Firm Profile > VILAF > Hanoi, Vietnam
6TH FLOOR, HCO BUILDING (MELIA)
44B LY THUONG KIET STREET, HOAN KIEM DISTRICT
VILAF > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1
VILAF advises a range of international clients on agenda-setting transactions across the finance space. The practice is co-led by Vo Ha Duyen in Ho Chi Minh City and Nguyen Quang Hung in Hanoi. The team is skilled in handling a significant number of high-profile and high-value cross-border work concentrated in the renewable energy sector. A key name to note in the Hanoi office is Tran Tuan Phong, who has vast expertise situated in project financing, having acted for international sponsors and lenders in large scale project work.
Vo Ha Duyen; Nguyen Quang Hung
Other key lawyers:
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Bank of China (HK)
Capital markets Tier 1
VILAF's capital markets team is co-led by Vo Ha Duyen and Hung Nguyen, and handles extensive advisory work for global financial institutions including investment banks. Tran Phong in Hanoi is a name to note for equity capital markets work, acting for a number of well-known Vietnamese businesses in the space. The team is skilled in cross-border transactional work and advises Korean and Singaporean clients. Trung Vu has experience in the issuance of domestic and international bonds and was promoted to the partnership in January 2019.
Vo Ha Duyen; Nguyen Quang Hung
Other key lawyers:
Tran Tuan Phong; Vu Le Trung
Corporate and M&A Tier 1
VILAF has strength in depth in handling complex, high-value and multi-sector corporate transactions and M&A matters for multinational clients. Practice co-heads Dang Duong Anh in Hanoi and Vo Ha Duyen in Ho Chi Minh City oversee the team, which is 'the go-to' for major deals in Vietnam. The team is also the firm of choice for undertaking transactions for a number of large Vietnamese companies, including government-linked ones. Elsewhere, Nguyen Quang Hung in Hanoi handles foreign investment matters.
VILAF's arbitration practice is well equipped to handle high-value disputes for multinational clients on a spectrum of issues including disputes concerning the maritime, construction and energy industries. Co-led by Linh Nguyen in Hanoi and Tung Ngo in Ho Chi Minh City, the team which also includes Quynh Pham, has handled a number of VIAC arbitrations, as well as representing international clients in litigation to enforce awards. Anh Bui is recommended for his specialism on international trade law.
VILAF's disputes team is capable at handling significant international and domestic litigation matters across sectors, covering finance, real estate, energy and the public sector. Led by Ho Chi Minh City-based Tung Ngo, the team's experience include dealing with high-value disputes, with Hanoi based head Linh Nguyen specializing in construction and employment disputes. Quynh Pham advises big-name clients in the tobacco and food and beverage industry on commercial litigation. Hien Tran, a January 2019 promotion to the partnership, handles maritime, investment and insurance disputes and is recommended for cross-border work.
Projects and energy Tier 1
High-value, complex and large-scale energy projects are a prominent feature of VILAF practice with the team handling work for high-profile international clients. Tran Tuan Phong and Dang Duong Anh, both in Hanoi, advice on project financing and acquisition matters, and Vo Ha Duyen in Ho Chi Minh City advises foreign investors and retains multinational financial institutions in her client roster.
Tran Tuan Phong; Dang Duong Anh
Other key lawyers:
Talisman Energy (Repsol)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Phu My 3
B.Grim Power Public Company
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Real estate and construction are core areas for VILAF, which handles multimillion-dollar transactions led by practice heads Nguyen Truc Hien and Dang Duong Anh. Notable expertise includes real estate financing, contracts and advisory work to long-standing sector-leading clients. In the Hanoi office, Tran Phong represents international sponsors and lenders on large scale-work and is reputable in advising international business on restructuring.
Nguyen Truc Hien; Dang Duong Anh
Other key lawyers:
Tran Tuan Phong
Nam Long Development Corporation
VILAF > Firm Profile
The firm: With 27 years of experience in Vietnam, VILAF is one of the largest law firms in Vietnam and consistently ranked as a first-tier law firm by The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Asia Law and Chambers and Partners.
VILAF has been representing clients in many complex cross-border M&A, large financing and capital markets transactions, and major infrastructure and energy projects in Vietnam. The firm’s long-term clients include, among others, Marubeni Corporation, Mizuho Bank, ANZ, Sumitomo Corporation, Phillip Morris, BNP Paribas, Siam Cement Group, Capitaland, Jollibee Foods Corporation, HSBC, Hoa Lam, Ford, and GM.
VILAF’s experienced team of senior lawyers covers every aspect of business in Vietnam, including foreign direct investment, commercial, corporate, real estate, M&A, banking, finance, capital markets, project finance, infrastructure development, oil, gas and power, construction, trading and distribution, taxation, employment, shipping, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, technology transfers and life sciences.
Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: the corporate team of 38 lawyers has handled many of Vietnam’s largest and most complex M&A and restructuring transactions. The corporate team also advises on equitisation, commercial contracts, antitrust, energy, direct investment, insurance, private equity and life sciences. As the largest corporate team in the country, the team is also well capable of assisting multinational clients on all operational corporate matters. Notable matters include: advising Siam City Cement in the $560m acquisition of LafargeHolcim’s 65% shares in Holcim Cement Vietnam; and advising SCG Group in its $440m acquisition of 100% cement businesses in Vietnam Construction Material JSC and in its $250m acquisition of Prime Group.
Banking and finance, and capital markets: the banking and finance, and capital markets team of 18 lawyers advises multinational financial institutions, funds and investors in relation to complex deals in financing manufacturing, acquisition, infrastructure and energy projects in Vietnam, and in securities transactions. VILAF provides advice across a wide range of financial products including asset finance, bonds, international listing transaction, IPO, derivatives, project finance, restructuring, and structured finance. Notable matters include: advising Cr?dit Agricole and ANZ on the transfer of its roles (security agent, onshore account bank, offshore account bank) in the syndicate of lenders financing the Phu My 2.2 BOT power project to ANZ Vietnam Ltd.
Energy and infrastructure: the energy and infrastructure team of 22 lawyers has advised on many of the most complex energy and infrastructure projects, including projects that were the first of their type in Vietnam. VILAF has been advising lenders, sponsors, and buyers in relation to BOT power projects, BOT and BOO water projects, PPP projects, independent power plants, expressway projects, metro line project, and port projects. Notable matters include: advising the sponsors in Nghi Son 2 BOT power project, Vinh Tan 1 BOT power project, the ‘Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016’ awarded by IFLR and ALB.
Real property: the real property team of 15 lawyers is the largest team of real property experts in Vietnam. VILAF advises developers, sellers, and buyers in relation to industrial parks, healthcare parks, mixed-use commercial complexes, mini-town projects, resorts and casinos, and other residential projects. The team also advises on EPC contracts and construction matters. Notable matters include advising Chow Tai Fook and VMS Investment in acquiring 80% of an integrated casino, resorts, and residential project of $4bn in Vietnam.
Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution team has increasingly been involved in dispute resolution by arbitration. VILAF has a strong presence in maritime, finance, investment and construction disputes. VILAF has represented multinational clients in dispute resolutions, by way of out- of-court settlement or before the Vietnamese courts, state agencies or the Vietnam International Arbitration Center, and acts as Vietnamese law expert witness in international litigation and arbitration.
|Aviation||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Aviation||Dang Duong Anh|
|Banking and finance||Nguyen Quang Hung|
|Banking and finance||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Banking and finance||Dang Duong Anh|
|Capital markets||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Capital markets||Nguyen Quang Hung|
|Capital markets||Dang Duong Anh|
|General corporate and commercial||Dang Duong Anh|
|General corporate and commercial||Tran Tuan Phong|
|General corporate and commercial||Nguyen Duy Linh|
|General corporate and commercial||Nguyen Quang Hung|
|General corporate and commercial||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Corporate and M&A||Dang Duong Anh|
|Corporate and M&A||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Corporate and M&A||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Real estate and construction||Dang Duong Anh|
|Real estate and construction||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Real estate and construction||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Dispute resolution||Nguyen Duy Linh|
|Dispute resolution||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Insurance||Dang Duong Anh|
|Insurance||Nguyen Duy Linh|
|Employment||Nguyen Duy Linh|
|Employment||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Projects and energy||Tran Tuan Phong|
|Projects and energy||Dang Duong Anh|
|Projects and energy||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|Shipping||Nguyen Duy Linh|
|TMT||Tran Tuan Phong|
|TMT||Dang Duong Anh|
|Tax||Dang Duong Anh|
|Tax||Bui Ngoc Anh|
|International trade||Bui Ngoc Anh|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 60 at this office : 28
MembershipsAmerican Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) World Law Group Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (InCham) Vietnam Business Lawyers Club (VBLC) Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)
CLIENT: Vincent Wong, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Fleming International
TESTIMONIAL: Our manufacturing plant moved from China to Vietnam in 2005. We were fortunate to have known VILAF from the very beginning to help us set up our business here. Over the years, we have received valuable advice and strong assistance from VILAF to help us sail through the unknown waters.
Last year, we celebrated our 10th year anniversary in Ho Chi Minh City. Moving a factory to a completely new environment and making it even more successful than ever before wasnt easy work. For that we sincerely thank the very professional VILAF team in our special occasion. Congratulations to VILAF, our true partner!
CLIENT: Alexis de Mecquenem, Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Development Finance Asia (DFA)
Development Finance Asia (DFA) has been extremely satisfied with VILAFs output and out-of-the-box approach for complex transactions. Teams dedication and professionalism were critical to our recent successes in Vietnam.
Phong Tran, Senior Partner, Hanoi OfficeSenior Partner of VILAF’s Hanoi office, Phong Tran details how the firm acts as a trusted legal and business partner for clients navigating the Vietnamese market, on his induction into The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame.
What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?
In my professional career my greatest achievement has been, alongside three of my other partners, growing VILAF from a small team of lawyers to one of the largest law firms in the country, with fourteen partners and approximately 60 legal advisors. Other achievements that I am particularly proud of are successfully closing a series of landmark deals and projects in Vietnam such as:
- Phu My 2.2 BOT power project;
- Nghi Son 2 BOT power project;
- Mong Duong 2 BOT power project;
- Nam Dinh 1 BOT power project;
- Van Phong 1 BOT power project;
- Vingroup’s series of M&A transactions with GIC, Credit Suisse, Hanwha, Warbus Pincus, SK and Masan
- Vingroup’s convertible bonds on the SGX,
- Vinacomin’s international bonds,
- Vincom Retail’s and Vinhomes’ Rule 144A international placement/HOSE listing, among others.
Throughout my career, I have wholeheartedly set out to be my client’s trusted advisor by using all my skills, experience and expertise to help them solve their respective issues, covering both legal and commercial aspects and providing guidance to overcome complex and diverse challenges.
From a personal standpoint, mentorship has been an area that I am extremely proud of. Seeing lots of lawyers, with my coaching, growing from a newbie to a senior experienced attorney day by day, step by step, inspires me in that I can share my knowledge and provide guidance to the next generation of lawyers in Vietnam.
What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?
Each lawyer has their own ways of creating beliefs and assisting clients. What I do is to put myself in my client’s shoes, sharing their concerns, meeting their needs. The most important thing is forecasting what is to come next and how to best deal with future obstacles. Predicting market trends and adapting to a challenge is also a skill that can differentiate me from others.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
The old expression “work hard, play hard” still rings true today.
Success will never come to someone who just sits still and waits for others to serve.
Success comes from the nights awake thinking about your clients’ concerns, days of chasing and running to meet deadlines, years of experience collecting and with a bit of luck. Set your goals, be determined and be flexible.
The last part of the old saying is another side of the coin. Never forget that you have only one life to live. Short breaks among the peaks will fulfil your energy and empower your strength. Partake in more in sports such as golf, tennis or swimming and try to balance your work – personal life as much as you can.