Banking and finance
Vilaf is a popular choice for multinational banks and is often appointed as local counsel on matters where Clifford Chance serves as international counsel. The ‘impressive’ Vo Ha Duyen is part of a team advising Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi (BTMU), as the lead arranger, on the $510m financing of a highway project. Tran Tuan Phong has been assisting Standard Chartered with financing the construction of sections one and four of the Hanoi-Haiphong Expressway. Nguyen Quang Hung is also recommended.
Tran Tuan Phong - Vilaf
Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf
Vilaf is recommended for providing Vietnamese legal advice to companies listing on stock exchanges across the region. The group has been acting as Vietnamese counsel to Koastal PTE and its subsidiaries on the client’s proposed listing on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange. Vo Ha Duyen and Nguyen Quang Hung co-head the team.
Corporate and M&A
Vilaf continues to receive instructions on big-ticket deals and frequently handles cross-border matters in conjunction with Clifford Chance, with which it has enjoyed a longstanding relationship that dates back over 20 years. Pham Si Hai Quynh and Ho Chi Minh City managing partner Vo Ha Duyen led the team’s advice as local counsel to Mondelēz International during its deal to buy a controlling stake in Kinh Do’s food business. Kevin Hawkins is part of a team assisting General Electric with the acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid business, which is part of a global transaction. Hanoi managing partner Dang Duong Anh, Tran Tuan Phong and Nguyen Truc Hien are also recommended.
Dang Duong Anh - Vilaf
Ngo Thanh Tung - Vilaf
Projects and energy
Vo Ha Duyen and Dang Duong Anh jointly lead the team at Vilaf, which continues to attract big-ticket instructions. Duyen is assisting Sumitomo with the construction of the first metro line in Vietnam and Tran Tuan Phong is leading advice to investors Marubeni and KEPCO regarding the Nghi Son 2 coal-fired power plant project. Kevin Hawkins and Luu Hoang Ha are also key figures in the team.
Luu Hoang Ha - Vilaf
Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf
Real estate and construction
Vilaf has a strong presence in major infrastructure projects and is assisting three Japanese companies with the construction of the Haiphong International Gateway Port; Tran Tuan Phong is leading the advice. Vo Ha Duyen is part of a team advising VMS Investment, a consortium of foreign investors, on acquiring a controlling equity interest in an integrated resort and casino project. Nguyen Truc Hien and Dang Duong Anh co-head the team.
Vilaf’s areas of expertise span ship casualty work, ship arrests, bills of lading, cargo claims and charterparty disputes. Ngo Thanh Tung and Nguyen Duy Linh’s team includes Pham Si Hai Quynh, who is a key name for maritime disputes.
Of the three TMT disciplines, Vilaf concentrates its practice on telecoms. The group’s track record in the area includes advising Alcatel on establishing a subsidiary in Vietnam. Ngo Thanh Tung and Dang Duong Anh lead the team.
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