Firm Profile > Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu advises mostly Japanese investors on real estate development, construction matters and property acquisitions in Vietnam. Hanoi-based Keigo Sawayama and Motohisa Nakagawa in Ho Chi Minh City are key contacts and handle cross-border real estate work. Hoai Tran is also praised by clients.


‘While the legal regulation and the trading practice of real estate in Vietnam has always been containing some uncertainties, Motohisa. Nakagawa and his team have supported us through all the process of DD, documentation, negotiation, and execution for this deal with always showing very clear guidance to us’

Hoai Tran has a wealth of experience in land acquisitions and their related approvals, development approvals. This is then mixed with deep knowledge on the history of the land plots and the local developers, giving us an understanding of not only the regulatory and legal issues, but of the bigger picture as well.’

Mr Motohisa Nakagawa has strong capabilities in cross border M&A and JV deals, giving “on the spot” advice and recommendations to avoid the numerous legal issues/risks that an international investor would encounter when investing in Vietnam. He is also extremely flexible and suggests numerous ideas in terms of structuring deals and agreements. Fluency in English and broad connection with authorities are also strengths.

Key clients

Tokyo LLC

Leben Community Co., Ltd.

Minato Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Shimizu Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles corporate matters for number of the elite names of the Japanese business community in Vietnam, and is co-led by Motohisa Nakagawa in Ho Chi Minh City and Keigo Sawayama in Hanoi. The group handles the management of various joint ventures and its subsidiaries for clients. Foreign registered attorney Tran Thi Thu Thao in Hanoi is a core member of the practice.

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Key clients


Aica Asia Laminates Holding Co., Ltd

UT Group Co., Ltd.

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

SBI BITS Co., Ltd.

TEPCO Power Grid, Incorporated

SBI Holdings, Inc.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is the first integrated full-service law firm in Japan and one of the foremost providers of international and commercial legal services based in Tokyo. In representing its leading domestic and international clients, the firm has successfully structured and negotiated many of the largest and most significant corporate, finance and real estate transactions related to Japan. The firm has extensive corporate and litigation capabilities spanning key commercial areas such as antitrust, intellectual property, labor and taxation, and is known for ground-breaking domestic and cross-border risk management/corporate governance cases and large-scale corporate reorganizations. The over 500 lawyers of the firm, including about 40 experienced foreign attorneys from various jurisdictions, work together in customized teams to provide clients with the expertise and experience specifically required for each client matter.

The firm’s HCMC office (Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu HCMC Branch) provides a wide range of legal services on matters regarding business expansion into Vietnam, infrastructure projects, investment, labor issues, anti-corruption law issues, and so forth.

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 MOTOHISA NAKAGAWA  photo MOTOHISA NAKAGAWA Head of Overseas Office (HCMC Office)
Number of lawyers : 542 (as of January 1, 2021)
in Vietnam (HCMC & Hanoi) : 11 (as of January 1, 2021)
at this office : 6 (as of January 1, 2021)