Vietnam



asialaw Analysis

Banking and finance
APFL & Partners

APFL & Partners, formerly known as Audier & Partners, provides legal advice and assistance to investors in Vietnam in both a local and international capacity. Since its establishment in 2008, the firm has strengthened its reputation especially in its banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets practices. Managing partner Nicolas Audier is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Strong expertise and ability to provide comprehensive analysis on complex legal matters.”Labour and employment


Work highlights 

Advised Agence Française de Développement on the financing of a power plant in the north of Vietnam.  

Advised a European bank on the launch of its digital banking project in Vietnam. 

DFDL

Regional firm DFDL has a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market supported by its core strengths in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and tax. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, DFDL has built a reputation as a solid legal and tax services provider, capable of advising on complex cases. Key figures include managing partner Martin Desautels, banking partner Jerome Buzenet and head of the Hanoi office Dai Thang Huynh. Kevin Hawkins joined as partner in 2021.  


Work highlights 

Advised Decowraps Holdings on the leverage acquisition of a group of companies 

EPLegal

EPLegal is a well-regarded energy boutique firm that specialises in the oil and gas field. It has also expanded its practice into project finance, corporate and M&A, and international arbitration. More recently, the firm has extended its services to cover construction, shipping and aviation. Energy specialist and arbitrator Tony Nguyen is the main contact.


Work highlights 

Advised a client on a syndicated loan to buy and mortgage an oil tanker. 

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company is a leading full-service law firm in Vietnam. With a team of both local and expatriate lawyers, the firm provides comprehensive legal advice to businesses and clients operating in Vietnam. The firm has strong practices in project finance, domestic and cross-border transactions, regional investment and regulatory advice. It prides itself on its deep bench of practitioners, which includes renowned banking and corporate lawyer Mark Fraser and senior corporate practitioner Justin Gisz. Phan Xuan Qui joined the firm in 2021 as head of its tax department. 

Client feedback

Frasers has deep knowledge of local laws and are very responsive to our queries.”Capital markets 

Responsive, gives practical advice, communicates effectively.”Corporate and M&A 

Mark Fraser 

Practical, measured and readily available. 

Responsive and easy to approach. 


Work highlights 

Advised Asian Development Bank on the financing of the Monsoon Wind Power Project. 

Acted for various commercial banks on the $2.75 billion financing of the Nghi Son 2 1200MW coal-fired power generation project. 

KPMG Law Vietnam

Established in 2011, ZICO Law is a full-service law firm that provides business-oriented legal solutions for local and foreign investors. Prominent in the real estate and construction spaces, ZICO Law regularly advises on the acquisition and development of residential and commercial projects. The firm is skilled in land acquisition, leasing and disposal of assets, as well as obtaining approvals from regulatory bodies. The firm is also active across banking and finance, construction and corporate and M&A. It is frequently engaged by high-profile developers, banks and private equity investors. Managing partner Phuong Nguyen is a key contact.


Work highlights

Advised Hongkong Landon a new commercial development project.

Advised fintech company Razer Merchant Services on its proposed investment in intermediary payment services to be provided in Vietnam.

Lexcomm

With offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Lexcomm is an experienced full-service commercial law firm with particular expertise in energy, infrastructure and project financing. The firm is distinguished by its technical legal expertise and domestic market experience. Ngoc Quy Nguyen and Ba Linh Pham are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Represented BNP Paribas on the refinancing of a $300 million multi-tranche syndicated secured borrowing base facility. 

LNT & Partners

Full-service law firm LNT & Partners is known for its work in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and construction. The firm is widely recognised for its legal prowess in both transactional and litigation matters. Notably, its banking group maintains a good relationship with domestic and overseas banks and is regularly sought out by them on a wide range of matters. Corporate partners Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang and Net Le are key contacts. Van Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice. 

Client Feedback

We have been extremely impressed with the level of service we have received from LNT & Partners. Their legal expertise has been instrumental in guiding us through various complex transactions. The attorneys at LNT & Partners are highly skilled and experienced in their areas of practice.”Banking and finance 

The LNT team is steadfast and reliable.”Dispute resolution  

We have worked with several law firms in the past, but LNT& Partners stands out for their exceptional service and dedication to our needs. They take the time to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice that meets our specific requirements. We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail that LNT & Partners brings to every engagement.”Energy 

Thanh Minh Vu 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of most of the projects we were working on, is very good at technicalities, very detailed-oriented and is on top of every issue. One of her most valuable assets is that she always keeps clients updated on material changes of laws and guides us to be ready for such changes. She is also professional and knows how to make the legal process easier to understand. We enjoy working with her and I will not hesitate to recommend her as one of the best lawyers in the banking industry in Vietnam.” 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of our projects, is always responsive and provides practical solutions that help us navigate complex legal issues with confidence. She has provided us with invaluable legal guidance and support, and we would highly recommend her to any business looking for high-quality legal services. 


Work highlights 

Advised a client in obtaining an approval for foreign financing for a real estate project. 

Assisting the world’s leading international banking group on a business cooperation agreement with a Singaporean subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank. 

Tilleke & Gibbins

Regional firm Tilleke & Gibbins is among the largest in the region and is established as a leading force in legal tech. Its tech-savvy approach also attracts many local startups, regional e-commerce companies and global tech giants to work with their corporate and commercial group. In addition to a strong intellectual property practice, the firm is also active in labour and employment as well as corporate and M&A. Managing director Thomas Treutler, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts. Partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen retired in February 2023, and partner Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen recently joined the firm. 

Client feedback 

Pragmatic and efficient.”Corporate and M&A 

The team is knowledgeable and they are great facilitators and communicators.”Dispute resolution 

Tilleke & Gibbins provides a high quality of service for all matters they handle, including complex IP matters in Vietnam. I believe this is the reason why we have been working with the firm for more than 10 years, because they are a trusted partner and also a partner that we can rely on for advice on matters that need immediate, in-depth analysis.”Intellectual property 

Responsive, well prepared and has good contacts.”Regulatory 

Doan Ngoc Tran 

Practical, hard-working, organised and supportive.” 

Tu Ngoc Trinh 

Readily available and professional in her conduct.” 

Thomas Treutler 

Thomas is highly responsive, professional, well respected and liked by his peers and clients. He is our go-to practitioner when it comes to complex cases that need great expertise and careful handling of the case.” 


Work highlights 

Advised one of southeast Asia’s largest banks on the expansion of its Vietnamese branch. 

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Goshawk Aviation on its $6.7 billion sale to SMBC Aviation Capital. 

Advised K-Sure, KEXIM, ANZ and HSBC on the $1 billion financing of LG Display Vietnam’s plant expansion.

Vision & Associates

Vision & Associates is among the largest firms in Vietnam, with over 100 lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants. Its areas of expertise cover banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction, labour and employment, and tax. The firm is best known for its intellectual property and dispute resolution practice. Managing partner Pham Nghiem Xuan Bac is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Le Tuan Anh 

Knowledgeable and experienced.” 


Work highlights 

Assisting MDC Precision Vietnam in obtaining the amended investment registration certificate to record the new project implementation schedule and preparing a short-term loan dossier.

YKVN

YKVN has Vietnam’s pre-eminent practices in project development, banking and commercial transactions. Moreover, its dispute group, backed by the largest litigation team in the country, is lauded by competitors as well as clients. Fielding a team of internationally trained and domestically qualified lawyers, YKVN appeals to international and Vietnamese clients in both cross-border and domestic cases. Practitioners to note are capital market specialist Nhat Quang Truong and dispute resolution specialists Tien Dzung Luu and Trong Nghia Truong. Partners Tram Nguyen and Phuong Tran left the firm in 2021. 

Client feedback 

YKVN Vietnam is knowledgeable in the laws and regulations in Vietnam, particularly those in the financial services sector. This, together with the firm’s extensive experience in M&A in Vietnam, helped us find common ground with the buyer much more quickly.”Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are all capable, enthusiastic and attentive to detail.”Dispute resolution 

Van Hai Nguyen 

Responsive, has good problem-solving skills and extensive experience in the financial services sector in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Advised VP Bank on the subscription of shares by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as strategic investor in the client. 

Capital markets
APFL & Partners

APFL & Partners, formerly known as Audier & Partners, provides legal advice and assistance to investors in Vietnam in both a local and international capacity. Since its establishment in 2008, the firm has strengthened its reputation especially in its banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets practices. Managing partner Nicolas Audier is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Strong expertise and ability to provide comprehensive analysis on complex legal matters.”Labour and employment


Work highlights 

Advised a major foreign shareholder in taking stock in a key listed insurance company in Vietnam. 

DFDL

Regional firm DFDL has a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market supported by its core strengths in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and tax. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, DFDL has built a reputation as a solid legal and tax services provider, capable of advising on complex cases. Key figures include managing partner Martin Desautels, banking partner Jerome Buzenet and head of the Hanoi office Dai Thang Huynh. Kevin Hawkins joined as partner in 2021.  


Work highlights 

Advised a Chinese garment manufacturing group on its proposed IPO in China. 

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Vietcombank Securities on the issuance of $75 million fixed interest rate bonds with a green bond element. 

Assisted BeerCo on its IPO. 

Key clients 

Ant Group, DEG, Hung Thinh Land, IFC, Leapfrog Investments, Mavin Corporation Joint Stock Company. 

Vision & Associates

Vision & Associates is among the largest firms in Vietnam, with over 100 lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants. Its areas of expertise cover banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction, labour and employment, and tax. The firm is best known for its intellectual property and dispute resolution practice. Managing partner Pham Nghiem Xuan Bac is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Le Tuan Anh 

Knowledgeable and experienced.” 


Work highlights 

Represented Shanghai Chuanglan Yunzhi Information Technology in conducting due diligence for the listing of the client’s shares on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. 

YKVN

YKVN has Vietnam’s pre-eminent practices in project development, banking and commercial transactions. Moreover, its dispute group, backed by the largest litigation team in the country, is lauded by competitors as well as clients. Fielding a team of internationally trained and domestically qualified lawyers, YKVN appeals to international and Vietnamese clients in both cross-border and domestic cases. Practitioners to note are capital market specialist Nhat Quang Truong and dispute resolution specialists Tien Dzung Luu and Trong Nghia Truong. Partners Tram Nguyen and Phuong Tran left the firm in 2021. 

Client feedback 

YKVN Vietnam is knowledgeable in the laws and regulations in Vietnam, particularly those in the financial services sector. This, together with the firm’s extensive experience in M&A in Vietnam, helped us find common ground with the buyer much more quickly.”Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are all capable, enthusiastic and attentive to detail.”Dispute resolution 

Van Hai Nguyen 

Responsive, has good problem-solving skills and extensive experience in the financial services sector in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Vingroup on the upcoming US IPO of Vinfast. 

Assisted Masan Group Corporation and its subsidiary Nui Phao Mining Company on several domestic bond issuances. 

Construction
APFL & Partners

APFL & Partners, formerly known as Audier & Partners, provides legal advice and assistance to investors in Vietnam in both a local and international capacity. Since its establishment in 2008, the firm has strengthened its reputation especially in its banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets practices. Managing partner Nicolas Audier is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Strong expertise and ability to provide comprehensive analysis on complex legal matters.”Labour and employment


Work highlights 

Advised Apave International in the implementation of a construction contract. 

Advised Central Group on the development of new stores.

Bizlink Lawyers

Bizlink Lawyers provides a full range of business legal services to clients. Its work includes corporate and M&A, banking and finance as well as commercial disputes in construction and real estate matters. Its team is also well versed in real estate M&A transactions. Managing partner Do Trong Hai and partner Nguyen Duc Manh are key contacts.

Client feedback 

Provides professional legal advice.”Real estate 

Do Trong Hai 

Has an expert understanding of the legal environment in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Vietinbank on an M&A transaction for a complex building project. 

Represented Citra Westlake City Development Company on a transaction for complex building and commercial projects.

KPMG Law Vietnam

Established in 2011, ZICO Law is a full-service law firm that provides business-oriented legal solutions for local and foreign investors. Prominent in the real estate and construction spaces, ZICO Law regularly advises on the acquisition and development of residential and commercial projects. The firm is skilled in land acquisition, leasing and disposal of assets, as well as obtaining approvals from regulatory bodies. The firm is also active across banking and finance, construction and corporate and M&A. It is frequently engaged by high-profile developers, banks and private equity investors. Managing partner Phuong Nguyen is a key contact.


Work highlights

Advised Hongkong Land on a second real estate development project on two plots of land with a total area of more than 25 hectares in Ho Chi Minh City.

Advised Jinko Solar Holding on the acquisition and leasing of land.

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Marubeni Corporation regarding the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award in Vietnam. 

Vision & Associates

Vision & Associates is among the largest firms in Vietnam, with over 100 lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants. Its areas of expertise cover banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction, labour and employment, and tax. The firm is best known for its intellectual property and dispute resolution practice. Managing partner Pham Nghiem Xuan Bac is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Le Tuan Anh 

Knowledgeable and experienced.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Keller Group on director’s duties. 

Corporate and M&A
APFL & Partners

APFL & Partners, formerly known as Audier & Partners, provides legal advice and assistance to investors in Vietnam in both a local and international capacity. Since its establishment in 2008, the firm has strengthened its reputation especially in its banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets practices. Managing partner Nicolas Audier is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Strong expertise and ability to provide comprehensive analysis on complex legal matters.”Labour and employment


Work highlights 

Advised Casino Group the sale of a majority stake in GreenYellow to Ardian. 

Advised DFS on the development of its operations in Vietnam

Apolat Legal

Apolat Legal advises on all aspect of corporate law with a particular focus on construction contracts and commercial transactions. Key contacts include managing partner Quang Long Dinh and senior partners Thi Thoa Pham and Hong Manh Pham. 


Work highlights 

Advised a Vietnamese company in purchasing capital contributions of a manufacturing company located in Dong Nai province. 

Advised a Vietnamese investor in financing a residential construction project in Binh Duong. 

DFDL

Regional firm DFDL has a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market supported by its core strengths in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and tax. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, DFDL has built a reputation as a solid legal and tax services provider, capable of advising on complex cases. Key figures include managing partner Martin Desautels, banking partner Jerome Buzenet and head of the Hanoi office Dai Thang Huynh. Kevin Hawkins joined as partner in 2021.  


Work highlights 

Advised Banpu Public Company on the acquisition of charter capital in two solar power projects in the Ninh Thuan and Gia Lai provinces. 

EPLegal

EPLegal is a well-regarded energy boutique firm that specialises in the oil and gas field. It has also expanded its practice into project finance, corporate and M&A, and international arbitration. More recently, the firm has extended its services to cover construction, shipping and aviation. Energy specialist and arbitrator Tony Nguyen is the main contact.


Work highlights 

Advised Numaco Packaging on the acquisition of a business which manufactures and sells decorated cardboard boxes. 

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company is a leading full-service law firm in Vietnam. With a team of both local and expatriate lawyers, the firm provides comprehensive legal advice to businesses and clients operating in Vietnam. The firm has strong practices in project finance, domestic and cross-border transactions, regional investment and regulatory advice. It prides itself on its deep bench of practitioners, which includes renowned banking and corporate lawyer Mark Fraser and senior corporate practitioner Justin Gisz. Phan Xuan Qui joined the firm in 2021 as head of its tax department. 

Client feedback

Frasers has deep knowledge of local laws and are very responsive to our queries.”Capital markets 

Responsive, gives practical advice, communicates effectively.”Corporate and M&A 

Mark Fraser 

Practical, measured and readily available. 

Responsive and easy to approach. 


Work highlights 

Advised AFRY AB on its successful divestment of a 30% minority equity stake in a company in Vietnam.

KPMG Law Vietnam

Established in 2011, ZICO Law is a full-service law firm that provides business-oriented legal solutions for local and foreign investors. Prominent in the real estate and construction spaces, ZICO Law regularly advises on the acquisition and development of residential and commercial projects. The firm is skilled in land acquisition, leasing and disposal of assets, as well as obtaining approvals from regulatory bodies. The firm is also active across banking and finance, construction and corporate and M&A. It is frequently engaged by high-profile developers, banks and private equity investors. Managing partner Phuong Nguyen is a key contact.


Work highlights

Advised a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund on restructuring its investment in one of the largest food and beverage chains in Vietnam.

Advised Gotion High-Tech on a joint venture with VinFast to conduct a green-field investment in Vietnam.

Lexcomm

With offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Lexcomm is an experienced full-service commercial law firm with particular expertise in energy, infrastructure and project financing. The firm is distinguished by its technical legal expertise and domestic market experience. Ngoc Quy Nguyen and Ba Linh Pham are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Vietnam Australia International Education Corporation on the successful closure of its divestment to TPG Asia IV SF. 

LNT & Partners

Full-service law firm LNT & Partners is known for its work in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and construction. The firm is widely recognised for its legal prowess in both transactional and litigation matters. Notably, its banking group maintains a good relationship with domestic and overseas banks and is regularly sought out by them on a wide range of matters. Corporate partners Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang and Net Le are key contacts. Van Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice. 

Client Feedback

We have been extremely impressed with the level of service we have received from LNT & Partners. Their legal expertise has been instrumental in guiding us through various complex transactions. The attorneys at LNT & Partners are highly skilled and experienced in their areas of practice.”Banking and finance 

The LNT team is steadfast and reliable.”Dispute resolution  

We have worked with several law firms in the past, but LNT& Partners stands out for their exceptional service and dedication to our needs. They take the time to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice that meets our specific requirements. We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail that LNT & Partners brings to every engagement.”Energy 

Thanh Minh Vu 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of most of the projects we were working on, is very good at technicalities, very detailed-oriented and is on top of every issue. One of her most valuable assets is that she always keeps clients updated on material changes of laws and guides us to be ready for such changes. She is also professional and knows how to make the legal process easier to understand. We enjoy working with her and I will not hesitate to recommend her as one of the best lawyers in the banking industry in Vietnam.” 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of our projects, is always responsive and provides practical solutions that help us navigate complex legal issues with confidence. She has provided us with invaluable legal guidance and support, and we would highly recommend her to any business looking for high-quality legal services. 


Work highlights 

Advised Archroma on its acquisition of the Textile Effects business of Huntsman Corporation for $718 million. 

Assisted one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies in obtaining merger filing clearance for the merger between the client, Goshawk Aviation and Goshawk Management. 

Tilleke & Gibbins

Regional firm Tilleke & Gibbins is among the largest in the region and is established as a leading force in legal tech. Its tech-savvy approach also attracts many local startups, regional e-commerce companies and global tech giants to work with their corporate and commercial group. In addition to a strong intellectual property practice, the firm is also active in labour and employment as well as corporate and M&A. Managing director Thomas Treutler, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts. Partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen retired in February 2023, and partner Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen recently joined the firm. 

Client feedback 

Pragmatic and efficient.”Corporate and M&A 

The team is knowledgeable and they are great facilitators and communicators.”Dispute resolution 

Tilleke & Gibbins provides a high quality of service for all matters they handle, including complex IP matters in Vietnam. I believe this is the reason why we have been working with the firm for more than 10 years, because they are a trusted partner and also a partner that we can rely on for advice on matters that need immediate, in-depth analysis.”Intellectual property 

Responsive, well prepared and has good contacts.”Regulatory 

Doan Ngoc Tran 

Practical, hard-working, organised and supportive.” 

Tu Ngoc Trinh 

Readily available and professional in her conduct.” 

Thomas Treutler 

Thomas is highly responsive, professional, well respected and liked by his peers and clients. He is our go-to practitioner when it comes to complex cases that need great expertise and careful handling of the case.” 


Work highlights 

Advised an electric vehicle company on its market entry into Vietnam. 

VCI Legal

For more than 17 years, VCI Legal has been active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. Its commercial dispute practice is on the rise, often competing with the top firms in the market. Partners Tuan Phung and Kent Wong are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Koidra Tech in obtaining an M&A approval, registering for a new owner and updating its enterprise registration certificate. 

Key clients 

Smith Muller Vietnam, Palestine Trade Center, VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company. 

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Cinven on the acquisition of Bayer’s Environmental Science Professional business. 

Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on the acquisition of the tax and immigration business in Vietnam from PwC. 

Assisted Shiseido on the transfer of their personal care business to K.K. Oriental Beauty Holding. 

Key clients 

Denham Capital, Lone Star Funds, Mitsui & Co., Nexif Energy, Warburg Pincus Asia

YKVN

YKVN has Vietnam’s pre-eminent practices in project development, banking and commercial transactions. Moreover, its dispute group, backed by the largest litigation team in the country, is lauded by competitors as well as clients. Fielding a team of internationally trained and domestically qualified lawyers, YKVN appeals to international and Vietnamese clients in both cross-border and domestic cases. Practitioners to note are capital market specialist Nhat Quang Truong and dispute resolution specialists Tien Dzung Luu and Trong Nghia Truong. Partners Tram Nguyen and Phuong Tran left the firm in 2021. 

Client feedback 

YKVN Vietnam is knowledgeable in the laws and regulations in Vietnam, particularly those in the financial services sector. This, together with the firm’s extensive experience in M&A in Vietnam, helped us find common ground with the buyer much more quickly.”Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are all capable, enthusiastic and attentive to detail.”Dispute resolution 

Van Hai Nguyen 

Responsive, has good problem-solving skills and extensive experience in the financial services sector in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Swire Group on its acquisition of Coca-Cola Vietnam bottling facilities. 

Dispute resolution
Bizlink Lawyers

Bizlink Lawyers provides a full range of business legal services to clients. Its work includes corporate and M&A, banking and finance as well as commercial disputes in construction and real estate matters. Its team is also well versed in real estate M&A transactions. Managing partner Do Trong Hai and partner Nguyen Duc Manh are key contacts.

Client feedback 

Provides professional legal advice.”Real estate 

Do Trong Hai 

Has an expert understanding of the legal environment in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Advised a Korean construction company before court proceedings in a construction dispute of more than $150 million. 

Represented Viet Tu Investment Company as claimant in an arbitration case at the Vietnam International Arbitration Center against a listed securities company in Vietnam with a total claim value of more than $6 million.

Dzungsrt & Associates

Founded in 1999 by Nguyen Manh Dzung, shipping boutique Dzungsrt & Associates has extensive experience in a wide range of arbitration and litigation matters in Vietnam. It is the only Vietnamese member at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Dzungsrt & Associates was closely involved in the development of Vietnamese laws and rules governing arbitration. Nguyen Manh Dzung and Nguyen Ngoc Minh are the key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advised a Vietnamese construction company on a dispute arising from a construction agreement against a Korean construction company. 

Advised a large Korean construction company in a more than $6 million dispute arising out of a FIDIC construction contract for a section of the North-South Expressway against a listed company in Vietnam. 

LNT & Partners

Full-service law firm LNT & Partners is known for its work in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and construction. The firm is widely recognised for its legal prowess in both transactional and litigation matters. Notably, its banking group maintains a good relationship with domestic and overseas banks and is regularly sought out by them on a wide range of matters. Corporate partners Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang and Net Le are key contacts. Van Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice. 

Client Feedback

We have been extremely impressed with the level of service we have received from LNT & Partners. Their legal expertise has been instrumental in guiding us through various complex transactions. The attorneys at LNT & Partners are highly skilled and experienced in their areas of practice.”Banking and finance 

The LNT team is steadfast and reliable.”Dispute resolution  

We have worked with several law firms in the past, but LNT& Partners stands out for their exceptional service and dedication to our needs. They take the time to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice that meets our specific requirements. We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail that LNT & Partners brings to every engagement.”Energy 

Thanh Minh Vu 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of most of the projects we were working on, is very good at technicalities, very detailed-oriented and is on top of every issue. One of her most valuable assets is that she always keeps clients updated on material changes of laws and guides us to be ready for such changes. She is also professional and knows how to make the legal process easier to understand. We enjoy working with her and I will not hesitate to recommend her as one of the best lawyers in the banking industry in Vietnam.” 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of our projects, is always responsive and provides practical solutions that help us navigate complex legal issues with confidence. She has provided us with invaluable legal guidance and support, and we would highly recommend her to any business looking for high-quality legal services. 


Work highlights 

Advised the biggest water supply company in Ho Chi Minh City on a highly complex international arbitration case in Paris court. 

Advised an international low-cost airline from Vietnamin a complex aircraft finance litigation matter. 

VCI Legal

For more than 17 years, VCI Legal has been active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. Its commercial dispute practice is on the rise, often competing with the top firms in the market. Partners Tuan Phung and Kent Wong are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advising Medtecs International on arbitration and enforcement proceedings in order to recover the client’s payment to DN99 International. 

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised EVN Power Generation Corporation II on filing a vessel collision complaint. 

Advising Phuoc Long Port Company on its claim for damages due to a waterway collision accident. 

Key clients 

Man Wah Industrial Company, Roll Singapore, SMBC Aviation Capital, Soga Pluto Company, Timberland Company. 

YKVN

YKVN has Vietnam’s pre-eminent practices in project development, banking and commercial transactions. Moreover, its dispute group, backed by the largest litigation team in the country, is lauded by competitors as well as clients. Fielding a team of internationally trained and domestically qualified lawyers, YKVN appeals to international and Vietnamese clients in both cross-border and domestic cases. Practitioners to note are capital market specialist Nhat Quang Truong and dispute resolution specialists Tien Dzung Luu and Trong Nghia Truong. Partners Tram Nguyen and Phuong Tran left the firm in 2021. 

Client feedback 

YKVN Vietnam is knowledgeable in the laws and regulations in Vietnam, particularly those in the financial services sector. This, together with the firm’s extensive experience in M&A in Vietnam, helped us find common ground with the buyer much more quickly.”Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are all capable, enthusiastic and attentive to detail.”Dispute resolution 

Van Hai Nguyen 

Responsive, has good problem-solving skills and extensive experience in the financial services sector in Vietnam.” 


Work highlights 

Represented Son Kim Land Corporation in a shareholder dispute with its foreign shareholders and creditors, including two private equity funds and Credit Suisse. 

Advised Tasco Joint Stock Companyin a dispute with Housing and Urban Development Corporation.

Energy
VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised AES Corporation on the joint venture development of an LNG terminal with PV Gas. 

Advised Mitsui & Co on the $631 million acquisition of a 27.5% stake in Aker Horizons. 

Intellectual property
Bross & Partners

Full-service law firm Bross & Partners is particularly recommended for its contentious and non-contentious intellectual property services. With its proven capacity and 12 years of experience, Bross & Partners is able to offer a quality service to both domestic and foreign clients. Partners Le Quang Vinh and Hoang Van Dzung are key contacts.

Client feedback 

Quick, proactive and responsible.”Dispute resolution 

Nguyen Khanh Linh 

She is kind, knowledgeable and gives clear legal advice.”


Work highlights 

Defended an international media firm before the Hanoi court on a copyright infringement proceeding. 

Advised a top commercial bank in Vietnam on a dispute case against a tech company.

Pham & Associates

Founded in 1991, intellectual property specialist Pham & Associates has one of the largest IP practices in Vietnam. The firm currently houses 14 lawyers, 34 registered IP attorneys and 28 consultants. It has built up its reputation on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Using self-designed, full-featured docketing software and an updated IP database, the firm’s attorneys are able to carry out all types of searches, track the status and progress of each file and report results to clients in a timely manner. Vu Khanh Toan Pham is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Advised Vailen Investments on its request to invalidate an allegedly infringing mark. 

Key clients 

Entertainment One, IGUS Vietnam, Saul Zaentz Company. 

Tilleke & Gibbins

Regional firm Tilleke & Gibbins is among the largest in the region and is established as a leading force in legal tech. Its tech-savvy approach also attracts many local startups, regional e-commerce companies and global tech giants to work with their corporate and commercial group. In addition to a strong intellectual property practice, the firm is also active in labour and employment as well as corporate and M&A. Managing director Thomas Treutler, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts. Partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen retired in February 2023, and partner Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen recently joined the firm. 

Client feedback 

Pragmatic and efficient.”Corporate and M&A 

The team is knowledgeable and they are great facilitators and communicators.”Dispute resolution 

Tilleke & Gibbins provides a high quality of service for all matters they handle, including complex IP matters in Vietnam. I believe this is the reason why we have been working with the firm for more than 10 years, because they are a trusted partner and also a partner that we can rely on for advice on matters that need immediate, in-depth analysis.”Intellectual property 

Responsive, well prepared and has good contacts.”Regulatory 

Doan Ngoc Tran 

Practical, hard-working, organised and supportive.” 

Tu Ngoc Trinh 

Readily available and professional in her conduct.” 

Thomas Treutler 

Thomas is highly responsive, professional, well respected and liked by his peers and clients. He is our go-to practitioner when it comes to complex cases that need great expertise and careful handling of the case.” 


Key clients 

Amazon Technologies, BMW, LG Electronics, Nike Innovate, Piaggio. 

Labour and employment
APFL & Partners

APFL & Partners, formerly known as Audier & Partners, provides legal advice and assistance to investors in Vietnam in both a local and international capacity. Since its establishment in 2008, the firm has strengthened its reputation especially in its banking and finance, corporate and M&A and capital markets practices. Managing partner Nicolas Audier is the key contact. 

Client feedback 

Strong expertise and ability to provide comprehensive analysis on complex legal matters.”Labour and employment


Work highlights 

Advised an international company employing more than 15,000 people in Vietnam on the employment termination of managers. 

Advised a client in a labour dispute regarding his dismissal as country manager.

LNT & Partners

Full-service law firm LNT & Partners is known for its work in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and construction. The firm is widely recognised for its legal prowess in both transactional and litigation matters. Notably, its banking group maintains a good relationship with domestic and overseas banks and is regularly sought out by them on a wide range of matters. Corporate partners Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang and Net Le are key contacts. Van Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice. 

Client Feedback

We have been extremely impressed with the level of service we have received from LNT & Partners. Their legal expertise has been instrumental in guiding us through various complex transactions. The attorneys at LNT & Partners are highly skilled and experienced in their areas of practice.”Banking and finance 

The LNT team is steadfast and reliable.”Dispute resolution  

We have worked with several law firms in the past, but LNT& Partners stands out for their exceptional service and dedication to our needs. They take the time to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice that meets our specific requirements. We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail that LNT & Partners brings to every engagement.”Energy 

Thanh Minh Vu 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of most of the projects we were working on, is very good at technicalities, very detailed-oriented and is on top of every issue. One of her most valuable assets is that she always keeps clients updated on material changes of laws and guides us to be ready for such changes. She is also professional and knows how to make the legal process easier to understand. We enjoy working with her and I will not hesitate to recommend her as one of the best lawyers in the banking industry in Vietnam.” 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of our projects, is always responsive and provides practical solutions that help us navigate complex legal issues with confidence. She has provided us with invaluable legal guidance and support, and we would highly recommend her to any business looking for high-quality legal services. 


Work highlights 

Advised a leading multinational distribution company specialising in IT products and services on taking action against its employees after suffering significant losses due to their misconduct. 

Advised one of the world’s largest manufacturers of toys in a labour dispute matter. 

Tilleke & Gibbins

Regional firm Tilleke & Gibbins is among the largest in the region and is established as a leading force in legal tech. Its tech-savvy approach also attracts many local startups, regional e-commerce companies and global tech giants to work with their corporate and commercial group. In addition to a strong intellectual property practice, the firm is also active in labour and employment as well as corporate and M&A. Managing director Thomas Treutler, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts. Partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen retired in February 2023, and partner Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen recently joined the firm. 

Client feedback 

Pragmatic and efficient.”Corporate and M&A 

The team is knowledgeable and they are great facilitators and communicators.”Dispute resolution 

Tilleke & Gibbins provides a high quality of service for all matters they handle, including complex IP matters in Vietnam. I believe this is the reason why we have been working with the firm for more than 10 years, because they are a trusted partner and also a partner that we can rely on for advice on matters that need immediate, in-depth analysis.”Intellectual property 

Responsive, well prepared and has good contacts.”Regulatory 

Doan Ngoc Tran 

Practical, hard-working, organised and supportive.” 

Tu Ngoc Trinh 

Readily available and professional in her conduct.” 

Thomas Treutler 

Thomas is highly responsive, professional, well respected and liked by his peers and clients. He is our go-to practitioner when it comes to complex cases that need great expertise and careful handling of the case.” 


Work highlights 

Advised a client on defending a wrongful termination claim. 

VILAF

VILAF remains a stand-out law firm in Vietnam and houses one of the best legal teams in the country. With over 90 lawyers and 15 partners, it has one of the largest teams of English-speaking business lawyers in Vietnam. The firm prides itself on its international experience and in-depth expertise not only in terms of its legal services but also its sensitivity to Vietnams political and legal culture. The frontrunners at the firm include banking and finance lawyer Duyen Ha Vo, corporate and M&A partners Anh Dang and Phong Tran as well as dispute specialist Quynh Pham. 

Client feedback 

They are committed and provide a good service with detailed and practical advice.” Banking and finance

Professional and well versed in local law.” – Corporate and M&A 

Vu Le Trung 

Responsive, professional and has a good eye for detail. 

Hung Quang Nguyen 

Knowledgeable in the banking sector and fully committed to the client.” 


Work highlights 

Advised SABIC Vietnam Company in a wrongful termination dispute due to restructuring. 

Advised International Furniture Marketing in a wrongful termination dispute. 

Real estate
DFDL

Regional firm DFDL has a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market supported by its core strengths in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and tax. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, DFDL has built a reputation as a solid legal and tax services provider, capable of advising on complex cases. Key figures include managing partner Martin Desautels, banking partner Jerome Buzenet and head of the Hanoi office Dai Thang Huynh. Kevin Hawkins joined as partner in 2021.  


Work highlights 

Advised Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho on its establishment in Vietnam and structuring of their eco-projects. 

Represented InterContinental Hotels Group on potential branding and the management of both hotel projects and branded residences throughout Vietnam. 

Tax
DFDL

Regional firm DFDL has a strong foothold in the Vietnamese market supported by its core strengths in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and tax. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, DFDL has built a reputation as a solid legal and tax services provider, capable of advising on complex cases. Key figures include managing partner Martin Desautels, banking partner Jerome Buzenet and head of the Hanoi office Dai Thang Huynh. Kevin Hawkins joined as partner in 2021.  


Work highlights 

Advised a leading company in the energy sector on tax analysis and structuring. 

LNT & Partners

Full-service law firm LNT & Partners is known for its work in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and construction. The firm is widely recognised for its legal prowess in both transactional and litigation matters. Notably, its banking group maintains a good relationship with domestic and overseas banks and is regularly sought out by them on a wide range of matters. Corporate partners Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang and Net Le are key contacts. Van Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice. 

Client Feedback

We have been extremely impressed with the level of service we have received from LNT & Partners. Their legal expertise has been instrumental in guiding us through various complex transactions. The attorneys at LNT & Partners are highly skilled and experienced in their areas of practice.”Banking and finance 

The LNT team is steadfast and reliable.”Dispute resolution  

We have worked with several law firms in the past, but LNT& Partners stands out for their exceptional service and dedication to our needs. They take the time to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice that meets our specific requirements. We appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail that LNT & Partners brings to every engagement.”Energy 

Thanh Minh Vu 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of most of the projects we were working on, is very good at technicalities, very detailed-oriented and is on top of every issue. One of her most valuable assets is that she always keeps clients updated on material changes of laws and guides us to be ready for such changes. She is also professional and knows how to make the legal process easier to understand. We enjoy working with her and I will not hesitate to recommend her as one of the best lawyers in the banking industry in Vietnam.” 

Ms. Minh, the partner in charge of our projects, is always responsive and provides practical solutions that help us navigate complex legal issues with confidence. She has provided us with invaluable legal guidance and support, and we would highly recommend her to any business looking for high-quality legal services. 


Work highlights 

Advised a client on a $17 million tax dispute with the General Department of Customs.