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Baker McKenziehas in-depth knowledge of Vietnamese employment law and upcoming changes, and promptly delivers reliable and practical advice’. The firm advises businesses, primarily on contested departures (including at C-suite level), secondment arrangements and other cross-border employment issues. Practice head Thuy Hang Nguyen is the name to note, while Yee Chung Seck and Fred Burke also lead key files. Special counsels Sarah Galeski and Tri Trung Pham are other key contacts. Local law elements are handled by affiliated firm BMVN International LLC.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Don Stokes and Tony Foster advise on the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as handling regulatory matters and high-level and challenging terminations. Senior associate An Hoang Ha advises several embassies, including the British, Japanese and Israeli ones, on their day-to-day employment matters. Associate Hai Dang Nguyen is also noted.

Tilleke & Gibbins advises well-known names, many of which have strong links to the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, on business-as-usual employment law matters. Kien Trung Trinh advises Foxconn Vietnam on day-to-day matters, and handles general employment matters for Lenovo, including employee departures. Other clients include Merck and Servier, for which the firm acts as outside employment counsel.

Frasers Law Company’s practice covers matters such as cross-border employment, mass employment terminations, transactions, transfers of employees and executive departures. Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz are key names at partner level, while senior associates Phung Thi Thanh Thao and Pham Thanh Mai are also note. Phu My 3 BOT Power Company is a client.

Le & Tran Attorneys at Law’s Stephen Le Hoang Chuong advised an American business on recognising a trade union, assisted PouYuen Vietnam with entering into non-compete agreements with its senior leadership team, and advised a drinks company on reducing its headcount. Other clients include individual executives; Le and senior associate Derek Phan Van Cong Danh represented the former head of a private bank in litigation regarding a constructive dismissal.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles matters such as data protection, transactions, employee benefits restructurings and market entries for well-known clients in sectors ranging from manufacturing through technology to professional services. Vu Thi Que and Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy are noted.

Vision & Associates’ employment practice cover matters such as recruitment procedure, data protection, executive terminations, and whistleblowing issues for national and international clients. Le Tuan Anh and Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan advise Turkish Airlines on employment matters concerning its employees in Vietnamese airports, while in the contentious space Anh acted for United Insurance Company in terminating an employment contract following an employee’s breach of company procedure. Luu Tien Ngoc advised Bayer on transferring employee data to third-party service providers.

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