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Baker McKenzie’s insurance practice handles the gamut of insurance-sector transactions and regulatory matters for local players and leading international insurers. Chi Lieu Dang advises Thai Reinsurance Public Company on the contemplated purchase of PVIRe, and works with Fred Burke on key transactions covering joint venture buyouts, new methods of insurance distribution, and bancassurance. Senior associate Thanh Hai Nguyen is also a key contact.

Russin & Vecchi, LLC advises on joint ventures and transactions in Vietnam’s insurance market. Mai Thi Minh Hang is advising Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance on its $24m purchase of a 20% stake in Petrolimex Insurance, and is assisting Muang Thai Life Assurance with a four-way joint venture with MBBank, Mutual Trust Life Insurance and Ageas to sell life insurance. Hang and Pham Linh Phuong work with Clyde & Co LLP’s various international clients on opportunities to sell insurance across borders into Vietnam. Other clients include Vinare, Bao Minh Insurance, Oman Investment Fund and Post and Telecommunications Insurance.

Frasers Law Company’s work includes regulatory and due diligence advice pertaining to political risk and warranties and indemnities, as well as claims management, brokerage and regulatory matters. Justin Gisz advised Lifestyle Project Management Vietnam, which uses an online banking platform to sell insurance, on a 25% sale to SunLife. Nguyen Thi Lang is a name to note for technical policy-building matters and Mark Fraser is experienced in advising key insurers. Vietnam Infrastructure is also a client.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises on insurance industry M&A, restructuring, bancassurance and export credit agency matters. Tony Foster assists leading international insurers with regulatory matters concerning their Vietnamese business, and in the transactional space advised FWD Group Management on its purchase of Great Eastern Life for $50m. Senior associate An Hoang Ha is also a key contact.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles entries into the market and regulatory matters surrounding products for retail and business buyers. Nguyen Dinh Nha, senior associate Cao Dang Duy and foreign counsel Samuel Peirce advised Fairfax Asia on its purchase of a 35% stake in BIDV Insurance. The team also acts for other leading insurers and P&I clubs. Vu Thi Que, Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy and Chau Huy Quang also advise on insurance matters.

Vision & Associates advises international insurers on matters such as acquirer’s warranties and indemnities insurance for M&A deals, as well as transactions in the sector. Luu Tien Ngoc, Dang Trong Hieu and senior associate Pham Thi Cuc advised Petrolimex Insurance on its sale of a stake to Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance. The team also advises the United Insurance Company of Vietnam and QBE on corporate matters.

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    On 6/20/2012, the National Assembly voted to adopt the Law on Price (the "LOP") in response to the public demand for an effective legal framework to control price manipulation from dominant enterprises such as gasoline, electricity, etc. The law will take effect from 01/01/2013 and repeal Ordinance No. 40/2002/PL-UBTVQH10 dated 26/4/2002 of the National Assembly Standing Committee (the "Ordinance"), which is conceived as outdated and containing certain provisions contravening the WTO’s regulation. This article describes the main features of the law and provides some insight into its potential impacts on the Vietnamese economy.

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