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

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.

Practice head(s):

Vo Ha Duyen; Nguyen Quang Hung

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ANZ

HSBC

Mizuho Corporation

Rabobank

BNP Paribas

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

VIB

Societe General

Shinsei Finance

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.

Practice head(s):

Vo Ha Duyen; Nguyen Quang Hung

Other key lawyers:

Tran Tuan Phong; Vu Le Trung

Key clients

Techcombank

Techcombank Securities

BIDV

Credit Suisse

Vingroup

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.

Practice head(s):

Dang Duong Anh; Vo Ha Duyen 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Siam Cement Group

Grab Inc.

CapitaLand

Sumitomo Corporation

Ford

Vietcombank

Vingroup

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Duy Linh; Ngo Thanh Tung

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Ngo Thanh Tung; Nguyen Duy Linh 

Other key lawyers:

Tran Anh Hien; Quynh Pham

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.

Practice head(s):

Tran Tuan Phong; Dang Duong Anh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marubeni Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

KEPCO

Scatec Solar

Talisman Energy (Repsol)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Phu My 3

B.Grim Power Public Company

AC Energy

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.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Truc Hien; Dang Duong Anh

Other key lawyers:

Tran Tuan Phong

Key clients

CapitaLand

Vingroup

VinaCapital Group

Gamudaland

Creed Group

Hoa Lam

Nam Long Development Corporation

NoValand

Hoa Lam

The firm: With 24 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
Mr Tung Ngo  photo Mr Tung Ngo
Mr Hao Nguyen  photo Mr Hao Nguyen
Ms Hien Nguyen  photo Ms Hien Nguyen
Mr Quynh Pham  photo Mr Quynh Pham
Mr Hien Tran  photo Mr Hien Tran
Mr Ngoc Luong Trinh  photo Mr Ngoc Luong Trinh
Ms Duyen Vo  photo Ms Duyen Vo
Number of lawyers : 60
at this office : 30
English
Vietnamese
American Chamber of Commerce
European Chamber of Commerce
World Law Group

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.