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    • Hoa Hoang - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Vo Hue My - ZICOlaw (Vietnam) Ltd
    • Rahul Parrab - Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie’s practice draws from the firm’s dispute resolution, banking and finance and tax departments to provide a broad service to its international client base. Practice head Fred Burke advised Indochina Land Holdings 2 on its $106m sale of four real estate projects and assisted VinaLand with the purchase of a 30% stake in development rights for a $4bn casino project. Lan Phuong Nguyen was recently made partner.

At Frasers Law Company, Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz lead the real estate practice; the latter is ‘naturally adept at bridging the gap between Vietnamese advisers and foreign clients’. The team, which also includes the recommended Nguyen Thi Lang, is advising a client on several investments in Vietnamese land and is assisting a private equity company with four acquisitions of real estate projects; other areas of expertise include tax advice, regulatory matters and portfolio management. Clients include Chains Caravelle Hotel and Nuplex Industries.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice is regarded as being of ‘the highest quality’; the team includes Tony Foster and Milton Lawson, as well as the recently arrived Don Stokes, who relocated from the Tokyo office. Recent mandates include advising Metro Group on its €655m sale of a wholesale business and portfolio of 19 sites in Vietnam to TCC Holding Co and assisting Warburg Pincus Asia with its $250m investment in Vingroup’s retail properties.

Vilaf advised HSBC on its $153m secured financing of the Celadon City urban development project and assisted Techcomdeveloper Projects Development with its acquisition of infrastructure and land use rights for the ongoing Nam An Khanh New Urban Zone Project. Ho Chi Minh City-based team head Nguyen Truc Hien has ‘good industry knowledge and strong legal acumen’. Dang Duong Anh leads work in Hanoi and is also recommended.

Real estate is a core practice area for ZICOlaw (Vietnam) Ltd, which ‘advises from an institutional viewpoint when looking at risks’. The well-regarded David Lim heads the team, for which recent work includes assisting with investment in high-value real estate projects, land acquisition and joint ventures. International clients include Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong, Dynasty Investments and Capitaland Vietnam.

Allen & Overy LLP provides a ‘one-stop solution’ for clients and recent work includes advising Gaw Capital Partners on its joint venture with two Vietnamese investors for the $1.2bn Observation Tower Complex project on the Thu Thiem peninsula. Team head Duc Tran has broad expertise.

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C.’s strong dispute resolution practice, which feeds into the firm’s real estate work; the highly respected Etienne Laumonier and Nicolas Picard handled cases variously relating to big-ticket hospitality sector projects, investment project restructurings and land and infrastructure rights. The practice is increasingly acting for Japanese clients.

Tran Manh Ha heads the six-lawyer team at BDLawyers and Associates Co., Ltd (BDLAW), which recently advised Thuy Duong Group on transactional and operational matters relating to an upcoming $60m urban project in Hai Phong and assisted Nui Beo Coal with contracts to supply and install mining equipment and headframe as part of a $38m mining project. THT Development and Naman Co are also clients.

Bizlink Lawyers advised Mode Hotel and Realty on its $10m acquisition of land use rights for a luxury hotel in Da Nang City, and assisted Vinata with dividing the Vinata Tower project into three smaller projects; Do Trong Hai and Nguyen Thanh Cong were the key partners on these deals. Other clients include Donaco International and Sun City Company.

Bross & Partners advises on the banking and M&A aspects of real estate, and has previous experience in drafting agreements, structuring investment deals and obtaining land leases. Senior partner Tran Anh Hung heads the practice.

LNT & Partners’ real estate and construction practice is complemented by the firm’s projects and energy work. The team, led by Thai Binh Tran, is advising Viet Hung Urban Development and Investment on its $12m sale of a building and land rights; Toshin Development and Hasebe Corporation are also clients.

Russin & Vecchi, LLC displays ‘professionalism, attention to detail and responsiveness’. The team advised Phu My Hung on due diligence for its two acquisitions of eco-residential projects. Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut ‘impresses with his ability to look at the big picture’.

Allens leverages its strong corporate, projects and energy and resources practices, and has strong ties to the firm’s Singapore office. Hop Dang and Chung Le are names to note.

Asia Counsel Vietnam Law Company Limited has former Hogan Lovells International LLP’s corporate head Christian Schaefer as managing partner. The firm advised Deutsches Haus Vietnam Invest on its planned development of two multi-functional tower blocks in Ho Chi Minh City.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers has the well-regarded Vu Thi Que at the head of the four-partner team, which is currently assisting Nam Long Group with its sale of a residential apartment project to Hankyu Realty and Nishi Nippon Railroad.

Tilleke & Gibbins’ team is led by Michael Lee, who advised Fruit of the Loom on its establishment of a garment factory in Vietnam. Senior associate Vinh Quoc Nguyen is also well regarded.

VB Law advises local and international clients on a full range of real estate and construction mandates including drafting documentation, joint venture investments and infrastructure and projects matters. The dispute resolution practice handles various cases.

Le Quynh Anh is the main contact at Vision & Associates, which advised City Garden Apartments Vietnam on amending its investment licence and assisted Berjaya Hotay with reviewing its bar licensing agreement at Sheraton’s hotel in Hanoi.

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