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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

Apolat Legal exhibits a strong and growing domestic-focused offering, demonstrating activity in the labour and employment, real estate and manufacturing sectors. Tien Nguyen leads the team.

Dispute resolution: litigation in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

The team of ‘professional and responsive’ lawyers at Baker McKenzie are frequently sought out by multinational corporations, global and market leading media and technology giants, and energy and infrastructure titans for a high profile and complex litigation, with the team bringing experience to bear across a wide array of issues, demonstrating excellence in the construction and renewable energy sectors. A strong book of work regarding the ever-emerging area of commercial trade secret infringement and copy right disputes amongst social media providers and media distributors also highlights the group’s position acting at the leading edge of the market, further exhibited by engagement with cases involving foreign jurisdictional authorities and state bodies. Department head Minh Tri Quach is singled out for his wealth of expertise in international litigation, specialising in anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting and copyright issues alongside a notable proficiency in commercial and construction disputes. Thuy Vy Vo caters to prominent media and tech sector names and has played an integral role supporting a wide array of practice matters, while Ngoc Quan Hoang is at the core of the group’s most landmark and sensitive cases.

Practice head(s):

Minh Tri Quach

Other key lawyers:

Thuy Vy Vo; Ngoc Quan Hoang


‘BMVN is professional and responsive. For litigations in Vietnam, they provide detailed law regulation, local practice as well as suggestions. They are proactive to monitor online and look for infringers.’

‘Minh Tri Quach is very collaborative, reliable, and professional. He provides detailed and organised feedback and report.’


Presiding over both domestic and international disputes with a notable concentration on the construction and energy sectors, the team at VILAF pull together a wealth of expertise to handle issues pertaining to contractual and monetary contentions, employment terminations, fraud investigations and product liability and recall. Furthermore, the group is also well-versed in the enforcement of foreign arbitral award and court judgements. The team is steered by Tung Ngo who is a go-to for the practice’s stellar list of manufacturing, real estate and insurance clients, whereas co-head Linh Nguyen compliments her cross-border prowess with expert litigating skills to handle the firm’s most complex international cases. Hien Tran has been active on a mixed book of cases over the past twelve months, including energy, manufacturing, logistics, and aviation sector centred disputes, while Hanh Vo has played an integral supporting role on matters.

Practice head(s):

Tung Ngo; Linh Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Hien Tran; Hanh Vo

Key clients

EVN Power Generation Corporation 1

Phuoc Long Port Company Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited


Noted for the depth of experience of the practitioners within its ranks, YKVN stands out at the apex of the Vietnam professional market and boasts an enviable track record in heavyweight industry-focused disputes, most notably construction, real estate and infrastructure. Over the past year, the team has overseen a host of cases involving land and property managements violations, including several high profile scandals that received country-wide coverage. One of the most eminent names in the market, Luu Tien Dzung leverages nearly thirty years of meritorious experience to handle an array of complex disputes, acting for both domestic and foreign actors as well as state authorities. Truong Trong Nghia co-chairs the practice and consistently leads on international arbitration matters and is pivotal to the group’s adept understanding of economic, tax and trading issues. Nguyen Hong Ha continues to be a main player in the team’s matters and also comes highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Truong Trong Nghia; Luu Tien Dzung

Other key lawyers:

Nguyen Hong Ha

Key clients

Kim Oanh Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Development Joint Stock Company

Tasco Joint Stock Company

Lautan Luas Vietnam Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented the acquiror of Kim Oanh Co. and its major shareholder in a massive land corruption trial involving senior officials of Binh Duong province.
  • Advising Lautan Luas Vietnam Co., Ltd on breach of contract case arising from a complex failed real estate deal.
  • Represented Tasco Joint Stock Company in a dispute with Housing and Urban Development Corporation , a state-owned developer of the Van Canh project in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi.

Bizlink Lawyers

Bizlink Lawyers has a strong market reputation for premium litigation work, leveraging profundity in a range of sector-specific regulation and compliance to successfully aid clients in their disputes. The practice is well-known for its solid work in the construction and commercial space and has handled contentions over inner city infrastructural developments, large-scale residential builds, as well as land use and leasing. Contractual disputes, financial obligations, and shareholder disagreements are also a consistent part of the group’s caseload. Team heads Do Trong Hai and Nguyen Duc Manh are the fulcrum of the practice, with the former recognised for his cross-border expertise and the latter for his extensive litigating regarding commercial investment and labour cases. Le Thi Hong Van has exemplary experience in the courtroom due to her previous work as a district court judge and now well-placed to act on commercial, civil and economic disputes, while Nguyen The Hung is astute at shareholder issues. Associates Pham Minh Tien and Le Ha My have consistently supported a copious amount of high-stake matters in the firm and often lend an impressive understanding of rules and regulations to cases.

Practice head(s):

Do Trong Hai; Nguyen Duc Manh; Le Thi Hong Van; Nguyen The Hung

Other key lawyers:

Pham Minh Tien; Le Ha My

Key clients

Doosan Enerbility Co. Ltd.

Citra West Lake City Development Company Limited

Phuc Son Cement Co., Ltd.

Viet Tu Investment Co., Ltd.

Kone Vietnam LLC.

Sunrise Vietnam Textile JSC.


Lotte – Halla – Hanshin Joint Venture

Vietnam Construction and Import – Export JSC.

Vietnam Construction Joint Stock Company No.2

Wilo Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Dong Luong JSC.

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented DOOSAN ENERBILITY CO., LTD. as the plaintiff in a court case in Vietnam against a Vietnamese company as the owner regarding construction of a luxury tower in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the total claim value amounted to over USD 150 million.
  • Advised and represented Citra West Lake City Development Company Limited as the plaintiff in a court case in Vietnam against a Vietnamese company operating in the education industry as the lessee in the Land & infrastructure leasing agreement, with a total claim value of over US$5 million.
  • Advised and represented C-Vidifi., JSC. as the plaintiff in a court case against a Korean company as the main-contractor regarding construction and erection of an intercity highway in Vietnam, with the total claim value amounted to approx. USD 2.6 million.


A wide-ranging practice covering the full gamut of dispute work, LE & TRAN has bolstered its bench of supporting staff further through the hire of two senior associates in 2023 in the wake of an impressive volume of work. The team helm high-profile cases for a mix of leading industry players, as well as presenting clients in lawsuits against state-owned entities, with notable activity in the manufacturing, food and beverage, automotive, energy and education sectors. Founder and group lead Stephen Le Hoang Chuong has a longstanding litigation and criminal defence background and is praised for his ‘in-depth issue analysis, strategy acumen and negotiating skills’. Deputy head Benjamin Truong primarily focuses on commercial disputes, while Victor Nguyen Ha Thanh Vu has played a supporting role on a number of IP, transport and consumer goods cases.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Le Hoang Chuong

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Truong Cong Hong; Victor Nguyen Ha Thanh Vu


‘In-depth understanding of customer’s concerns, allowing strong legal preparation of client’s case.’

‘The whole team deserves praising, but in particular I would like to mention Stephen Le Hoang Chuong for his in-depth issue analysis, strategy acumen and negotiating skills, very well-supported byBenjamin Truong throughout the whole process until successful resolution of the case.’

Key clients

Nooter/Eriksen S.R.L

05 Specialists

PC Vietnam Limited

Safehead Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing a Malaysia-based corporate in a US$50 million shareholder dispute.
  • Representing a global logistics corporate in contractual disputes with the total claim of US$11.5 million.
  • Representing a Vietnamese corporate in a US$6.5 million loan dispute.

LNT & Partners

Displaying an international practice that deals with cases involving market leading multinationals and some of the country’s largest service providers, LNT & Partners‘s team is led by Net Le, a prominent litigator whose ability to understand and navigate Vietnam’s regulatory space proves vital to clients embroiled in complex cases. The group in particular are well regarded for their adeptness in tax law and employment-related disputes, and are competent advising on Vietnamese law in foreign court battles. Two counsels represent the other key figures in the practice: Diep Nguyen, who is known for her work on contract violations and enforcing obligations; and Nhi Luong, who has been active on cases involving giants in the insurance and food and beverage industries. Senior counsel Duyen Duong joined the practice in June 2022 to add further capabilities to the group’s bench.

Practice head(s):

Net Le

Other key lawyers:

Diep Nguyen; Nhi Luong; Duyen Duong


‘They respond promptly; they are willing to explain local customs, have good knowledge and insight, and communication is professional.’

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers represent clients across all levels of the Vietnamese judicial system. The group have witnessed a strong volume of work over the past twelve months, excelling in particular at commercial lawsuits, insurance and tax claims, as well as boasting an enviable track record against state authorities. Clients also benefit from diverse sector expertise which includes real estate, manufacturing, media, and logistics. Team head Chau Huy Quang is the main driver behind the firm’s continued success in this practice area, wielding equally impressive proficiency in arbitration and litigation, and has long-standing experience acting both for and against governments and governmental bodies. Quang is able to call upon Quach Vu An Khoa for support; a senior associate increasingly building a strong reputation for excellence in this space.

Practice head(s):

Chau Huy Quang

Other key lawyers:

Quach Vu An Khoa


Well-regarded for its adeptness in construction, labour, and commercial disputes, ATIM exhibits strong litigation expertise, including a considerable international trade practice. The group is highly active in the domestic market, helping industry players counter investigations and claims from state authorities and regulators against compliance issues, as well as regularly handling repayment obligation violations and employment issues. Director of the firm Hien Nguyen oversees the team, while Quang Trinh focuses on the majority of the group’s investigatory alongside Huynh Nguyen, as well as body of work pertaining to consumer goods, real estate and construction work issues.

Practice head(s):

Hien Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Quang Trinh; Huynh Nguyen

ATS Law Firm

ATS Law Firm is sought out by numerous established corporates and pan-Asian service providers for counsel on high-stakes disputes. Energy, manufacturing, education and healthcare have been considerable areas of engagement for the group recently which have involved claims pertaining to personal injury, negligence, provision of services, and supply and contractual obligations. Co-founder, managing partner and team head Vu Thi Thu Ha possesses a multifarious practice and has been active across the full breadth of firm's mandates, while Tran Hong Nhan leverages vast experience as a judge to competently handle the team’s most multi-faceted disputes. Tranh Minh Chau is steadily building a strong portfolio of cases in this field, active on a range of disputes. Nguyen Nhu Thai Linh epitomises the strong roster of junior talent in the group, wielding previous in-house litigation experience and notably excelling in labour disputes in a supporting capacity.

Practice head(s):

Vu Thi Thu Ha

Other key lawyers:

Tran Hong Nhan; Tran Thi Minh Chau; Nguyen Nhu Thai Linh

Key clients

The British International School

Horiba Instruments Pte Ltd

SPG Mining Pte Ltd

Musashi Auto Parts Vietnam Co., Ltd

SouthEast Asia Electrical Trading JSC.

Elovi Vietnam Joint Stock Company

Mido-Vina International Co., Ltd

Nhan Dan Ha Noi Printing Co., Ltd

Vaude Vietnam Co., Ltd

Lebros Co., Ltd

Focus Travel And Trading Co., Ltd


DIMAC acts on a range of disputes, with notable expertise in the construction, retail and energy sectors. The firm consistently oversees a high volume of work due to the depth of bench of practitioners, steered by the highly experienced Pham Quoc Tuan, who is able to draw upon expertise in a number of legal areas to adequately and accurately counsel clients, and boasting a caseload that involves international conglomerates and financial institutions. Le Dang Khoa is a prominent figure amongst the group’s associates due to his level of activity over the past year, engaging with disputes pertaining to contractual obligations, bankruptcy proceedings, insurance contentions, and shareholder disagreements.

Practice head(s):

Pham Quoc Tuan

Other key lawyers:

Le Dang Khoa


‘DIMAC has experience in litigation with an approach to resolving issues that is practical.’

‘Partner Pham Quoc Tuan and his associates who worked under his direction always ensure a problem is solved in the best way.’

‘Supportive and engaging team, exploring all possible routes to achieve the most pragmatic result possible.’

EPLegal Limited

A firm which ‘stands out’ due to its ‘combination of national and international expertise’EPLegal Limited has been active representing insurance, shipping and energy companies in a range of cases. Team heads Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo are able to bring considerable proficiencies in real estate, civil transaction and commercial issues to the fore on multifaceted cases involving land assessment and division disputes, contract obligations, and financial obligations. Tuyen Nguyen, who joined from a real estate development corporation in April 2023, has quickly immersed herself in practice matters and has taken the position as third team head.

Practice head(s):

Tony Nguyen; Annie Ngo; Tuyen Nguyen


‘Annie Ngo is an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience and stellar reputation in the field.’

‘EPLegal lawyers stand out to us because of the combination of national and international expertise, which provides for great reliability in their advices.’

Key clients

AIG Vietnam Insurance Company Limited

Long Son Petroleum Industrial Zone Investment Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing AIG Vietnam Insurance Company Limited at the court on a dispute regarding related to cargo damage due to shipwreck accident.
  • Advising and representing Long Son Petroleum Industrial Zone Investment Joint Stock Company on disputes in relation to its million-dollar real estate projects.
  • Advising and representing a marine service company on a dispute regarding an accident of tugboat, barge and a wind turbine as well as temporary injunction over the tugboat.

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company continues to build traction in disputes, building a strong portfolio of work for an enviable set of clients that include leading tech, aviation and energy players. A key area of expertise for the group includes international trade, with practitioners geared to act on a multitude of anti-dumping, export control and tariff classification issues, as well as notable work pertaining to employer and shareholder disputes. Mark Fraser and Earl Rivera-Dolera co-lead the practice, and whilst the latter is predominantly noted for her arbitration work, she plays a key supporting role to the far-reaching practice of the former. Justin Gisz takes the reins on a number of industrials and manufacturing disputes, while the acquisition of two new associates in the summer of 2022 has added further strength to the supporting cast of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Earl Rivera-Doler; Mark Fraser

Other key lawyers:

Justin Gisz


‘Fraser’s team is very professional and provides answers with good advice.’

‘Mark Fraser has strong networks and great knowledge.’

Tilleke & Gibbins

A key point of differentiation for Tilleke & Gibbins is its sector expertise in labour and IP disputes, continuing to be one of the most prominent names regarding counterfeiting and infringement issues. The team serves a host of enviable clients, including pharmaceutical giants, leading tech, media and automotive players, as well as household consumer names. Outside this work, the team has been active on insurance disputes, contractual violation claims, and asset repossession cases. Department head Loc Xuan Le is an experienced IP practitioner and is singled out for his wealth of experience in domain name disputes. Associate Chuyen Le engages with a wide body of work and has lent trusted counsel to a steady stream of matters. Fellow associate Tu Anh Tran is also recognised as a key supporting figure in the practice, and similar to Duc possesses a strong understanding of IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Loc Xuan Le

Other key lawyers:

Duc Anh Tran; Tu Anh Tran


‘They have a wealth of local knowledge and connections. They are also very prompt and clear in their communications.’

‘Loc Xuan Le and Duc Anh Tran are all very professional, prompt and clear in their advice and communications. They are also candid about the practical difficulties in navigating the legal system in Vietnam, and we feel comfortable referring our clients to them when assistance from local counsel in VN is required.’

Key clients

Central Sugars Refinery


Johnson & Johnson

Les Laboratoires Servier

Louis Dreyfus

Merck, Sharp & Dohme


Work highlights

  • Assisting a U.K. investment firm that specializes in acquiring distressed aviation assets in a complicated cross-border aircraft repossession case involving four planes subleased by a major Vietnamese airline.
  • Assisted and represented Samsung Vina with its independent request for compensation in a factory explosion case, and reached a successful 6-figure USD settlement.
  • Secured an amicable settlement in a dispute over a sales contract for a dental restoration machine.

Vina Legal

Vina Legal wields an impressive body of domestic and international work, with notable case highlights including aviation-based disputes in English courts and large construction contentions regarding key pieces of Vietnamese infrastructure. Infrastructure embodies a large proportion of the mandates the group receive, with the firm’s practitioners' litigation surrounding traditional and renewable energy builds, telecommunications networks and residential buildings. Duong Quang Long leads the team and boasts a strong track record in international litigation and often works alongside senior associate Nguyen Thanh Long, who has been particularly active on real estate issues.

Practice head(s):

Duong Quang Long

Other key lawyers:

Nguyen Thanh Long


‘They are very enthusiastic, professional and ethical.’

Key clients

VietJet Aviation JSC

Southern Airports Services JSC

VSL (Vietnam) JSC

Puma Energy

Aon Vina

Vinh Tan 1 Power Company

Tan Viet Securities JSC

Bao Viet Holdings

Vietinbank Securities JSC

Hai Phong Corporation

Truong Son Construction Corporation

Sunshine Group

Vietnam National Textile and Garment Corporation

Power Consulting Joint-Stock Coompany

Thai Group Holdings

Tan Son Nhat Petrol Commercial JSC

Work highlights

  • Co-represented VietJet to resolve a dispute with aircraft lessors in English court.
  • Represented VSL (Vietnam) Ltd to resolve the dispute over the construction contract on the construction of Luxury Hoang Cau Apartment Building in Vietnamese court.
  • Represented Tan Son Nhat Petrol Commercial JSC to resolve the dispute with a Singaporean constructor in the EPC contract on the construction of the fuel coverage system in Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City in the court.