Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Tax

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Tax in Vietnam

Baker McKenzie

Boasting a strong market presence, Baker McKenzie acts for large multinationals on mandates concerning international tax panning, tax compliance, trade, individual income tax and tax disputes, in addition to assisting clients with analysing the impact of the recent Pillar Two rules. Thanh Vinh Nguyen leads the practice and focuses on tax advisory and planning issues, as well as assisting with contentious tax, customs and trade matters. Special counsel Thanh Hoa Dao is noted for her expertise in tax advisory and planning mandates, specifically in relation to corporate and individual tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Thanh Vinh Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Thanh Hoa Dao; Frederick Burke


‘Thanh Vinh Nguyen and his team are very knowledgeable in Vietnamese tax laws.’

‘They are prompt and detailed in their responses.’

DFDL Legal & Tax

DFDL Legal & Tax is well-equipped to handle a broad range of tax matters, including tax advisory, compliance, transfer pricing and tax controversy. Team head Jack Sheelan regularly advises clients on corporate and international tax planning, tax treaties and transfer pricing, while tax director Lan Hua is well-versed in cross-border transactions and restructurings. Senior tax manager Phan Thi Lieu is a key name to note for tax audits, cross-border tax planning and tax on financial services and customs procedures.

Practice head(s):

Jack Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Lan Hua; Phan Thi Lieu

Work highlights

  • Advised a company in the energy sector headquartered in Germany on Vietnamese tax analysis of an offshore windfarm project, which will be built in Vietnam but then sent to Taiwan for grid connection.
  • Assisted with the buyer-side warranty and indemnity insurance policy’s negotiation and completion process for an insurance provider.
  • Advised a multinational fund manager, operating a number of Vietnamese funds, on the tax implications of various structures to enable the payment of carried interest to the participants from Vietnam.

ATS Law Firm

Counting foreign-invested companies and domestic enterprises among its key roster of clients, ATS Law Firm utilises its corporate expertise to assist clients with the tax aspects of corporate transactions and compliance mandates. Founding partner and practice head Vu Thi Thu Ha is praised by clients as ‘professional, customer-oriented, knowledgeable, with vast experience in tax issues', and Bui Hong Hang is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Vu Thi Thu Ha

Other key lawyers:

Bui Hong Hang


‘What makes ATS Legal unique is its team professionalism. I personally work with Vu Thi Thu Ha the founder of ATS Legal, and she is confidential, professional, proactive, friendly and possesses strong technical knowledge and experience.’

‘Vu Thi Thu Ha is professional, customer-oriented, knowledgeable, with vast experience in tax issues.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a consumer goods and services company on an administrative litigation matter against the tax authorities.

Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and advisory matters for customs duty and VAT, in addition to acting for international companies looking to establish a presence in Vietnam on tax structuring issues. Praised as 'didactic and extremely helpful in navigating the Vietnamese tax environment', founding partner Mark Fraser co-leads the practice alongside Phan Xuan Qui, who has considerable experience in direct and indirect tax advisory and compliance services.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fraser; Phan Xuan Qui


‘Frasers Law Company’s diversity offers the clients a much smoother experience when entering the Vietnamese market for the first time. The team’s expertise is also well-balanced and Frasers Law Company can offer an expert in each required field.’

‘Mark Fraser has been very easy and professional to work with. Mark is able to provide local cultural and legal contextualisation of relevant matters. When supporting international clients, Mark and his team make themselves available to suit the client’s time zone.’

‘Frasers are well-positioned to provide support and legal advice to clients looking to do business in Vietnam.’

‘Mark Fraser made an effort to ensure that all our queries were addressed. He was always available for our calls and given it was our first foray in the Vietnamese market, he was keen to build a business relationship with us.’

‘Mark Fraser and his team have gone above and beyond in helping us navigate the complexities of Vietnamese laws.’

‘Mark Fraser is a great adviser. He is didactic and extremely helpful in navigating the Vietnamese tax environment.’

‘My experience working with the tax team of Frasers Law Company has been excellent. Easy communication, they have a broad understanding of the business needs of the client and give accurate answers.’

Key clients

Cintana Education


Kulicke & Soffa

McDermott Will & Emery

Moov (Hong Kong)

Naga Markets Europe



Van Thiel

Work highlights

  • Assisted GoodNotes with detailed analysis with on Vietnamese laws for the planning and implementation of an offshore ESOP plan.
  • Assisted Cintana Education with the review of a proposed tax structure with respect to the payment of remuneration and reimbursement of expenses for employees of Cintana Education when working in Vietnam.

ACSV Legal

Noted for its expertise in the private wealth arena, ACSV Legal is regularly instructed by domestic and international high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on wealth structuring, estate planning and direct and indirect investment matters. The team is led by Mark Oakley and Hieu Pham is well-regarded for assisting clients with cross-border transactions in the context of tax liability.

Practice head(s):

Mark Oakley

Other key lawyers:

Hieu Pham

KPMG Law in Vietnam

Underpinned by a global network, the practice at KPMG Law in Vietnam provides its clients with a range of tax advisory in the context of corporate tax, international tax, transfer pricing and customs and excise. Other key areas of expertise include tax due diligence in M&A transactions. Leading the practice is Thuy Duong Hoang, who has expertise in transfer pricing and is ably supported by Nhan Huynh.

Practice head(s):

Thuy Duong Hoang

Other key lawyers:

Nhan Huynh

Key clients

Itochu Vietnam




Work highlights

  • Advising Itochu Corporation on tax and legal matters in Vietnam, delivering tailored solutions to address their specific challenges in day-to-day business operations, including corporate tax and customs tax advice and solutions.
  • Advised a leading Japanese enterprise in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry on the acquisition of a Vietnamese target, providing comprehensive legal and tax due diligence services and restructuring advice.
  • Advising a global semiconductor packaging and design company for their $1.6 billion chipset project in North Vietnam, assisting throughout the entire setup phase and beyond.

LNT & Partners

Counting domestic and multinational companies among its key roster of clients, LNT & Partners regularly assists on contentious mandates arising from issues regarding corporate income tax and indirect taxes. Based in Hanoi, tax disputes specialist Net Le jointly lead the team alongside Binh Tran and Thuy Nguyen, who operate from the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office.

Practice head(s):

Net Le; Tran Thai Binh; Nguyen Xuan Thuy