Mr Tung Ngo > VILAF > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Lawyer Profile

4th Floor mPlaza Saigon
39 Le Duan, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Work Department

Corporate, maritime, litigation/dispute resolution, real estate, commercial


Position: Ngo Thanh Tung is a founding and senior partner of VILAF.  Tung served as Managing Partner of VILAF for nine years.  As a top leader of VILAF, Tung has transformed VILAF from an affiliate of Clifford Chance to the most respected independent commercial law firm in Vietnam today. Tung is a key figure in the success and growth of VILAF. He is well-known and respected for his “high degree of professionalism” in servicing clients. 

Tung has assisted many giant foreign investors in establishing their businesses in Vietnam since the country opened its doors to foreign investment in the 1990s.  Tung has advised several international companies in M&A, corporate and commercial matters related to Vietnamese laws, as well as P&I Clubs on maritime cases. 

Tung is highly respected and has been identified by various well-known international legal magazines, such as Legal 500Chambers as one of the leading lawyers in Vietnam.  Tung was recognized by Asia Law & Practice as one of the finest leading lawyers in Asia.  


Career: Managing Partner of VILAF for 9 years since 1998; chairman of VILAF since 2007.


Languages: Vietnamese; English.


Member: AmCham; EuroCham; Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association.


Education: Ho Chi Minh City Law School (1993 LLB); Ho Chi Minh Maritime School (Maritime Navigation Degree); University of Washington, US (2004 LLM, Fulbright); Yale University (2006-07 Leadership training); University of Washington, US (2011 Doctoral candidate).

Lawyer Rankings

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: litigation

Presiding over both domestic and international disputes with a notable concentration on the construction and energy sectors, the team at VILAF pull together a wealth of expertise to handle issues pertaining to contractual and monetary contentions, employment terminations, fraud investigations and product liability and recall. Furthermore, the group is also well-versed in the enforcement of foreign arbitral award and court judgements. The team is steered by Tung Ngo who is a go-to for the practice’s stellar list of manufacturing, real estate and insurance clients, whereas co-head Linh Nguyen compliments her cross-border prowess with expert litigating skills to handle the firm’s most complex international cases. Hien Tran has been active on a mixed book of cases over the past twelve months, including energy, manufacturing, logistics, and aviation sector centred disputes, while Hanh Vo has played an integral supporting role on matters.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The team at VILAF regularly represents its domestic and international corporate clients in arbitrations before the SIAC and VIAC and is well-geared to act on on employment, corporate, projects and infrastructure and insurance disputes. The team is co-led by Tung Ngo, who is a leading contact for disputes in the shipping and maritime space, and Linh Nguyen, who is active across a series of noteworthy cases in Vietnam, Singapore and Japan. Hien Tran‘s far-reaching expertise is particularly concentrated on tax disputes, with an impressive run him helm high profile deals for a mix of leading industry players. Senior associate Hanh Vo‘s expertise extends across a broad range of matters, including arbitrations related to construction and real estate disputes.