VILAF

Vietnam

Analysis

Overview

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams across the countryWith over 80 lawyers and 14 partners, it remains one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise regarding not only its legal service, but also its sensitivity to Vietnams’ political and legal culture. The front-runners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Ha Duyen Vo, corporate and M&A partners Duong Anh Dang and Tuan Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Si Hai Quynh Pham.

Client feedback 

Quick response, understands the market well. – Corporate and M&A 

“Timely, professional and provides insights into local compliance.” – Corporate and M&A 

Attentive, high expertise and reasonable fees.” – Real estate 

Vaibhav Saxena 

Very responsive and open to feedback. Easy to communicate with and clearly has a depth understanding in the field. 

Vu Le Trung 

Expert and practical. 

“Open, direct and professional.” 

 
Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Advised Prudential on its labour restructuring as well as the strategy, process, and action plan to proceed with such lawful termination. 

Advised ANZ Bank on terminating its employees due to restructuring. 

Key clients 

Ikea ServicesMagnussen LogisticsNovus International, Schneider Electric

 
Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Represented Jones Lang La Salle in a dispute against Hoang Thanh JSC concerning the recovery of outstanding debts. 

Represented Schneider Electric IT Vietnam in an employment dispute. 

Key clients 

ASK International, Mindchamps Preschool, Pilmico Vietnam Company

 
Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Advised CapitaLand  on its $300 million investment in an office and commercial complex being part of Vinhomes Metropolis. 

Advised SCG Group on its acquisition of 70% equity stake in Duy Tan Plastics Manufacturing Corporation. 

Key clients 

Armstrong Asset ManagementShizen Energy, Thai Containers Group Company, Toyota Tsusho Corporation 

 
Capital markets

Work highlights 

Advised SCG Packaging on its IPO. This was the country’s second biggest offering in 2020. 

Advised Vingroup in the sale of shares of Vinhomes JSC to Credit Suisse-led consortium with the value up to $300 million. 

Key clients 

Affinity Equity Partners, HSBC Bank Vietnam 

 
Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Advising ACWA Power in the financing of the Nam Dinh BOT thermal power plant project. 

Advised JBIC and other lenders in the project financing of the Vung Ang 2 BOT power project. 

Key clients 

Avolon Aerospace Leasing, Grab Holdings, KKR Capital Markets

 
Construction

Work highlights 

Representing Quang Ninh People’s Committee in its arbitration proceedings with a Chinese contractor. 

Representing Power Machines in a EPC contract dispute against Vietnam Oil and Gas Group and PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation.

 
Energy

Work highlights 

Advising Nghi Son 2 BOT Company in the development and operation of the Nghi Son 2 power project. 

Advising Sumitomo Corporation in the development and operation of the Van Phong 1 thermal power plant project. 

Key clients 

JBIC, Marubeni Corporation, Shizen Malaysia, Trina Solar Investment

 
Real estate

Work highlights 

Advising Capitaland on the termination of a joint venture agreement and return of deposit regarding an agreement to develop a residential condominium combining commercial service and office project in Ho Chi Minh City.