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David Harrison

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Mayer Brown

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Banking& Finance; Corporate & Securities.


David Harrison is a partner of Mayer Brown’s Vietnam office. David formerly worked at a Magic Circle law firm in New York and Vietnam. He focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and on banking and finance in emerging Asian markets. He has advised foreign investors on numerous mergers and acquisitions, including Vietnamese commercial banks and corporate targets in Vietnam and other Asian jurisdictions, such as Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. David recently represented a global insurer on the first warranty and indemnity policy used in a Vietnamese corporate acquisition. He has advised multilateral and commercial lenders and agents on a broad range of project financings and secured and subordinated credit facilities extended to banks and corporations in Vietnam and other Asian jurisdictions such as Cambodia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. David recently advised The Development Bank of Mongolia on a US$300 million syndicated credit facility guaranteed by the Mongolian Ministry of Finance. David has also advised lenders and borrowers on out-of-court workouts and insolvency and restructuring matters in both Vietnam and the US.


Admitted in New York.


English, French, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor, L.L.M. in International Law; Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).


Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Mayer Brown's competition team excels in large and complex merger control work, where it assists clients with carrying out risk analyses, multijurisdictional merger notifications and proceedings. In 2017, Jens Peter Schmidt, who co-heads the European antitrust and competition practice with London-based David Harrison, worked with the Washington DC office to assist Nestlé with the global merger notifications connected with its $2.3bn acquisition of global nutritional health products manufacturer Atrium; Schmidt was the lead adviser on merger filings in Germany and Austria. Another highlight saw Julian Ellison, Schmidt and associate Déborah Faure handle the global merger control filings for Kuraray concerning its $1.3bn acquisition of Calgon Carbon. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work pertaining to cartel investigations brought by European and national competition authorities; recent work has spanned areas such as Libor, Tibor and steel abrasives. Abuse of dominance investigations, state aid cases, antitrust litigation and compliance reviews are other mainstays of the practice. Benteler International, Global Houghton, LG and Unilever are key clients.

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Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Commended for its 'effectiveness' and 'commercial orientation', the team at¬†Mayer Brown¬†handles Mongolia-related work from its Hong Kong offices.¬† The group is mainly geared towards handling the contentious and non-contentious aspects of debt capital market and financing transactions; regularly advising Mongolian financial institutions, the Mongolian government and quasi-sovereign agencies on high-value deals. Highlights for¬†Jason Elder¬†included advising the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Mongolia on its issuance of $600m 8.75% notes due in 2024 following the IMF's decision to provide an extended loan facility to Mongolia. 'Particularly good'¬†David Harrison¬†advised International Investment Bank on a¬†‚ā¨30m facility extended to Development Bank of Mongolia to finance government projects.¬†Thomas Kollar¬†is another key practitioner with extensive Mongolia capital markets experience.

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Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Mayer Brown handles work ranging from project and real estate finance through to advice to development finance institutions. Hoang Anh Nguyen¬†- working alongside the firm's Hong Kong office - advised Vinfast, a new car manufacturer wholly owned by Vingroup, on borrowing $150m from Credit Suisse.¬†David Harrison¬†and Orsolya Szotyory-Grove¬†advised Standard Chartered on selling its 15% stake in Asia Commercial Bank. Harrison and senior associate Huong Thi Nguyen also assisted Novaland with borrowing $30m to finance a residential development in Ho Chi Minh City. Russian development institution International Investment Bank is another key client - Harrison and Szotyory-Grove advised it on lending ‚ā¨30m to the Development Bank of Mongolia. Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft also instructs the team.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

At Mayer Brown, David Harrison and Hoang Anh Nguyen (the latter based in Hanoi) advised Standard Chartered on selling its stake in Asia Commercial Bank. Harrison, counsel Hai Thao Nguyen and senior associate Orsolya Szotryory-Grove, together with the firm's Singapore office, advised a private equity house on its purchase of a majority stake in Vietnam Australia School. The firm also acts for development banks, as well as Swire, which the firm advised on the Vietnamese elements of its sale of its cold storage business. Named lawyers are based in Ho Chi Minh City except where mentioned otherwise.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

At Mayer Brown, David Harrison in Ho Chi Minh City advised Climate Investor One on financing a 20MW solar plant in the Philippines, while Hoang Anh Nguyen in Hanoi advised NSN Construction and Engineering on entering into an EPC contract to construct a 35MW solar farm.

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