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Baker McKenzie handles a range of work spanning intellectual property, debt recovery, employment law and competition matters, covering arbitration and local litigation through affiliated firm BMVN International LLC. Yee Chung Seck, Minh Tri Quach, Nguyen Thuy Hang and Fred Burke lead key mandates. Clients include international household-name businesses in the hospitality, media and commodities sectors.

Dzungsrt & Associates LLCprovides very prompt feedback and availability at short notice, plus excellent drafting skills’. The firm, at least for some, ‘remains the reference for arbitration in Vietnam’ handling both ICC and Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) arbitrated disputes, as well as court litigation covering a mix of commercial disputes, including shipping and commodities matters. Nguyen Manh Dzung heads the practice, and Nguyen Ngoc Minh, who is based in Hanoi, has ‘very broad experience in commercial disputes, and provides practical and precise advice regarding litigation in Vietnam’. Vu Phuong Trang and Dang Viet Anh are also partners of note, and senior associate Tran Ha Han is ‘a talented young lawyer’. The firm represents a Singaporean company in a VIAC arbitration against a Vietnamese oil company regarding an unpaid charterparty, and acted for a number of shareholders in a shareholder-management dispute. Highlights concerning arbitral award enforcement included acting for a leading commodities trading company in the enforcement of several Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) awards.

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ANT Lawyers

ANT Lawyers is a Vietnamese law firm in Vietnam with English speaking lawyers whom understand the laws of Vietnam within the business and the local culture context. The firm has been advising and representing foreign companies and individual clients interested in either doing business, or needing legal services or representation in Vietnam who are seeking reasonable and competitive solutions without compromising on service quality. Our dispute resolution practice at ANT Lawyers helps our clients with the following:

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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyersprovides a high level of service – the team is responsive in terms of turnaround and quality’. Areas of expertise include agenda-setting white-collar crime matters, construction disputes and more general commercial litigation. We shipping work is another core strength, especially matters relating to vessel arrests: Chau Huy Quang and ‘exceptionally professional and responsive’ Australian-qualified foreign counsel Logan Leung represented the owners of a ship in a dispute with the government regarding the arrest of the vessel and confiscation of 4,300 tonnes of fuel oil. As far as arbitration work is concerned, Leung acts for a Canadian national on the Vietnamese aspects of a sale-and-purchase dispute subject to a Canadian arbitration. Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy is also a key contact.

Vilaf covers a range of disputes before the Vietnamese courts and international arbitration forums, covering matters including wet shipping, projects, insurance, debt recovery and customs. Pham Si Hai Quynh, Ngo Thanh Tung and counsel Tranh Anh Hien are names to note for admiralty law, with Nguyen Duy Linh and Vo Ha Duyen involved in international arbitration matters. Clients include leading foreign construction companies, property developers and fast-moving consumer goods companies.

YKVN handles a range of Vietnamese litigation but, in part, due to its presence in Singapore has a particular strength in international arbitration. A multi-partner team from the firm’s Singapore office including K Minh Dang, Do Khoi Nguyen and K Luan Tran defended, as sole counsel, several Vietnamese former Euvipharm shareholders in a dispute, which included Vietnamese, American and Canadian litigation in addition to arbitration in Singapore, arising from Valeant Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of a majority stake in Euvipharm; Valeant initiated an arbitration after the shareholders refused to have a put option bought out. Luu Tien Dzung represented Czech Export Bank in proceedings before the Vietnamese courts concerning the first-ever request for recognition of a foreign bankruptcy in Vietnam, which concerned a Vietnamese subsidiary of a company declared bankrupt by the Czech courts. Truong Trong Nghia contributes white-collar crime expertise.

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C., in addition to being ‘good for mediation’, handles work concerning arbitration and litigation strategy, including matters regarding arbitral award enforcement and real estate disputes. Nicolas Audier, the ‘excellent’ Bernadette Fahy and senior associate Tran Trong Binh advised a commodity trader on the enforcement of several arbitral awards totalling $21m. Fahy, Binh and Nicolas Picard represented a retailer in a VIAC arbitration regarding a lease termination, also advising on local litigation pertaining to injunctions. Other mandates relate to labour disputes.

Frasers Law Company deploys ‘good, business minded knowledge’ on disputes regarding banking, insolvency, shareholder and boardroom-level employment law, as well as regulatory matters. Mark Fraser, Justin Gisz, Nguyen Thi Lang and senior associates Phung Thi Thanh Thao and Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram are the key contacts. Clients include international engineering companies as well as other household name businesses.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s disputes work covers construction, intellectual property, employment and compliance, and the team also provides Vietnamese law support to the firm’s offices outside the country on international arbitration. Tony Foster heads the team, with senior associate An Hoang Ha also noted.

LNT & Partners handles a range of work regarding disputes, with particular sector strength in life sciences matters alongside construction and commercial disputes. Net Le successfully defended a public body in a VIAC-arbitrated dispute regarding warranty costs concerning a delayed infrastructure project, and, alongside Hai Ngo, also represented a party in a matrimonial case in which a key asset is shares in a Singaporean company. Van Su Tran and Thi Kim Vinh Nguyen are also key contacts.

Vision & Associates’ dispute resolution practice handles mandates including debt recovery, employment law and intellectual property disputes, often working alongside leading international and Asian firms. Le Tuan Anh, Dang Trong Hieu and Le Quynh Anh are the key contacts. Senior associates Le Nguyen Anh Vu, Nguyen Bao Ngoc and Pham Minh Long are also noted.

ATS Law Firm’s work includes commercial, property and labour disputes. Managing partner Tran Gia The represented a consumer products company in a dispute with a distributor subject to VIAC arbitration. Vu Thi Thu Ha, who handles high-level employment matters, represented a pharmaceutical company in litigation against a former employee, who left the company and demanded salary after his departure; she also represented a sports governing body in a dispute with two senior former employees. Key property litigation mandates include Ha representing a subsidiary of a real estate company in a dispute with a client which sought to renege on a contract to purchase a property in Da Nang.

Allens’ Hop Dang is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre panel of arbitrators; he is experienced in commercial and construction arbitration.

BD Lawyers & Associates Co., Ltd (BDLAW)’s dispute resolution practice, headed by Nguyen Trung Kien, handles a range of real estate and lender-borrower disputes for banks and property developers. The team is representing IDJ in a dispute regarding the long-term lease of space at the Grand Plaza Hotel complex. Highlights in the construction space included representing Global Mekong Construction in a dispute pertaining to a project to build a factory in Bac Ninh. The practice also acts for the Empire Group, and Tu Liem Development, which it is acting for in a dispute regarding the ownership of land in the Dich Vong urban area, and Standard Chartered, which it represented in a debt recovery case.

Bizlink Lawyers has a track record handling arbitration and litigation for leading domestic and international clients. Managing partner Do Trong Hai is a member of the VIAC panel of arbitrators.

Bross & Partners’ practice includes Nguyen Hong Bach, who has a track record of handling high-level white-collar crime disputes and administrative matters, and Hoang Van Dzung, who has a track record handling commercial litigation and employment matters.

EPLegal Limited covers the gamut of dispute resolution matters, ranging from property litigation and debt recovery through to construction and wet shipping. Tony Nguyen represented Hung Lam in a long-running dispute with Hanjin Shipping regarding damage to eleven containers of rice transported from Vietnam to Ghana; the matter ended with the bankruptcy of the respondent. Senior consultant Nguyen Minh Hang represents construction company Vinh Son Song Hinh in a dispute concerning the company’s project to construct the Thuong Kon Tum hydropower plant in Vietnam’s central highlands, which at $76m set the record for the largest-ever construction case heard by VIAC.

Le & Tran Attorneys at Law’s Stephen Le Hoang Chuong and senior associate Derek Phan Van Cong Danh represented Daewon, a real estate developer, in a $650m dispute with Po Sung Mechanical Engineering and Construction regarding buildings maintenance. The group also represented a company in a separate case regarding alleged dilapidations at an office block in the value of $200,000. In the commercial arbitration space, the team represent Blue Steel Australasia in efforts to enforce an arbitral award against Dai Thien Loc; the group also handled the arbitration, which saw and successfully challenged the potential conflict of interest of two arbitrators. Oher mandates concern franchising, senior-level employment law, M&A litigation and IT procurement disputes.

Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution practice, headed by managing partner Thomas Treutler, handles intellectual property disputes for major international clients, covering patents, trade marks and more esoteric forms of intellectual property. Loc Xuan Le represented the owners of trade marks covering the media, consumer electronics and the motor industry in actions against cybersquatters before the courts and in administrative proceedings. Employment law disputes are also an area of expertise.

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