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Frasers Law Company

UNIT 1501, 15TH FLOOR, THE METROPOLITAN, 235 DONG KHOI STREET, HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Tel:
Work +84 28 3824 2733
Fax:
Fax +84 28 3824 2736
Email:
Web:
www.frasersvn.com
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Mark Fraser

Tel:
Work +84 8 3824 2733
Email:
Frasers Law Company

Work Department

CEO/Managing Partner.

Position

Mark is Managing Partner of Frasers Law Company. He has been advising clients on transactions in Vietnam since 1994. Mark’s practice focuses on corporate matters, especially mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, commercial real estate transactions, and infrastructure projects. This involves debt and equity structuring of investment projects and the preparation and negotiation of documents. Mark has been involved in numerous power generation, water treatment, telecommunications, road tollway and oil and gas projects in various jurisdictions within Asia and has advised on a number of Vietnamese matters in the banking and finance, corporate and commercial, infrastructure, capital markets, property development and dispute resolution areas.

Career

Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Began advising clients on transactions in Vietnam in 1994 when he established the Ho Chi Minh City office of a UK Magic Circle firm he had joined in London and spent more than 10 years with, working in London, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. Established Frasers Law Company in 2004 as the first foreign law firm to be granted a foreign law company licence in Vietnam; co-author of numerous publications including the chapter on undertaking an infrastructure project conducted on a BOT basis in Vietnam in 'Capital Flows Along The Mekong: The Complete Guide to Investing in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam' (Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.); co-author of the chapter 'Power in Vietnam' (which addresses the legal framework for undertaking a private power generation project in Vietnam) in 'NatWest Markets' Guide to Power in Asia' (Asia Law and Practice Publishing Ltd.).

Languages

English.

Member

Former vice-chairman of the British Business Group Vietnam; member of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam; European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam; Canadian Chamber of Commerce; New Zealand Chamber of Commerce; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Education

University of Auckland (1985 Bachelor of Commerce (accounting); 1988 Bachelor of Laws).

Leisure

Golf, rugby.


Vietnam

Aviation

Within: Aviation

At Frasers Law Company, founder Mark Fraser has been a key adviser to Air New Zealand on a broad range of operational matters following the airline’s launch in Vietnam.

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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Frasers Law Company’s ‘connections in Vietnam keep it abreast of evolving risks in a dynamic market and enables it to anticipate clients’ concerns’. The highly experienced Mark Fraser, the ‘responsive and focusedJustin Gisz and Nguyen Thi Lang act for a diverse set of international lenders, borrowers and investors in project finance, commercial lending, restructurings and bank M&A, among other matters. Scotiabank and CommBank Management Consulting Company are new clients. A number of senior associates left to found Lexcomm Vietnam LLC.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Fraser - Frasers Law Company

Within: Corporate and M&A

Frasers Law Company’s ‘business-focused approach and practical advice’ attract a high number of M&A deals; recent highlights encompass the retail, pharmaceuticals, TMT and real estate sectors. Names to note include highly regarded founder Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz, who ‘demonstrates a wealth of experience in advising on complex business issues’. A number of senior associates left to found Lexcomm Vietnam LLC.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Frasers Law Companygets the job done with a straightforward approach to issues’. Founding partner Mark Fraser is regularly instructed by international clients, including financial institutions. Justin Gisz has recently handled a number of employment disputes.

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Insurance

Within: Insurance

Frasers Law Company’s founding partner Mark Fraser regularly handles non-contentious matters, notably advising international insurance companies, brokers and reinsurers on the regulatory and operational requirements for establishing and running insurance-related services in Vietnam. Marsh Vietnam Insurance Broking Company is a regular client.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

The ‘responsive and helpful’ team at Frasers Law Company has received instructions from a number of new clients including Air New Zealand and Rentokil Initial Vietnam. Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz handle a mix of disputes and advisory matters.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Noted for its ‘very good level of service’, Frasers Law Company acts for lenders, including export credit agencies, investors, domestic and international, and operators of power, infrastructure or oil and gas projects. Mark Fraser and Nguyen Thi Lang have deep experience in the area.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Fraser - Frasers Law Company

Within: Real estate and construction

At Frasers Law Company, Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz lead the real estate practice; the latter is ‘naturally adept at bridging the gap between Vietnamese advisers and foreign clients’. The team, which also includes the recommended Nguyen Thi Lang, is advising a client on several investments in Vietnamese land and is assisting a private equity company with four acquisitions of real estate projects; other areas of expertise include tax advice, regulatory matters and portfolio management. Clients include Chains Caravelle Hotel and Nuplex Industries.

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Shipping

Within: Shipping

Mark Fraser leads Frasers Law Company’s shipping practice, which also includes Nguyen Thi Lang and Justin Gisz and four others. The team frequently handles transactional documentation, reviews trade agreements and resolves charterparty issues for several international and local logistics companies.

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TMT

Within: TMT

Frasers Law Company has expertise in handling high-value telecoms deals, as well as the establishment of operations in Vietnam, business expansion and IP licensing. Mark Fraser and the ‘responsive and focusedJustin Gisz are the key contacts in the practice. The firm acts for China Telecom Global, Vietnam Infrastructure and new client Uber, among others.

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Tax

Within: Tax

Frasers Law Company has a ‘straightforward approach to issues’, advising international clients on tax litigation, tax restructuring and employee taxation issues. Air New Zealand and CommBank Management Consulting Asia are two new clients of the firm, which also has clients in the real estate, fashion and oil and gas sectors. The team includes managing partner Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz.

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