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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

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Tran Thi Phuong Thao

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Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

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Corporate and M&A
Real Estate & Infrastructure
Banking & Finance


Senior Counsel


Tran Thi Phuong Thao practices as Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ Senior Counsel, specialising in the M&A and Real Estate & Construction practice groups.

Thao brings with her more than 10 years of legal experience working in both external and in-house counsel roles, including as a Senior Associate in a boutique real estate law firm in Vietnam.

Thao was also formerly the Senior Legal Counsel of the VinaCapital Group, giving her industry experience in investment banking and private funds. She was predominantly responsible for Advised on investments undertaken by the group’s flagship VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund.

Thao’s experience has seen her advise and close significant M&A transactions, and advise on novel issues of Vietnamese law. She has been regarded by investors for her ability to navigate through Vietnam’s rapidly changing regulatory framework and offer detailed analysis on complex matters of law.


Vietnamese, English


Member of the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association


LL.B. (Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam)


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers' team is 'responsive, knowledgeable and has an understanding of clients' business needs' and 'provides professional advice on both Vietnamese law and cross-border regulatory and compliance matters, which is very helpful to foreign investors'. Practice head  Vu Thi Que, senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao and foreign counsel Ai Kawakami advised Sumitomo Forestry on an investment in An Cuong Woodworking. Thao and foreign counsel Logan Leung, who is 'responsive, provides practical advice and is understands of clients' needs and concerns', also acted as Vietnamese counsel to NakedHub on its sale to fellow co-working landlord WeWork. Que, Leung and senior associate Trinh Minh Duc assisted NIBE Industrier with its purchase of BriskHeat Corporation, which has its key manufacturing plants in Vietnam. Tran Duc Son is also involved in key deals; he advised Pilmico Foods Corporation, which is part of Filipino listed company Aboitiz Group, on its purchase of a 70% stake in animal feed producer Europe Nutrition. IT contracting is another area of expertise. Other clients include HP Inc, which the firm is advising on its integration of Samsung Electronics' printer business, The Weir Group  and other businesses from Europe, Korea, China and Japan. Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy is now general counsel at Siemens Vietnam.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles work concerning international investment in hydropower and solar projects. Other work includes Huynh Thi Thu Thuy and Logan Leung's advice to The Weir Group on the Vietnamese elements of its purchase of KOP Service Products, which has roles in multiple Vietnamese projects. Drawing on the wider firm's shipping law expertise, the team also advises on issues concerning vessels used in the oil and gas industry. Senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao is also a key contact.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

At Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, foreign counsel Logan Leung and senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao advised serviced office company NakedHub as Vietnamese counsel on its sale to WeWork. Nguyen Dinh Nha assisted Keppel Land with purchasing a further stake in the company that owns the Saigon Centre development in Ho Chi Minh City. The firm also handles contentious construction work, with Chau Huy Quang handling work pertaining to megaprojects, as well as landlord and tenant disputes, which is also a key part of Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy's practice. Vu Thi Que and Tran Duc Sonare other names to note. Other clients include real estate investment funds and DP Architects.

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Within: Next Generation Partners

Tran Thi Phuong Thao - Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Within: Shipping

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles work including vessel arrests, ship finance matters, shipbuilding cases and port projects, with many mandates concerning vessels used for offshore oil and gas production and exploration. Chau Huy Quang and senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao represented key client PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation in a dispute with Yinson Holdings concerning the need to terminate a charterparty for a floating production, storage and offloading unit used on a liquified natural gas production unit in the wake of the liquidation of the operator of the Lam Son oil and gas field; the dispute ultimately settled. Logan Leung is also a key contact. Named lawyers are based in Ho Chi Minh City.

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