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Tilleke & Gibbins

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Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientaine and 1 more

Michael K. Lee

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Tilleke & Gibbins


Partner and Head of Corporate/Commercial. Practice Areas: General Corporate; Commercial Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Labor; Technology, Media, and Telecommunications; Life Sciences; and Real Estate, Construction, and Hospitality Law.


Michael K. Lee is a partner and the head of the corporate and commercial team in the Vietnam offices of Tilleke & Gibbins. He counsels clients and manages cases on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment structuring and advisory, commercial transactions, regulatory affairs (particularly for the life sciences and high technology industries), and labor. He has also assisted clients on numerous high-profile real estate and M&A projects and labor disputes. A registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam, Michael has been practicing in Vietnam since 2007, previously with Mayer Brown JSM. Also a licensed lawyer in California (1996), Texas (1997), and Colorado (1998), Michael has extensive experience litigating civil and criminal matters in the United States. He is also registered as an arbitrator at the Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC).


English (native), Korean (conversational), and Vietnamese (basic).


LLM, American University, Washington College of Law; JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; BA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Lee - Tilleke & Gibbins

Within: Corporate and M&A

Tilleke & Gibbinsimpresses with its efficiency and cost-effectiveness’. The practice has particular sector strengths in life sciences and manufacturing, helping clients such as Fruit of The Loom and Merck Sharp & Dohme on a range of corporate issues, including licensing. Practice head Michael Lee has ‘a very good understanding of how to circumnavigate the logjams and challenges posed by the legislative environment in Vietnam’. Jim Dao leads on franchising while Vinh Quoc Nguyen heads the M&A team.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Recent highlights for Tilleke & Gibbins include acting as local counsel to technology giants Microsoft and Lenovo (Singapore) on a broad range of operational matters, such as labour contracts and social insurance, and also acting for French pharmaceuticals company Servier on compliance issues. Michael Lee and senior associate Kien Trung Trinh are recommended for contentious and non-contentious work.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Tilleke & Gibbins’ team is led by Michael Lee, who advised Fruit of the Loom on its establishment of a garment factory in Vietnam. Senior associate Vinh Quoc Nguyen is also well regarded.

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