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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

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Tran Thi Phuong Thao

Work +84 28 3821 2382
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Work Department

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 is β€˜a very professional firm that gives you straight answers all the time’, and is β€˜very good and responsive – always happy to help in a professional but personal manner’. The firm handles the Vietnamese elements of global deals, as well as advising on inward investment matters for trade buyers from Japan, Greater China, the US and beyond in sectors including technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Vu Thi Que’s β€˜practical advice, responsiveness and high-level commitment is valued highly by clients’; she advised iflix on its entry into the Vietnamese video-on-demand market by way of a local joint venture. Australian-qualified foreign counsel Logan Leung, who is β€˜a good listener who understands his clients needs and provides workable solutions’, and Tran Thi Phuong Thao advised Mapletree on the purchase of a logistics park project.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers advises foreign investors from jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong and China on significant Vietnamese investments. Foreign counsel Logan Leung and Huynh Thi Thu Thuy advised cornerstone client Mapletree Investments on its $215m purchase of Kumho Asiana Plaza Saigon, a mixed-use development in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, while Leung and senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao advised the same client on a SG$21m acquisition of a logistics park. The team also acts for local investors, and Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy and Leung advised Nam Long Corporation on a joint venture with two Japanese investors to develop a project with 110 villas and 234 apartments.

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Within: TMT

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers provides β€˜a top-notch level of service’ and β€˜clearly understands the issues at hand and designs a course of action to fit’. The team acts for leading worldwide and regional names in the social media, entertainment, online banking and education technology areas. Logan Leung, who β€˜deserves recognition for his work ethic’, Vu Thi Que and senior associate Trinh Minh Duc advised iflix, a Malaysian video-on-demand service, on its entry into the Vietnamese market. Leung and Tran Thi Phuong Thao advised a telemedicine provider on launching a product that allows Vietnamese patients to directly interact with doctors based in Singapore via an app.

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