Lai Electricity.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Olson is highlighted by one client as "thorough, responsive and very easy to deal with." He has over a decade of experience advising financial institutions and investment banks on cross-border M&A, joint venture and investment matters, and has recently advised NKid on the reorganisation of its shareholding prior to a USD40 million issuance of preferred equity to Standard Chartered Private Equity.

Samantha Campbell is based in Singapore, but travels regularly to Vietnam to assist clients on complex cross-border matters. Peers respect her for her track record and ability in this sphere, and she recently acted for IFC in acquiring TP Bank's convertible shares.

About the Team (content provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP)

Our Corporate / M&A lawyers advise on many of the largest and most complex deals around the world. We have all the resources of a global firm, along with deep capabilities in local markets and broad industry-specific knowledge across the Asia Pacific region. We are consistently ranked in the top 10 for deal-making globally. Over the past two years, we advised on more than US$320 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions – or over 400 public and private transactions.

With more than 500 M&A lawyers across six continents, our reach enables us to help with inbound, outbound, multijurisdictional, or domestic M&A, wherever a deal happens for our clients. Our clients appreciate the one-stop shop as we have demonstrated providing practical advice, resolving legal and business complexities, and addressing regulatory hurdles across all practice areas that impact cross-border M&A — from acquisition financing, antitrust, regulatory compliance, and tax, to IP, employment, national security review, and foreign investment regulation.

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LNT & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for High-calibre team best known for its advising on M&A transactions. Regularly acts for clients on cross-border deals in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and automotive industries, with additional expertise in antitrust and competition matters. Frequently takes on cross-border transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular experience handling deals involving South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Singapore.

Strengths One client reports: "Their quick response time is their main strength."

Work highlights Advised Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage on the Vietnamese government's USD400,000 divestment of its majority stake in the company.

Advised Blue Communication Group on the restructuring of its constituent businesses to enable CJ Group to acquire indirectly a 50% stake. The matter was valued at USD20 million.

Notable practitioners

Net Le is best known for advising on M&A and corporate matters in the project and banking spheres. He recently represented Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage in connection with the government's divestiture of shares in the company.

Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha co-heads the firm's corporate group, and has a broad practice encompassing M&A, labour and compliance issues. She recently advised a shareholder of Glomed Pharmaceuticals on transfer pricing issues linked to an M&A deal with Abbott Investment, valued at USD75 million.

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Mayer Brown JSM - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Solid bench featuring both international and locally qualified practitioners. Proficient in handling corporate investments and restructuring work, including advising on offshore holding structures. Its client base includes significant energy sector companies and financial institutions. The team additionally has a strong regulatory practice, and is known for advising global clients on Vietnam compliance issues.

Work highlights Advised FMO on its sale of a 20% stake in Sri Lanka's LOLC Micro Credit to a private equity fund. The matter was valued at over USD30 million.

Acted for Marubeni on its USD10 million sale of shares in a liquid petroleum gas storage facility.

Notable practitioners

Ho Chi Minh City's office head David Harrison is highly thought of for his work in M&A and foreign direct investment matters. Recently, he acted for Hillhouse Capital on a strategic investment into a listed Vietnamese consumer goods business.

About the Team (content provided by Mayer Brown JSM)

  • International and local law capability - Mayer Brown JSM is one of the very few global firms with​offices in Vietnam. We act as both international and local counsel on complex investment projects.
    We can advise on English law, U.S. law and Vietnamese law. With a multi-lingual team, we lead
    negotiations and produce transaction documentation in both English and Vietnamese. We are also
    able to leverage the resources of our global network to serve our clients.
  • Quality of contacts, clients and transactions – We have acted on a number of strategic acquisitions and disposals of companies and investments in joint ventures, including both foreign and Vietnamese companies in a variety of industries.
  • Industry knowledge - We have extensive experience in the energy and financial institutions sectors, and have advised on a number of major transactions.

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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded firm that combines local expertise with the support of the firm's network of offices in the region. Regularly assists foreign clients in setting up companies in Vietnam. Especially strong following among clients headquartered in Singapore, and advises in such key industries as real estate and pharmaceuticals. The recently expanded team is also highly capable in taking on matters originating from France and Japan.

Strengths A client identifies the team's responsiveness and communication skills as key strengths: "Their turnaround time is efficient and they provide clear advice for our management to make decisions."

Another client concurs, observing that the advice provided is "very concise and clear, and when I ask a question they give me a prompt reply."

Work highlights Represented Mapletree Investments in its acquisition of a USD215 mixed-use property in Ho Chi Minh City.

Acted for Nam Long on its USD27.5 million joint venture with Nishi Nippon Railroad and Hankyu Realty to implement the Kikyo Residence project.

Notable practitioners

Vu Thi Que is the head of department and key contact for the practice.

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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ Corporate and M&A practice has been recognised and ranked by leading publications, such as Chambers Asia Pacific.

The past 12 months has seen the firm been active in a significant number of M&A transactions and market entries.The firm has recently been in a large number of innovative and precedent-setting assignments, including the setup of companies whose business models have never been encountered in Vietnam (e.g., sogo shosha with multiple business lines and a full-scale printing and publication distribution entity in Vietnam)

Key industries include real estate, and Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers counts among its clients the big 3 Singaporean developers: Keppel Land, Mapletree and CapitaLand. The firm’s involvement in M&A transactions have been dominated by acquisitions of real estate projects, in light of the new real estate laws in Vietnam.

The firm has also been active in the pharmaceutical sphere, and is now one of only a few firms in Vietnam with expertise in such industry. It counts among its clients global pharmaceutical giants from Europe and the US.


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Tilleke & Gibbins - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Accomplished group that assists international clients with investments in the country through M&A, joint ventures and other investment vehicles as well as advising groups looking to divest their assets. Maintains a number of clients in the life sciences and aviation industries. Also advises on a range of M&A-related labour matters.

Strengths One client praises the team's up-to-date insight as follows: "They stay current on matters relevant to franchising and licensing and provide very practical advice."

Another source highlights the breadth of the practice: "They are a well-rounded, competent and professional firm with extensive experience and expertise in all areas of our interest."

Work highlights Continues to advise on franchising matters for businesses entering Vietnam, including Tesco, Arcadia and Subway.

Advised Herbalife Vietnam on a range of regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Treutler is a key contact for clients.

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The Tilleke & Gibbins Corporate/Commercial group advises on all aspects of starting and operating a business in Vietnam.

We regularly assist foreign clients in establishing representative offices or subsidiaries. We advise on corporate structure, local legal requirements, and preparation and filing of application dossiers, provide representation during discussions and negotiations with government agencies and prospective JV partners, and conduct related due diligence. We also assist with economic and feasibility studies, advise on real estate and land issues, and assist with other formalities necessary to obtain an investment certificate. Additionally, we provide assistance related to post-licensing requirements (e.g., tax and labor registrations and filings) and/or sub-licenses necessary to operate the business.

We help clients structure and implement strategic transactions that accelerate vertical or horizontal integration and industry consolidation, serving both international clients wishing to acquire operations in Asia by way of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other vehicles for equity investment, and international clients who wish to divest their companies or assets in Vietnam.

In addition, in a crowded legal market with many firms purporting to provide comprehensive services to business clients, we have taken further steps to differentiate ourselves by carving out strong niches in select areas such as labor, franchising, life sciences, and data privacy.

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ZICO Law - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for real estate development and investment work. Also advises on a broader range of corporate advisory and M&A matters. Client roster includes international companies from the manufacturing, food and drink and energy sectors. Has a strong regional practice with particular experience representing clients in Malaysia-related matters.

Strengths One peer reports that the lawyers "did a great, professional job in a tricky deal."

A client is also impressed by the practice's quality: "The team is responsive, professional and committed to delivering quality service to its clients."

Work highlights Recently advised HPL Hotel and Resorts on its acquisition of the Nam Hai hotel in Da Nang.

Notable practitioners

David Lim is the firm's managing partner, and is well regarded for his work representing clients on cross-border real estate M&A. One client enthuses that he "has been very helpful and patient in guiding us through the intricacy of the laws and regulations in Vietnam." He recently advised HPL Hotel and Resorts on a hotel acquisition in Da Nang.

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Duane Morris Vietnam LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice that regularly advises foreign companies wishing to set up in Vietnam, as well as on M&A work. Clients include local and South-East Asian investors, and a number of Japanese and European companies. Regularly acts for businesses in the food and drink, automotive, banking and media industries.

Work highlights Acted for Ibibo Group on establishing a subsidiary of redBus, its bus ticketing business.

Advised Tui Travel Accommodation on the establishment of a joint venture in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Giles Cooper is a key point of contact.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris Vietnam LLC)

The firm has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to support clients who have operations or investments in Vietnam, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Our lawyers represent a range of clients, including multinational corporations with operations in Vietnam, as well as foreign businesses seeking to establish investments in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia.

Our Corporate lawyers advise early-stage and mature companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. With decades of experience as well as fluency in Vietnamese language and business cultures, we support our clients in transnational transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions and defense against takeover attempts, venture capital and private equity transactions.

Recent Work Highlights:

  • Assisting redBus, a pioneer in online bus booking service in Southeast Asian emerging markets, in connection with establishing and operating a subsidiary in Vietnam to provide online bus ticketing services.
  • Advising Tui Travel Accomodation, the world’s leading travel and tourism company, on the establishment of a joint venture company in Vietnam.
  • Advising a leading Japanese restaurant operator with almost 5,000 outlets, on the structure and establishment of a first-of-its kind 100% foreign-owned restaurant chain in Vietnam.

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Vision & Associates - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Skilled outfit that regularly advises foreign companies on corporate matters related to their operations in Vietnam. Continues to be especially active advising asset managers and investment funds with targets in the country. Also skilled in acting on a range of compliance and regulatory issues.

Work highlights Acted for Duxton Asset Management on a transfer of bonds, shares and rights to Kalland from Beira.

Notable practitioners

Luu Tien Ngoc has over two decades of experience advising on significant cross-border M&A matters. Recently he advised an international agribusiness on its proposed acquisition of shares in a Vietnamese agricultural company.

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Senior Statesmen

Russin & Vecchi Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior statesman Sesto Vecchi has over three decades of experience advising international clients on Vietnam-related M&A. One client reports that he is "very knowledgeable and vastly experienced in Vietnamese law," adding: "It was comforting that he knew and delivered what we were expecting from him."

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Star Individuals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tony Foster has over 25 years of experience in Vietnam, and is described by one client as "extremely efficient: he knows the ways of the regulators and can get things done." His work of late includes advising Hewlett-Packard on all aspects of the restructuring of its businesses in Vietnam.

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Band 1

Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nicolas Audier is the managing partner of the firm, and maintains his excellent reputation for taking on complex cross-border M&A matters. His work of late includes advising Central Group on the development of new supermarkets and commercial centres in Vietnam.

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Band 1

Frederick R Burke

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Frederick Burke is lauded by one client as “smart, quick and a great negotiator." His practice encompasses a range of issues, including tax and M&A, and he recently advised Norfolk Group on its USD18 million acquisition of Condur Resorts from Indochina-Crescent Land Development.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Tran Anh Duc is described as “a leading lawyer” by one peer, while a client says he is “one of the top lawyers for M&A, especially for local law.” Recently, he acted for VietJet Aviation on a public offering of existing shares and initial listing of its shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, valued at USD167 million.

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Band 1

Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mark Fraser is the head of the firm and has over two decades of experience representing international clients on a range of commercial and M&A transactions in Vietnam. He recently advised two Chinese investors on funding the construction of a thermal power plant in Vietnam. Peers say his is a "very well-known name" in the market.

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Band 1

Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bill Magennis continues to uphold his strong reputation for advising global corporations on high-profile inbound acquisitions. He recently acted for Orix and UOB on their joint investment into Bitexco Power, a matter valued at USD50 million.

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Band 1

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tran Tuan Phong is highly respected by his peers for his extensive experience advising on a wide range of domestic and cross-border M&A work. Recently, he acted for TE Healthcare and TPG on negotiating and preparing documentation, including applications to register as foreign investors in a new business. He is also well known for his project and energy expertise.

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Band 2

Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department co-head Bui Linh is well respected for her work on both international and domestic M&A. One client enthuses: “She is very practical, has strong relationships in the Vietnam business community, and gets to practical solutions to problems.” She lately advised Heineken Vietnam on its acquisition of Carlsberg Vietnam Breweries-Vung Tao.

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Band 2

DFDL

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jérôme Buzenet is the Vietnam managing director, and heads the firm's Asia M&A practice. He has a broad corporate practice, advising on private equity, investment funds and M&A, and recently advised PEP Services on its co-investment with Academic Colleges Group into a number of education businesses in Vietnam. Clients report that he has "sound hands-on experience in Vietnam and understands local business thinking and practices."

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Band 2

Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Justin Gisz has a strong track record advising a range of local and global businesses on both outbound and inbound M&A work, and is also skilled at taking on real estate matters. Recently, he advised Vietnam Infrastructure on its divestment of a corporate group made up of ten companies.

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Band 2

Etienne Laumonier

Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Etienne Laumonier is skilled at taking on investment, M&A and trade matters. He has particular expertise advising on international matters involving French businesses, and recently advised the Casino Group on its EUR1 billion sale of Big C Vietnam to Central Group.

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Band 2

LNT & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Net Le is best known for advising on M&A and corporate matters in the project and banking spheres. He recently represented Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage in connection with the government's divestiture of shares in the company.

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Band 2

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut

Russin & Vecchi Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut leads the Vietnam corporate team, and has over 15 years of experience advising on a range of cross-border matters. He is regularly instructed by clients to work on inbound M&A, finance and private equity matters.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Yee Chung Seck, based in Ho Chi Minh City, is co-head of the Vietnam M&A practice and advises on a range of commercial, corporate and regulatory issues. Recently, he acted for LafargeHolcim on its USD580 million agreement with Siam City Cement to divest its 65% interest in LafargeHolcim Vietnam.

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Band 3

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Vietnam) Co. Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nasir Abdul of PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Vietnam) Co. Ltd is French-qualified and has almost two decades of experience helping global banks and corporations on Vietnam-related corporate transactions. He is also able to handle significant foreign direct investment.

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Band 3

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Dang Duong Anh is described by one client as “experienced and reliable” and is known for his long track record advising on real estate and projects related to M&A. Of late, he acted for Shinsei Bank and Shinsei Financial on the transfer made by Military Bank of 49% of its equity interest in MCredit to Shinsei Bank, in order to establish MB Shinsei Consumer Finance joint venture, a matter valued in total at USD38.5 million.

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Band 3

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vu Dzung is praised by one peer as “a very good transactional lawyer.” He is well regarded for his work on high-value M&A matters.

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Band 3

Mai Thi Minh Hang

Russin & Vecchi

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mai Thi Minh Hang is best known for her work advising on a wide range of domestic and international M&A transactions. She acts for both buyers and sellers, and recently advised TNT Express on its acquisition of 20% of the shares in TNT-Vietrans Express Worldwide.

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Band 3

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ho Chi Minh City's office head David Harrison is highly thought of for his work in M&A and foreign direct investment matters. Recently, he acted for Hillhouse Capital on a strategic investment into a listed Vietnamese consumer goods business.

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Band 3

Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha

LNT & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha co-heads the firm's corporate group, and has a broad practice encompassing M&A, labour and compliance issues. She recently advised a shareholder of Glomed Pharmaceuticals on transfer pricing issues linked to an M&A deal with Abbott Investment, valued at USD75 million.

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Band 3

Dilinh Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Michael Lee is praised by one international client as "a good general business lawyer with a lot of common sense and a good understanding of what Western clients look for and expect." He has extensive experience handling cross-border acquisitions.

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Band 3

ZICO Law

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

David Lim is the firm's managing partner, and is well regarded for his work representing clients on cross-border real estate M&A. One client enthuses that he "has been very helpful and patient in guiding us through the intricacy of the laws and regulations in Vietnam." He recently advised HPL Hotel and Resorts on a hotel acquisition in Da Nang.

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Band 3

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Diep Hoai Nam has a significant track record advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A and tax issues. He is also skilled at taking on international trade matters.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bui Thanh Tien is praised by peers, who cite his good quality work and further describe him as "very technical and solid." He is well known for his work on inbound investment and acquisitions, regularly acting for investment banks and financial institutions. In one work highlight, he advised Mekong Capital on a number of investments, including those in Mobile World Investment, Vietnam Australia International School and Wrap and Roll Restaurant.

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Band 4

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kevin Hawkins is noted for his work advising on cross-border M&A, with additional expertise in France-related matters. Peers also highlight him for his skills in the employment and energy spaces.

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Band 4

Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Lang has been advising domestic and international clients on a range of M&A work for nearly 20 years. She is also known for advising clients in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Vision & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Luu Tien Ngoc has over two decades of experience advising on significant cross-border M&A matters. Recently he advised an international agribusiness on its proposed acquisition of shares in a Vietnamese agricultural company.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jeff Olson is highlighted by one client as "thorough, responsive and very easy to deal with." He has over a decade of experience advising financial institutions and investment banks on cross-border M&A, joint venture and investment matters, and has recently advised NKid on the reorganisation of its shareholding prior to a USD40 million issuance of preferred equity to Standard Chartered Private Equity.

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Associates to watch

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tina LeDinh is a senior associate and handles both inbound and outbound M&A work for global clients, one interviewee noting that she is particularly "skilled at handling international matters.” She recently assisted in advising Vinacapital, Morgan Stanley and Saigon Securities as the consortium advisers in connection with State Capital Investment's 5.4% sale of shares in Vietnam Dairy Products.

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