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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Founded in 2014, DL & Partners has a growing reputation in the arbitration arena, both domestically and further afield. Its team has been particularly active recently in matters involving sectors such as real estate and construction, oil and gas, and food and beverage.

Dispute resolution: arbitration in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team acts as counsel in arbitrations involving all the major arbitration institutions. Its varied workload includes matters arising from investments, employment matters, intellectual property issues, joint ventures and distributorship agreements. Practice head Minh Tri Quach and special counsel Quy Hoai Nguyen collectively have more than 40 years of experience representing clients in arbitration proceedings. Nguyen's wide-ranging experience includes construction and insurance cases. Frederick Burke is now a senior adviser to the Vietnam offices.

Practice head(s):

Minh Tri Quach

Other key lawyers:

Quy Hoai Nguyen

Dzungsrt & Associates LLC

Dzungsrt & Associates LLC has a significant international caseload, as has been evidenced by its team recently acting for clients in proceedings before the SIAC, ICC and HKIAC. In addition to being active in shipping work, the team is also known to handle disputes pertaining to construction, IT and energy. Key members of the team include Nguyen Ngoc Minh and Dang Vu Minh Ha, both of whom share a similar interest in maritime and commercial disputes. Special arbitration counsel Nguyen Thi Thu Trang is another notable name, known for her expertise in investment and commercial disputes.

Testimonials

‘Nguyen Ngoc Minh is an excellent young international arbitration lawyer.’

Very experienced with Vietnamese laws and procedures. Very strong arguments. Highly reliable.’

Has a very internationally minded practice. Well versed in the area of international arbitration practice.’

I would go as far as to say that, if one is seeking support for international arbitration cases in Vietnam, this would be the go-to firm. Capable of providing the legal services one would expect in international cases.

Highly recommend Nguyen Minh. Swift and on-point advocacy and very good communications with the client.’

VILAF

VILAF‘s varied portfolio of arbitration work spans real estate, shipping and education, among many other sectors. Its team has a strong track record in high-value cases at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre, and it is also adept in handling the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam. In addition, the group regularly handles matters heard at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Tung Ngo leads the team at the Ho Chi Minh office and is supported there by Quynh Pham and Hien Tran. Linh D. Nguyen is the main partner in the Hanoi office.

Practice head(s):

Tung Ngo; Linh D. Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Quynh PhamHien Tran; Minh Doan

Key clients

Keangnam Enterprises, Ltd.

Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants Pte Ltd

MindChamps Preschool Limited

Pilmico Vietnam Company Limited

Quang Ninh People’s Committee

Aeroflex Industries Limited

3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited, a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories

CapitaLand Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Payment Service and UTC Investment on a dispute between the claimant as a buyer and the respondent as the seller in relation to the purchase of shares in a Vietnamese company.  
  • Advised Au Lac Corporation on dealing with the consequences of a massive series of explosions on the Aulac Fortune.

YKVN

YKVN's team is experienced in handling arbitration cases that are heard in Singapore, which involve Vietnamese parties or have another connection with Vietnam. In addition, it is also prominent in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre. The group's work includes disputes involving construction, energy and financial services. K. Minh Dang, who is based in Singapore, leads the international arbitration practice. He is best known for his expertise in the oil and gas sector. Elsewhere, Truong Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh City focuses on corporate, trade and foreign investment matters. Luu Tien Dzung in Hanoi is also a name to note at the firm. Do Khoi Nguyen and Pham Minh Thang are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Do Khoi Nguyen; Pham Minh Thang

Testimonials

‘K. Minh Dang is smart and knowledgeable about international arbitration and the driving force behind the growth of the practice.’

‘The team is led by the firm’s senior partner, Minh Dang, an extraordinary figure in Vietnam who has developed an extremely professional team that works with high standards and sense of expectations. It is truly a delight to work with YKVN, in particular Minh Dang and his team.’

‘Minh Dang is an extremely savvy, sophisticated and competent lawyer who masters US law as well as Vietnamese and civil law. He understands legal matters as well as economic matters and is very pragmatic in his approach.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Son Kim Land Corporation in relation to a restructuring involving potential SIAC arbitrations and court proceedings in Vietnam.
  • Acting as lead counsel to PVFCCo in an EPC contract dispute.
  • Advised Petrovietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in a very significant damages claims in excess of  $1bn.

Frasers Law Company

In a major development at Frasers Law CompanyEarl Rivera-Dolera joined from The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore in January 2021 to lead the firm’s international arbitration practice. In addition to representing clients in arbitration proceedings, Rivera-Dolera is listed as an arbitrator at KCAB, SIAC, HKIAC and JCAA, among other institutions. Other names to note at the firm include Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz , whose recent work included matters involving the industrials and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Earl Rivera-Dolera

 

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fraser; Justin Gisz

Testimonials

‘ Very effective and thorough, while providing brief heads-up, practical instructions and timely reminders in a way that even non legal personnel can easily follow.’

Deep insights into local laws and practices, as well as multinational companies.’

I think they did a great job understanding our legal situation in Vietnam. They communicated very effectively through Zoom calls only and were even able to go on-site locally to help gather more evidence.’

The partner, Mark Fraser, was very knowledgeable. He guided us though our options and we were able to come to a satisfactory resolution.’

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers' team undertakes advocacy in Vietnam, which involves all major institutional rules. In addition, with the Vietnam practice forming a key part of the wider regional offering, it is well-placed to advise on multijurisdictional disputes across Southeast Asia. Chau Huy Quang has an interest in investor-state disputes in Vietnam. Another key individual is Logan Leung, who has experience of acting as counsel in arbitration cases adjudicated under the rules of the ICC, SIAC and CAA, among others. The firm's recent cases spanned areas such as construction, healthcare and energy.

Practice head(s):

Chau Huy Quang

Other key lawyers:

Logan Leung

Testimonials

The team was able to draw on the experience and knowledge of its fellow colleagues in Singapore office to beef up its strength. This is beneficial to its clients like us, as we were better served.

‘Chau Huy Quang is very experienced in international arbitration involving both local (Vietnamese) and foreign companies. He gave effective strategic direction and led in the presentation and negotiation effectively.’

‘Logan Leung is very effective and experienced in drafting the legal documents. He saved the clients hours of time in the preparation. He is prompt in his response to both the clients and the defending lawyers.’

A very dynamic working style. Proposing proper strategies to client and constantly standing for those in arbitration proceedings.

Audier & Partners Myanmar Co. Ltd

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C.'s team is experienced in handling both domestic and international arbitration proceedings for its client, with expertise in matters subject to the rules of ICC and UNCITRAL, among other institutions. Bernadette Fahy's experience includes construction cases and bilateral investment treaty disputes, as well as matters involving the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Another key member of the team is Nicholas Audier, who has over 25 years of experience in Vietnam and the wider region.

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas AudierBernadette Fahy

Bizlink Lawyers

Bizlink Lawyers' team includes Nguyen Duc Manh, who is active in contractual disputes, particularly those connected with construction, commercial investments and labour-related matters. He co-heads the practice with Do Trong Hai, who appears in arbitration proceedings in Vietnam and further afield internationally, which are heard under VIAC, ICC and SIAC rules. Equally strong acting for domestic and international companies, Hai's experience includes investment matters, as well as tax, construction and commerce-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Duc ManhDo Trong Hai

Other key lawyers:

Nguyen Van Kien; Ha Manh Tu

Testimonials

The team has a unique ability to conform their Vietnamese practice to global standards.’

Nguyen Van Kien is very responsive and helpful.’

The collaboration with Bizlink lawyers was great. They acted in a very professional manner.’

The leaders of Bizlink were outstanding in their performance in the arbitration, which went beyond our expectation.’

Key clients

Midas Keep Ltd.

Kumho – Hyundai Joint Venture

An Gia Phat JSC.

Kim Thanh LLC.

Kone Vietnam LLC.

An Hoa Paper Joint Stock Company

Vietnam Construction and Import-Export Corporation

Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank)

Vietnam Construction Joint Stock Company No.2

Vinausteel Joint Venture Company

Chinfon Cement Corporation

C-VIDIFI., JSC.

Work highlights

  • Advised a Hyundai Joint Venture on a claim for irrevocable and unconditional advance payment guarantee and performance guarantee from a local issuing bank.
  • Advised Kone Vietnam on a claim for outstanding contractual payment arising from some construction contracts, with the total claim value amounted to approx. $1m.
  • Advised An Gia Phat on an arbitration case concerning a contract for sales of construction materials.

EPLegal Limited

EPLegal Limited is a strong choice for advice on high-stakes arbitration proceedings, with its team having experience of representing claimants and respondents in matters involving the rules of VIAC, ICC, SIAC and PIAC. Oil and gas is a key area of strength, with the firm having started out as a boutique firm specialising in this space when it was established in 2009. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include cases involving corporate, maritime and construction issues. Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Tony Nguyen; Annie Ngo

Testimonials

EPLegal’s core team has years of experience in both domestic and international dispute resolution with value up to millions of dollars. The team is also knowledgeable and helpful. Their excellent specialty in dispute resolution, in particular, has produced outcomes that have met or exceeded our expectations.

Tony Nguyen is a true expert in the field of arbitration. He is well-versed in arbitration rules, procedures and other practical matters. He is responsive and skilled in this field, and by providing a flexible service, he exhibits a unique problem-solving expertise. He is bright, well-organized, and has a cheerful demeanor.

Tony Nguyen is a very good lawyer in terms of knowledge and skills in arbitration.’

LNT & Partners

At LNT & Partners, founding partner Net Le heads up the practice, which is particularly strong in disputes concerning energy and infrastructure construction projects. Cases often involve issues over EPC contracts, delay and damages claims and procurement.

Practice head(s):

Net Le

Testimonials

They are highly dedicated, always available and are very strategic. They have an excellent sense for what can and cannot be achieved in a negotiation; in arbitration they know exactly what the arbitrator thinks and have the drafting skills to explain complex matters in a simple and understandable way.

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading power company in a dispute regarding the procurement bidding process for imported coal.
  • Advised a client in an arbitration regarding an underground project in HCMC.
  • Advised a client before the VIAC over a dispute involving share security agreements.

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins' practice is led by Loc Xuan Le. Although he is particularly well-known for his strengths in IP disputes, he has also been instrumental in growing the firm's portfolio of arbitration work in other areas, such as labour, energy, construction and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Loc Xuan Le