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Corporate/M&A — Vietnam


Allens - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Robert Fish and Bui Linh
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients state that "work has always been provided on a timely basis," explaining that the firm's advice "has been concise and very easy to use."

Work highlights Acted for Standard Chartered Private Equity in its USD25 million acquisition of a 20% stake in e-payment company m-Service.

Advised on the acquisition of a controlling stake in e-payment start-up 1Pay on behalf of True Money.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Standard Chartered Private Equity, ORIX Corporation, IFC, Siam City Cement.

Notable practitioners

Hanoi-based practitioner Bill Magennis advises on M&A in the infrastructure sector, including acting as lead international counsel for Siam City Cement on a USD262 million joint venture project to build and operate a new cement factory in Cambodia.

Co-head of department Bui Linh handles M&A and corporate advisory work, and also advises on competition and antitrust law. Market sources praise her abilities, stating that she "can bridge local and international issues, making them work together." She advised Low Keng Huat on the USD49.3 million sale of the Duxton Hotel Saigon.

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Seck Yee Chung and Nguyen Lan Phuong
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients praise the quality of the firm's advice: "I've been very satisfied with the work. We generally have no issues because they are very prompt on client service and regularly keep me updated."

Other sources have commented that "they did very well on the quality of the work and business awareness" due to their "strategic perspectives."

Work highlights Worked together with the Bangkok and Singapore offices to advise Singha Asia on a USD1.1 billion strategic relationship with food, beverage and brewery business Masan Group.

Advised VinaCapital and VinaLand on the USD60 million sale of the clients' development rights in a casino development project to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Significant clients Singha Asia, VinaCapital/VinaLand, Indochina Land Holdings 2, Temp Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Burke is highly regarded for his broad corporate practice, including M&A and tax advisory work. In one highlight, he acted for Indochina Land Holdings 2, as the seller of 100% interests in four real estate projects.

Seck Yee Chung regularly works on investment projects and M&A transactions as well as providing general corporate advice to clients. He led the team advising Temp Holdings on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Vietnamese HR services company First Alliances, and sources declare that with his involvement, "you can be sure the deal will get done."

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Frasers Law Company - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced in the corporate sphere with a well-known bench that is trusted by leading international and local corporations in a broad range of industry sectors. Regularly advises on competition law, corporate governance, acquisitions, foreign investment structures and restructuring.

Strengths Clients highlight the "excellent" work done by the department, pointing to the "depth of the responses provided, coupled with the timely delivery of the requested information."

Discussing a complex deal, another client states: "We finalised it without an issue and they gave us great support. I was pleased."

Work highlights Advised a Hong Kong-based real estate private equity firm on the USD106 million acquisition of four real estate development investment projects in Vietnam.

Significant clients 3M, AEON Asia, China Telecom Global, FamilyMart, Mitsui.

Notable practitioners

Market stalwart Mark Fraser offers a wealth of expertise on corporate matters. He is described by a client as "prompt, friendly and informative in his responses," adding that "he responds to e-mails promptly even when on holiday, so I truly appreciate his attentiveness and his awareness that I need to hear from him even when the office is closed."

Justin Gisz specialises in M&A and corporate advisory, and is also knowledgeable regarding Vietnamese property law. He is highly praised by clients and peers, with one source stating that he is "a very solid lawyer who can take up the slack," while another highlights his "practical capabilities in M&A and corporate advisory services."

Nguyen Lang's has a broad practice spanning corporate and commercial law, including advising on M&A and real estate transactions. Market sources praise her high standards and appreciate that she "is very proactive and autonomous."

Department profile 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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Tony Foster, Don Stokes and Bui Thanh Tien
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

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. Expanding client base that includes international corporates, banks and private equity firms.

Strengths "Freshfields has offered outstanding service and is my go-to firm for our needs in the Vietnamese market," states a very satisfied market source.

Another client declares that they are "extremely satisfied with their performance," adding that they "rate them among the best in the country."

Work highlights Represented Warburg Pincus on the restructuring of and USD250 million investment in the retail properties of Vingroup, as well as subsequently advising the client on the expansion of the investment to over USD300 million.

Advised Hewlett-Packard on the restructuring of its Vietnam operation.

Significant clients Metro Group, Warburg Pincus, Hewlett-Packard, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mekong Capital.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Tony Foster regularly advises international clients regarding their strategic acquisitions and divestments in Vietnamese companies. Clients value his many years of experience in the market, and one source describes him as "a very wise guy with common sense" and the ability to "be creative and get us over cultural hurdles."

Co-head of department Bui Thanh Tien manages a broad corporate practice, with experience in joint ventures, M&A, private equity and restructuring. He is praised by clients who say: "Tien is an incredibly impressive lawyer, both skilled and adept at breaking down the complex Vietnamese legal framework for his Western clients and helping them navigate that maze."

Department profile by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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VILAF - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Vo Ha Duyen and Dang Duong Anh
- 12 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout local practice with senior practitioners that continue to act as local counsel for global transactions. Regularly appears on complex deals for clients from the food and beverages, real estate and retail sectors.

Strengths A market source claims that "they are one of the most recommended firms in Vietnam."

Work highlights Advised GE on its USD100 million acquisition of Alstom's Vietnamese power and grid businesses.

Represented VMS Investment and Chow Tai Fook on the acquisition of a controlling equity interest in the USD4 billion South Hoi An Project from VinaCapital.

Significant clients GE, Philip Morris, Nguyen Kim Trading, Sumitomo, Mondelez International.

Notable practitioners

Market sources declare that Tran Tuan Phong is "very well known for business law." He recently acted for the major shareholders of Nguyen Kim Trading in the sale of a 49% stake of their holding company to Power Buy.

Described by market sources as "very skilled and responsive," Dang Duong Anh recently advised Techcomdeveloper Projects Development on the VND2.11 billion acquisition of a real estate project. He is also well regarded for his expertise in the energy sector.

Kevin Hawkins is regarded by clients as someone with "impressive technical skills" and continues to advise international clients on Vietnamese transactions. He led the team advising GE on the acquisition of Alstom's power and grid business in Vietnam.

Nguyen Truc Hien focuses on corporate acquisitions, real estate and construction matters. Her expertise extend to cover taxation and tax structuring advice.

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: K Minh Dang and Diep Hoai Nam
- 8 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths A market source remarks: "They are very good with workloads, pledges and transactional accounts on very complex deals."

Work highlights Acted for Power Buy Company on the acquisition of a 49% stake in NTK New Solution & Technology Development Investment, the sole shareholder of electronics retailer Nguyen Kim Trading.

Significant clients PetroVietnam Group, Masan Group, Vietnam Airlines, Temasek, Central Group.

Notable practitioners

Diep Hoai Nam has an established practice in M&A and corporate restructuring. He also frequently advises local and international companies on trade and tax issues.

Vu Dzung led the firm's work for Power Buy Company on its acquisition of a stake in NTK New Solution & Technology Development Investment. Peers think highly of him, with sources describing him as someone they "are comfortable working with."

Singapore office head K Minh Dang has over three decades of experience advising on M&A transactions. He manages the firm's international practice and regularly advises on Vietnamese M&A deals.

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Allen & Overy - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: Duc Tran
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

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 acting on deals in the financial services and food and beverages industries.

Strengths "They were chosen for their professionalism and also their cross-border reach," one satisfied client states, adding that "they were able to provide the service across a number of geographies where we are active."

Work highlights Advised Kinh Do on the USD370 million sale of an 80% stake in its confectionery business to Mondelēz International.

Acted for KKR on its divestment of shares in Masan Consumer.

Significant clients Kinh Do, KKR, Standard Chartered Private Equity, VinaCapital, Gaw Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Tran Anh Duc is the firm's managing partner and regularly advises domestic and multinational companies on M&A transactions. He acted for Gaw Capital Partners on a joint venture to develop a real estate project with investment capital of USD1.2 billion. He is described by market sources as "one of the best Vietnamese lawyers in Vietnam."

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Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

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.

Work highlights Acted as legal counsel for Alstom on the sale of Alstom Vietnam to GE for a total purchase price of USD10.6 billion.

Notable practitioners

With more than 20 years of legal experience in Vietnam and across the region, founder and managing partner Nicolas Audier continues to be a key contact for French clients looking to invest in Vietnam. His main areas of focus are corporate, commercial and foreign investment matters.

Etienne Laumonier leads the firm's Ho Chi Minh City office. With broad experience in the Asia-Pacific region, he specialises in corporate acquisitions and recently advised a European-listed company in relation to the acquisition of a controlling stake in a prominent Vietnamese security company. Clients also benefit from his expertise in competition and labour law.

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DFDL - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: Jérôme Buzenet
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Market sources praise the team's qualities, stating that "they really understand compliance challenges that can arise" and also "have very broad coverage and a blend of internationally qualified and locally qualified lawyers."

A client points out that "they are easy and smooth to deal with" because "you feel they really know who you and your business are."

Work highlights Acted as counsel for ACA Investments on a proposed USD4 million investment in a group of e-commerce companies in Vietnam.

Advised S5 Asia Group on the acquisition of Jardine Matheson Europe's equity interest in Jardine Shipping Services (Vietnam).

Significant clients TPG, ANZ, ACA Investments, Mekong Capital, VinaCapital.

Notable practitioners

Jérôme Buzenet focuses his practice on M&A, private equity and investment fund formation and restructuring. Sources are impressed by his performance, stating: "I am particularly impressed with his ability to provide insightful advice on international legal agreements," and going on to praise "the quick responses we get."

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Mayer Brown JSM - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: David Harrison
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive 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.

Strengths Market sources highlight the personal approach of the department, with clients saying: "Sometimes you meet the partner at the beginning and then don't see them again until the end. At Mayer Brown the process is partner-led."

Work highlights Advised Cassia Investments on the acquisition of a stake in food and beverage chain Kafe Food through a USD5.5 million Series A minority investment in its sole owner, Kafe Group.

Acted for Development Finance Asia on its investment of USD6 million to establish an equipment leasing business in Myanmar.

Significant clients DEG, VNG, FMO, Solvay, San Miguel.

Notable practitioners

David Harrison heads the firm's Ho Chi Minh City corporate team and acts as lead partner on the majority of the firm's corporate transactions, with additional expertise in banking and finance. A very satisfied client states: "I couldn't speak highly enough of him. Had he not led the process so well, we couldn't have got comfortable with the risk."

Department profile 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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Russin & Vecchi Ltd - Corporate/M&A

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

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 an increasing focus on healthcare and insurance companies.

Strengths Market sources are impressed by the team's "professionalism and strong commitment to clients."

Work highlights Advised Post-Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance on the sale of 37.2% of its newly issued shares to Dongbu Insurance.

Representing TNT Express on the acquisition of additional shares in TNT-Vietrans Express Worldwide to increase its equity interest to 100%.

Significant clients Amway Vietnam, BI Private Equity New Markets II, TNT Express, PENMPartners, Post-Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut advises clients on the structuring and implementation of a range of corporate transactions. He advised Berli Jucker on the acquisition of a METRO Cash & Carry subsidiary in Vietnam for EUR687 million, and is described by market sources as "reliable and highly committed."

Mai Thi Minh Hang frequently advises on acquisitions, restructuring and equity investments, and is singled out by clients as "very smart, creative and knowledgeable." She was lead partner on the sale of shares in Post-Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance.

With more than 30 years' experience practising law in Vietnam, Sesto Vecchi is a veteran in the corporate and commercial space and is described by market sources as someone with "a solid understanding of local law." He remains active in the corporate field, regularly advising international companies looking to invest in the country by purchasing assets, incorporating new companies or acquiring land.

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Duane Morris Vietnam LLC - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Oliver Massman and Giles Cooper
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice that regularly advises foreign companies wishing to set up in Vietnam, as well as advising on M&A work. Clients include local and South-East Asian investors, and a growing number of Japanese companies, as well as European companies.

Strengths Clients report that the team is "very practical, always available and timely," and add that "sometimes with other firms you get information you can't really use, but they take a holistic approach to everything."

Work highlights Advised a Japanese restaurant chain on the structure and establishment of a 100% foreign-owned restaurant chain in Vietnam.

Advised TKIS AG and TKIS Vietnam on the Vietnam law aspects of a global group restructuring plan.

Significant clients Fossil Group, TKIS AG, TKIS Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Massman and Giles Cooper are the key contacts for the group.

Department profile 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.

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  • 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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We integrate the services of more than 750 attorneys in 29 offices in major cities throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middles East across all practice areas of the firm, creating a global infrastructure of experienced advisors available to represent our clients in all types of cross-border and international matters.

In Asia, the firm's locations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, together with its office in Singapore, Myanmar, China and Taiwan give clients access to legal services in markets throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

We also have country-specific practice groups for India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Russia, where our attorneys have strong relationships with the business community, to assist clients with their business operations and expansions in the region.


Hogan Lovells International LLP - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Samantha Campbell and Jeff Olson
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

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 telecommunication companies.

Significant clients IFC, Navis Capital, VinaCapital, IBM.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Samantha Campbell recently joined the firm, splitting her time between the Ho Chi Minh and Singapore offices. She brings with her more than 15 years of experience advising on joint ventures and acquisitions in emerging markets, and is also highly respected for her expertise in banking and finance.

Department profile 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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We act as an integrated team across our entire firm worldwide, working together across over 50 offices in 25 countries. In addition to our 10 offices in Asia Pacific – in Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Ulaanbaatar – we have an association with DNFP in Jakarta and an association with Fujian Fidelity Law Firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. 

Furthermore we maintain a China Desk and an India Desk.

The Hogan Lovells China Desk comprises a team of more than 125 legal practitioners drawn from across our industry sectors and practice groups. Located in 35 offices around the world, they work together to facilitate China inbound and outbound business ventures by delivering legal advice based on in-depth local knowledge combined with a global perspective.

We also recently reinvigorated our India Desk to draw upon the expertise of Hogan Lovells partners across our global network who are active on Indian matters. These range from transactional lawyers in the corporate and finance space, through to experts in areas as diverse as business restructuring, intellectual property, TMT, sanctions, anti-trust and disputes.


LNT & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Quyen Hoang and Hong Bui
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

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 pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and automotive industries, with additional expertise on antitrust and competition matters.

Strengths Speaking about a recent matter, one client declares: "They have performed the assignment fast and effectively, and we are satisfied with the results."

Another market source states that they "provide solutions and options."

Work highlights Acted for Shanghai Medical Devices on its USD50 million purchase of a medical equipment company in Vietnam.

Acted as counsel to Tael & Partners on its acquisition of 12 companies from Thong Nhat Group.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Roche, Samsung Electronics, Sojitz, Saigon Coop.

Notable practitioners

Net Le is head of the firm's infrastructure practice and often advises on complex M&A transactions. Clients single him out as "very impressive."

Co-head of department Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha represents clients in cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Impressed clients report that she "has a good understanding of the work we assign."

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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: Thi Que Vu
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

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 using recently developed business structures. Especially strong following amongst clients headquartered in Singapore and advises in key industries such as real estate and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Market sources describe the team's work as "excellent," explaining that "their response has always been quick and good."

Work highlights Advised Fairfax Financial Holdings on the acquisition of a 35% stake in BIDV Insurance.

Significant clients Cengage Learning, China Taiwan Petroleum, Excel, Itochu, Hitachi.

Notable practitioners

Thi Que Vu is a key contact for the practice.

Department profile by Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

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

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Vinh Quoc Nguyen and Jim Dao
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

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. Advises an increasing number of clients in the life sciences and aviation industries.

Strengths A market source explains: "This firm is very thorough in explaining the laws in Vietnam and distinguishing Vietnam's laws from other jurisdictions."

Work highlights Counselled US retail company Fruit of the Loom on a project that includes the leasing of factories and acquisition of land to construct a custom-built factory in Thanh Hóa province.

Significant clients Merck Sharp & Dohme, Marriott, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss.

Notable practitioners

Jim Dao advises a range of "very impressed" clients who point out that he "knows the law and gives good practical advice." He led the team advising Korean steelmaker POSCO on its acquisition of equity in Nippon Steel, including acquiring Nippon's stake in steel mills in Vietnam and Thailand.

Department profile by Tilleke & Gibbins

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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Vision & Associates - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Heads of department: Luu Tien Ngoc and Ngo Trung Hieu
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

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.

Work highlights Assisted BIDV Insurance with a private placement of shares valued at USD54 million.

Advised DWS Vietnam Fund on the preparation of an amendment to a convertible bond agreement.

Significant clients Crédit Agricole, Wärtsilä Vietnam, Duxton Asset Management, VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund.

Notable practitioners

Luu Tien Ngoc is co-head of department and has more than 22 years of experience on corporate law matters. He recently advised Duxton Asset Management on a USD2.6 million convertible bonds deal.

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ZICO Law - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department:
- Head of department: David Lim
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Market sources who have dealt with the firm declare that they "can get an educated opinion without much fuss."

Another source notes: "They answer in a professional and timely manner."

Significant clients GE, VinaCapital, Tokyo Keiki, Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park, Meito Transportation.

Notable practitioners

Head of department David Lim is well known for his corporate practice and strong focus on real estate. One client describes him as someone who "is a couple of levels above most people," while another market source states: "He is very clear about what you can and cannot do. He does not sit on the fence; he comes up with solutions."

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Senior Statesmen

VB Law

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Ngoc Bich of VB Law is the firm's founder and senior corporate counsel. He has an established reputation for corporate matters and is hailed for his longevity in the market.

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Senior Statesmen

Russin & Vecchi Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

With more than 30 years' experience practising law in Vietnam, Sesto Vecchi is a veteran in the corporate and commercial space and is described by market sources as someone with "a solid understanding of local law." He remains active in the corporate field, regularly advising international companies looking to invest in the country by purchasing assets, incorporating new companies or acquiring land.

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Star Individuals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Tony Foster regularly advises international clients regarding their strategic acquisitions and divestments in Vietnamese companies. Clients value his many years of experience in the market, and one source describes him as "a very wise guy with common sense" and the ability to "be creative and get us over cultural hurdles."

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Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

With more than 20 years of legal experience in Vietnam and across the region, founder and managing partner Nicolas Audier continues to be a key contact for French clients looking to invest in Vietnam. His main areas of focus are corporate, commercial and foreign investment matters.

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Frederick R Burke

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Frederick Burke is highly regarded for his broad corporate practice, including M&A and tax advisory work. In one highlight, he acted for Indochina Land Holdings 2, as the seller of 100% interests in four real estate projects.

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Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tran Anh Duc is the firm's managing partner and regularly advises domestic and multinational companies on M&A transactions. He acted for Gaw Capital Partners on a joint venture to develop a real estate project with investment capital of USD1.2 billion. He is described by market sources as "one of the best Vietnamese lawyers in Vietnam."

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Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Market stalwart Mark Fraser offers a wealth of expertise on corporate matters. He is described by a client as "prompt, friendly and informative in his responses," adding that "he responds to e-mails promptly even when on holiday, so I truly appreciate his attentiveness and his awareness that I need to hear from him even when the office is closed." 

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Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hanoi-based practitioner Bill Magennis advises on M&A in the infrastructure sector, including acting as lead international counsel for Siam City Cement on a USD262 million joint venture project to build and operate a new cement factory in Cambodia.

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VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Market sources declare that Tran Tuan Phong is "very well known for business law." He recently acted for the major shareholders of Nguyen Kim Trading in the sale of a 49% stake of their holding company to Power Buy.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Seck Yee Chung regularly works on investment projects and M&A transactions as well as providing general corporate advice to clients. He led the team advising Temp Holdings on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Vietnamese HR services company First Alliances, and sources declare that with his involvement, "you can be sure the deal will get done." 

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DFDL

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jérôme Buzenet focuses his practice on M&A, private equity and investment fund formation and restructuring. Sources are impressed by his performance, stating: "I am particularly impressed with his ability to provide insightful advice on international legal agreements," and going on to praise "the quick responses we get."

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Samantha Campbell

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Samantha Campbell recently joined the firm, splitting her time between the Ho Chi Minh and Singapore offices. She brings with her more than 15 years of experience advising on joint ventures and acquisitions in emerging markets, and is also highly respected for her expertise in banking and finance.

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Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Justin Gisz specialises in M&A and corporate advisory, and is also knowledgeable regarding Vietnamese property law. He is highly praised by clients and peers, with one source stating that he is "a very solid lawyer who can take up the slack," while another highlights his "practical capabilities in M&A and corporate advisory services."

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Etienne Laumonier

Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Etienne Laumonier leads the firm's Ho Chi Minh City office. With broad experience in the Asia-Pacific region, he specialises in corporate acquisitions and recently advised a European-listed company in relation to the acquisition of a controlling stake in a prominent Vietnamese security company. Clients also benefit from his expertise in competition and labour law.

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LNT & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Net Le is head of the firm's infrastructure practice and often advises on complex M&A transactions. Clients single him out as "very impressive."

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YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Diep Hoai Nam has an established practice in M&A and corporate restructuring. He also frequently advises local and international companies on trade and tax issues.

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Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut

Russin & Vecchi Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut advises clients on the structuring and implementation of a range of corporate transactions. He advised Berli Jucker on the acquisition of a METRO Cash & Carry subsidiary in Vietnam for EUR687 million, and is described by market sources as "reliable and highly committed."

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Vietnam) Co. Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

French-qualified Nasir Abdul joins PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Vietnam) Co. Ltd from Gide Loyrette Nouel as head of the firm's legal offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He is an experienced adviser on joint ventures and private and public M&A.

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VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Described by market sources as "very skilled and responsive," Dang Duong Anh recently advised Techcomdeveloper Projects Development on the  VND2.11 billion acquisition of a real estate project. He is also well regarded for his expertise in the energy sector.

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Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-head of department Bui Linh handles M&A and corporate advisory work, and also advises  on competition and antitrust law. Market sources praise her abilities, stating that she "can bridge local and international issues, making them work together." She advised Low Keng Huat on the USD49.3 million sale of the Duxton Hotel Saigon.

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YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vu Dzung led the firm's work for Power Buy Company on its acquisition of a stake in NTK New Solution & Technology Development Investment. Peers think highly of him, with sources describing him as someone they "are comfortable working with."

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Mai Thi Minh Hang

Russin & Vecchi

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mai Thi Minh Hang frequently advises on acquisitions, restructuring and equity investments, and is singled out by clients as "very smart, creative and knowledgeable." She was lead partner on the sale of shares in Post-Telecommunication Joint Stock Insurance.

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Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

David Harrison heads the firm's Ho Chi Minh City corporate team and acts as lead partner on the majority of the firm's corporate transactions, with additional expertise in banking and finance. A very satisfied client states: "I couldn't speak highly enough of him. Had he not led the process so well, we couldn't have got comfortable with the risk."

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VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kevin Hawkins is regarded by clients as someone with "impressive technical skills" and continues to advise international clients on Vietnamese transactions. He led the team advising GE on the acquisition of Alstom's power and grid business in Vietnam.

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Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha

LNT & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-head of department Quyen Hoang Nguyen Ha represents clients in cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Impressed clients report that she "has a good understanding of the work we assign."

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Dilinh Legal

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Michael K Lee joined Dilinh Legal Practice in mid-2017. He is singled out by interviewees as "a great partner" who "responds on time, gives very sound advice and handles the matters very well." His client roster includes high-profile multinationals from the retail, technology and real estate sectors.

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ZICO Law

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department David Lim is well known for his corporate practice and strong focus on real estate. One client describes him as someone who "is a couple of levels above most people," while another market source states: "He is very clear about what you can and cannot do. He does not sit on the fence; he comes up with solutions."

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Vision & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Luu Tien Ngoc is co-head of department and has more than 22 years of experience on corporate law matters. He recently advised Duxton Asset Management on a USD2.6 million convertible bonds deal.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-head of department Bui Thanh Tien manages a broad corporate practice, with experience in joint ventures, M&A, private equity and restructuring. He is praised by clients who say: "Tien is an incredibly impressive lawyer, both skilled and adept at breaking down the complex Vietnamese legal framework for his Western clients and helping them navigate that maze."

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Indochine Counsel

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founder and managing partner of Indochine Counsel, Duc The Dang provides experienced counsel to local clients. With more than 20 years of experience advising on business law in Vietnam, he also assists foreign clients with cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings.

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Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jim Dao advises a range of "very impressed" clients who point out that he "knows the law and gives good practical advice."  He led the team advising Korean steelmaker POSCO on its acquisition of equity in Nippon Steel, including acquiring Nippon's stake in steel mills in Vietnam and Thailand.

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VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Truc Hien focuses on corporate acquisitions, real estate and construction matters. Her expertise extend to cover taxation and tax structuring advice.

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Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Lang's has a broad practice spanning corporate and commercial law, including advising on M&A and real estate transactions. Market sources praise her high standards and appreciate that she "is very proactive and autonomous."

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