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Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Work +84 8 3821 2382
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Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and 5 more

Dr Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy

Work +84 28 3821 2382
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Work Department

Corporate and M&A
Real Estate & Infrastructure




Thuy, who is fluent in English and German, is often called to advise European clients in connection with foreign-invested projects in Vietnam. She is regarded for her advice across all major industries, particularly in education and clean energy, where she has been regarded as a leading advisor.

Prior to entering private practice, Thuy worked at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), where she coordinated closely with the governments of Germany and Vietnam on policy and legislative developments. This includes contributing to law reforms, such as the drafting of the Law on Laws (2008).

Her experience covers corporate and regulatory compliance, including Advised on competition aspects of M&A, licensing and management arrangements for franchisors, data safety and cyber security for technology and social media companies, and cross-border provision of services by MNCs.

Thuy is considered by peers as a pioneer advisor for foreign investment in the education sector. She was the lead legal advisor for the establishment of Vietnam’s first private foreign university, and continues to advise local and foreign clients in this sector on compliance and licensing.

Thuy possesses a long professional and academic record, having previously held senior posts at the National Economics University and one of Europe’s largest law firms. Her academic and professional experience has seen her specialise in international trade law. Combining her experience as an international trade lawyer and a deep understanding of the country’s foreign investment policies, she has been highly sought after by local and foreign clients her practical approaches in mergers and acquisitions in Vietnam. She has previously assisted clients in WTO matters and in EU law.


Vietnamese, English, German


Member of Ho Chi Minh City Bar AssociationMember of Vietnam Bar Federation


Ph.D. (University of Potsdam, Germany)
LL.M. (University of Regensburg, Germany)
LL.B. (Hanoi Law University, Vietnam)


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers β€˜provides a high level of service – the team is responsive in terms of turnaround and quality’. Areas of expertise include agenda-setting white-collar crime matters, construction disputes and more general commercial litigation. We shipping work is another core strength, especially matters relating to vessel arrests: Chau Huy Quang and β€˜exceptionally professional and responsive’ Australian-qualified foreign counsel Logan Leung represented the owners of a ship in a dispute with the government regarding the arrest of the vessel and confiscation of 4,300 tonnes of fuel oil. As far as arbitration work is concerned, Leung acts for a Canadian national on the Vietnamese aspects of a sale-and-purchase dispute subject to a Canadian arbitration. Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy is also a key contact.

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Within: Insurance

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles entries into the market and regulatory matters surrounding products for retail and business buyers. Nguyen Dinh Nha, senior associate Cao Dang Duy and foreign counsel Samuel Peirce advised Fairfax Asia on its purchase of a 35% stake in BIDV Insurance. The team also acts for other leading insurers and P&I clubs. Vu Thi Que, Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy and Chau Huy Quang also advise on insurance matters.

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Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles matters such as data protection, transactions, employee benefits restructurings and market entries for well-known clients in sectors ranging from manufacturing through technology to professional services. Vu Thi Que and Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy are noted.

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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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