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Giles Cooper

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Areas of Practice: 

  • International commercial and corporate law
  • M&A
  • Capital markets
  • Major projects and construction law
  • Labor law                                                                          


Giles Cooper is Co-Director for Duane Morris Vietnam LLC. Mr. Cooper practices in the area of corporate, commercial law with a focus on international law in South East Asia and has over a decade's experience helping foreign investors in Vietnam, particularly with market entry, investment structuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, major projects and construction, and employment law matters. Mr. Cooper is cited as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for Corporate and M&A in Vietnam and also as a Recommended Lawyer for Projects & Energy, Vietnam. He is also cited as a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A, Vietnam by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and also Chambers Global 2019. He is ranked as a Highly Regarded Lawyer by the IFLR1000 2019 for both Capital Markets: Equity and also M&A in Vietnam.

The IFLR1000 2019 edition reported the following client feedback: “Duane Morris Vietnam is a highly accredited legal firm in the specialised renewable energy sector. The firm is focused on all aspects of this sector ranging from regulatory, governance and many corporate matters such as drafting of MOU between client and local investor, advisory work on M&A including drafting of SPA, legal due diligence, and so forth. The key partner in this firm, Giles Cooper, is instrumental in providing valuable support and advice in all these aspects, including connecting clients to the right partners in this specialised sector as and when requested. He drives the firm forward by delivering and executing as a world class lawyer with a first class support team equipped with integrity, transparency and professionalism. The team led by Giles is highly credible and well respected by the client and all the key partners associated with the client.”


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  • Member of the Council of the Vietnam Corporate Governance Initiative
  • Advisory Council on Corporate Governance
  • Member of the Management Board of the Vietnam Business Forum
  • Co-chair of the Vietnam Business Forum's Governance & Integrity Working Group
  • Member of New Zealand Law Society
  • Member of ASEAN New Zealand Business Council
  • Vice President, Australian Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam
  • Member of American Chamber of Commerce, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Member of European Chamber of Commerce, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Member of Japan Business Association


Giles is a graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam.


Corporate and M&A

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Giles Cooper - Duane Morris Vietnam LLC

Within: Corporate and M&A

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC handles a range of work, ranging from cross-border M&A deals through to commercial contracts, outsourcing and franchising. Giles Cooper and senior associate Manfred Otto (who leads the firm's Japan desk in Vietnam) assisted Mulwarra Export with purchasing its Vietnamese distributor, and advised Yellow Star Investment on purchasing a minority stake in a health care business. Oliver Massmann and Hanoi-based special counsel Hoang Minh Duc are also key contacts. Other clients include Laurelton Diamonds and Spirax Sarco. Competition law is another area of expertise.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC has a particular strength in renewable energy work. Oliver Massmann handles a range of solar projects including assisting TCP Asia Pacific with a plan to develop six solar plants totaling 420MW in Myanmar, and alongside special counsel Hoang Minh Duc, is advising Greencells Group on various projects in Vietnam. In addition to its green energy work, Giles Cooper is assisting Sembcorp Utilities with the 225MW gas-fired Myingyan project in Myanmar and senior associate Manfred Otto has expertise in wastewater projects.

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