Thanh Minh Vu

LNT & Partners - Vietnam




Rising Star




Practice area:

Corporate and M&A

Ms. Thanh Minh Vu, with more than 17 years of experience working in both external and in-house counsel roles, is a Partner at LNT & Partners. She is the Managing Partner of the Hanoi office and in charge of the firm’s Financial Services practice group. Minh has successfully advised foreign investors, domestic companies, and regulatory agencies in Vietnam on tax, investment, banking & finance, M&A, infrastructure, and labor matters. Her client base encompasses international conglomerates, listed companies, financial institutions, and private companies.

Prior to joining LNT & Partners, she was the Head of the Legal Department of non-bank credit institution Vietnam Chemical Finance JSC (VCFC, now Lotte Finance).

Minh is an award-winning lawyer, international accolades include: ‘Rising star (Corporate M&A)’ by Asialaw Leading Lawyer (2023); ‘Future Stars (Energy and Construction)’ by Benchmark Litigation (2023); ‘Recommended Lawyer in Banking and Finance, and Project and Energy’ by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2022); ‘Rising star (Corporate M&A)’ by Asialaw Leading Lawyer (2022); ‘Recommended Lawyer in Banking and Finance, Project and Energy, and Corporate and M&A’ by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021); ‘ALB Asia 40 Under 40’ by Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters (2021).

Minh has advised on significant financial transactions, and her advice regarding novel legal issues has been published in Vietnam Investment Review and Vietnam News. Her clients appreciate her adaptability to Vietnam’s rapidly changing regulatory framework, as well as her analyses regarding intricate matters of law. She is recognized as a rising star in banking and finance by many ranking associations. Since 8/2022, Minh is honored to be a visiting lecturer of the Academy of Justice.

  • Advised PetroVietnam Power Corporation (PVPower) on the equitisation of, and sale to a strategic investor of PetroVietnam’s shares in, PVPower.
  • Advised China Construction Bank (HCMC Branch) on a USD 73 million syndicated loan for the development of Hailide’s USD 150 million fiber textile complex in Tay Ninh (Vietnam).
  • Advised Eximbank, Shinhan Bank and Bangkok Bank on a VND 595 billion syndicated loan to finance for the development of a power plant.
  • Advised Vietcombank on a USD 75 million loan to Saigon Hanoi Bank.
  • Advised a local counsel for a Chinese bank on a USD 150 million revolving loan to a state-owned bank in Vietnam.
  • Advised a bank in a project finance for an oil rig for PetroVietnam Drilling Overseas.
  • Advised Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) on the negotiation of an offtake agreement with Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC (NSRP).
  • Assisted the merger in Vietnam in terms of obtaining the State Bank of Vietnam's approval and other approvals for the transaction. The deal is global in scope and valued at USD 3.8 billion. It is also innovative because this was the first time two foreign banks have merged in the territory of Vietnam.
  • Advised a foreign credit institution on an acquisition of a weak performing local credit institution. The deal is completely novel and unprecedented.
  • Advised Vietnam Public Joint Stock Commercial Bank (PVCombank) on a USD 140 million loans with China Development Bank (Beijing) using LMA form.
  • Advised Vietcombank on a two-step loan agreement with JBIC, worth up to $ 200 million.
  • Advised Renova, Inc. and Power Construction No.1 JSC on contracts related to wind power plant development.
  • Advised Samsung Vina Electronics Co., Ltd on application for licensing for SamSung Pay application.
  • Advised on merger and acquisition procedure between Doosan Vina and Genera Electric.
  • Advised on state divestment of Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage Joint Stock Corporation.

  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Tax
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute resolution

  • Banking and financial services
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Oil and gas

  • Vietnam Bar Federation
  • Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

  • Vietnam Banks Association – Banking Legal Club

  • LL.B., Hanoi University of Law, (2008)
  • LL.M., Hanoi National University, Vietnam, (2012)