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Clifford Chance LLP has extensive experience of structuring and implementing Vietnamese transactions. The leading partners in the team are Fergus Evans and Andrew Gambarini, who specialise in banking and asset finance, including tax-driven and export credit-backed transactions from their base in Singapore. Ross Howard in Tokyo focuses on large-scale international projects. Away from development banks, the firm also advises BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and Credit Agricole on Vietnam-related matters.

DLA Piper's Vietnam practice is closely integrated with its international offices and with partners familiar with the ASEAN region. Areas the firm advises on include finance, capital markets, real estate and all types of M&A deals. The firm advises well-known multi-national names in retail, trading, real estate, technology, life science, infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as investment fund sponsors and not-for-profits. Key names include the Tokyo-based Lance Miller, who is involved in major real estate and commercial transactions, and Joe Bauerschmidt, who is based in Singapore and advises on cross-border capital markets work, among other matters.

Linklaters LLP is ‘excellent in advising legal matters and drafting transaction documents’ and gives ‘pro-business solutions’. Key lawyers include Hong Kong's Stuart Salt, who has over 30 years of experience across large-scale project financing, developments and M&A, as well as Wanwisar Nakarat in Bangkok, who has extensive experience on advising on M&A and project finance.  The firm has long-term relationships with financial institutions such as Citibank, Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas, as well as advising private equity houses and corporates. Key highlights for the firm include advising the project company of the $2.7bn Vinh Tan 3 coal-fired electricity project on its development, construction, operation and financing. The firm has an alliance with Allens, which has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Latham & Watkins LLP offers strategic, focused and efficient legal representation on financing transactions and corporate deals. Key lawyers in the firm's Singapore office include office managing partner Sharon Lau, who advises both issuers and underwriters in international securities transactions and M&A, and Stephen McWilliams, who has advised on many of the region’s most complex and landmark power, oil and gas and mining projects. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Amy Beckingham has extensive local market knowledge and commercial acumen – she and Lau advised Vincom Retail on listing around 400 million shares on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, raising $740m. Other clients include project borrowers and lenders, state-owned companies and banks such as Techcombank.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a track record of Vietnam-related work in practice areas such as project development and finance, M&A, capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers in the team include Ben Shorten in Singapore, who heads the firm's Asia project development and finance team and handles high-end power, renewables and oil and gas transactions, as well as William McCormack who also handles heavyweight Vietnamese deals from Singapore. In Hong Kong, Sean Wang, who is admitted to practice in both mainland China and New York, has been involved in several key transactions. The team advised China Development Bank on the development and financing of the $2bn project by China Light and Power and Mitsubishi Corporation. Other clients include well-known public and private sector names.

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