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Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Duyen Vo

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Banking and finance/capital markets/corporate/M&A.


Vo Ha Duyen is admitted to practise law in Vietnam and New York. She holds an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School and Temple University School of Law (Fulbright scholar).

Duyen, currently VILAF's Chairperson advises foreign investors, private equity funds, issuers, and financial institutions on equity and bond investment as well as other debt instruments in private and public companies in Vietnam. Some of her notable deals include KKR's investment in Masan Consumer, Mondelez's acquisition of Kinh Do Corporation, HAGL's international bond listing and bond restructuring transactions, Dragon Capital's investment in a mining project, and Bluescope Steel's global M&A transaction.

She also advises lenders on various finance products, including asset financing transactions, structured finance transactions, and derivatives. She has advised BNP Paribas on financing transactions in Vietnam, including a reserves-based lending transaction relating to an upstream petroleum project in Vietnam and aircraft financing deals; and, SMBC, JBIC, BTMU and Citi on various financing transactions to finance energy and infrastructure projects in Vietnam, including the financing of the Phu My 2.2 BOT power project and the Vung Ang 2 BOT power project.

Duyen has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Asialaw.


Admitted to the Vietnam Bar and New York Bar; partner at VILAF since Jan 2001; managing partner at VILAF Ho Chi Minh City since Jan 2012.


Vietnamese; English.


EuroCham; AmCham; New York Bar Association.


Ho Chi Minh City Law School (1995 LLB); Temple University, US (2000 LLM, Fulbright Scholar); University of Michigan, US (2004 Tax LLM, with Honours).


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Vo Ha Duyen - VILAF

Within: Banking and finance

VILAF is a key name for handling the local law elements of major financing projects in Vietnam. Firm chairwoman Vo Ha Duyen, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, continues to advise the Japan Bank of International Cooperation on the Vietnamese elements of its role as arranger of the financing of the $2.5bn, 1.2GW, Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power project. Duyen, who also handles banking M&A, assisted ANZ with its exit from the Vietnamese retail banking market by selling its business in the country to Shinhan Bank. Other highlights in the banking M&A space include Hanoi-based Nguyen Quang Hung advising Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on purchasing a 49% stake in BIDV Finance Company for around $50m; Dang Duong Anh, who is also based in Hanoi, handled Shinsei Bank's purchase of 49% of MCredit from Military Bank. Hung also advised Standard Chartered on providing an $80m revolving credit facility to Vietnam Enterprise Investments, which was secured over the assets of the borrower and two affiliated Vietnamese-listed companies - among the first non-Vietnamese loans secured by Vietnamese-listed shares; he also advised on the financing for the construction of a new instant coffee plant. Other work includes Duyen acting for Goshawk on financing several Airbus A321 aircraft used by VietJet. Keppel Land and Bank of China are other clients. Counsel Vu Le Trung is another name to note.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

In VILAF's Hanoi office, Nguyen Quang Hung advised Standard Chartered on Mobile World's VND1.1tn bond issuance guaranteed by the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility, and also assisted Techcombank Securities with numerous corporate bond offering arranger roles. Dang Duong Anh advised Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Hong Kong on the impact of Foxconn Interconnect Technology's Hong Kong IPO on its Vietnamese subsidiaries. Tran Tuan Phong assisted Vingroup with the sale of $198m of shares via the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, which were offered to qualified institutional US buyers via Rule 144A. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vo Ha Duyen advised Credit Suisse on Novaland's plan to list $160m of convertible bonds on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Shinhan Securities is another client.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

VILAF¬†has a particular specialism handling the Vietnamese legal elements of heavyweight deals, frequently acting as co-counsel alongside major global firms.¬†Dang Duong Anh and counsel Vu Le Trung advised Shinsei Bank on its 49% purchase of MCredit, turning it into a joint venture with former sole owner Military Bank.¬†Tran Tuan Phong¬† and counsel Nguyen Vu Quynh Lam handled Siam City Cement's purchase of LafargeHolcim's 65% stake in Holcim Vietnam for ‚ā¨460m. Bui Ngoc Anh advised an international oil company on the sales of its Vietnamese LPG distribution and processing business and Thang Long LPG. Nguyen Quang Hung assisted Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank with purchasing 49% of BIDV Finance Company. Vo Ha Duyen¬†and senior associate Nguyen Thi Phuong Nga, who are based in Ho Chi Minh City,¬†advised Nawaplastic Industries on purchasing a further 29.5% of Bin Minh Plastics Company for $102m. Other clients include Vinhomes and leading private equity houses, including Partners Group. Kevin Hawkins¬†is now at ZICO Law. Named individuals are based in Hanoi except where stated otherwise.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Vo Ha Duyen - VILAF

Within: Projects and energy

VILAF's Tran Tuan Phong in Hanoi advises Marubeni on its role as EPC contractor for the 600MW Thai Binh 1 coal-fired power station, and is assisting the same client, as well as KEPCO, as investors of the 1.2GW Nghi Son 2 project. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vo Ha Duyen, together with Ashurst , is advising JBIC as arranger of the financing of the Vung Ang 2 power project. Other work concerns transport projects.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

At VILAF, Tran Tuan Phong handles major transactions, while Dang Duong Anh assists with significant Chinese-backed developments; the duo are based in Hanoi. Nguyen Truc Hien advises well-known clients on matters including premium residential developments, and Vo Ha Duyen handles work in the real estate finance space. Clients include Vingroup and CapitaLand. Named individuals are based in Ho Chi Minh City unless otherwise stated.

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