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At Allen & Overy LLP, Duc Tran advises First National Operation and Maintenance as operation and maintenance contractor of the 1.2GW Nam Dinh coal-fired power project. Adam Moncrieff is also involved in this deal. Tran, plus senior associates Tina LeDinh and Akemi Tamagawa advised export credit agencies including Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, and Kexim on the financing of the Nghi Son refinery project. Other clients include international energy companies and investment banks, plus Marubeni and KEPCO.

Allens advises on international investments into large projects in Vietnam. Chung Le and Bill Magennis are advising on the development of the Nghi Son refinery, and Magennis and senior associate Giang Nguyen assist the sponsors and project company of the 1.2GW Vung Ang II project. In Ho Chi Minh City, Robert Fish advised the Asian Development Bank on financing six waste-to-energy plants to be sited in Vietnam. The firm also has renewables expertise.

Frasers Law Company acts as Vietnamese counsel working with major international firms on multi-billion dollar energy projects. Other areas of work concern transport projects (including ones with contemplated disputes), as well as oil and gas transactions and water projects. Mark Fraser and Nguyen Thi Lang are key partners. Clients include Risen Energy and Mitsui, along with corporates from Japan, China and Korea. The team is also referred work by international law firms, including Herbert Smith Freehills.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Tony Foster and Tien Bui, who was recently promoted to counsel, continue to advise AES Corporation on the 1.24GW Mong Duong 2 power project after its successful construction. Other key names include senior associates Ha An and Hoa Hoang. Renewables work is another area of expertise, as are hydrocarbon extraction and transport infrastructure. The aforementioned are based in Hanoi. Don Stokes is now primarily based in Singapore, but continues to be involved in Vietnam-related projects. Other clients include the World Bank.

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC provides 'a very high level of service, market insight and genuine industry expertise in this space - the advice is always to the point'. Pham Ba Linh is 'a go-to lawyer for Vietnam energy advice - he understands the industry and what is going on in the market'; he and Nguyen Hong Hai handle work including new-to-Vietnam oil and gas exploration projects and transactions concerning existing blocks, as well as work as local counsel on major energy projects for international energy companies. Nguyen Viet Ha advised Vietnam Electricity, a cornerstone client, on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts required for the Nghi Son 1 and Thai Binh coal-fired power stations. Le Lien Huong is a key senior associate. The firm also advises on transport infrastructure megaprojects.

VILAF's Tran Tuan Phong in Hanoi advises Marubeni on its role as EPC contractor for the 600MW Thai Binh 1 coal-fired power station, and is assisting the same client, as well as KEPCO, as investors of the 1.2GW Nghi Son 2 project. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vo Ha Duyen, together with Ashurst , is advising JBIC as arranger of the financing of the Vung Ang 2 power project. Other work concerns transport projects.

YKVN handles large projects and has particular expertise acting for Chinese and other international investors on agenda-setting energy projects. Truong Nhat Quang and Vu Dzung, alongside Shearman & Sterling as international counsel, are advising the lenders led by the China Development Bank on the 1.98GW Vinh Tan coal-fired power station project. Quang and Eli Mazur also act for the lenders to the 1.2GW Nam Dinh 1 project in the eponymous province. Diep Hoai Nam and Mazur are assisting Saudi Aramco with a proposed refinery and petrochemical complex in Binh Dinh province. The aforementioned lawyers are located in Ho Chi Minh City. Phan Thi Thuy Duong in Hanoi is advising Vietcombank on financing an international terminal at Cam Ranh International Airport.

Baker McKenzie 'provides a very good level of service - it is responsive and has a high degree of relevant business knowledge'. Fred Burke , who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, is advising Mainstream Renewable Energy on a joint venture with GE Energy and Phu Cuong Group to develop an 800MW wind project in Vietnam. The 'sincere and hardworking' Chi Lieu Dang, who is based in Hanoi, 'has good local knowledge from the legal perspective'; he has experience in both renewables and conventional energy deals, including gigawatt-plus secondary market deals, and also handles the Vietnamese components of agenda-setting energy-sector M&A deals.

DFDL Legal & Tax's¬†J√©r√īme Buzenet and Hoang Phong Anh advised Qatar Petroleum International on the sale of its share in the Long Son petrochemicals project to Siam Cement. Anh and Martin Desautels, who are active in projects across the region, advise the Ministry of Industry and Trade on various issues concerning the Nam Dinh energy project. As part of a multinational team, the practice advised B. Grimm Power Company, which has a subsidiary in Vietnam, on its IPO in Thailand. Other mandates concern solar energy.

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC has a particular strength in renewable energy work. Oliver Massmann handles a range of solar projects including assisting TCP Asia Pacific with a plan to develop six solar plants totaling 420MW in Myanmar, and alongside special counsel Hoang Minh Duc, is advising Greencells Group on various projects in Vietnam. In addition to its green energy work, Giles Cooper is assisting Sembcorp Utilities with the 225MW gas-fired Myingyan project in Myanmar and senior associate Manfred Otto has expertise in wastewater projects.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'able to help clients navigate the complex Vietnamese legal landscape, and prepares easy to understand advice - clients appreciate that the team is willing to provide views on what avenues clients should take'. Samantha Campbell, who divides her time between Singapore and Vietnam, is 'well-versed in Vietnamese practice and able to help clients navigate the legal system, and leads her team in a seamless way, blending her international practice experience with the required local law expertise'. Campbell is advising JBIC on the proposed financing of the 1.32GW Van Phong I power project. Senior associate Long Huynh, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, is 'prompt and accurate in his advice - he takes the time to explain the local law and context to international clients'; he and Campbell are assisting Conergy Asia with its role as EPC contractor for a 30MW solar farm in Ninh Thuan province. Other work concerns road and water projects.

At ATIM, Quang Trinh advises project sponsors and EPC contractors on various matters, frequently concerning refineries and petrochemicals. Huynh Nguyen is also a key contact. The team is based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C. has a track record advising construction companies on major infrastructure projects. Nicolas Audier is a key contact.

EPLegal Limited has expertise in oil and gas transactions, with a number of matters involving farm-in and farm-outs, refinery projects and related financing transactions. Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo are key partners. Cathay United Bank is a notable client.

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

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers handles work concerning international investment in hydropower and solar projects. Other work includes Huynh Thi Thu Thuy and Logan Leung's advice to The Weir Group on the Vietnamese elements of its purchase of KOP Service Products, which has roles in multiple Vietnamese projects. Drawing on the wider firm's shipping law expertise, the team also advises on issues concerning vessels used in the oil and gas industry. Senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao is also a key contact.

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