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Dispute Resolution — Vietnam


Allens - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed practice with a solid track record in dispute resolution. Significant experience handling cases in the international arbitration centres of Vietnam and Singapore. Particularly active on sale of goods and construction arbitrations, and in handling contentious issues for oil and gas clients. Works closely with its offices in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore to provide a strong cross-border offering.

Strengths Peers agree that the group is "strong in arbitration and cross-border disputes."

Another source notes that it handles "a lot of contract and construction disputes."

Notable practitioners

Hop Dang maintains an excellent reputation for his work in arbitration, frequently representing major domestic and international clients. In addition to acting as counsel, he is also regularly selected to act as arbitrator in a number of regional tribunals, including VIAC and SIAC. "On high-end arbitrations, he's the best," remarks one peer.

Managing partner Bill Magennis has over three decades of experience working on complex international litigation and is especially well known for his activity in the energy and natural resources spheres.

About the Team (content provided by Allens)

Allens advises on cross border disputes in Vietnam as well as international commercial arbitrations in Vietnam and Singapore. Hop Dang and Bill Magennis are two of the leading lawyers in Vietnam for dispute resolution. Bill has spent 24 years in Vietnam at the forefront of the market while Hop Dang has over 13 years' of practical experience advising on international commercial arbitration.

Our team on the ground in Vietnam is experienced in achieving results in commercial litigation and arbitrations that involve complex technical and legal issues across a range of sectors, including banking & finance, energy & resources, construction and procurement.

We are one of the largest foreign law firms in Vietnam, with both international and local lawyers and legal translators based in-country.

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Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Skilled disputes team with impressive credentials handling both domestic and international arbitration. Covers a range of cases including financial and real estate disputes, and also involved in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Vietnam. Key clients include a number of high-profile European corporates. The team is also known for its work advising on international trade and competition disputes, including contentious anti-dumping matters.

Strengths Peers agree that the team's lawyers have "done a lot here, and made a name for themselves."

Other sources add that the team's "quick responses are very helpful."

Notable practitioners

Clients are impressed by Bernadette Fahy, with one saying: "She has broad experience in commercial disputes in Vietnam and provided us with precise advice in relation to settlement negotiation with the counterparty." She is best known for her arbitration experience.

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles headline arbitration as well as local litigation through its alliance firm, BMVN International. Advises major international clients on employment litigation, joint venture and construction disputes and tax arbitration. Experienced in handling alternative dispute resolution issues, including mediation. Highly valued for its problem-solving capabilities as counsel on government policy and WTO issues, advising on matters ranging from competition to compliance with domestic advertising regulation.

Strengths A pleased client enthuses: "They are excellent, very professional and serious. They demonstrate depth."

Notable practitioners

Frederick Burke is the head of both the dispute resolution and international trade groups and continues to earn respect for his broad practice. Clients appreciate his experience and contacts in the country, with one praising him for "cutting red tape." He has a strong track record representing clients in high-profile contentious work.

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BizLink Lawyers - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Robust platform with notable resources in northern Vietnam and particular expertise in handling contentious real estate matters. Well known for acting on domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation related to construction and property sales contract disputes. Also assists with contentious employment and intellectual property issues.

Notable practitioners

Do Trong Hai is highlighted by peers as a major figure in the dispute resolution field. He maintains a reputation for advising clients in the construction sphere on arbitrations and litigations.

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Dzungsrt & Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Respected team for domestic arbitration and litigation, often sought out by international counsel. Frequently active in sizeable VIAC-seated arbitrations and on proceedings in the Vietnamese courts. Of late, the team has demonstrated significant experience in real estate and shareholder disputes.

Strengths Peers highlight the firm's bench strength: "They have a very good, new generation of lawyers."

Another source says that "the quality, response times and fees were all satisfactory."

Notable practitioners

Nguyen Ngoc Minh is a key contact for the practice.

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Frasers Law Company - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed practice active on an eclectic mix of disputes, including tax arbitrations, reimbursement disputes and inheritance lawsuits. Further experience in handling contentious IP and distribution issues for leading Western clients. Also advises on WTO compliance, and frequently acts in anti-corruption and anti-dumping cases. Frequently instructed by clients in the transport, pharmaceutical and banking industries, among others.

Notable practitioners

Mark Fraser maintains his solid reputation for taking on a wide range of international trade issues and is well known for his handling of contentious cross-border matters. He recently acted for a German packaging company in a shareholder dispute with its Vietnamese subsidiary.

About the Team (content provided by Frasers Law Company)

Frasers’ dispute resolution practice group advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including the employment, energy, finance, construction and real estate, FMCG and logistics sectors. In the last 12 months the firm has been busy with construction disputes, real estate disputes, shareholder disputes, tax disputes, employment disputes and intellectual property disputes.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Sought after by a roster of high-profile global clients for a variety of contentious issues and international arbitration work. Impressive credentials in the disputes space, with particular expertise in corporate investigations and corruption issues. Also offers capabilities in crisis management and contract disputes. Works closely with its Singapore office to bring significant arbitration experience to bear.

Strengths A peer confirms that the team has been "active in high-profile arbitrations," while another adds: "We see them on the other side a lot."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Tony Foster has developed a broad practice in his 20 years in Vietnam, including taking on a wide range of disputes. He often represents clients in arbitrations and is also listed as a VIAC arbitrator.

About the Team (content provided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)

Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/disputes-litigation-and-arbitration/

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LNT & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid credentials in both domestic and international arbitration and litigation. Acts on a range of landmark commercial disputes, from tax arbitrations to export-related lawsuits. Acts for clients in the banking, technology and government sectors, among others. The presence of two former judges at the head of the team is favourably noted by a number of commentators.

Strengths Sources are quick to highlight a unique strength of the team, one source observing, "They have two former judges, so they're strong in litigation," while another, reporting the same fact, cites it as the reason "I would send clients to them."

Work highlights Represented Saigon Tower One in reclaiming outstanding debts of approximately USD6 million from M&C.

Notable practitioners

The key contacts are Thi Kim Vinh Nguyen and Van Su Tran, who lead the dispute resolution team.

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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Advises on both international arbitration and litigation, with special insights into SIAC arbitral rules. Maintains numerous relationships with regional and domestic clients, representing them in cross-border construction disputes. Recently highly active representing businesses in contentious real estate and tax matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the lawyers' international experience, with one saying: "We would rely on them for cross-border disputes, especially international arbitration. They take a practical and thorough approach in their work."

Peers similarly recognise the practice as very prominent in the dispute resolution sphere.

Work highlights Represented Mapletree Investments with regard to a range of tenancy and rent arrears disputes affecting its retail complexes in Vietnam.

Defended a European manufacturer of confectionery against the Vietnamese customs authorities' claims of tax arrears, and the imposition of related penalties, in respect of raw material importations.

Notable practitioners

Huy Quang Chau has over 20 years' experience advising on a wide range of contentious matters. One client enthuses: "He is our go-to lawyer for construction disputes. He is experienced in both litigation and arbitration." Recently, he represented a Singapore fuel trading business in a dispute regarding the detention of a vessel and the subsequent confiscation by the authorities of its cargo of oil.

About the Team (content provided by Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers)

  • Top-Tier Dispute Resolution practice as recognised by leading publications, including Chambers Asia Pacific. Consistent in reputation with the litigation and arbitration powerhouse of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, the dispute resolution team at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers has garnered reputation in Vietnam as a leading practice.
  • One of only a small handful of law firms in Vietnam with domain expertise in international arbitration. Lawyers in Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers have experience in disputes resolved under the arbitration rules of the ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, VIAC, JCAA and Swiss Chambers, and have frequently been called to represent clients in significant cross-border arbitrations.
  • Key sector experience: construction and infrastructure, maritime, energy, tax and international trade disputes
  • The firm’s key clients in Dispute Resolution include major Vietnamese corporations, such as PetroVietnam’s various subsidiaries, and multinational companies across all industries, including financial institutions, oil & gas, real estate and services.

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VILAF - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for High-quality disputes offering which continues to win mandates from prominent local and international clients in the finance, gambling and construction sectors. Works closely with its corporate, tax and real estate teams to provide specialist expertise in contentious matters. Advises on litigation and arbitration relating to loan recovery and import duties and specialises in shipping disputes spanning collisions, damaged cargo and seized ships.

Strengths Peers welcome interaction with the group, one saying: "We have experience working with them, and they're good."

Notable practitioners

Nguyen Duy Linh is praised by one peer as a "tough, good lawyer." He is respected for his work on arbitrations, and has recently been especially active representing plaintiffs and defendants in construction disputes. He is well known for representing clients in the shipping and banking sectors.

Highlighted by peers for his quality, Pham Si Hai Quynh has been active representing a broad spectrum of clients in contentious matters for over ten years. He is especially well regarded for acting for clients in the shipping industry.

About the Team (content provided by VILAF)

The Dispute Resolution team has increasingly involved in dispute resolutions by arbitration and courts. We have a strong presence in maritime, finance, investment, and construction disputes by way of out-of-court settlement or before the Vietnamese courts. State agencies or the Vietnam International Arbitration Center, and acts as Vietnamese law expert witness in international litigation and arbitration.

Below are some of our notable experiences under this practice:

  • Representing Posco E&C in some of their arbitrations in Vietnam;
  • Representing for Taihan Industrial System in a dispute between DKENC Korea and DKENC Vietnam;
  • Representing SKE&C in a construction dispute against Vinalines concerning the Van Phong Inter-transhipment port project before VIAC and represented SKE&C against Vinalines’ request for revocation of VIAC’s award before Hanoi court;
  • Advising P&I Clubs in many disputes involving maritime insurance claims and vessel collision accidents;
  • Representing Hino Vietnam Automobile Joint Venture Company against its dealers in relation to the debt collection before the Vietnam International Arbitration Center; and
  • Representing Motorcare Co., Ltd. (a subsidy of Kjaer Automobile Group) in relation to the bank guarantee and vehicles sales contracts before Hanoi court;Representing foreign investors in relation to several disputes involving real estate development projects or involving joint venture development in such projects.

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Vision & Associates - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Robust Vietnamese practice experienced in both international arbitration and litigation in the domestic courts. Deep bench serving clients on a suite of contentious matters, from debt interest and sales agreement enforcement to construction and employee dismissal lawsuits. Particularly experienced representing clients before government agencies.

Strengths Commentators praise the team's cross-border experience, with one interviewee saying: "We'd instruct them, they have the gravitas to deal with international businesses."

Work highlights Acted for Hyundai in a dispute regarding the termination of a house sale and purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners

Le Quynh Anh is a key contact for clients.

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YKVN Lawyers - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Formidable local team specialising in representing clients in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration. Key areas of strength include project, construction and non-payment arbitrations, supported by additional resources in Singapore. Increasingly involved in the handling of complex shareholding, joint venture and ICC disputes.

Strengths Market feedback testifies to a substantial presence in the space, with one peer saying: "They're very strong in disputes and they get a lot of cases."

Notable practitioners

Truong Trong Nghia co-heads the firm's litigation practice, and has nearly three decades of experience representing a range of clients on complex contentious matters. He is renowned for his record of working with senior legal bodies and the government.

Luu Tien Dzung leads the team's litigation practice and is respected for his 20 years of experience acting on complex contentious corporate matters. He represents foreign and domestic businesses, as well as SOEs, both in court and in offshore arbitration.

Diep Hoai Nam is the head of the firm's Hanoi office and is highlighted by peers for her solid experience handling high-profile commercial disputes. She is also well respected for her complementary corporate practice.

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Band 1

Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hop Dang maintains an excellent reputation for his work in arbitration, frequently representing major domestic and international clients. In addition to acting as counsel, he is also regularly selected to act as arbitrator in a number of regional tribunals, including VIAC and SIAC. "On high-end arbitrations, he's the best," remarks one peer.

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Band 1

Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients are impressed by Bernadette Fahy, with one saying: "She has broad experience in commercial disputes in Vietnam and provided us with precise advice in relation to settlement negotiation with the counterparty." She is best known for her arbitration experience.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Truong Trong Nghia

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Truong Trong Nghia co-heads the firm's litigation practice, and has nearly three decades of experience representing a range of clients on complex contentious matters. He is renowned for his record of working with senior legal bodies and the government.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Frederick R Burke

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Frederick Burke is the head of both the dispute resolution and international trade groups and continues to earn respect for his broad practice. Clients appreciate his experience and contacts in the country, with one praising him for "cutting red tape." He has a strong track record representing clients in high-profile contentious work.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Huy Quang Chau has over 20 years' experience advising on a wide range of contentious matters. One client enthuses: "He is our go-to lawyer for construction disputes. He is experienced in both litigation and arbitration." Recently, he represented a Singapore fuel trading business in a dispute regarding the detention of a vessel and the subsequent confiscation by the authorities of its cargo of oil.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Luu Tien Dzung leads the team's litigation practice and is respected for his 20 years of experience acting on complex contentious corporate matters. He represents foreign and domestic businesses, as well as SOEs, both in court and in offshore arbitration.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Tony Foster has developed a broad practice in his 20 years in Vietnam, including taking on a wide range of disputes. He often represents clients in arbitrations and is also listed as a VIAC arbitrator.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mark Fraser maintains his solid reputation for taking on a wide range of international trade issues and is well known for his handling of contentious cross-border matters. He recently acted for a German packaging company in a shareholder dispute with its Vietnamese subsidiary.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

BizLink Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Do Trong Hai is highlighted by peers as a major figure in the dispute resolution field. He maintains a reputation for advising clients in the construction sphere on arbitrations and litigations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Duy Linh is praised by one peer as a "tough, good lawyer." He is respected for his work on arbitrations, and has recently been especially active representing plaintiffs and defendants in construction disputes. He is well known for representing clients in the shipping and banking sectors.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Bill Magennis has over three decades of experience working on complex international litigation and is especially well known for his activity in the energy and natural resources spheres.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Diep Hoai Nam is the head of the firm's Hanoi office and is highlighted by peers for her solid experience handling high-profile commercial disputes. She is also well respected for her complementary corporate practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Si Hai Quynh Pham

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Highlighted by peers for his quality, Pham Si Hai Quynh has been active representing a broad spectrum of clients in contentious matters for over ten years. He is especially well regarded for acting for clients in the shipping industry.

^ See whole ranking table