Ms Duyen Vo > VILAF > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Lawyer Profile

4th Floor mPlaza Saigon
39 Le Duan, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duyen Vo photo

Work Department

Banking and finance/capital markets/corporate/M&A.


Vo Ha Duyen is admitted to practise law in Vietnam and New York. She holds an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School and Temple University School of Law (Fulbright scholar).

Duyen, currently VILAF’s Chairperson advises foreign investors, private equity funds, issuers, and financial institutions on equity and bond investment as well as other debt instruments in private and public companies in Vietnam. Some of her notable deals include KKR’s investment in Masan Consumer, Mondelez’s acquisition of Kinh Do Corporation, HAGL’s international bond listing and bond restructuring transactions, Dragon Capital’s investment in a mining project, and Bluescope Steel’s global M&A transaction.

She also advises lenders on various finance products, including asset financing transactions, structured finance transactions, and derivatives. She has advised BNP Paribas on financing transactions in Vietnam, including a reserves-based lending transaction relating to an upstream petroleum project in Vietnam and aircraft financing deals; and, SMBC, JBIC, BTMU and Citi on various financing transactions to finance energy and infrastructure projects in Vietnam, including the financing of the Phu My 2.2 BOT power project and the Vung Ang 2 BOT power project.

Duyen has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Asialaw.


Admitted to the Vietnam Bar and New York Bar; partner at VILAF since Jan 2001; managing partner at VILAF Ho Chi Minh City since Jan 2012.


Vietnamese; English.


EuroCham; AmCham; New York Bar Association.


Ho Chi Minh City Law School (1995 LLB); Temple University, US (2000 LLM, Fulbright Scholar); University of Michigan, US (2004 Tax LLM, with Honours).

Lawyer Rankings

Vietnam > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Duyen Vo – VILAF

Frequently sought out by foreign investors due to its reputation as a leading player in the LNG and gas sectors, VILAF act on an impressive display of joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments and financing mandates, both domestic and international, showing further expertise regarding regulatory, environmental, contractual and due diligence work. The practice is regularly engaged in high-value transactions pertaining to a wide range of traditional and renewable energy sources, with an increased flow of mandates regarding wind, solar and hydropower. The group is led by three individuals, the first being Phong Tran who also sits in the banking and finance and capital markets practice, leveraging this financing proficiency to advise international lenders on first-of-its-kind funding structures for gas and LNG projects. The other two team heads are Duyen Vo and Anh Dang, who have both been highly active over the past twelve months, with the former demonstrating competence handling the development and construction piece within a strong volume of renewable energy deals, and the latter recognised for his broad expertise spanning both financing and M&A. Lam Nguyen, who has previous experience in a governmental advisory role, has overseen a number of joint ventures, acquisitions and financings.

Vietnam > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Duyen Vo – VILAF

With extensive experience in cross-border transactions, VILAF regularly advises high-profile clients across a wide range of industries, including financial institutions, aviation, construction, and renewable energy. The team is led by Hung Nguyen and Duyen Vo, who are located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively and handle a diverse array of complexly structured syndicated financing arrangements. As an expert in the field, partner Phong Tran is highly sought after to advise on infrastructure project financings. Partner Trung Vu and associate Tung Nguyen  also come highly recommended.