Labour and employment in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

The 'very strong' employment practice at Baker McKenzie is led by the 'outstandingThuy Hang Nguyen, who is based in Ho Chi Min City. She and her team have a track record of acting for high-profile clients in complex matters which include handling transactions, market entries, restructuring and labour relations. Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen is another core member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Thuy Hang Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen


This is a very strong team with deep knowledge of local regulation and business acumen. They are quick and provide practical advice. Well organized, client-oriented and can manage complex matters.

‘Thuy Hang Nguyen is a brilliant lawyer with sharp expertise, open-minded, extremely quick in getting to the issue and providing legal support and solutions. One of the best lawyers in Asia.’

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers is experienced in handling a considerable volume of contentious employment matters for its client roster which includes global financial institutions. Led by Vu Thi Que, the team is equipped to deal with advisory work on labour issues such as termination matters. Chau Huy Quang and Tran Xuan Chi Anh provide their dispute resolution and corporate experience respectively to matters which require cross-area expertise. The firm also handles broader day-to-day advice.

Practice head(s):

Chau Huy Quang; Vu Thi Que

Other key lawyers:

Tran Xuan Chi Anh

Tilleke & Gibbins

The employment practice at Tilleke & Gibbins is overseen by Kien Trung Trinh. The team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters which include contractual drafting, staff restructuring, labor-management relations, and other critical employment issues. The group also includes Chuyen Le, who among other matters handles work in the pharmaceuticals sector. Elsewhere, Thomas Treutler provides expertise on Vietnamese labour law to companies entering the market.

Practice head(s):

Kien Trung Trinh

Other key lawyers:

Thomas J. Treutler; Chuyen Le

Key clients

Jabil Circuit

Johnson & Johnson

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Merck Sharp & Dohme



Work highlights

  • Serving as lead external counsel in Vietnam for Merck, providing advice on, among other matters, regulatory issues.
  • Advising Lenovo on ongoing labour and employment matters.

ATS Law Firm

ATS Law Firm advises on contentious and non-contentious employment work, with a client base including state-owned enterprises, international investors and non-profits. Vu Thi Thu Ha heads the team, which also includes Tran Minh Chau.

Practice head(s):

Vu Thi Thu Ha

Other key lawyers:

Tran Minh Chau

Key clients

Vietnam Football Federation

Work highlights

  • Advising the Vietnam Football Federation on a review of its key labour and employment documents.

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company is adept at a wide range of employment law, spanning contentious and non-contentious work, acting for a range of national and international clients. Mark Fraser leads the team, with key lawyers Justin Gisz and Phung Thi Thanh Thao advising on strategic-level matters. Nguyen Van Vien also provides his specialist intellectual property expertise when required for employee-employer IP ownership disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fraser

Key clients

Phu My 3 BOT Company

M + W Asia

NVT Consulting Co., Ltd.

Navitas Ltd.

New Zealand Consulate General

Work highlights

  • Advised Navitas Limited on employment law aspects of its restructuring of its business presence in Vietnam.