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    • Hoa Hoang - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Baker McKenzie's Nguyen Hoang Kim Oanh handles billion-dollar plus new city deals. Fred Burke also advises real estate investors on office transactions as well as handling hotel and branded residence projects. Gia Long Nguyen is a key senior associate. The firm also has real estate funds expertise, as well as a very strong presence in the hospitality arena.

At Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, foreign counsel Logan Leung and senior counsel Tran Thi Phuong Thao advised serviced office company NakedHub as Vietnamese counsel on its sale to WeWork. Nguyen Dinh Nha assisted Keppel Land with purchasing a further stake in the company that owns the Saigon Centre development in Ho Chi Minh City. The firm also handles contentious construction work, with Chau Huy Quang handling work pertaining to megaprojects, as well as landlord and tenant disputes, which is also a key part of Hoang Thi Thanh Thuy's practice. Vu Thi Que and Tran Duc Sonare other names to note. Other clients include real estate investment funds and DP Architects.

At ZICO Law, Phuc Nguyen has a track record handling hotel and residential deals, with Phong Nguyen also a key contact in this practice area. Kevin Hawkins joined from VILAF, while Tay Zi Li relocated from the firm's Kuala Lumpur office to Ho Chi Minh City. The firm acts for a number of investors from across the region, many of them Chinese. David Lim left to become general counsel of Hongkong Land in Singapore.

Allen & Overy LLP 'provides wonderful support, and a much higher quality of advice than many other firms' on a range of real estate investment work, primarily in share deals in major developments. Duc Tran has 'extensive and comprehensive knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations - he can transform complicated Vietnamese laws into something clients can easily understand'. Tran, together with the firm's Singapore office, is advising China Fortune Land Development on purchasing a company developing the Dia Phuoc Lotus project. The team also advised a consortium of investment funds on Vinhomes’ IPO. Another area of expertise is real estate funds work, where it has strength acting for limited partners. Clients include heavyweight institutional investors.

At Frasers Law Company, Mark Fraser handles work concerning large developments. Nguyen Thi Lang is, for some, 'one of the best property lawyers in town - her knowledge of the sector is outstanding'; she advises, among others, Korean investors on major transactions. Logistics is another area of expertise, with office leasing and hotels other key areas.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Tony Foster in Hanoi, Bui Thanh Tien , who was recently promoted to counsel, and associate Hoa Hoang advised Warburg Pincus on the IPO of shopping mall operator Vincom Retail. The trio, along with senior associate Phong Nguyen, advised Emaar Properties - owner of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall - on a joint venture with Bitexco Group for creating a 427ha development on the Binh Quoi peninsula. The World Bank is also a client, along with foreign governments, real estate companies and gambling operators. The team is located in Ho Chi Minh City, unless mentioned otherwise.

At VILAF, Tran Tuan Phong handles major transactions, while Dang Duong Anh assists with significant Chinese-backed developments; the duo are based in Hanoi. Nguyen Truc Hien advises well-known clients on matters including premium residential developments, and Vo Ha Duyen handles work in the real estate finance space. Clients include Vingroup and CapitaLand. Named individuals are based in Ho Chi Minh City unless otherwise stated.

ATS Law Firm handles a mix of work in this space from its Hanoi office and has notable strength advising on non-contentious construction matters. Tran Gia The is a key contact.

Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C. has a track record handling residential, industrial and hotel deals. Etienne Laumonier and Nicolas Audier are key names.

At BD Lawyers & Associates Co., Ltd (BDLAW), Nguyen Trung Kien advised Phu My Ultra Clear Float Glass Company on commissioning a new factory, and also assisted Korean business, Junglim Architecture, with the Vietnamese law elements of a deal to construct its compatriot Lotte's second shopping centre in Hanoi. Other deals include advising Intana on entering the Vietnamese hotel market and assisting Viettel with leasing out the Viettel Tower. Nguyen Thanh Ha is also a key contact. The team is based in Hanoi.

At DFDL Legal & Tax, J√©r√īme Buzenet¬†advised Alpha King Vietnam Investment on purchasing a site for a mixed-use commercial development in Ho Chi Minh City, while Huynh Dai Thang¬†advised Leopalace21 on an investment into logistics facilities. Other clients include European retailers and Hanesbrands, which Tran Thi Vu Hanh¬†acts for.Hoang Phong Anh¬†is another key contact.

LNT & Partners has a track record advising developers on office, retail and residential transactions. Thai Binh Tran is a key contact.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles a range of work, primarily for Japanese investors. In Hanoi, Kiego Sawayama and foreign attorney Ngoc Hoang is advising Tokyo LLC on its development of a $41m golf course in Hai Phong. In Ho Chi Minh City, Motohisa Nakagawa and foreign attorney Hoai Tran handle logistics and office deals. The firm also advises on construction disputes.

Nishimura & Asahi's Vu Le Bang and Kazuhide Ohya in Ho Chi Minh City handle large residential, hotel and other developments, advising leading Japanese real estate investors and construction companies. Ha Hoang Loc is also a key contact. Real estate finance is another area of expertise. The team is based in Ho Chi Minh City.

At Russin & Vecchi, LLC, Mai Thi Minh Hang advises a number of clients in the hotel sector, including the Mariott, on negotiating management agreements. Nguyen Huu Hoai handles various commercial conveyancing matters.

Vina Legal 'understands clients' businesses well, and provides very practical advice'. Duong Quang Long is 'very talented and responsive' and 'has deep knowledge and great skills in different areas of law'. Nguyen Bao Huy stands out for his 'knowledge in this business area'. Other clients include Daiwa House, Lotte and the Vietnam Textile and Garment Corporation.

At Vision & Associates, Dang Trong Hieu advises City Garden Apartments on its leasing contracts, and is also assisting Obayashi Vietnam Corporation with the contract to develop the United Nations International School in Hanoi. Le Quynh Anh is also a key contact for leasing matters, as is Ngo Trung Hieu. Major construction projects and real estate finance are also areas of expertise. The team is based in Hanoi.

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