Vilaf’s Tran Tuan Phong is recommended for aircraft leasing matters; his recent highlights include acting as local counsel to Avolon Aerospace Leasing on the refinancing of an A320-200 Airbus aircraft sub-leased to VietJet.
Banking and finance
Vilaf’s sizeable practice acts as local counsel to domestic and international clients involved in project finance, debt issuances, structured finance and financial services sector M&A, among other matters. Ho Chi Minh City team head Vo Ha Duyen advised Standard Chartered on its series of secured financing transactions aimed at providing financing to Vietinbank. Key contacts in Hanoi include Tran Tuan Phong, whose recent workload includes aircraft finance deals, and managing partner Dang Duong Anh.
Tran Tuan Phong - Vilaf
Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf
Vilaf’s key Hanoi-based contact Nguyen Quang Hung was involved in a number of debt transactions including advising Vietcombank as arranger on Masan Consumer Holdings’ VND9 trillion private placement of corporate bonds while, on the equity side, practice chair Vo Ha Duyen acted as local counsel to Koastal on its proposed Singapore listing. Vingroup and Techcom Securities are other recent clients.
Corporate and M&A
Vilaf regularly acts as local counsel on huge cross-border transactions, such as GE’s $17bn acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid business, and in deals involving foreign companies investing in Vietnam, including Mondelēz International’s $370m acquisition of a controlling stake in listed company Kinh Do Corporation. Vo Ha Duyen and Dang Duong Anh are two names to note in the sizeable team.
Dang Duong Anh - Vilaf
Ngo Thanh Tung - Vilaf
At Vilaf, Pham Si Hai Quynh was highly active in litigation, handling a very broad range of disputes before Vietnamese courts. The practice co-heads are Hanoi-based Nguyen Duy Linh, who has handled a number of VIAC cases, and Ngo Thanh Tung in Ho Chi Minh City, who was involved in one of the team’s many shipping-related disputes.
At Vilaf, Pham Si Hai Quynh continues to act in insurance-related shipping disputes, representing P&I clubs as well as cargo owners seeking compensation.
Projects and energy
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.
Luu Hoang Ha - Vilaf
Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf
Real estate and construction
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.
Vilaf has experience in shipping litigation through its strong dispute resolution practice; the firm acted in loss of cargo disputes and compensation claims in 2016. Previous mandates include representing local and international companies in ship arrests, salvage claims and charterparty matters. Pham Si Hai Quynh is a key contact.
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