Firm Profile > VILAF > Hanoi, Vietnam
6TH FLOOR, HCO BUILDING (MELIA)
44B LY THUONG KIET STREET, HOAN KIEM DISTRICT
VILAF > The Legal 500 Rankings
As one of the largest independent law firms in Vietnam, VILAF often acts as local counsel on major cross-border mandates. Its team is notably adept at handling project finance mandates involving power infrastructure and mining. One of the key contacts at the firm is chairperson Duyen Ha Vo, whose recent work spanned syndicated loan transactions, as well as aircraft financing and leasing, and project finance work. She co-heads practice with Hung Nguyen , who recently advised OCBC Bank on a series of trade loans to a domestic bank. Elsewhere in the group, Phong Tran is an expert in energy and aviation financing. Trung Vu is another key individual.
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Grab Holdings, Inc.
KKR Capital Markets Asia Limited
Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank)
China Minsheng Bank
Vietnam > Capital markets Tier 1VILAF's excellent reputation sees it handle domestic and cross-border IPOs, de-listings, denominated bond issuances and public M&A, among various other mandates. The team, which is jointly led by chairperson Duyen Ha Vo in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi-based partner Hung Nguyen, advises a mix of local and international issuers, underwriters and arrangers. Clients also count on the expertise of Phong Tran and Anh Dang, as well as Trung Vu.
Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 1VILAF excels in advising foreign investors on their investments in Vietnam, in addition to assisting them with other corporate issues on an ongoing basis. Reflective of the firm's standing in the market, it acts for multinational corporates such as Marubeni and Toyota, as well as major domestic names such as Vingroup. Hanoi-based partner Anh Dang predominantly handles deals in the renewable and alternative energy sector. He co-heads the practice with Duyen Ha Vo, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, and acts for clients operating in areas such as food and beverage, fintech and retail, among others. Phong Tran is also recommended.
‘The team is organized and takes extra efforts in explaining local legal requirements. They breakdown the steps for us to follow and guide us to achieve the completion of the agreements.’
‘Ms. Duyen: her involvement in the negotiations helped the commercial team to better understand the overall situation and find an amicable solution.’
‘Vilaf has a good corporate and M&A practice and is experienced in dealing with foreign investors. Their lawyers have a good command of English which makes for easy communications with foreign clients.’
B.Grimm Power Public Company
CapitaLand (Vietnam) Holdings Pte. Ltd.
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
Petronas International Power
Keangnam Enterprises, Ltd.
Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants Pte Ltd
MindChamps Preschool Limited
Pilmico Vietnam Company Limited
Quang Ninh People’s Committee
Aeroflex Industries Limited
3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited, a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories
Keangnam Enterprises Ltd.
Mondelez International AMEA Pte Ltd and Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam Joint Stock Company
ASK International Co., Ltd.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd.
3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited
Pegas Vietnam Company Ltd.
Lucky Communication Equipment Import Export Corporation
Magnussen Logistics Co., Ltd.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very knowledgeable about the sector. They gave us the full picture of the issue, possible solutions (with analysis) and are quite flexible in billing. Meeting deadlines is a strength as well.‘
‘They are so professional individually, being specialized in the energy sector.’
‘In-depth and practical advice.’
‘Very deep and knowledgeable team at Vilaf.’
SCG Chemicals and Long Son Petrochemicals
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
Armstrong Asset Management Pte. Ltd.
Trina Solar Investment Pte. Ltd.
B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited
Prudential Vietnam Assurance Private Ltd.
Magnussen Logistics Co., Ltd.
Ikea Services (Vietnam) Co., Ltd.
Novus International, Inc.
3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited, a subsidiary of Abbott
BW Industrial Development Joint Stock Company
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 Asia Pacific, 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 Credit 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|
|Mr Anh Bui||With 25 years of practice and research, Ngoc Anh is a business…||View Profile|
|Mr Anh Dang||Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004…||View Profile|
|Mr Hung Nguyen||Hung has been a recognised leading lawyer in Banking & Finance and…||View Profile|
|Mr Linh Nguyen||Linh has been a Partner at VILAF since 2000 and has intensive…||View Profile|
|Mr Phong Tran||Mr. Phong is recommended as a top-tier lawyer in the banking & …||View Profile|
|Mr Trung Vu||Vu Le Trung is a Vietnamese lawyer who graduated in 2001 from…||View Profile|
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.
Press Releases9th February 2021 On 18 January 2021, Mr. Ngoc Anh Bui was elected as the new Managing Partner of the VILAF Hanoi Office, succeeding Mr. Anh Dang.
29th March 2021 On 25 March 2021, VILAF was awarded the Vietnam Law Firm of the Year by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021. The IFLR Asia Pacific Awards is an international annual awards event that recognizes top performing law firms in the Asia Pacific region focusing on legal innovation in cross-border market transactions. IFLR has over 30 years of experience analyzing the global legal market and has been a market leader in financial law publication for lawyers for financial institutions, corporates, and the private practice.
18th January 2022 It is our great honor to share that VILAF has again been named a TOP-TIER FIRM in 5 practice areas and recommended in 2 practice areas in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 Edition, with multiple partners being recognized in the rankings: