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VILAF

SUITE 4.4-4.6, MPLAZA SAIGON, 39 LE DUAN STREET, DISTRICT 1, HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
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Work +84 28 3827 7300
Email:
Web:
www.vilaf.com.vn
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Vo Ha Duyen

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Work Phone: +84 28 3827 7300 E-mail
Email:
VILAF

Work Department

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

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

Vietnamese; English.

Member

EuroCham; AmCham; New York Bar Association.

Education

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


Vietnam

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf

Within: Banking and finance

Vilaf handles various project finance and banking sector M&A, often for leading Asian clients. Vo Ha Duyen and senior associate Nguyen Thanh Tung advised JBIC, as arranger, on the $2.5bn financing of the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant project; the pair also advised Crédit Agricole and ANZ Bank on amending the security package regarding the Phu My 2.2 power project in consideration of Crédit Agricole’s closure of its Vietnamese office. In the bank sales space, Duyen advised ANZ Bank on an auction process to sell its Vietnamese retail banking operations, while Hanoi office managing partner Dang Duong Anh advised Shinsei Bank on its purchase of 49% of Mcredit. Aircraft financing is another specialism: Duyen and senior associate Nguyen Thi Kim Anh advised BNP Paribas and Awas on the financing of several Airbus aircraft used by VietJet.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Vilaf works with leading international firms on the Vietnamese elements of cross-border deals, acting on buy and sell sides. Vo Ha Duyen and Pham Si Hai Quynh are advising ANZ Bank on its scheduled departure from the Vietnamese retail banking market by way of the sale of its Vietnamese business to Shinhan Bank. Bui Ngoc Anh, who is based in Hanoi, and senior associate Pham Thuy Anh advised All Nippon Airways on its purchase of a minority stake in Vietnam Airlines. Dang Duong Anh assisted Shinsei Bank with its purchase of a 49% stake in Mcredit from Military Bank. Other clients include SCG Chemicals, which Duyen advised on buying out the other co-owners of the Long Son petrochemical project after a shareholder deadlock.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Vilaf covers a range of disputes before the Vietnamese courts and international arbitration forums, covering matters including wet shipping, projects, insurance, debt recovery and customs. Pham Si Hai Quynh, Ngo Thanh Tung and counsel Tranh Anh Hien are names to note for admiralty law, with Nguyen Duy Linh and Vo Ha Duyen involved in international arbitration matters. Clients include leading foreign construction companies, property developers and fast-moving consumer goods companies.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Vo Ha Duyen - Vilaf

Within: Projects and energy

Vilaf ‘provides timely responses, and has a good knowledge of Vietnamese law regarding BOT projects’. The firm has a particular strength in coal-fired power projects, but also handles port and renewable energy projects. Vo Ha Duyen and counsel Trinh Luong Ngoc advised SCG Chemicals on buying out its joint venture partner from the Long Son Petrochemicals project in a transaction governed by Vietnamese law. Energy highlights include Duyen advising JBIC on its role as financing arranger of the Vung Ang 2 BOT power project, while on the contractor side Tran Tuan Phong advised Marubeni on its role as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor alongside Vietnam Electricity for the 600MW Thai Binh 1 coal-fired power station. Other clients include Sumitomo.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Vilaf handles acquisitions of office buildings and residential developments, plus construction disputes. Nguyen Truc Hien is a key name for transactional work, with Vo Ha Duyen and Tran Tuan Phong also involved in this space. Duyen is also a key contact for EPC arbitrations between contractors and project owners. The group provides a full service to real estate clients, and testament to this was Hien’s advice to real estate developer Novaland Investment Group on a bond issuance.

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