Firm Profile > VILAF > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

VILAF
SUITE 4.4-4.6, MPLAZA SAIGON
39 LE DUAN STREET, DISTRICT 1
HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam

Banking and finance Tier 1

Landmark cross-border banking transactions is a core feature of the caseload at VILAF.Jointly led by Vo Ha Duyen in Ho Chi Minh City and Nguyen Quang Hung in Hanoi, the practice is skilled in advising on a number of high-value finance deals in the renewable energy space, as well as in construction. In Hanoi, Phong Tran is the name for project financing mandates and acts for both sponsors and lenders, whilst counsel Nguyen Thanh Tung assists on regulatory issues and has M&A expertise in the industry.

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Testimonials

‘A long-standing, very capable firm in the Vietnamese market.’

‘Good engagement, afford to reach success. Mr. Vu Le Trung – positive and individual approach.’

 

Key clients

BOCHK Holdings Limited

Credit Suisse

Citibank

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.

HSBC

ICBC Hanoi

Standard Chartered Bank

Techcombank

Vietcombank

WP Investments III B.V.

Capital markets Tier 1

At VILAF, the capital markets practice is jointly led by Ho Chi Minh City-based Vo Ha Duyen and Hung Nguyen in Hanoi. The team is noted for advising and acting for domestic and international issuers and arrangers on the Vietnamese law elements of transactions. In Hanoi, senior partner Tran Phong is a name to note for equity capital markets work, acting for a number of well-known Vietnamese banks in the sector.  Also in Hanoi is Trung Vu who has experience in bonds work. Away from this, the team also has experience of multi-jurisdictional transactional work for Singaporean clients as well as public M&A and block trades.

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AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company Limited

Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation

WP Investments III B.V.

Credit Suisse

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

VILAF continues to be a market leader in the Vietnamese M&A market, and has strength-in-depth in handling a number of high-value deals. The group receives instructions from multinational clients and advises on M&A matters across a broad range of industry segments. Dang Anh in Hanoi co-leads the practice along with Vo Ha Duyen in Ho Chi Minh City, which is considered the 'first port of call' for many large Vietnamese companies. Other practitioners include Nguyen Quang Hung in Hanoi, who is noted for inbound foreign investment matters, and Phong Tran who advises international project sponsors among others.

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Vingroup

Augusta Investment Limited

Scatec Solar

Shizen Energy

Berjaya Corporation Berhad

Ophir Energy

Minh Phu Seafood Joint Stock Company

Ngoc Nghia Industry-Services-Trading Joint Stock Company

CapitaLand

B.Grimm Power Public Company

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

VILAF's reputable arbitration practice handles high-value international disputes across the finance, construction and energy areas. Jointly led by Linh Nguyen in Hanoi and Tung Ngo in Ho Chi Minh City, the group represents a multinational clients in Vietnamese and Singapore arbitrations on top of its courts practice. Quynh Pham has experience acting in cases concerning consumer-driven industries such as tobacco as well as in in the enforcement of arbitral awards. International trade and investment issues such as maritime law are another a specialty of the team.

Key clients

Keangnam Enterprises Ltd.

Bluescope Buildings Vietnam Limited

Lazada South East Asia Pte Ltd.

Equis Vietnam Pte Ltd.

3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

VILAF's litigation practice is skilled in handling significant international and domestic disputes across ares including finance, real estate, energy, and the public sector. Led out of Ho Chi Minh City by Tung Ngo, the team assists many foreign investors and financial institutions. Over in Hanoi, co-head Linh Nguyen specializes in construction and employment disputes, on top of sitting as an arbitrator. New partner Hien Tran handles maritime, investment, and insurance disputes and also has a thriving tax practice.

Key clients

Grab Inc. / Grab Vietnam Limited

Keangnam Enterprises Ltd.

Ford Vietnam Limited

Lucky Communication Equipment Import Export Corporation

3A Nutrition (Vietnam) Company Limited

Projects and energy Tier 1

VILAF's project and energy practice handles large renewables matters, which are often high-value and multi-jurisdictional. Led out of Hanoi by Tran Phong and Dang Anh, the team advises foreign investors on project financing mandates and acquisitions of existing facilities. Ho Chi Minh City-based Vo Ha Duyen is recommended for M&A transactions and joint venture work for a variety of financial institutions.

Testimonials

‘Creative and deep experienced team led by the founding partner, Mr. Tran Tuan Phong, providing excellent advice from various angles to see the possible solutions to difficult subjects in the projects and energy sector in Vietnam, especially at the juncture of delicate development of various energy projects in the country.’

‘Tran Tuan Phong, the founding partner, with his broad, strategic, balanced view is the uniquely top lawyer in the field. Vu Nguyen Quynh Lam, the counsellor is so dedicated, smart and well logic.’

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Marubeni Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

B.Grim Power Public Company

KEPCO

Ophir Energy

Shizen Energy

AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company Limited

Labour and employment Tier 2

The Ho Chi Minh City-based employment team at VILAF advises domestic and foreign clients on all aspects of labour matters including complex restructuring, terminations and labour litigation. Led by Tung Ngo, the practice handles advisory work to leading clients in the tobacco, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Quynh Pham is a key contact for multinational companies who are involved in litigation, whilst Hien Tran has transactional employment law expertise.

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Real estate and construction Tier 2

VILAF is the first port of call for many real estate clients for multi-million-dollar transactions and financing projects. Practice head Nguyen Truc Hien advises foreign investors, developers and private equity funds on their operations in Vietnam whilst in Hanoi, co-head Dang Duong Anh manages front-end construction in addition to acting for banks in financing real property projects. The group retains energy work as its core sector strength and continues to be instructed on large-scale work across the region.

Key clients

Vingroup

Novaland Group

CapitaLand

Gamuda

Creed Group

VinaCapital

Hoa Lam

Nam Long Development Corporation

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Vo Ha Duyen
Banking and finance Vo Ha Duyen
Capital markets Vo Ha Duyen
Capital markets Nguyen Truc Hien
Capital markets Luu Hoang Ha
Corporate/M&A Vo Ha Duyen
Corporate/M&A Ngo Thanh Tung
Dispute resolution Ngo Thanh Tung
Dispute resolution Pham Si Hai Quynh
Real estate and construction Vo Ha Duyen
Real estate and construction Nguyen Truc Hien
Real estate and construction Pham Si Hai Quynh
Insurance Pham Si Hai Quynh
International trade Nguyen Truc Hien
Intellectual property Ngo Thanh Tung
Intellectual property Pham Si Hai Quynh
Projects, energy and infrastructure Vo Ha Duyen
Projects, energy and infrastructure Luu Hoang Ha
Shipping Ngo Thanh Tung
Shipping Pham Si Hai Quynh
TMT Ngo Thanh Tung
Tax Nguyen Truc Hien
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ha Luu  photo Mr Ha Luu Ha is a VILAF partner with expertise in Energy, Infrastructure and Natural…
Mr Tung Ngo  photo Mr Tung Ngo Position: Ngo Thanh Tung is a founding and senior partner of VILAF.  Tung…
Mr Hao Nguyen  photo Mr Hao Nguyen Hao joined VILAF in 2006 and was promoted as Partner in 2019.…
Ms Hien Nguyen  photo Ms Hien Nguyen Hien is recommended by several well-known international legal guides and is known…
Mr Quynh Pham  photo Mr Quynh Pham Before becoming a VILAF partner, Quynh was a professor of law at…
Mr Hien Tran  photo Mr Hien Tran Hien joined VILAF in 2007. He has extensive experience in litigation and…
Mr Ngoc Luong Trinh  photo Mr Ngoc Luong Trinh Ngoc is a qualified Vietnamese lawyer and possesses a wealth of experience…
Ms Duyen Vo  photo Ms Duyen Vo Vo Ha Duyen is admitted to practise law in Vietnam and New…
Number of lawyers : 60
at this office : 30
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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 wasn’t 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)

TESTIMONIAL:

Development Finance Asia (DFA) has been extremely satisfied with VILAF’s output and out-of-the-box approach for complex transactions. Team’s dedication and professionalism were critical to our recent successes in Vietnam.