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Allen & Overy LLP is involved in Vietnam’s most significant power projects, where it acts for lenders, such as for China Development Bank on the financing of the 1,200MW Vinh Tan 1 BOT project); developers, including advising Sumitomo Corporation on all international aspects of the Van Phong BOT coal-fired thermal power plant; and sponsors. Practice head Adam Moncrieff and Duc Tran are recommended.

Allens’ team in Hanoi team, led by the highly regarded Bill Magennis and Hop Dang, has been advising the developers of some of the country’s most significant energy and power projects; clients include Vung Ang II Power, Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical Company as well as global oil companies such as ExxonMobil and Rosneft.

At Baker McKenzie, Fred Burke and Oanh Nguyen form part of a ‘reactive and flexible team’ which regularly advises the operators and sponsors of power and infrastructure projects on operational and transactional matters, including their sale and purchase. On the lender side, they are both acting for a major international bank on the financing of an urban development project.

Noted for its ‘very good level of service’, Frasers Law Company acts for lenders, including export credit agencies, investors, domestic and international, and operators of power, infrastructure or oil and gas projects. Mark Fraser and Nguyen Thi Lang have deep experience in the area.

With prominent projects specialist Don Stokes having established himself in the country following his relocation from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh City in 2015, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice has continued to grow and gain new clients, including international developers and high-profile investors. Hanoi-based Tony Foster is heavily involved in a significant amount of large infrastructure, energy, mining and utilities projects.

Recent highlights for Vilaf include advising Japan Bank for International Cooperation as arranger of the financing of the $2.5bn Vung Ang 2 BOT power project, acting for Sumitomo Corporation as sponsor of the 1,200MW Van Phong 1 BOT thermal power plant and assisting GE with the Vietnamese aspects of its $17bn global acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid business. Vo Ha Duyen, Tran Tuan Phong and Kevin Hawkins are some of the names to note in the sizeable team.

YKVN’s recent lender work includes advising Korea Eximbank on the financing of the 1,240MW Mong Duong-2 thermal power plant, with Diep Hoai Nam and Truong Nhat Quang leading the matter. On the developer side, Nam is representing Saudi Aramco in pre-establishment negotiations regarding a $22bn refinery and petrochemicals complex in Binh Dinh province. Vu Dzung, who recently handled a complex transport sector transaction, is another key contact.

The Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City teams at Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C., respectively led by Nicolas Audier and Etienne Laumonier, are actively handling projects involving utilities, mass transportation and other infrastructure.

DFDL acts for a roster of international banks that are particularly active in project finance across ASEAN countries and also advises investors and operators, such as Vinh Tan 1 Project Company. Vietnam managing partner Jérôme Buzenet is the key contact.

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC’s Dr Oliver Massmann represents a number of renewable energy companies, such as EAB New Energy, Greencells Group and PROLiGNIS Energi Consulting. Giles Cooper, who is also recommended, recently advised the sponsors of a high-profile power project.

In addition to advising on a number of domestic energy and mining projects, Mayer Brown JSM also recently acted for Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden on the financing of, and equity investment in, an LPG terminal in Bangladesh. David Harrison and counsel Quynh-Anh Lam are recommended.

Specialist firm EPLegal Limited focuses on the energy sector, advising a range of business which are active in the industry, including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, hydropower company Vinh Son Song Hinh and solar power producer LYS Energy on development, transactional and contentious matters. Managing director Tony Nguyen is highly rated.

Project finance and PPP expert Samantha Campbell serves as Vietnam managing partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP. Singapore-based James Harris provides valuable support.

LNT & Partners impresses clients with its ‘ability to provide strategically balanced advice that supports client objectives’ across disputes and project finance, development and construction. Net Le is recommended.

Phan Nguyen Toan and Alexandre Legendre are key figures in Leadco Legal Counsel’s team, which acts for international developers and lenders in various projects, including in particular BOT power projects.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers frequently handles energy-related disputes and, on the non-contentious side, Chau Huy Quang recently led advice to the Thi Vai Terminal port project joint venture regarding restructuring and licensing issues. Vu Thi Que is another key contact.

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