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Next generation lawyers

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    • Linh Chi Dang - Baker McKenzie
    • An Hoang Ha - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Vu Dieu Huyen - YKVN
    • Tina LeDinh - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Bui Thanh Tien - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Allen & Overy Legal (Vietnam) LLC is ‘a go-to firm in Vietnam’ for lenders, providing ‘practical advice, deep knowledge of the industry and market, and quick turnarounds’. Practice head Duc Tran and his team ‘are highly reliable and advise clients across a range of issues and complex transactions’; Tran and associate Thuy Huynh, who ‘supports partners well and is clear and precise in her advice’, advised Credit Suisse as arranger on a $300m term loan to Vingroup, and assisted the same bank with a facility to VPBank. Adam Moncrieff is experienced in advising international banks on their loans to Vietnamese businesses. Aviation finance is also an area of note: Tran and Huynh assisted Dubai Aerospace Enterprise with the financing and leasing of three Airbus A350s to Vietnam Airlines. Other clients include HSBC, Citibank and Deutsche Bank.

Allens’ banking and finance offering covers a range of borrower and lender-side work, often concerning significant projects. Borrower-side projects work includes advising on the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical project, and acting for the developers on the Vung Ang II thermal power plant; Bill Magennis led both matters. Robert Fish and Magennis advised Asian Development Bank on its $100m loan financing to a subsidiary of China Everbright pertaining to six waste-to-energy projects in Vietnam. Corporate lending work includes Fish and associate Dang Vu advising the International Finance Corporation on a planned €4m loan to Bel Ga, acting as Vietnamese and International counsel. Other clients include National Australia Bank and Goldman Sachs; Fish advised the latter as arranger on a $250m syndicated facility for the construction of a new highway between Lan Dong and Dong Nai provinces.

Baker McKenzie advises international banks and borrowers on complex projects, including regulatory-sensitive cross-border loans and syndicated facilities. Oanh Nguyen advised Bangkok Bank on a $140m syndicated loan to Mega Market. Ngugen also assisted ANZ Group with a $50m facility to Viettel’s Cambodian subsidiary, requiring a security structure encompassing the Vietnamese parent company. Borrower-side work includes Ngugen, Thanh Son Dang and special counsel Linh Chi Dang advising Canadian Solar on a $60m loan from the International Finance Corporation, $20m of which was provided to a Vietnamese subsidiary. The group also has experience in matters pertaining to dong-denominated loans.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team, led by Hanoi-based Tony Foster and Don Stokes in Ho Chi Minh City, has a strong practice acting for commercial and development banks on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects. Highlights included Stokes advising Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on financing Apollo Towers’ telecoms projects in Myanmar. The firm also has a strength in banking sector transactions: Foster and senior associate An Hoang Ha advise Mizuho Bank on its involvement in Vietcombank’s increase of its charter capital in order to maintain its 15% holding; Foster and Hoang advised DBS Bank on the Vietnamese law aspects of its proposed, but aborted, purchase of ANZ’s retail banking division in Vientnam. The group also has expertise in investment fund finance; Stokes and Bui Thanh Tien advised Dragon Capital on a $50m term loan facility from International Finance Corporation. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Crédit Agricole.

Vilaf handles various project finance and banking sector M&A, often for leading Asian clients. Vo Ha Duyen and senior associate Nguyen Thanh Tung advised JBIC, as arranger, on the $2.5bn financing of the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant project; the pair also advised Crédit Agricole and ANZ Bank on amending the security package regarding the Phu My 2.2 power project in consideration of Crédit Agricole’s closure of its Vietnamese office. In the bank sales space, Duyen advised ANZ Bank on an auction process to sell its Vietnamese retail banking operations, while Hanoi office managing partner Dang Duong Anh advised Shinsei Bank on its purchase of 49% of Mcredit. Aircraft financing is another specialism: Duyen and senior associate Nguyen Thi Kim Anh advised BNP Paribas and Awas on the financing of several Airbus aircraft used by VietJet.

YKVN advises borrowers and lenders on significant project financings. Vu Dzung advised several Chinese banks (including China Construction Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) on the $1.2bn financing of a 1.2GW coal-fired power station project in Hai Duong province, and assisted HSBC with a VND560bn loan to the Ngo Que 3 hydropower project. Hanoi-based Duong Thu Ha and senior associate Vu Dieu Huyen advised lenders including Vietcombank on a $435m facility provided to Hoa Phat Dung Quat Steel regarding a planned new steel plant, and assisted the same bank with a $139m facility for a residential project in Hanoi. Other clients include AB Bank, Korea Eximbank and Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

Frasers Law Company’s banking and finance practice handles project finance mandates for investors, banking-sector transactions and fintech matters. Mark Fraser and Nguyen Thi Lang are key contacts. Clients include Lifestyle Project Management Vietnam.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice, which primarily advises lenders, handles work concerning energy and transport infrastructure projects and leading Vietnamese businesses. Samantha Campbell advised International Finance Corporation on the financing of VPBank, and assisted ANZ Bank with several facilities extended to Ezra Holdings. Other clients include HSBC, Natixis, Credit Suisse and Vietnam Airlines. Associate Chi Vo is also a name of note.

Mayer Brown JSM’s Vietnam offices handle a range of work, with a particularly strong roster of development bank clients alongside private sector lenders and borrowers. Hoang Anh Nguyen and senior associate Huong Thi Nguyen, both based in Hanoi, advised Vingroup on a $300m syndicated facility arranged by Credit Suisse, while in the Ho Chi Minh City office, David Harrison and counsel Hai Thao Nguyen, a recent hire from Allen & Overy LLP, advised DEG on a $20m facility extended to Aniva Corporation. Harrison and senior associate Orsolya Szotyory-Grove advised the same client and FMO on a $40m syndicated facility provided to Eastern Bank; the duo also advised Obviam (a Swiss impact investor) as a member of a club financing arranged by the International Finance Corporation to XacBank, a Mongolian commercial bank.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ work includes significant lender-side matters regarding projects, plus compliance matters. Nguyen Dinh Nha and Vu Thi Que are partners of note in the practice, with senior associate Huynh Thi Thu Thuy and foreign counsel Samuel Peirce also key contacts. All of the named lawyers are based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C.’s Nicolas Audier and Nicolas Picard advised French development agency AFD on a review of Vietnam’s new treaty law. Audier and Etienne Laumonier advised a European lender on restructuring its operations in the Vietnamese market.

EPLegal Limited handles a number of heavyweight deals, including matters pertaining to vessel and aviation finance, and mandates in the oil and gas sector. Tony Nguyen and senior consultant Nguyen Minh Hang advised VietJet on several aircraft lease transactions. Tony Nguyen advised Natixis on its role in a syndicated loan regarding a floating production storage and offloading unit. Other clients include AB Bank, which the firm advised on a loan to a Vietnamese shipbuilder, and Cathay United Bank, which it assisted with a $210m loan to PetroVietnam regarding the Nam Con Son 2 gas pipeline project.

LNT & Partners is experienced in project finance, as well as aircraft financing and banking M&A deals. Net Le advised Vietcombank on a loan to the Hai Phong container terminal project.

Vision & Associates’ work includes local law matters pertaining to loan securities and bank guarantees on international loans, as well as international restructurings and borrower-lender disputes. Managing partner Pham Nghiem Xuan Bac, who is based in Hanoi, advised the World Bank on a project to set up a mechanism for funding municipal infrastructure.

ZICO Law’s work includes power project and real estate finance transactions, often with cross-border elements. Phuong Nguyen, who is based in Hanoi, and associate Ly Thanh Hien advised Axis Bank on a loan to a Vietnamese company through its Hong Kong office; Nguyen also handled a debt restructuring for Tran Hong Quan Trading Company. Other clients include Malaysian and Chinese banks.

Bizlink Lawyers is experienced in significant project finance and real estate finance matters. Vu Cat Tuong and Do Trong Hai are key contacts.

DFDL’s Jérôme Buzenet and Hoang Phong Anh advised an American bank on security over aircraft parts. Buzenet also advised Sacombank on bancassurance matters.

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC’s Pham Ba Linh advised the lead arrangers on the Vietnamese law aspects of a $300m syndicated facility and, alongside Luong Van Trung, assisted credit fund Maj Invest with a loan to Niso Corporation. Other work concerns debt restructuring.

At PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Vietnam Company Limited, Nasir Dao advises banks on regulatory and compliance matters, as well as assisting with security matters and strategic-level decisions.

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