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VILAF names new Chairperson and Ho Chi Minh City Office Managing Partner

June 2015

23 June 2015, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today, VILAF announced the election of its new executive management.  VILAF partners, Vo Ha Duyen and Nguyen Truc Hien, have been elected as new Chairperson of VILAF and as new Managing Partner of VILAF’s Ho Chi Minh City Office, respectively.

Ms Duyen succeeds Ngo Thanh Tung to serve as the firm’s new Chairperson and will oversee the firm’s business development, client relationship, lawyers’ development, business and marketing strategies.  Ms Hien succeeds Ms Duyen to serve as Managing Partner of VILAF’s Ho Chi Minh City Office.

“In line with VILAF’s long term strategic plan, this is a positive change and a new chapter for VILAF’s growth as fresh energy and ambition will be brought in by the new management,” said Ngo Thanh Tung, the firm’s former Chairman.

Ms Duyen specializes in Corporate/M&A, Finance, Capital Markets, Energy, Infrastructure and Real estate.  She is admitted to practice laws in both Vietnam and New York and has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by prestigious international legal guides. Ms Duyen’s recent notable transactions include advising KKR in the acquisition of shares in Masan Consumer valued at USD350 million, issuers in Singapore international bond listing transactions, Mondelez in the USD370 million acquisition of Kinh Do Corporation, lenders in the financing of Phu My 2.2. and Vung Ang II BOT power projects, and Sumitomo Corporation in relation to Vietnam’s first Metro Line Project in Ho Chi Minh City.

“I am honoured to serve as Chairperson of VILAF and to serve the profession. I would like to sincerely thank VILAF partners for putting their trust in me and to Ex-Chairman Ngo Thanh Tung for his courageous entrepreneurship which initiated our VILAF journey.  VILAF is committed to grow as a leading law firm in Vietnam and to foster a strong foundation for talents,” said Duyen.

Ms Hien specializes in Corporate/M&A, Real estate, Construction, Tax, Trade and Retail and is recommended by several influential international legal guides. Apart from her leading role in many multimillion dollar real estate projects, she has advised several turn-key contracts and credit agreements such as the Tay Ninh Cement Project and the Dakr’tih Hydropower Project.  Hien advises Vietnamese and foreign investors on direct investment and M&A transactions and offer insightful guidance for highly-regulated fields such a retail, education, e-commerce, brewery and beverages, automobile and telecommunication.

“I am very thankful for the leadership from my partners Ngo Thanh Tung and Vo Ha Duyen. They have laid down a great foundation for VILAF to grow. I am committed to work with new Managing Partner of Hanoi office - Dang Duong Anh, under the leadership of our new Chairperson, Vo Ha Duyen, in order to further our market leading position with focuses on the value for clients with efficiency, predictability and innovation in the delivery of legal services.” – said Hien.

Ngo Thanh Tung, who was the Chairman of VILAF since 2007, has been the key figure in the success and growth of VILAF and is a leading lawyer in Vietnam recognized by prestigious international legal guides. As a senior partner of VILAF, Tung will continue to grow his Corporate/M&A, Maritime, and Dispute Resolution practice.

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