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Baker McKenzie


Vietnam

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team is 'very responsive and has a high degree of business and legal knowledge'. Oanh Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City is 'very knowledgeable and responsive, and navigates the complexities experienced by foreign companies doing business in Vietnam well'; she advised a bank on financing an Airbus A321 for Asia-Pacific Aviation Leasing Group intended for use by VietJet Air and, as Vietnamese legal counsel, advised another aircraft leasing company on purchasing and leasing two A321s to the same carrier, which involved registering the ownership of the aircraft and security issues. The firm also handles project finance deals and corporate lending. Other clients include various international banks as well as some borrowers.

Leading individuals

Oanh Nguyen - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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Baker McKenzie's team, which provides 'highly efficient and appropriate advice', handles significant ECM issuer-side work. Oanh Nguyen advised VPBank on its IPO on HOSE, which set the bank's value at VND52tn, and also assisted HDBank with its flotation, which listed over 980 million shares at a proposed price of VND33,000 a piece. Public M&A, including contemplated take-private deals, is another area of expertise - principal Yee Chung Seck is a name of note in this area. The aforementioned lawyers are based in Ho Chi Minh City, while special counsel Linh Chi Dang is a key contact in Hanoi.

Leading individuals

Oanh Nguyen - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

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Baker McKenzie 'exceeds expectations - it knows its subject matter and what clients want, meaning the advice is not only how to get things done but how to do it in ways better than the ones the clients thought of'. Lan Phuong Nguyen and Yee Chung Seck handle cross-border investments. Banking sector M&A deals include Nguyen Hoang Kim Oanh advising several investors on the purchase of a 15% stake in ACB from Standard Chartered. Key names in Hanoi include Chi Lieu Dang and recently promoted partner Thanh Son Dang, who handle heavyweight deals, and special counsel Richard Kim, who was a new recruit from LOGOS Attorneys at Law.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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Baker McKenzie handles a wide-ranging casload in dispute resolution, ranging from local court matters under the BMVN banner to significant domestic arbitrations. Minh Tri Quach in Hanoi handles litigation including commercial disputes (some of which have fraud elements) and VIAC arbitrations, and Hang Thi Nguyen represents foreign employers in employment law matters. Nguyen Thanh Vinh also handles tax disputes for well-known American businesses concerning hundreds of billions of dong. Clients include local and international banking, real estate, energy and engineering sector clients. Fred Burke also sits as an arbitrator in VIAC, as well as acting as an expert witness. Tran Chi Anh is now at Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

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Baker McKenzie's insurance practice, led by Dang Chi Lieu, handles a range of deals in the insurance industry, many of them concerning joint ventures between international and local insurers. Bancassurance contracts and regulatory matters are other areas of expertise. Clients include a number of European, Asian and US insurers.

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Dang Chi Lieu - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

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The 'very professionalBaker McKenzie handles employment matters such as restructuring projects, labour relations, immigration, downsizing, and health and safety matters, as well as employee benefits and taxation issues. Nguyen Thuy Hang, who heads the practice provides clients with practical and commercially savvy advice navigating through the ever-changing legal landscape in Vietnam. The firm's clients come from industries including travel, fashion, technology, financial services, oil and gas, automotive and food and beverage. Sarah Galeski is now at KPMG.

Leading individuals

Nguyen Thuy Hang - Baker McKenzie

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

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Baker McKenzie 'provides a very good level of service - it is responsive and has a high degree of relevant business knowledge'. Fred Burke , who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, is advising Mainstream Renewable Energy on a joint venture with GE Energy and Phu Cuong Group to develop an 800MW wind project in Vietnam. The 'sincere and hardworkingChi Lieu Dang, who is based in Hanoi, 'has good local knowledge from the legal perspective'; he has experience in both renewables and conventional energy deals, including gigawatt-plus secondary market deals, and also handles the Vietnamese components of agenda-setting energy-sector M&A deals.

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

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Baker McKenzie's Nguyen Hoang Kim Oanh handles billion-dollar plus new city deals. Fred Burke also advises real estate investors on office transactions as well as handling hotel and branded residence projects. Gia Long Nguyen is a key senior associate. The firm also has real estate funds expertise, as well as a very strong presence in the hospitality arena.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises on cross-border transactions and business operations in IT and telecoms across the region. The team advises on issues such as e-commerce, data protection, cybersecurity, tech-sector M&A, regulatory matters and technology licensing. TMT practice head Yee Chung Seck, who advises on data privacy, cybersecurity and content regulation, while intellectual property practice leader Tran Manh Hung also advises on a broad range of IT-related matters. Clients come from sectors including media, telecoms, hardware, software and fintech.

Leading individuals

Yee Chung Seck - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

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Baker McKenzie deals with international and local tax planning, customs duties, personal taxation as well as litigation and disputes. Nguyen Thanh Vinh heads the practice with Frederick Burke, who is also active on transactional work. The firm has clients in the technology, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, financial services, natural resources and retail industries.

Leading individuals

Nguyen Thanh Vinh - Baker McKenzie

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Vietnam: IP

IP – International firms
IP – International firms - ranked: tier 1

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Baker McKenzie assists with copyright, brand protection, anti-piracy, litigation and IP-rich transactional matters. The firm provides ‘great service overall’ as it is ‘responsive to queries’ and gives ‘solid and sincere advice’. Recommended individuals include Manh Hung Tran, who heads the practice and advises multinational companies on contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law, and Minh Tri Quach, who has over 15 years of experience and is ‘patient in listening and addressing his clients’ concerns offering practical solutions’ and ‘goes the extra mile to complete his tasks’. Significant clients come from the fashion, food and beverage, technology, pharmaceutical, entertainment, education, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. The team advised Inditex on franchising and registration arrangements for its fashion brands Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear in Vietnam.

Leading individuals

Manh Hung Tran - Baker McKenzie

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  • The Law On Price by Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, LNT & Partners

    On 6/20/2012, the National Assembly voted to adopt the Law on Price (the "LOP") in response to the public demand for an effective legal framework to control price manipulation from dominant enterprises such as gasoline, electricity, etc. The law will take effect from 01/01/2013 and repeal Ordinance No. 40/2002/PL-UBTVQH10 dated 26/4/2002 of the National Assembly Standing Committee (the "Ordinance"), which is conceived as outdated and containing certain provisions contravening the WTO’s regulation. This article describes the main features of the law and provides some insight into its potential impacts on the Vietnamese economy.