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

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

Data protection Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins is a'go-to firm' and assists clients on all aspects related to data protection, data privacy, and cybersecurity, and is led by Hanoi-based Waewpen Piemwichai who also oversees the TMT practice. The team advises a number of high-profile tech giants on due diligence matters and social media, and is sought after by international law firms to advise on domestic compliance matters.

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‘The team provided prompt and succinct advice on the Cybersecurity law and helped us to review internal processes to be compliant with the new law.’

‘Waewpen Piemwichai provided insights on which business the regulators would be focusing on with respect to the Cybersecurity law.’

‘My go-to firm for anything data protection law-related in Vietnam. Has consistently delivered and on time, which is much appreciated. Value for money is a bonus too.’

‘Steadfast and reliable service and support from Waewpen Piemwichai.’

Key clients


Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Intellectual property: international firms Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins retains its strength in intellectual property work across the pharmaceuticals sector and is noted for its focus on anti-counterfeiting, strategic filing advice, and commercial IP work. In Ho Chi Minh City, Trung Nguyen is the key contact for enforcement matters, whilst Loc Xuan Le in Hanoi is a notable name name for patent litigation matters, in addition to handling an assortment cross-border trade mark work and excelling in the field of domain name disputes. Linh Thi Mai Nguyen leads the trade marks practice. Thanh Phuong Vu leads the Biotechnology & Chemical Division and Hung Tuan Nguyen leads the Electronics & Mechanical Division following the departure of Thang Duc Nguyen.

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Boehringer Ingelheim

Christian Louboutin

Eli Lilly

General Electric

L Brands/Victoria’s Secret

Les Laboratoires Servier

Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Labour and employment Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins 'very knowledgeable' employment practice has expertise across the contentious and non-contentious spectrum and is headed by Kien Trung Trinh. The team handles staff restructuring, labour-management relations and litigation matters for global clients across sectors including technology. Experienced associate Chuyen Le has sector strength in the pharmaceutical industry whilst Thomas Treutler provides advisory work on Vietnamese labour law to foreign companies.

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‘The Tilleke & Gibbins team is very knowledgeable about this area of law and has been a great resource for our firm. They are extremely responsive and professional and great about following up and providing updates when needed.’

‘Everyone weve worked with at Tilleke & Gibbins has been very helpful and professional.’

Key clients

Chemonics International

FMC Corporation/FMC Vietnam


Merck, Sharp & Dohme

MIMS Pte. Ltd.

TMT Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins has developed a niche in data protection needs for international technology giants. Jointly led by Thomas Treutler in Ho Chi Minh City and cyber-security specialist Waewpen Piemwichai in Hanoi, the group handles complex domain name disputes, online IP enforcement matters as well as vast advisory work for global TMT clients operating in Southeast Asia. Nam Ngoc Trinh, who joined from YKVN, advises key American companies on compliance matters, whilst Tu Ngoc Trinh advises a number of international clients.

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Merck, Sharp & Dohme

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

At Tilleke & Gibbins, the corporate practice group advises large multinationals on market entry into Vietnam, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring mandates. Thomas Treutler oversees the team and advises on an assortment of commercial issues and retains a focus on in life sciences and franchising work running in parallel with intellectual property issues. Vinh Quoc Nguyen and Hanoi-based Kien Trung Trinh are also key contacts, active in the pharmaceutical industry and with good connections in the public sector.


‘The Tilleke & Gibbins team is very knowledgeable, professional, and courteous. It was a pleasure to work with them and we knew we were in good hands and that we were getting the advice we needed.’

Everyone that we’ve worked with at Tilleke & Gibbins has been incredibly helpful and professional. We’ve worked most directly with Giang Thi Lan Nguyen. She has been very insightful in her advice and extremely responsive.

Team was great and professional.

The team is especially service oriented, prompt and quick to process our instructions.

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Crown Equipment

FMC Corporation

Jabil Circuit

Johnson & Johnson


Merck Sharp & Dohme



Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins handles complex disputes work, particularly in the intellectual property and employment area. Thomas Treutler manages the practice group with support from co-head Loc Xuan Le in Hanoi; the duo handles large patent litigation mandates, investigations work, trademark enforcement matters, as well as regulatory work for clients. Linh Duy Mai is a core member of the group and supports on cross-border matters for pharmaceuticals sector clients. The team retains its expertise in web domain name disputes.

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Viet Phap SHAL Aluminium


Les Laboratoires Servier

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins' arbitration practice handles a wide range of dispute matters across international and domestic trade, construction and the insurance sector. Key contacts in the group include Loc Xuan Le, Vinh Quoc Nguyen and Linh Duy Mai.

Insurance Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins' insurance practice handles a broad scope of matters spanning market entry, disputes and regulatory advice.  Kien Trung Trinh is a key member of the team, which advises on cross-border matters and is connected with the practice in the firm's Bangkok base.

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Marsh & McLennan

Projects and energy Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins' projects practice handles the financing and licensing of major project investments across the petroleum, renewable and solar energy sectors. Vinh Quoc Nguyen oversees the team which includes associate Waewpen Piemwichai in Hanoi, who specializes in corporate transactions. The team works across Southeast Asia and leverages its offices regionally to accommodate the caseload.

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Banking and finance Tier 4

The banking team at Tilleke & Gibbins is able to leverage its regional offering and handle cross-border matters for clients including large financial institutions and foreign investors. Led by Vinh Quoc Nguyen, the group is experienced in handling project financing matters and syndicated loans work. In Hanoi, Waewpen Piemwichai is the key name for fintech work and advises financial services companies on web payment mechanisms.

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Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 190 lawyers and consultants practicing in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Yangon. Established in 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins has grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam due to client focus, regional expertise, and international vision.

The firm represents top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia in the key areas of commercial transactions and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property, including world-leading corporate clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retailing, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and telecommunications.

Tilleke & Gibbins, as the first foreign law firm licensed to operate in Vietnam,  has had an ongoing presence in Ho Chi Minh City since 1992 and in Hanoi since 1994. With more than 120 team members in two offices, it is among the largest law firms in the country. The firm’s corporate clients include world leaders in the fields of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retailing, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and telecommunications.

Our practice areas
Anti-corruption: advises clients on local anti-corruption laws, the FCPA, and the UK Bribery Act. Designs and implements compliance programs. Conducts due diligence, performs anti-corruption risk assessments, oversees internal corporate investigations, and assists with asset recovery and protection.

Banking and finance: provides assistance to financial institutions, investors, government entities, and businesses on debt and equity markets, regulatory compliance, financial instruments, workouts, and restructurings.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: helps clients structure and implement strategic transactions, and advises investors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and other vehicles for equity investment.

Dispute resolution and litigation: offers clients the largest dispute resolution team in Thailand and over 130 years of litigating the most challenging cases in the region.

Employment: a leader in providing strategic employment advice and assistance with labor-management relations, immigration, and labor litigation.

Energy and infrastructure: advises global leaders on oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, and large-scale projects such as airports, railways, and roads.

Insurance: highly experienced in complex property and casualty coverage disputes, property damage and business interruption claims, cross-border reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity and D&O claims, liability, market entry and regional shared services operations, regulatory compliance, agreements, data privacy and outsourcing, policy wording advice and localization, and underwriting risk assessment.

Intellectual property: exceptional expertise in IP registration and enforcement, commercialization, and litigation. Recognized by all major legal directories as a leading IP practice in the region.

Property: handles the full range of work involving real estate, property, and construction. Expertise covers sales, purchases, mortgages, leasing, property due diligence, and property development.

Regulatory affairs: paves the way for life sciences clients to enter and excel in markets throughout Southeast Asia. Assists with research and development, clinical trials, registration, commercialization, and technology transfer. Team includes pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists.

Tax: top-ranked practice advises on 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.

Technology, media, and telecommunications: market-leading team with expertise in technology procurement, development, licensing, transfer, and protection; communication, media, and entertainment; and data privacy and cyber security.

Vietnam offices
Hanoi: The Hanoi office has helped businesses capitalize on Vietnam’s abundant trade and investment opportunities, fueled by the country’s accession to ASEAN in 1995, the WTO in 2007, and other bilateral and multilateral treaties. Looking forward, Hanoi enjoys the promise, vibrancy, and momentum to continue its tremendous economic growth. Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to play a part in this true emerging market, by providing a full array of legal services, including commercial transactions and M&Acorporate servicestelecommunications and technology, and franchising. The practice has been recognized by top legal publications and directories in the areas of trademarks and patentsconstruction and real estatecorporate and M&A, and banking and finance. The Hanoi practice’s award-winning intellectual property team advises clients on IP registration, enforcement, and commercialization. Tilleke & Gibbins partners with T&G Law Firm LLC (TGVN), a licensed law firm and IP agent, to carry out local filings in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City: The Ho Chi Minh City office helps an expanding domestic and international client base profit from Vietnam’s increasing competitiveness as an investment destination and its robust economic growth. Tilleke & Gibbins’ practitioners in Ho Chi Minh City specialize in a number of commercial transactions and corporate services, tailored to meet the needs of investors in Vietnam’s fast-paced economy. We specialize in the sectors of basic materials, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, industrial goods, technology and telecommunications, and energy and infrastructure.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Director, Vietnam Thomas J Treutler +84 24 3772 5633
Corporate and M&A; Banking and Finance; Real Estate Vinh Quoc Nguyen +84 28 6284 5668
Corporate and M&A; Employment; Life Sciences Kien Trung Trinh +84 24 3772 5567
Intellectual Property (Trademark) Linh Thi Mai Nguyen +84 24 3772 5559
Intellectual Property (Enforcement) Loc Xuan Le +84 24 3275 3959
Intellectual Property (Enforcement) Trung Nguyen +84 28 6284 5667
Regulatory Affairs Hien Thi Thu Vu +84 24 3772 5606
Intellectual Property (Patent) Thanh Phuong Vu +84 24 3772 5571
Intellectual Property (Patent) Hung Tuan Nguyen +84 24 3772 5602
Technology, Media, and Telecom Waewpen Piemwichai +84 24 3772 5618
Corporate and M&A; Franchising Tu Ngoc Trinh +84 24 3772 5556
Corporate and M&A; Employment; Life Sciences Chuyen Hong Huu Le +84 28 6284 5687
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Thomas J. Treutler  photo Mr Thomas J. Treutler Partner and Managing Director, Vietnam. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A.
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On June 21, 2021, Thailand’s Government Gazette announced that His Majesty the King of Thailand has conferred a royal decoration on David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer of regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins, for his lifelong dedication to the improvement of the Thai nation and its relations with the United States.