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Baker McKenzie


Vietnam

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises international banks and borrowers on complex projects, including regulatory-sensitive cross-border loans and syndicated facilities. Oanh Nguyen advised Bangkok Bank on a $140m syndicated loan to Mega Market. Ngugen also assisted ANZ Group with a $50m facility to Viettel’s Cambodian subsidiary, requiring a security structure encompassing the Vietnamese parent company. Borrower-side work includes Ngugen, Thanh Son Dang and special counsel Linh Chi Dang advising Canadian Solar on a $60m loan from the International Finance Corporation, $20m of which was provided to a Vietnamese subsidiary. The group also has experience in matters pertaining to dong-denominated loans.

Leading individuals

Nguyen Hoang Kim Oanh - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Linh Chi Dang - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team is ‘knowledgeable, commercial and responds quickly to questions, sometimes beyond the scope of the work at hand’. Oanh Nguyen, who is ‘very knowledgeable and is able to give conclusive advice, even given the fluid nature of Vietnamese law’, and Linh Chi Dang advised investment banks including JP Morgan and BNP Paribas on VietJet’s IPO. Other work relates to derivatives.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises leading international investors on major deals, including advice to some of the world’s largest companies on the Vietnamese aspects of global deals. Yee Chung Seck led a team advising Global Fashion Group on its sale of Zalora’s online fashion retail operations in Thailand and Vietnam. Seck also assisted LafargeHolcim with the sale of its 65% stake in its Vietnamese subsidiary to Siam City Cement for CHF867m. Tran Manh Hung and Chi Lieu Dang, who is based in Hanoi, advised Microsoft on the Vietnamese aspects of its sale of a feature phone business to a subsidiary of Foxconn, which included a Vietnamese manufacturing plant. Sell-side mandates include Fred Burke’s advice to Carlsberg and its Vietnamese subsidiary on the VND850bn sale of Carlsberg Vietnam to Heineken. Other clients include Sun Life and Norfolk Group.

Leading individuals

Fred Burke - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a range of work spanning intellectual property, debt recovery, employment law and competition matters, covering arbitration and local litigation through affiliated firm BMVN International LLC. Yee Chung Seck, Minh Tri Quach, Nguyen Thuy Hang and Fred Burke lead key mandates. Clients include international household-name businesses in the hospitality, media and commodities sectors.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s insurance practice handles the gamut of insurance-sector transactions and regulatory matters for local players and leading international insurers. Chi Lieu Dang advises Thai Reinsurance Public Company on the contemplated purchase of PVIRe, and works with Fred Burke on key transactions covering joint venture buyouts, new methods of insurance distribution, and bancassurance. Senior associate Thanh Hai Nguyen is also a key contact.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenziehas in-depth knowledge of Vietnamese employment law and upcoming changes, and promptly delivers reliable and practical advice’. The firm advises businesses, primarily on contested departures (including at C-suite level), secondment arrangements and other cross-border employment issues. Practice head Thuy Hang Nguyen is the name to note, while Yee Chung Seck and Fred Burke also lead key files. Special counsels Sarah Galeski and Tri Trung Pham are other key contacts. Local law elements are handled by affiliated firm BMVN International LLC.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles project finance matters, ranging from industrial zones and energy through to telecoms. Oanh Nguyen advised Canadian Solar on securing $60m of financing from the IFC for a solar power project. Chi Lieu Dang and Tran Manh Hung also play key roles in major mandates.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a range of work concerning real estate, with a particular focus on the hospitality sector. Thuy Hang Nguyen led a team that advised Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Asia on negotiating various hotel agreements. Fred Burke handled various matters for core client VinaCapital, including assisting with selling a $77m interest in a real estate development in Ho Chi Minh City, and advising on a hospitality joint venture with Warburg Pincus spanning projects across Vietnam. Burke also advised Norfolk Group Investments on developing a number of township zones. Thanh Son Dang and senior associate Gia Long Nguyen are also key contacts. Other clients include several REITs.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ITC practice, headed by Yee Chung Seck, handles technology-rich transactions, restructuring and financing matters covering e-payments, telecoms and online retail. Tran Manh Hung and Chi Lieu Dang advised Microsoft on the Vietnamese elements of the sale of its feature phone business to Foxconn. Oanh Nguyen has telecoms project finance expertise.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Nguyen Thanh Vinh advises on the tax implications of major transactions and imports, as well as providing cross-border businesses with strategic-level advice on base erosion profit shifting matters. Highlights included advising on the tax elements of Global Fashion Group’s sale of Zalora Vietnam and Thailand.

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Vietnam: Intellectual property

International firms
Intellectual property: international firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice covers intellectual property registration and disputes matters regarding trade marks and patents, as well as franchising concerning leading retail brands. Manh Hung Tran represented Louis Vuitton in trade mark registration proceedings, after the mark was rejected following a similar trade mark having been registered; the conflicting registration was cancelled and Louis Vuitton’s mark registered. In the patent space, Hung advised a wood producer on registering a patent in the US. Minh Tri Quach represents well-known brands in patent and trade mark infringement cases. The firm has the ability to handle local law litigation and filings via BMVN International LLC. Other clients include Inditex, which the firm advised on its first franchised Zara store in Vietnam, and FedEx.

Leading individuals

Manh Hung Tran - Baker McKenzie

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