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.
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."
As managing lawyer of the Ho Chi Minh City office, Milton Lawson frequently assists clients with corporate transactions, and sources agree that he is "a strong lawyer for M&A." He has recently advised companies in the resources, media and electronics sectors.
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."