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 Nicholas Audier is the key contact.


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 Goodwater Capital on its investment in the Series E financing round of a digital payment company.

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank, UBS Group.

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 Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporationon 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

Detailed, trustworthy and focused.” – Banking and finance

They give advice very swiftly and are always on time.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt response with efficient work and has a good understanding of the client's business.” – Dispute resolution

Productive and efficient.” – Intellectual property

Experienced and practical.” – Regulatory

Mark Fraser

Mark is very committed and always follows through on tasks at hand. He also has excellent knowledge.”

Professional, friendly and punctual.”

“He is able to look at the business from the client’s perspective.”

Justin Gisz

“Extremely talented lawyer, very responsive. Great understanding of our business and of our objectives.


Work highlights

Advised VinaCapital on its entry into a $40 million revolving credit facility with Standard Chartered Bank as the lender.

 Advised Stark Corporation on refinancing all of its subsidiaries in Vietnam with a total finance package value of $200 million.Acted for Asian Development Bank on the financing of two B Grimm-sponsored PV solar projects 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 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.

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. Anh Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback

“The team at LNT is dedicated, professional, responsive and always has our interests at heart.” – Corporate and M&A

“The LNT team is one of the best legal service teams we ever worked with. Their quick response, commercial oriented advice and responsive lawyers greatly contributed to the success of the deals we were involved in.” – Energy

Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang

Profesional, kind and effective.”


Work highlights

Advised Dakdrinh Hydropower on a $95 million loan agreement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Natixis Bank to refinance the Dakdrinh Hydropower Plant Project.

Advised Chrysaor Holdings on a $3 billion facility from a syndication of lenders to sponsor its merger with Premier Oil and to refinance the merged entity’s debt.

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, corporate partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts.

Client feedback

Solved every problem perfectly for the client.” – Intellectual property

Understands the needs of the client, gives high-quality and detailed advice.” – Labour and employment

Loc Xuan Le

“Loc is extremely responsive and dedicated to his work and the client's best interest, stemming from his experience and in-depth market insight. He is also very pleasant to work with.”

Binh Thanh Vu

Excellent in litigation.”


Work highlights

Assisted FMC Vietnam with the registration of a foreign loan with the State Bank of Vietnam.

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and other international lenders on the financing of the Vung Ang 2 power project.

Advised Citigroup on the sale of its consumer banking business 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.


Work highlights

Advised the World Bank on using capital market solutions to address infrastructure financing challenges in Vietnam.

YKVN

YKVN has the 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.


Work highlights

Advised Vietcombank on a $1.5 billion syndicated financing for the development of Hoa Phat Dung Quat 2 iron and steel manufacturing complex.

Advised Deutsche Bank on a $160 million syndicated senior term loan and the $25 million exchangeable loan to the operating group of companies owned by BWID.

Capital markets
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 Phu My Hung Development on its issuance of $150 million international notes.

Advised a Chinese tool manufacturing group on its proposed IPO.

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

Detailed, trustworthy and focused.” – Banking and finance

They give advice very swiftly and are always on time.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt response with efficient work and has a good understanding of the client's business.” – Dispute resolution

Productive and efficient.” – Intellectual property

Experienced and practical.” – Regulatory

Mark Fraser

Mark is very committed and always follows through on tasks at hand. He also has excellent knowledge.”

Professional, friendly and punctual.”

“He is able to look at the business from the client’s perspective.”

Justin Gisz

“Extremely talented lawyer, very responsive. Great understanding of our business and of our objectives.


Work highlights

Acted for ABN AMRO Bank and HSBC Continental Europe on a bond swap transaction.

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Assisted Vinpearl on its issuance of an exchangeable sustainable bond and its listing on the Singapore Exchange.

Assisted Credit Suisse in the issuance and listing of $300 million 5.25% convertible international bonds.

Key clients

BIM Group, International Finance Corporation, LeapFrog Investments, Vingroup

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.


Work highlights

Assisted Sports Gear in conducting legal due diligence on its subsidiaries in Vietnam for its IPO listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

YKVN

YKVN has the 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.


Work highlights

Advised Grab Holdings regarding its IPO in the US via a special purpose acquisition company.

Advised Cemindo Gemilang on its IPO in Indonesia.

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 Nicholas Audier is the key contact.


Work highlights

Advised an international energy company on due diligence over a wind power plant project.

Assisted an international retail company on the development of new stores including supermarkets and commercial centres in Vietnam.

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

Actively liaises with the client and provides useful information.” – Corporate and M&A

Nguyen Thu Huyen

Makes sure the advice being given is suitable and easily understandable.”


Work highlights

Advised VietinBank on an M&A transaction in a complex building project.

Advised Citra West Lake City Development on the transfer of a complex building 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 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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised Keangnam Enterprises in a dispute regarding loan agreements and electricity fees with AON Vina.

Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Construction and Cienco4 Group Joint Stock Company on pending interim payment certificates and other additional cost claims.

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.


Work highlights

Assisted Microsoft in the localization of its FIDIC forms.

Advised Hyundai Construction Equipment on agency and distribution agreements in Vietnam.

Corporate and M&A
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 real estate firm on a $10 million acquisition of a real estate sub project to develop an office building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Duane Morris Vietnam

As part of the Duane Morris Southeast Asia network, Duane Morris Vietnam has established a strong reputation for general corporate work in the jurisdiction. Industry specialisation includes the energy, banking and financial services sectors. Nguyen Thi Lang and Oliver Massmann are key contacts. In 2021 partner Giles Cooper left and Giovanni Marino joined the firm as partner.


Work highlights

Acted for a leading commercial bank in Vietnam on the divestment of the majority of ownership in a subsidiary.

Advised DatVietVAC on the establishment of a joint venture for the development of a data management platform, Al-engine and demand side platform.

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

Detailed, trustworthy and focused.” – Banking and finance

They give advice very swiftly and are always on time.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt response with efficient work and has a good understanding of the client's business.” – Dispute resolution

Productive and efficient.” – Intellectual property

Experienced and practical.” – Regulatory

Mark Fraser

Mark is very committed and always follows through on tasks at hand. He also has excellent knowledge.”

Professional, friendly and punctual.”

“He is able to look at the business from the client’s perspective.”

Justin Gisz

“Extremely talented lawyer, very responsive. Great understanding of our business and of our objectives.


Work highlights

Represented VinaCapital on its sale to EDF Renewables of a majority stake in SkyX Energy, one of Vietnam's leading developers and operators of rooftop solar systems.

Advised Timo in relation to its successful early round fundraising, involving six investors led by the Australian venture capital firm Square Peg.

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.

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. Anh Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback

“The team at LNT is dedicated, professional, responsive and always has our interests at heart.” – Corporate and M&A

“The LNT team is one of the best legal service teams we ever worked with. Their quick response, commercial oriented advice and responsive lawyers greatly contributed to the success of the deals we were involved in.” – Energy

Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang

Profesional, kind and effective.”


Work highlights

Assisted General Electric in securing unconditional Vietnam clearance for its global sale of GE Capital Aviation Services to AerCap Holdings.

Advised ATAD Steel Structure Corporation on its capital and business partnership with Kanematsu Corporation.

Nishimura & Asahi

Leading Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi currently has two offices in Vietnam and more than 20 lawyers. It is focused on corporate and M&A work, and is particularly active in the consumer goods and services and real estate sectors. It also offers Japanese and international clients local insights into the Vietnamese market. Partners Hikaru Oguchi and Kazuhide Ohya are the key contacts.


Work highlights

Advised Japan’s JFE Engineering on the establishment of a joint venture with Thuan Thanh Environment JSC.

Advised Hitachi Sustainable Energy, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, on its acquisition of a 35.1% stake in Trung Nam Wind Power JSC.

Key clients

Hankyu Hanshin Properties, Marubeni, Paragon Urban Development, T Capital Partners

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, corporate partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts.

Client feedback

Solved every problem perfectly for the client.” – Intellectual property

Understands the needs of the client, gives high-quality and detailed advice.” – Labour and employment

Loc Xuan Le

“Loc is extremely responsive and dedicated to his work and the client's best interest, stemming from his experience and in-depth market insight. He is also very pleasant to work with.”

Binh Thanh Vu

Excellent in litigation.”


Work highlights

Assisted FMC Vietnam with updating its incorporation documents in Vietnam, including updating the product list, land lease transfer and land use right certificate.

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

Advised Solenis on acquisition of a local distributor, Connell Bros.

Key clients

INTO University Partnerships, Motone, Pepsico Foods Vietnam, University Access Centre Vietnam.

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised Citigroup on the sale of its Vietnamese retail banking business to United Overseas Bank.

Advised Mitsui & Co on the acquisition of 27.5% equity stake in Mainstream Renewable Power.

Assisted Credit Suisse on the acquisition of shares issued by CrownX.

Key clients

Armstrong Asset Management, EMart, SCG Packaging, Shizen Malaysia

YKVN

YKVN has the 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.


Work highlights

Advised VPBank on its sale of a 49% stake in VPBank Finance to SMBC Consumer Finance.

Represented Masan Group on the sale of its feed-related business to De Heus.

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

Actively liaises with the client and provides useful information.” – Corporate and M&A

Nguyen Thu Huyen

Makes sure the advice being given is suitable and easily understandable.”


Work highlights

Represented a Korean construction company incourt proceedings involving a construction dispute of over $150 million.

Represented a Singapore-Vietnam joint venture before court proceedings in a dispute over a land and infrastructure leasing agreement.

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. Anh Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback

“The team at LNT is dedicated, professional, responsive and always has our interests at heart.” – Corporate and M&A

“The LNT team is one of the best legal service teams we ever worked with. Their quick response, commercial oriented advice and responsive lawyers greatly contributed to the success of the deals we were involved in.” – Energy

Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang

Profesional, kind and effective.”


Work highlights

Advised a multinational beverage producer on a tax dispute.

Represented a global manufacturing company on a labour dispute over its business restructuring.

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

Represented Swiss Med Supply in obtaining a criminal injunction and warrant in order to recover its deposit.

Key clients

Clickstaff Company, Dat Phuong Nam JSC, MAR6

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised MindChamps on a termination of franchise agreement with its partner company due to breaches of contract.

Advised Pilmico Vietnam in an embezzlement case.

Key clients

3A Nutrition, Berhero, CapitaLand, Mondelez International, Pegas

YKVN

YKVN has the 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.


Work highlights

Advised Lautan Luas on a breach of contract case arising from a complex failed real estate deal

Advised Buhler Asia on a breach of contract dispute with a buyer.

Energy
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

Detailed, trustworthy and focused.” – Banking and finance

They give advice very swiftly and are always on time.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt response with efficient work and has a good understanding of the client's business.” – Dispute resolution

Productive and efficient.” – Intellectual property

Experienced and practical.” – Regulatory

Mark Fraser

Mark is very committed and always follows through on tasks at hand. He also has excellent knowledge.”

Professional, friendly and punctual.”

“He is able to look at the business from the client’s perspective.”

Justin Gisz

“Extremely talented lawyer, very responsive. Great understanding of our business and of our objectives.


Work highlights

Advised Coro Energy on the proposed construction and operation of a rooftop solar system in Vietnam.

Lexcomm

With offices in Hanoi and Ho Chih Minh, 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 Hibiscus Petroleum on the $212 million acquisition of Repsol’s upstream oil and gas assets.

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

AdvisedNghi Son 2 BOT Company on the development and operation of the Nghi Son 2 power project.

Advised Van Phong Power on the development and operation of the Van Phong 1 thermal power plant.

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

Their legal insight and experience is a great benefit to the client.” – Dispute resolution

Tran Anh Hung

Has great legal knowledge and is easy to communicate with.”


Work highlights

Advised Techcombank on a domain name lawsuit before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Assisted Novaland in a trademark opposition matter.

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

Detailed, trustworthy and focused.” – Banking and finance

They give advice very swiftly and are always on time.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt response with efficient work and has a good understanding of the client's business.” – Dispute resolution

Productive and efficient.” – Intellectual property

Experienced and practical.” – Regulatory

Mark Fraser

Mark is very committed and always follows through on tasks at hand. He also has excellent knowledge.”

Professional, friendly and punctual.”

“He is able to look at the business from the client’s perspective.”

Justin Gisz

“Extremely talented lawyer, very responsive. Great understanding of our business and of our objectives.


Work highlights

Advised Moov in reviewing the framework marketing collaboration agreement from a Vietnamese law perspective.

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 Outin Futures on overcoming IP Vietnam’s refusal to register the mark ‘Neogen Dermalogy’.

 Key clients

Glencairn IP Holdings, NSE Products, Number Three, Piaggio, Vietnam Tourism JSC

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, corporate partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts.

Client feedback

Solved every problem perfectly for the client.” – Intellectual property

Understands the needs of the client, gives high-quality and detailed advice.” – Labour and employment

Loc Xuan Le

“Loc is extremely responsive and dedicated to his work and the client's best interest, stemming from his experience and in-depth market insight. He is also very pleasant to work with.”

Binh Thanh Vu

Excellent in litigation.”


Work highlights

Acted on a patent prosecution for an international technology company.

Key clients

CTC Global, Marriott International, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Thermos

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 Nicholas Audier is the key contact.


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. Anh Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback

“The team at LNT is dedicated, professional, responsive and always has our interests at heart.” – Corporate and M&A

“The LNT team is one of the best legal service teams we ever worked with. Their quick response, commercial oriented advice and responsive lawyers greatly contributed to the success of the deals we were involved in.” – Energy

Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang

Profesional, kind and effective.”


Work highlights

Advised a client on a labour dispute related to probationary periods.

Represented a Vietnamese B2C e-commerce platformon a labour dispute regarding labour contract termination.

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, corporate partner Vinh Quoc Nguyen, labour specialist Kien Trung Trinh and head of IP Loc Xuan Le are key contacts.

Client feedback

Solved every problem perfectly for the client.” – Intellectual property

Understands the needs of the client, gives high-quality and detailed advice.” – Labour and employment

Loc Xuan Le

“Loc is extremely responsive and dedicated to his work and the client's best interest, stemming from his experience and in-depth market insight. He is also very pleasant to work with.”

Binh Thanh Vu

Excellent in litigation.”


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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised International Furniture Marketing on the labour dispute with an ex-chief representative of the company.

Advised 3A Nutrition on labour lawsuits lodged by ex-employees.

Key clients

ANZ, British Council, CPA Australia, Novus

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 a sugar manufacturing company on the establishment of an export processing enterprise.

Advised a logistics company on an industrial land acquisition as part of its early investment in Vietnam.

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 Vietnam’s 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

“Thoughtful and client oriented.” – Banking and finance

“Deep knowledge of the sector and high-quality advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, professional and business focused.” – Dispute resolution

Lam Nguyen

“Has deep knowledge of his practice and offers high value advice.”


Work highlights

Advised Novaland Group on its loan arranged by Seatown to finance its Aqua City Project in Dong Nai province.

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

Assisted Herbalife Nutrition in reviewing the local country defence file for potential international tax and transfer pricing risks.

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. Anh Tuan Nguyen recently joined the firm to add to its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback

“The team at LNT is dedicated, professional, responsive and always has our interests at heart.” – Corporate and M&A

“The LNT team is one of the best legal service teams we ever worked with. Their quick response, commercial oriented advice and responsive lawyers greatly contributed to the success of the deals we were involved in.” – Energy

Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang

Profesional, kind and effective.”


Work highlights

Advised a multinational manufacturer on a tax dispute regarding investment incentives.