Tilleke & Gibbins > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Firm Profile

Tilleke & Gibbins
Viettel Tower A, 25th Floor, Suite 2506
285 Cach Mang Thang Tam, District 10
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

Vietnam > Data protection Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins is well-respected in the areas of technology, media, and telecommunications, advising on a range of data protection matters. Led by senior associate Waewpen Piemwichai, the firm has experience advising on mandates relating to cross-border data transfers, as well as the regulatory requirements across a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, cloud computing, and cosmetics.

Practice head(s):

Waewpen Piemwichai

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading luxury goods brand with a wide range of data protection matters including a data protection impact assessment for its entire operations.
  • Assisted a cosmetics company with preparations to submit required forms for data processing and cross-border transfer in preparation for the pending effectiveness of Vietnam’s new Personal Data Protection Decree.
  • Handles a constant stream of matters related to data privacy and protection not only for tech clients but for clients across a wide range of industry sectors.

Vietnam > Intellectual property: international firms Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins’ intellectual property team, led by Thomas Treutler in Ho Chi Minh City, handles a broad range of matters, with a particularly strong reputation in areas such as anti-counterfeiting, strategic filing, and commercial IP work. The practice excels in IP prosecution and enforcement in the life sciences sector, as well as the technology, media, and telecommunications spaces. With extensive patent litigation and domain name dispute expertise, Loc Xuan Le heads the firm’s IP enforcement team. Linh Thi Mai Nguyen leads the trademark department, while Thanh Phuong Vu, with a background in pharmaceuticals and biotech, is head of patents.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Treutler; Linh Thi Mai Nguyen; Thanh Phuong Vu; Loc Xuan Le; Trung Nguyen

Testimonials

‘Thomas Treutler stands out for his excellent IP and regulatory knowledge on the Vietnamese legal market.’

‘Thomas Treutler is highly responsive, professional, and well-respected and liked by his peers and clients. He is a go-to practitioner when it comes to complex cases that need great expertise and careful handling.’

‘Linh Thi Mai Nguyen provides a high quality of service and has in-depth knowledge in all trademark matters. She always provides solutions that are client-oriented.’

‘This team is very professional and delivers great results in a timely manner. They have a great understanding of the legal challenges that clients face and always approach each case with expertise.’

‘An amazing team of IP lawyers and specialists who have a strong focus on life sciences and healthcare and consumer products.’

‘Tilleke & Gibbins provides high quality of service for all matters they handle, including complex IP matters in Vietnam. Their expertise and knowledge are unquestionably outstanding and they have a good understanding of what clients need.’

‘Their teamwork is flawless, making them a great team to work with.’

‘The IP team is responsive, prompt and provide to the point solutions which is practicable to the client.’

Key clients

Bayer

BMW

Christian Louboutin

Eli Lilly

General Electric

Victoria’s Secret

Les Laboratoires Servier

Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Moët Hennessy

Nestle

Work highlights

  • Assisted a multinational pharmaceutical company in a case of copycat packaging by relying on grounds of copyright infringement to successfully force a Vietnamese company to change its product packaging and comply with our claims.
  • Assisted a professional dental software company to identify companies using unlicensed versions of their software and convinced an infringer to purchase 7 units of software for the total amount of EUR16,800.

Vietnam > Labour and employment Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins’ labour and employment team, led by Kien Trung Trinh in Hanoi, advises major clients, including in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, education and manufacturing sectors, on a wide range of matters. Trinh has broad expertise, handling cases involving issues such as company work rules, health insurance, employment contracts, collective bargaining and confidentiality agreements, and terminations and disciplinary action. Sarah Galeski regularly plays a key role in the practice’s representations, and has recently been involved in several whistleblower cases. She has notable previous experience advising on the drafting of labour contracts, internal labour regulations, and service agreements and consultancy agreements.

Practice head(s):

Kien Trung Trinh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sarah Galeski is the key person for this practice.’

‘A young and dynamic team.’

Key clients

Chemonics International

Ferrero

FMC Corporation

Invisalign

Align Group

Johnson & Johnson

Lenovo

Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Ogletree Deakins.

Teva Pharmaceutical

United Nations International School – Hanoi

Work highlights

  • Assisted a global healthcare and consumer goods company in a labour termination dispute that ended in successful mediation.
  • Assisted Ferrero Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. with drafting and registering all necessary labour-related documents and templates when it established a local Vietnamese company.
  • Assisted a prestigious international university in Vietnam with an investigation regarding an alleged case of workplace bullying by a very senior member of management.

Vietnam > TMT Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins has a diverse offering in the TMT space, boasting an enviable and extensive list of clients who rely on the firm’s top knowledge of data privacy and protection, e-commerce, cloud computing, IP, and financial and consumer law. Added to this, the firm also possesses a leading domain name practice, helping clients in contentious proceedings, domain name transfers, and retrieving requests. Senior associate Waewpen Piemwichai leads the group and has already established herself as a prominent figure in the market, acting across the full gamut of TMT work, with particularly strong expertise in the fintech space. Anh Hoai Nguyen and Thao Thu Bui represent the impressive cohort of supporting junior practitioners in the group and have been key advisors to a number of differing and premium mandates. Trung Bao Tran left the team to join KPMG Law in Vietnam in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Waewpen Piemwichai

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised a global tech giant on legal issues related to opening its online store in Vietnam, including matters related to TMT, financial, and consumer law.
  • Advised a Chinese online video platform on compliance with Vietnam’s strict broadcasting laws and assisted with an analysis of regulatory exposures for providing its full spectrum of content to Vietnamese users.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

A leading player in the corporate formation and licensing space, Tilleke & Gibbins assists established businesses and start-ups to navigate the Vietnamese market through experienced practitioners and a strong regulatory proficiency underpinning advice. Beyond this area of work, the team are active on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and corporate restructuring mandates, with notable excellence in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, energy and consumer goods and retail sectors. Managing director Thomas Treutler leads the team and has a broad practice, including advising on foreign investment and regulatory requirements for market entrants. Kien Trung Trinh has a wide sector focus and boasts a strong year liaising with multinational corporations and service providers over the entire transactional piece. Experienced practitioner Nguyen Ngoc Bich Tram joined the group from YKVN in November 2022, bringing a wealth of expertise in M&A, capital markets, and property-related directives. Vinh Quoc Nguyen left the practice in February 2023 to join Indochine Counsel as senior counsel.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Treutler; Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen; Kien Trung Trinh

Testimonials

‘The T&G team in Vietnam is pragmatic and understands the intricacies of running a business in the Vietnamese market.’

‘Kien Trung Trinh is a no-nonsense practitioner, who is focused on getting the job done efficiently and fairly. The approach is results-oriented and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Alcon

Crown Equipment

Ferrero

FMC Corporation

Invisalign/Align Group

Jabil Circuit

Johnson & Johnson

Lenovo

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Servier

Work highlights

  • Serving a secondment at Invisalign Vietnam to fill the role of in-house counsel and assist their regional counsel with all legal matters in Vietnam.
  • Serve as lead external counsel on all legal matters in Vietnam for MSD, providing daily advice on corporate licensing, drug advertisement, sales promotions, changes in the pharmaceutical law and their impact on MSD’s business, etc.
  • Assisted a global power and renewable energy business with legal due diligence into eight different energy companies/projects in Vietnam for all aspects of the project companies which revealed certain critical issues related to land, compliance with environment laws.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins fields a strong arbitration practice that handles complex, international disputes involving global industry players, particularly as they pertain to labour, IP, insurance, and the construction and international trade sectors. Department head Loc Xuan Le handles the firm’s most consequential IP disputes, specialising in domain name-centred contentions, and also acts on arbitrations of energy and mineral-related disputes. Duc Anh Tran has been active in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in addition to his supporting role on IP mandates, while Tu Anh Tran is able to apply previous in-house VIAC experience in a wide array of contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Loc Xuan Le

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FMC

Louis Dreyfus

Viterra

Work highlights

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

A key point of differentiation for Tilleke & Gibbins is its sector expertise in labour and IP disputes, continuing to be one of the most prominent names regarding counterfeiting and infringement issues. The team serves a host of enviable clients, including pharmaceutical giants, leading tech, media and automotive players, as well as household consumer names. Outside this work, the team has been active on insurance disputes, contractual violation claims, and asset repossession cases. Department head Loc Xuan Le is an experienced IP practitioner and is singled out for his wealth of experience in domain name disputes. Associate Chuyen Le engages with a wide body of work and has lent trusted counsel to a steady stream of matters. Fellow associate Tu Anh Tran is also recognised as a key supporting figure in the practice, and similar to Duc possesses a strong understanding of IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Loc Xuan Le

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a wealth of local knowledge and connections. They are also very prompt and clear in their communications.’

‘Loc Xuan Le and Duc Anh Tran are all very professional, prompt and clear in their advice and communications. They are also candid about the practical difficulties in navigating the legal system in Vietnam, and we feel comfortable referring our clients to them when assistance from local counsel in VN is required.’

Key clients

Central Sugars Refinery

FMC

Johnson & Johnson

Les Laboratoires Servier

Louis Dreyfus

Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Viterra

Work highlights

  • Assisting a U.K. investment firm that specializes in acquiring distressed aviation assets in a complicated cross-border aircraft repossession case involving four planes subleased by a major Vietnamese airline.
  • Assisted and represented Samsung Vina with its independent request for compensation in a factory explosion case, and reached a successful 6-figure USD settlement.
  • Secured an amicable settlement in a dispute over a sales contract for a dental restoration machine.

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 4

With its experience advising on mobile banking, blockchains, digital currencies, and e-payment services, Tilleke & Gibbins presents itself as a go-to firm for companies within the fintech industry. Headed by Nguyen Ngoc Bich Tram, the team also represents banks and other financial institutions on regulatory and licensing matters in relation to debt finance transactions. Associate Waewpen Piemwichai has experience working with banks and financial services providers and chiefly advises on matters surrounding new payment technologies.

Practice head(s):

Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading cryptocurrency exchange on its proposed rollout of several crypto-related products/business models in Vietnam, including but not limited to spot and margin trading, crypto derivatives, and crypto loans.
  • Advised a Singapore-based global payment infrastructure company on the risks and legal implications of some alternative models for acquisition of payments.

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 4

With an increased stream of mandates pertaining to solar and wind projects, Tilleke & Gibbins’s team regularly receives instructions from banks, financial institutions and contractors for their M&A, development and procurement needs. Head Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen, who joined from YKVN  in November 2022, is proficient across M&A, capital markets and financing, and leverages regulatory and compliance knowledge from extensive work in the construction and real estate markets. Former lead Vinh Quoc Nguyen retired from the practice in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen

Vietnam > Real estate and construction

The real estate and construction team at Tilleke & Gibbins strengthened its offering with the hire of practice head Gia Long Nguyen from Baker McKenzie in October 2023, who advises on a broad range of mandates concerning real estate and hospitality. Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen is another key team member.

Tilleke & Gibbins has been present in Vietnam since 1992, when it became the first foreign law firm in the country to be granted a license to establish a representative office. Since then, with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, our firm has grown in step with Vietnam’s vibrant economy, helping businesses capitalize on the abundant trade and investment opportunities fueled by the country’s economic and political reforms, as well as its accession to ASEAN, the WTO, and bilateral and multilateral treaties like the CPTPP and EVFTA.

We are now one of the largest and most well-known law firms in Vietnam, providing a full range of corporate legal services in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, labor and employment, real estate, technology, franchising, and more. Our award-winning intellectual property practice, widely recognized by global surveys and directories as one of the best in the country, advises clients on IP registration, enforcement, and commercialization, and partners with local associate T&G Law Firm LLC (TGVN), a licensed law firm and IP agent, to carry out IP filings in Vietnam.

Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 240 lawyers and consultants practicing in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. We provide full-service legal solutions to the top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia.

Established in Bangkok in 1890, we have since grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm across Southeast Asia due to our commercial focus, local knowledge, and extraordinary service.

Commercial focus: Your long-term success is our utmost priority, and we take the time to learn about your unique corporate culture, operational needs, and commercial goals, to determine how we can best provide value to your organization. From highly technical experience in specific fields, to a deep understanding of your business, our team is committed to providing high-quality legal advice, tailored to meet your unique needs, to best help you succeed.

Local knowledge: You need a local partner to help you navigate emerging markets that can otherwise present unfamiliar challenges. We bring an international perspective, but we have deep roots in each jurisdiction where we practice. We know the local players in your industry, can identify advantageous private partnerships and areas for government collaboration, and act as your gateway through language and cultural barriers.

Extraordinary service: Our team takes pride in providing extraordinary service that exceeds your expectations. When you work with us, you can expect to have a team of collaborative advisors who provide you with clear, practical advice; who are responsive in all our communications; who represent you with integrity; and who apply an innovative approach in everything we do. With clients as extraordinary as ours, we know that nothing short of extraordinary legal services will suffice.

Our practice areas
Aviation: Tilleke & Gibbins’ cross-disciplinary aviation team serves airlines, aircraft lessors and lessees, insurers, banks, air cargo firms, and other aviation-related companies in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. With our firm’s top-ranked dispute resolution and corporate departments, as well as our multijurisdictional presence, we are well placed to advise clients in aviation matters.

Our practice covers:

    • Aircraft leasing disputes and repossessions
    • Civil aviation regulations
    • Air carrier liability
    • Air carrier insurance claims and disputes
    • Commercial and labor disputes involving the aviation industry
    • Aircraft acquisitions and sales
    • Aircraft leasing and financing

Our understanding of the business and regulatory environments in Southeast Asia, as well as our strong relationships, enables us to provide unparalleled breadth of support to clients in the aviation sector. In addition to representing our clients in corporate, commercial, and financing transactions, we regularly represent our clients before civil aviation departments, courts, and arbitration tribunals.

Banking and finance: Through long-term relationships with domestic and international businesses, financial institutions, investors, and regulators, we consistently deliver insight and results to both borrowers and lenders to facilitate the region’s largest projects, groundbreaking real estate transactions, and most ambitious businesses.

Our banking and finance team is trusted by major local and foreign banks, securities brokers and dealers, equity and investment firms, and other financial institutions to assist with their lending activities, market entry, and day-to-day operations in the region. Through our advice on licensing and establishment, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and joint ventures, and every other aspect of operations, we have helped the region’s leading banking institutions thrive in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia.

We are also proud to be a trusted authority on technological solutions in the industry, with our robust technology industry group working with some of the world’s most innovative companies on fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and cybersecurity matters.

Capital markets: We represent global and regional corporations and funds looking to issue equity instruments and debt securities, and we advise underwriters and issuers on crucial matters of disclosure when they prepare to offer securities to the public or to private investors. Our specialists advise on all types of financial instruments (including loans, securities, mutual funds, property funds, bonds, and derivatives), financial workouts and restructuring, and investment in regional assets and capital markets.

We have advised on the listing and secondary listing of hundreds of companies on markets around the world, and are well-equipped to quickly and confidently advise on navigating the regulatory requirements needed to advance your interests in Southeast Asia and beyond. Our extensive experience guiding clients through capital market regulatory frameworks in Southeast Asia and beyond has enabled clients to achieve the cash flow to support their investment goals. Issuers, underwriters, shareholders, originators, trustees, and depositaries all rely on Tilleke & Gibbins to ensure that investments with a Southeast Asian element are sound and secure.

Competition and trade: Tilleke & Gibbins provides real-world advice on antitrust and competition laws, including merger control and notifications, price-fixing, abuse of dominance, cooperation among competitors, antidumping, and countervailing duties. We understand the realities of business development in Southeast Asia and can help you create effective and compliant action plans for market entry and expansion.

Our regional trade practice is rooted in a deep understanding of the cross-border movement of goods and capital in Southeast Asia, and our dynamic practice represents clients in such diverse fields as life sciences, consumer products, financial services, technology, raw materials, and logistics. We advise on every aspect of trade, including valuations and customs investigations and compliance, origin and exporter verification, movement of hazardous materials, logistics and warehousing, import/export controls, and international treaty frameworks.

Compliance and investigations: Tilleke & Gibbins offers a wide array of specialist legal, regulatory, and practical advice on government and internal investigations, white-collar defense, compliance, and anti-corruption matters, tailored for local jurisdictions. Our multi-jurisdictional team can assist you seamlessly across borders with a deep knowledge of local business practices and cultures.

Our investigation and compliance practice includes:

    • Internal corporate investigations
    • Advising clients on criminal and regulatory investigations
    • Advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act
    • Providing insight into local anti-corruption laws, regulatory regimes, and business culture
    • Designing, advising, and implementing compliance programs
    • Anti-corruption due diligence on agents, partners, and M&A targets
    • Anti-corruption risk assessments and audits

Consumer products: The consumer products team at Tilleke & Gibbins will partner with you across all stages of commercializing your product in Southeast Asia.

At the concept and design stage, we help protect your innovation through patent and trademark services, and pave the way for market entry and product launches through market surveys and commercialization services.

At the realization stage, we work with you to secure favorable manufacturing and warehousing deals, enter into joint ventures with trusted local partners, and navigate the regulatory and labelling regimes to ensure that your products are compliant and profitable. When manufacturing is underway, we advise on labor and employment matters on an ongoing basis, and on the vital licensing, distribution, and franchising agreements to get your products to market worldwide.

Corporate/M&A: Tilleke & Gibbins serves both international clients wishing to acquire operations in Asia and domestic clients wishing to invest in businesses abroad.

With international legal experts throughout Southeast Asia, we are able to assemble a team for each matter that is tailored to the exact needs of each client. Our clients also tap into our worldwide network of associated law firms to assist with cross-border transactions, and benefit from our unique ability to negotiate and draft strong contracts in English, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and various other languages.

We also specialize in the mechanics of starting and operating a business in Southeast Asia, including registration, licenses and permits, company secretarial services, tax matters, employment, immigration, regulatory affairs, and property.

Dispute resolution and litigation: Tilleke & Gibbins is a stalwart advocate for companies facing disputes in Southeast Asia, as well as those seeking to mitigate risks from their Southeast Asian operations. From high-value commercial litigation to complex intellectual property rights management, we secure results for our clients before trial and appellate judges, arbitrators, and government adjudicators, and at negotiation tables across every area of legal practice.

We treat our clients as the most valuable members of our litigation teams, partnering you with the most appropriate litigators, specialized practitioners, and international dispute tacticians to give you the best possible support in difficult situations. We collaborate with each client to develop a strategy that matches your particular goals and budget, and staff our litigation teams with multilingual attorneys to ensure fluent, effective client communication.

Our size and experience allow us to handle an active caseload covering the full spectrum of civil and criminal matters, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. Whatever the problem, our team of dispute resolution practitioners stands ready to protect your interests.

Employment: Tilleke & Gibbins’ first goal is to help employers formulate long-term, yet flexible, strategies on conditions of employment, labor-management relations, and other critical employment issues. When conflict cannot be avoided, we assist our clients with employment claims in court. We combine the strength of our dispute resolution and litigation team with the expertise of our employment attorneys to offer the following services:

    • Strategic employment advice. Conditions of employment, work rules and regulations, employment agreements, benefit plans, executive compensation, labor protection, workers’ compensation, social security, provident funds, and safety issues.
    • Commercial transactions. Issues related to labor expansion, contraction, and integration due to mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring.
    • Labor-management relations. Conflicts in the workplace, strike management and control, lockouts, and labor demands.
    • Immigration. Work permits, visas, and permanent residence permits.
    • Employment and labor litigation. Enforcement of restrictive covenants related to competition and trade secrets, termination of employment claims, and sexual harassment claims.

Energy: We partner with national and multinational clients to ensure appropriate financing, licensing, success of major project investments, and proper labor and employment practices while also assisting with risk management and protection of technological innovation.

We act for clients across the energy mix in Southeast Asia. We support the activities of national and international operators in the petroleum industry, such as offshore drilling, rig decommissioning, oil and gas exploration, upstream and downstream operations, petrochemicals, transportation, and more. In clean energy technologies and renewables, we represent leading companies and exciting new players in solar and wind energy, as well as important hydroelectric projects in the region. We are also experienced in guiding generation and transmission projects past regulatory hurdles. Our expert legal advice on contracts and licensing, project finance, infrastructure development, joint ventures, and public-private partnerships enables our clients to power the ongoing development of our region.

Insurance: Tilleke & Gibbins offers a leading regional practice in insurance and reinsurance law across Southeast Asia. Our team is unique in being led by local practitioners with international industry experience and credentials gained through years of experience in-house at some of the world’s largest insurers. Our regular representation of many world-leading insurers and reinsurers, and our achievements while working with them, has led to regular recognition by world-leading legal industry directories such as Chambers Asia-PacificThe Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles.

Our insurance services include:

    • Property, casualty, and financial lines coverage disputes
    • Reinsurance litigation and arbitration
    • Professional indemnity, and directors and officers defense
    • Employers, public, product, and environmental liability
    • Aviation, marine, construction, and energy disputes
    • Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings
    • Online distribution, bancassurance, and broking activities
    • Market entry and regional operations
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Policy wording advice and localization

Intellectual property: We help creators strategically position, protect, and profit from intellectual assets in diverse markets worldwide. Our success on our clients’ behalf has led to global recognition as a leading intellectual property practice by such surveys as Asialaw Profiles, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Managing Intellectual Property, Practical Law Company, World Trademark Review, Asia IP, Asian Legal Business, and others.

We are versatile practitioners—well-educated in the overlapping fields of science, technology, and the law by top universities and real-world practice in one of the toughest IP regions in the world. Our IP group includes lawyers and patent agents with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, computer science, food science, materials science, and physics; support personnel including investigators and government/police liaisons; and technical specialists in various scientific fields, on an as-needed basis.

Life sciences: The Tilleke & Gibbins life sciences team combines experienced commercial attorneys, patent experts with technical degrees, and licensed pharmacists with industry experience to offer a full range of services to companies operating in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverages, biotechnology, medical devices, veterinary products, consumer products, and other life sciences sectors. We regularly assist with:

    • Regulatory affairs. Registration and prosecution of pharmaceuticals, biotech products, food and food supplements, narcotic and psychotropic substances, medical devices, cosmetics, hazardous substances, and animal and crop health products with national food and drug agencies and agricultural regulators.
    • Corporate and transactional matters. Advising on corporate establishment, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, labor and employment, due diligence, compliance investigations, IP valuation and licensing, assignments and acquisitions, franchising, distributorship, technology transfer, and tax and customs issues.
    • IP registration. Strategic portfolio management of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and geographical indications, including IP search, registration, freedom-to-operate opinions, recordal, and prosecution.
    • IP enforcement and litigation. Advising on pre-litigation and arbitration, IP litigation and strategy, validity challenges and invalidations, product liability, consumer complaints and recalls, and monitoring for infringing products in the market or under the application process.

Property: Tilleke & Gibbins provides efficient, cost-effective, business-oriented representation on property transactions. We work with domestic and multinational companies to develop tailored solutions for regional investment and global growth.

In addition to advice on contractual and conveyancing matters, our team provides a holistic approach to property transactions, advising on joint ventures, licensing and permits, zoning, insurance, tax, and, when necessary, dispute resolution and litigation. We are also one of the most trusted authorities on environmental law in the region, helping clients to ensure that their developments are compliant and sustainable.

We help clients in all industries, from manufacturing to hospitality, capitalize on opportunities for business success in Southeast Asian markets. Whether it’s helping a new joint venture establish a new factory, securing licenses and permits for a developer to start construction of residential or commercial real estate, or advising investors on land deals, Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to be a catalyst for the smart and sustainable development of Southeast Asia.

Regulatory affairs: Our dynamic regulatory affairs group is built on decades of practice in the region and is committed to keeping pace with discovery and innovation. Our client teams are led by experienced attorneys and specialized practitioners and include, as appropriate to the client and its industry, pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists. We guide our clients through the layers of formal and informal rules, policies, and procedures, and help our clients forge constructive relationships with regulatory authorities.

We assist with the registration and prosecution of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology products, food and food supplements, narcotic and psychotropic substances, medical devices, cosmetics, hazardous substances, and animal and crop health products with national food and drug agencies and agricultural regulators.

Our practice spans the following disciplines:

    • Clinical trials and consumer testing
    • Registration with public health authorities
    • FDA import, export, and manufacturing licenses
    • Crop care registration with agricultural regulatory authorities
    • Animal, aquatic, and hazardous substance registration
    • Import, export, and manufacturing licenses
    • Holding licenses
    • Regulatory compliance and maintenance
    • Labeling and advertising clearance
    • Intellectual property

Tax: Tilleke & Gibbins is consistently recognized as a top tax practice across Southeast Asia. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific credits the practice, headquartered in Thailand, with “excellent levels of service,” “prompt response times,” and “clear and well-structured advice.”

We dedicate our thorough understanding of the region’s tax regimes to helping clients achieve their business objectives, while also maximizing tax benefits and minimizing tax liabilities. We advise on an array of tax matters, including customs duties, excise tax, specific business tax, transfer pricing, petroleum income tax, corporate income tax, property and land tax, tax planning, double taxation treaties, personal income tax, stamp duties, signboard tax, and value added tax (VAT).

Market leaders in diverse sectors—including financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, construction, and energy—seek our advice in tax matters that span the spectrum of business activities. Our strategic approach to tax advice protects your commercial interests in the region and ensures that your business in Southeast Asia remains tax-efficient, well structured, and sustainable.

Technology: Our experts handle key issues and developments shaping the technology sector today, including emerging and swiftly evolving areas such as privacy and data protection, IT infrastructure, embedded technologies, the Internet of Things, data centers, fintech, insurtech, regtech, digital currency, ICOs, crowdfunding, and more.

Our firm represents leading multinational technology manufacturers, content developers and distributors, digital business operators, telecommunications providers, and other leading companies in cutting edge industries. We help our clients to strategically position, protect, and profit from their valuable intellectual property in diverse markets worldwide, and ensure the clearance and licensing of intellectual property as it relates to film, television, radio, and internet content.

Please browse the case studies on our website to read about how we have helped various clients over the years.

Head office
Thailand (Bangkok): since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s center of commerce, serving the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market. The Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, multimedia, and communications, and banking and finance.

Other offices
Cambodia (Phnom Penh): built on a strong local foundation, the Cambodia practice offers a team of dedicated Khmer advisors who draw on the international expertise of the Bangkok office to provide advice on intellectual property, licensing, and regulatory issues. Among a range of industries, the team in Phnom Penh also specializes in sectors including franchising, life sciences, and high technology.

Indonesia (Jakarta): the Jakarta office, which operates as a dedicated intellectual property agency, brings Tilleke & Gibbins’ high standards of quality and client care to the Indonesian market. Leading multinational clients depend on our Indonesia team to protect their patents, trademarks, copyright, and other IP rights. Our team of qualified intellectual property consultants assists clients with patent, utility model, design, and trademark applications and registrations, renewals, searches, responses to office actions, oppositions, cancellations, recordal of license agreements, due diligence, watch services, copyright recordation, and a wide range of other services to help you manage your portfolio of intellectual assets.

Laos (Vientiane): the Vientiane practice provides legal advice for foreign investors in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. With particular expertise in intellectual property law, our team has assisted hundreds of multinational corporations with trademark and patent registration and enforcement in Laos. Building on our expertise in IP law, the team in Laos is also well positioned to work with local associates to advise clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from company formation to projects and infrastructure to labor and employment issues.

Myanmar (Yangon): the Tilleke & Gibbins team in Yangon assists new market entrants to navigate this unfamiliar jurisdiction. As the Myanmar government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks governing how investors can operate businesses, our team provides the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to meet business objectives in the country. Backed by the expertise of the Bangkok office, our Myanmar office has particular strength in the area of intellectual property, protecting and defending the building blocks of domestic and international businesses.

Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City): Tilleke & Gibbins has been practicing law in Vietnam since becoming the first foreign law firm to be granted a license to establish a representative office in Vietnam in 1992. With two office locations in the hubs of both the Northern and Southern parts of the country, Tilleke & Gibbins helps businesses capitalize on Vietnam’s abundant trade and investment opportunities.  The Vietnam teams play a part in this true emerging market, by providing a full array of legal services spanning virtually all industries and practice areas. The Vietnam offices have been recognized by top legal publications and directories in the areas of trademarks and patents, construction and real estate, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution, employment, and technology.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation John Frangos john.f@tilleke.com +66 2056 5790
Employment, Life Sciences Kien Trung Trinh kien.tt@tilleke.com +84 24 3772 5567
Intellectual Property Linh Thi Mai Nguyen mailinh.n@tilleke.com +84 24 3772 5559
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Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Intellectual Property Trung Nguyen trung.n@tilleke.com +84 28 6284 5667
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Corporate/M&A, Competition and Trade, Technology Tu Ngoc Trinh ngoctu.t@tilleke.com +84 24 3772 5556
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Energy Supasit Boonsanong supasit.b@tilleke.com +66 2056 5660
Insurance Eric M. Meyer eric.m@tilleke.com +66 2056 5797
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Trung Nguyen photo Mr Trung Nguyen Director, Intellectual Property – T&G Law Firm LLC (TGVN), HCMC Practice Areas:…
Linh Thi Mai Nguyen photo Ms Linh Thi Mai Nguyen Partner and Head of Trademark – Vietnam Practice Areas: Intellectual Property
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