Dispute resolution: litigation in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a strong track record in handling a range of high-value litigation across public law, banking litigation, regulatory and intellectual property disputes, including in complex cross-border litigation for clients operating in the consumer products sector. Minh Tri Quach in Hanoi is active for a number of Japanese and Korean clients whilst Quy Hoai Nguyen covers insurance and construction disputes among others. Managing partner Frederick Burke is another key contact.

Other key lawyers:

VILAF

VILAF's litigation practice is skilled in handling significant international and domestic disputes across ares including finance, real estate, energy, and the public sector. Led out of Ho Chi Minh City by Tung Ngo, the team assists many foreign investors and financial institutions. Over in Hanoi, co-head Linh Nguyen specializes in construction and employment disputes, on top of sitting as an arbitrator. New partner Hien Tran handles maritime, investment, and insurance disputes and also has a thriving tax practice.

Key clients

Grab Inc. / Grab Vietnam Limited

Keangnam Enterprises Ltd.

Ford Vietnam Limited

Lucky Communication Equipment Import Export Corporation

3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Grab before VCA (Vietnam Competition and Consumer Protection Right Authority) concerning it’s purchase of Uber’s business in Vietnam.
  • Advising Keangnam Enterprises Ltd. in relation to a dispute with AON Vietnam in an EPC contract, including setting aside an arbitral award and the case being re-heard by the courts.

YKVN

The dispute resolution practice at YKVN has a strong track record in acting in high-value commercial litigation matters, both domestically and internationally. Led out of Ho Chi Minh City, the team is overseen by Nghia Truong and has a deep bench of experienced practitioners whose expertise spans across banking and finance, infrastructure and energy. Co-chair of the group Luu Tien Dzung in Hanoi is recommended for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Truong Nghia; Luu Tien Dzung

Key clients

Grab Company Limited

Posco VST Co., Ltd

Chailease International Financial Services Co., Ltd

Mr. Truong Ty and Ms. Hong Tuong Lien

Vietnam Export- Import Commercial Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Grab Company Limited, the largest e-hailing service company in Southeast Asia in a tort case brought by Vietnam Sun Corporation, one of the largest taxi company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Representing Vietnam Export- Import Commercial Bank in a successful appeal to the Supreme People’s Court.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers has experience across civil, commercial and public law, led by practice head Chau Huy Quang. The team has particular experience across the real estate and shipping arena with high-value litigation work frequenting the caseload, in addition to offering expertise in alternative dispute resolution. The firm’s commercial disputes capacity was bolstered by the arrival senior counsel, Do Duc Van Hong, who was a former Supreme Court judge. Logan Leung, an Australian-qualified new partner promotion, is also notable..

Practice head(s):

Chau Huy Quang

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins handles complex disputes work, particularly in the intellectual property and employment area. Thomas Treutler manages the practice group with support from co-head Loc Xuan Le in Hanoi; the duo handles large patent litigation mandates, investigations work, trademark enforcement matters, as well as regulatory work for clients. Linh Duy Mai is a core member of the group and supports on cross-border matters for pharmaceuticals sector clients. The team retains its expertise in web domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Treutler; Loc Xuan Le

Key clients

Viet Phap SHAL Aluminium

BMW

Les Laboratoires Servier

Work highlights

  • Advised Viet Phap SHAL Aluminium in a landmark trademark infringement case that was the first test of corporate criminal liability in the IP space in Vietnam.
  • Secured groundbreaking results for Servier in a patent litigation case against infringing, locally manufactured drugs.

ATIM

The disputes team at ATIM has experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards and more broader commercial litigation and mediation. Practice head Quang H. Trinh is experienced in construction and infrastructure-related litigation, as is Nguyen Minh Tien.

Practice head(s):

Quang H. Trinh;

ATS Law Firm

Based in Hanoi, ATS Law Firm handles commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, contractual disagreements and civil transactions. Vu Thi Thu Ha oversees the team, which also includes  former judge Tran Hong Nhan who has over 30 years of experience in criminal litigation work. The group has expertise in complex fraud allegations and banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Vu Thi Thu Ha

Bizlink Lawyers

Bizlink Lawyers' litigation practice is noted for its strength across the construction, real estate, and labour sectors. The team handles mid-to-high-value dispute matters for large Vietnamese and foreign clients. Practice head Nguyen Duc Manh has over a decade of expertise in litigation and is recommended for commercial investment and international trade disputes. The firm has a following among Korean clients, among others.

Key clients

An Gia Phat JSC

An Hoa Paper Joint Stock Company

Aon Vina One Member Limited Liability Company

Aroma Beverage Joint Stock Company

C-Vidifi JSC

Chinfon Cement Corporation

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd.

E&T JSC. (Vietnam)

ECI Telecom Holding B.V

Falcon Vietnam

Fashion Sourcenet Company Ltd.

Ford Vietnam Limited

Global Sourcenet Company Ltd.

Hanoi General Export Import JSC

Jupiter Logistics Vietnam JSC

Jupiter Pacific Forwarding JSC

Keangnam Enterprise, Ltd Hanoi- Hai Phong Expressway Project Ex-4

Kolon Global Corporation

Kone Vietnam LLC.

Kumho – Hyndai Joint Venture (Korea)

Kumho Industrial Co., Ltd. (Korea)

Lotte – Halla – Hanshin Joint Venture (Korea)

Lotte & Sampyo Joint Venture (Korea)

Lotte E&C Co., Ltd.

Lotte Engineering & Construction Vietnam Co., Ltd (Korea)

Nippon Paint Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd (Singapore)

PPH LEGS SP. Z.O.O (Poland)

Sapa O’Chau Travel Social Enterprise Company Limited

SSE Steel Ltd.

SYPANEL Vina Co., Ltd

Taisei Corporation (Japan)

Work highlights

  • Represented Doosan Heavy Industries  as the plaintiff in a court case in Vietnam against a Vietnamese company as the project owner regarding the construction of a luxury tower in Hanoi, with the total claim value amounted to over $150m.
  • Represented a Vietnam Construction and Import – Export JSC against claims made by a Korean company with total claims of approx. $1.6m at the Vietnam court.

EPLegal Limited

EPLegal Limited handles a range of complex disputes across the energy, oil and gas, and shipping areas. Tony Nguyen is the key contact for projects and energy-relation litigation matters, and oversees the practice alongside the Annie Ngo.   Senior associate Harry Bui is another core member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Tony Nguyen; Annie Ngo

Work highlights

  • Advised  Petro Vietnam in a dispute related to a standard ship management agreement and its sub-agreements.
  • Representing Lazada Express Vietnam in a dispute relating to a Delivery Service Agreement and warehouse leasing contract.