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Banking & Finance — Vietnam


Allen & Overy - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market leaders with a well-regarded team servicing numerous international and local clients. Especially well known for adept handling of cross-border corporate, trade and project finance. Further capabilities cover cutting-edge international and domestic IPOs and bond issuances.

Strengths One client reports that the team is "consistent, reliable, and from our point of view a go-to for Vietnam."

Work highlights Acted for Credit Suisse as the arranger on a USD300 million loan facility for Vingroup.

Represented Dubai Aerospace in connection with the leasing and financing of three Airbus A350 planes to Vietnam Airlines.

Notable practitioners

Tran Anh Duc is highly experienced in taking on complex finance matters for major banks and financial institutions. One peer reports that he is "clearly very good" in this space. He is also well known for his work in the capital markets sphere, and recently advised VietJet on its USD170 million IPO on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

Adam Moncrieff is the office managing partner and known for his extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders on structured and acquisition finance matters. He acted for Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility on the issuance of USD134 million in unsecured bonds by Vingroup.

Described as "a name to watch," Quy Nguyen is a senior associate with over a decade of experience advising banks and borrowers in complex convertible and syndicated loan offerings. He was part of a team that advised Credit Suisse on PPF Vietnam's USD50 million receivables-backed financing.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work in project and asset finance, advising foreign banks operating in Vietnam and foreign investors on a broad range of regulatory issues. Also skilled at taking on restructuring matters for major financial institutions. Additional strength in capital markets, acting as counsel for numerous international investment banks on securities, derivatives and equity and debt mandates.

Strengths One client says that the team "maintains a stable and good quality in providing their advice."

Another client praises the lawyers' "good response times and knowledge of the local environment."

Work highlights Advised Asian Development Bank on a USD225 million project financing of Tiwi MakBan Geothermal Power Plants.

Represented Dragon Capital Group in connection with the USD50 million loan facility granted to it by IFC.

Notable practitioners

Tony Foster is praised by one client as "an excellent lawyer in terms of both legal knowledge and commercial mindset." He has over two decades of experience acting for financiers, developers and sponsors on major finance restructuring matters. Recently, he acted for a range of international credit institutions in restructuring their investments in Vietnamese banks.

Bui Thanh Tien is lauded by one client as "one of the best corporate lawyers in Vietnam, with excellent transactional skills." He is the head of the Vietnam banking and finance practice and acts for lenders and borrowers on a range of project, corporate and acquisition finance matters. He was part of a team advising Dragon Capital on its receipt of a loan from IFC.

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YKVN Lawyers - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice regularly acting for both borrowers and lenders on complex financings. Long-standing roster of prominent international clients including major global investment banks, as well as Vietnam's state-owned banks. Highly valued for its banking and capital markets expertise, including corporate and project finance, with particular strength in the local market.

Strengths The practice's prominence in this sphere is highlighted by interviewees, one peer saying: "They are very active in the market," while another adds: "They're very strong in this space."

Notable practitioners

Vu Dzung is very well known for his work in capital markets, representing major international and domestic banks in both debt and equity issuances. He also enjoys a good reputation for his experience in the banking and finance sphere, with asset finance being a particular area of expertise.

Managing partner Truong Nhat Quang receives universal acclaim from peers, with one saying: "He's very respected and capable." He has a strong track record acting for major banks and financial institutions on a range of acquisition finance matters. He is also highly regarded for his capital markets experience, handling both equity and debt offerings.

Duong Thu Ha is best known for her experience advising domestic and global banks on major financings. She wins plaudits for her skill in taking on capital markets issues, including handling complex swaps and derivative transactions.

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Allens - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Noted for working on the financing of major resources, power and infrastructure projects and also able to assist with private equity, debt and structured finance mandates. The team's significant domestic offering is supplemented by the firm's continued regional co-operation with Linklaters. Well known for its work handling hybrid capital market offerings, including convertible bond issuances.

Strengths One peer emphasises the strength of the team's bench, saying: "I have a lot of respect for them. They have a lot of very good individual practitioners."

Other sources highlight banking and finance as an area of strength for the firm.

Work highlights Acted for Goldman Sachs as the arranger in a USD250 million syndicated financing to BT20 - Cuu Long JSC in connection with a national highway project.

Representing IFC on its EUR4 million loan to Gel Ga JSC Vietnam to expand its chicken hatcheries.

Notable practitioners

Robert Fish has a high reputation for his experience in the banking and finance space, including work on structured finance matters. He is also skilled at taking on project finance transactions, and recently advised the Asia Development Bank on its USD100 million financing to China Everbright to finance waste-to-energy projects in Vietnam.

About the Team (content provided by Allens)

Allens' Vietnam Banking & Finance practice is best known for working on the largest and most complex financings in the country, particularly the financing of major resources, power and infrastructure projects. We have acted on more major projects in Vietnam than any other firm, including continuing to act as both international and Vietnam counsel on the US$9 billion dollar Nghi Son Refinery Project and as Vietnam counsel on the Vung Ang II and Vinh Tan III power plants, three of the largest ongoing projects in the region.

We often take the project company/sponsor role as a result of our 'whole of project' approach where we are engaged at an early stage to assist with establishment and core project agreements. However, we are increasingly acting for arrangers and lenders in these transactions reflecting the extremely strong joint client base of Allens and Linklaters.

We also continue to develop our transactional Banking & Finance practice outside of the project finance space. We are well-known for cross-border complex financing, including debt/equity instruments such as convertible bonds. We regularly team with the Linklaters teams in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand to provide advice on the Vietnamese elements of cross-border financings. We give structuring advice on proposed transactions to many international banks.

Our practice has a strong regulatory/compliance focus and we regularly advise banks and insurance companies on issues arising for their business in Vietnam.

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Baker McKenzie - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected for its handling of cross-border matters involving major local and international banks. Maintains a strong practice in the lenders' and borrowers' market and is involved in numerous syndicated loan transactions. Skilled at advising on various financial services regulations, as well as handling restructuring and structured finance matters.

Strengths One client praises Baker McKenzie as "a very big name with a strong reputation" in this space.

Work highlights Represented Bangkok Bank in a USD140 million loan to Mega Market supporting its acquisition of Big C Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Oanh Hoang Kim Nguyen is highlighted by one client for her "good knowledge and understanding of regulations." She has over a decade of experience acting for domestic and international banks on a range of corporate and project finance mandates. She advised Canadian Solar on obtaining a USD60 million loan from IFC.

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Mayer Brown JSM - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Advises domestic, international and development banks on large banking and finance transactions. Continues to broaden its regional footprint through the provision of transactional advice to banking organisations across South-East Asia, and is especially well known for its work in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Also well thought of for its work in the project finance space.

Strengths A client highlights the team's availability: "They're there when I need them, 24/7, and have a quick turnaround."

Work highlights Acted for Vingroup as borrower in its USD300 million syndicated term loan from Credit Suisse.

Represented FMO and DEG in a USD40 million loan to Eastern Bank to support local SMEs and green lending.

Notable practitioners

Hoang Anh Nguyen is highly respected for his work in the capital markets sphere, and in debt offerings in particular. He acted for Vingroup in its VND3 trillion senior bond offering. He is also active in the traditional banking and finance space, with over 20 years' experience there.

David Harrison is very well known for his work on cross-border transactions, especially on matters concerning Mongolia. He acted for Obviam as a parallel lender on a USD108 million loan to Xacbank to develop SMEs.

About the Team (content provided by Mayer Brown JSM)

Mayer Brown JSM's Vietnam Banking and Finance practice is recognised by both clients and market commentators as a market leader in Vietnam. We advise on the full spectrum of banking and finance as well as Capital Markets transactions. Our team has built an extensive client list and generates a significant amount of work based on our market expertise and reputation. Not only do we act on Vietnam transactions, but our team members in Vietnam are also representing banking organisations
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VILAF - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Impressive group of banking and finance practitioners with a busy practice advising numerous banks and a particular focus on Japanese and Chinese institutions requiring advice on Vietnam regulations. Especially well known for its work in export financing, as well as in asset and project finance. The expansive team features a large number of English-speaking finance lawyers.

Strengths One client appreciates that this is "one of the largest law firms in Vietnam, with in-depth knowledge of Vietnam's culture and the legal development."

Work highlights Advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the USD510 syndicated financing of a highway project.

Represented Jetstar Pacific Airlines on the financing of initial payments relating to its USD930 million purchase of ten Airbus 320 planes.

Notable practitioners

Nguyen Quang Hung is well known for his work in acquisition finance and has recently acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on its USD50 million acquisition of a 49% stake in BIDV Finance. Peers agree that he is skilled at taking on finance work. He is also an adept handler of capital markets matters.

Vo Ha Duyen has two decades of experience representing domestic and international banks on a wide range of finance transactions. She is skilled at handling asset finance issues, and acted for BNP Paribas and AWAS in their financing of a number of Airbus aircraft for VietJet.

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The Banking & Finance team of 20 lawyers advises multinational financial institutions and investors in relation to complex deals in financing manufacturing, acquisition, infrastructure, and energy projects in Vietnam and in securities transactions. 

VILAF provides advise across a wide range of financial products including asset finance, bonds, international listing transaction, IPO, derivatives, project finance, restructuring, and structured finance.

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Frasers Law Company - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Busy team working on cross-border banking transactions, providing international counsel to borrowers and lenders, with particular experience advising Chinese and Japanese banks. Additionally, the team provides general corporate, M&A and capital markets advice. Further experience includes advising businesses on complex structuring matters.

Work highlights Represented Lifestyle Project Management with regard to a comprehensive range of aspects of its rollout of digital banking services in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Mark Fraser is the firm's managing partner, and is known for his work representing international clients on inbound finance. He has over 20 years' experience in the market and is also respected for his corporate M&A expertise.

About the Team (content provided by Frasers Law Company)

Frasers’ banking and finance practice is extremely strong, and the team advises on high-profile, large-scale and complex projects for international clients, including major multinational financial institutions that have established operations in Vietnam and/or been involved in major domestic/or cross-border lending transactions within Vietnam.

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Vision & Associates - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Handles a wide range of banking and capital market transactions, counselling clients on the establishment of domestic and foreign credit facilities and investment funds, syndicated bank lending and project financing. Also advises on foreign exchange operation issues, in order to assist international clients develop businesses in Vietnam. Also active providing advisory services to various Vietnamese government agencies.

Work highlights Represented Franklin Templeton Investments in the sale of listed securities.

Advised the World Bank in working with the government to set up a USD300 million city infrastructure financing facility.

Notable practitioners

Luu Tien Ngoc has over two decades' experience advising clients on acquisition and project finance matters. He is also skilled at representing international businesses on foreign direct investment.

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Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Regularly advises local and international clients, including investment banks, funds and other financial institutions. Advises on the lender, borrower, issuer or guarantor side and has an established track record on debt refinancing, securitisation and regulatory advice. Additionally skilled at advising on a range of equity and debt capital market matters, including IPOs and bond offerings.

Work highlights Acted for Agence Française de Développement on the potential impact of a draft law concerning the conclusion, accession and implementation of treaties on its status in Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

Nicolas Audier is a key point of contact.

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LNT & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised in the market for its financial services practice, providing solid advice on project finance work both locally and on Asia cross-border matters. Known for being especially active in the handling of well-known domestic clients such as banks and other financial institutions, professional services companies and consumer product manufacturers. Additionally skilled at negotiating credit arrangements with corporates in the travel sector.

Work highlights Acted for the Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam in extending a USD203 million loan to Haiphong International Container Terminal for the construction of a gateway port.

Notable practitioners

Net Le is known for advising on cross-border lending mandates, with project finance as a particular area of expertise. His recent work includes representing a Vietnamese bank in financing a major port project.

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Russin & Vecchi Ltd - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well versed in a wide variety of financing and capital market transactions, with a busy practice representing major investment banks and international companies. Has advised clients in Vietnam for over three decades through offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and is often instructed by international law firms as special counsel on local transactions. Especially known for its work advising on complex derivatives regulatory matters.

Strengths Feedback highlights the group's task management, with one commentator noting: "It's a great, great working relationship and they provide a streamlined process, despite the time difference."

Work highlights Acted for Mega Bank on syndicated loans valued in total at USD165 million to Cheng Poong Paper to finance the construction of a paper factory.

Advised the Bank of Singapore and SMBC on derivatives trade regulations.

Notable practitioners

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut is praised by peers, with one saying: "He's wonderfully calm, and does well in difficult situations. I have a lot of time for him." He is known for his work advising on complicated cross-border matters, and recently acted for Mega Bank on its USD25 million acquisition finance loan to an offshore cable company.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tran Anh Duc is highly experienced in taking on complex finance matters for major banks and financial institutions. One peer reports that he is "clearly very good" in this space. He is also well known for his work in the capital markets sphere, and recently advised VietJet on its USD170 million IPO on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

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Band 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Tony Foster is praised by one client as "an excellent lawyer in terms of both legal knowledge and commercial mindset." He has over two decades of experience acting for financiers, developers and sponsors on major finance restructuring matters. Recently, he acted for a range of international credit institutions in restructuring their investments in Vietnamese banks.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Truong Nhat Quang

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Truong Nhat Quang receives universal acclaim from peers, with one saying: "He's very respected and capable." He has a strong track record acting for major banks and financial institutions on a range of acquisition finance matters. He is also highly regarded for his capital markets experience, handling both equity and debt offerings.

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Band 2

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vu Dzung is very well known for his work in capital markets, representing major international and domestic banks in both debt and equity issuances. He also enjoys a good reputation for his experience in the banking and finance sphere, with asset finance being a particular area of expertise.

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Band 2

Allens

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Robert Fish has a high reputation for his experience in the banking and finance space, including work on structured finance matters. He is also skilled at taking on project finance transactions, and recently advised the Asia Development Bank on its USD100 million financing to China Everbright to finance waste-to-energy projects in Vietnam.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

YKVN Lawyers

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Duong Thu Ha is best known for her experience advising domestic and global banks on major financings. She wins plaudits for her skill in taking on capital markets issues, including handling complex swaps and derivative transactions.

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Band 2

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

David Harrison is very well known for his work on cross-border transactions, especially on matters concerning Mongolia. He acted for Obviam as a parallel lender on a USD108 million loan to Xacbank to develop SMEs.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Nguyen Quang Hung

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Quang Hung is well known for his work in acquisition finance and has recently acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on its USD50 million acquisition of a 49% stake in BIDV Finance. Peers agree that he is skilled at taking on finance work. He is also an adept handler of capital markets matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Mayer Brown JSM

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hoang Anh Nguyen is highly respected for his work in the capital markets sphere, and in debt offerings in particular. He acted for Vingroup in its VND3 trillion senior bond offering. He is also active in the traditional banking and finance space, with over 20 years' experience there.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Oanh Hoang Kim Nguyen

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Oanh Hoang Kim Nguyen is highlighted by one client for her "good knowledge and understanding of regulations." She has over a decade of experience acting for domestic and international banks on a range of corporate and project finance mandates. She advised Canadian Solar on obtaining a USD60 million loan from IFC.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bui Thanh Tien is lauded by one client as "one of the best corporate lawyers in Vietnam, with excellent transactional skills." He is the head of the Vietnam banking and finance practice and acts for lenders and borrowers on a range of project, corporate and acquisition finance matters. He was part of a team advising Dragon Capital on its receipt of a loan from IFC.

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Band 3

VILAF

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vo Ha Duyen has two decades of experience representing domestic and international banks on a wide range of finance transactions. She is skilled at handling asset finance issues, and acted for BNP Paribas and AWAS in their financing of a number of Airbus aircraft for VietJet.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Frasers Law Company

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mark Fraser is the firm's managing partner, and is known for his work representing international clients on inbound finance. He has over 20 years' experience in the market and is also respected for his corporate M&A expertise.

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Band 3

LNT & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Net Le is known for advising on cross-border lending mandates, with project finance as a particular area of expertise. His recent work includes representing a Vietnamese bank in financing a major port project.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Adam Moncrieff is the office managing partner and known for his extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders on structured and acquisition finance matters. He acted for Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility on the issuance of USD134 million in unsecured bonds by Vingroup.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Vision & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Luu Tien Ngoc has over two decades' experience advising clients on acquisition and project finance matters. He is also skilled at representing international businesses on foreign direct investment.

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Mai Phuong Nguyen

ZICO Law

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mai Phuong Nguyen of ZICO Law is highlighted by peers as "efficient and responsive," and is well regarded for her work advising major international clients on inbound Vietnam work. She advised Axis Bank on a USD6 million loan to a Vietnamese business.

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Band 3

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut

Russin & Vecchi Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut is praised by peers, with one saying: "He's wonderfully calm, and does well in difficult situations. I have a lot of time for him." He is known for his work advising on complicated cross-border matters, and recently acted for Mega Bank on its USD25 million acquisition finance loan to an offshore cable company.

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Associates to watch

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Described as "a name to watch," Quy Nguyen is a senior associate with over a decade of experience advising banks and borrowers in complex convertible and syndicated loan offerings. He was part of a team that advised Credit Suisse on PPF Vietnam's USD50 million receivables-backed financing.

^ See whole ranking table