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Duane Morris Vietnam LLC

Projects and energy Tier 2

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC's Hanoi based projects team is skilled in the renewable energy space and handles a myriad of matters across the upstream oil and gas and infrastructure projects spaces. Giles Cooper and Oliver Massmann jointly lead the practice, and the core group also includes of Nguyen Thi Lang , who joined from Frasers Law Company and advises local and foreign investors on infrastructure projects. Special counsel Bach Duong Pham provides further support on transactional work in the industry.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate group at Duane Morris Vietnam LLC has a proven track record on handling transactions and merger work for clients across the project finance, energy, and infrastructure sector. Jointly led out of Hanoi by Giles Cooper and Oliver Massmann, the practice advises foreign investors on Vietnamese M&A deals and other inbound investment into the country. Lateral hire Lang Thi Nguyen, who joined from Frasers Law Company, is another key name for corporate and commercial work whilst special counsel Bach Duong Pham has a range of expertise, including securities law.

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Key clients

Advantage Partners Asia Fund

Bootstrapper Pte. Ltd.

Vlight Technology

Vietnam Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank)

Yellow Star Investment 22 Pte Ltd

Clermont Holdings

Kim Tin Group Corporation

CCL International Inc.

Hong Hoang Investment and Trading JSC


Mitsui & Co

The firm: Duane Morris Vietnam LLC was established in July 2007. Attorneys in Vietnam represent a range of clients, including multinational corporations with operations in Asia, as well as businesses seeking to establish investments in Asia. Duane Morris can also leverage its global platform to facilitate Asia-based companies’ entry into markets in the US, Latin America, the UK and beyond. The firm’s attorneys have strong relationships with the business community in Vietnam and have developed an outstanding track record of complex transactions, particularly in the energy and projects sector.

The firm represents a wide range of clients in a variety of practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, energy and projects, corporate and commercial law, TMT, employment, and corporate real estate. It offers practical, sound legal advice provided on the ground in Vietnam by an established team of nine lawyers qualified to practise in Vietnam, New York, Paris, Berlin and New Zealand.

Areas of practice
Corporate, M&A: the corporate law attorneys advise early-stage and mature companies on a wide variety of general corporate and commercial matters. They advise on mergers and acquisitions including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions and defence against takeover attempts. They also advise on joint ventures, company group structures and share capital structures, transaction structures and financing issues, creating security for financing including asset-backed securitisation, advising on stamp duties and tax implications of transactions, drafting transactional documents and conducting due diligence.

Energy and projects: the firm has a strong regional energy and projects practice adept at handling complex projects. Its lawyers guide clients through the complex legal, financial and political issues that pervade the energy industry. For both producers and policy-makers, as well as industry participants and consumers, the attorneys help manage the dynamic challenges of the energy market, counselling clients on regulations, transactions, litigation, project development, facility construction, financing, government relations and policy matters concerning energy. The attorneys draw upon legal and industry experience with fossil fuels as well as renewable sources to find creative solutions to meet clients’ needs.

Banking and finance: the finance lawyers regularly advise companies in relation to banking and finance transactions. They have a strong track record in loan facilities, trade finance, and structured and project finance involving international companies operating in Vietnam as well as Vietnamese state-owned enterprises and private borrowers. The team also has in-depth experience of Vietnamese securities issuances, custody services, the regulatory aspects of trust lending arrangements and derivative products.

Dispute resolution: the team is involved in advising on a number of ground-breaking disputes in Vietnam involving international investors. The team has broad experience especially in relation to projects, trade marks, trade disputes and other general commercial disputes.

Employment and labour law: foreign direct investment regularly involves the employment of local and foreign staff. The team has broad experience of advising companies on all aspects of Vietnamese employment laws and regulations.

Corporate real estate: the team advises clients on the lease and purchase of commercial property in Vietnam including resorts, hotels and retail outlets.

Compliance/regulatory/white-collar crime: the firm advises international companies on regulatory compliance and corporate crime investigations. It also advises on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and fraud.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration/dispute resolution Dr. Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Arbitration/dispute resolution Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Banking and finance Pham Bach Duong +84 28 3824 0235
Banking and finance Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Capital markets Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Capital markets Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Compliance/regulatory/white-collar crime Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Compliance/regulatory/white-collar crime Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Corporate commercial Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Corporate commercial Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Corporate finance Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Corporate finance Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Corporate real estate Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Corporate real estate Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Employment and labour Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Employment and labour Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Energy Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Energy Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Licensing/market entry Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Licensing/market entry Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Mergers and acquisitions Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Mergers and acquisitions Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Offerings: local and foreign listings Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Offerings: local and foreign listings Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Private equity and venture capital Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Private equity and venture capital Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Projects and construction Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Projects and construction Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Shipping Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Shipping Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Tax Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Tax Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Technology, media and telecommunications Oliver Massmann +84 24 3946 2205
Technology, media and telecommunications Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Trade finance Pham Bach Duong +84 28 3824 0235
Trade finance Giles Cooper +84 24 3946 2210
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Giles Cooper  photo Mr Giles Cooper Partner/Co-Director Areas of Practice:  International commercial and corporate law M&A Capital markets…
Mr Minh Duc Hoang  photo Mr Minh Duc Hoang Special Counsel Areas of Practice:  Startup/Venture Capital Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Law…
Dr Oliver Massmann  photo Dr Oliver Massmann Partner/Co-Director
 Lang Thi Nguyen  photo Lang Thi Nguyen Partner Areas of Practice:Power Projects and InfrastructureM&A and Corporate MattersReal EstateCommercial and…
Mr Bach Duong Pham  photo Mr Bach Duong Pham Special Counsel Areas of Practice:  Banking and Finance Projects Corporate and M&A
Number of lawyers : 800+
at this officce : 6
Association of Corporate Growth (ACG)
Global Growth Partner
European Chamber of Commerce (Vietnam)
Amcham Vietnam

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CLIENT: David Fulton, Compliance Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
TESTIMONIAL: For Giles T. Cooper, Corporate and M&A
Giles Cooper and the Duane Morris Vietnam team have proven to be invaluable attorneys to work with for our corporate legal needs. While working against challenging deadlines, Giles and his colleagues always showed a tremendous amount of attentiveness, care, and expertise every step of the way. I would not hesitate to utilize Duane Morris Vietnam for any legal needs in the future as they have proven to our organization that their professionalism and pragmatism is of the highest calibre.

CLIENT: Andrew Meyer, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Nine Dragons Group LLC
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Oliver Massmann and his team, have been providing legal services in Vietnam for myself, family members and various companies that we own for more than 5 years.  Oli is highly knowledgeable in all matters of Vietnamese Law, is practical and diligent in his approach, and our results have always exceeded our expectations. Additionally, being a foreigner with a 100% command of the Vietnamese language, culture, nuances and up-coming laws and changes to laws is something that can’t be duplicated within Vietnam. Oli and his team are also a great pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Oliver Massmann and his team at Duane Morris Vietnam.

CLIENT: Cedric Michot, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Oliver, and his teams, mainly in Singapore, did for us the creation of our Holding and subsidiaries for Asia-Pacific, Italy, incorporate French structure as well, but also for the drafting of share sharing contracts and negotiation assistance for investors advice on IP protection. His knowledge and experience allows Oliver to always give us the best advice. I and the whole team are very happy with our relationships and the understanding that Oliver can have of the situations that we have encounter when creating the company.
Oliver is more than a lawyer, he’s like a partner, a member of our company.

COMPANY/FIRM: Green Ventures Pte. Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: For Giles Cooper
Giles Cooper has been instrumental in providing valuable support and advice in a wide range of areas in a complex project and regulatory environment, including connecting us with the right partners as and when requested. He drives the firm forward by delivering and executing as a world class lawyer with a first class support team equipped with integrity, transparency and professionalism. The team led by Giles is highly credible and well respected by us and our key partners.

CLIENT: Thomas Domanski, Regional Director, Bauer SEA/Pacific
COMPANY: Bauer Vietnam Limited
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
It is a pleasure to testify that Dr. Oliver Massmann, Duane Morris, is the legal Advisor of Bauer Vietnam Ltd, a subsidiary of the Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH Germany since the year 2008. In the past 10 years Dr. Massmann accompanied our Management in Vietnam in multiple legal issues and cases with international and Vietnamese character. Dr. Massmann has demonstrated sound knowledge of the international and Vietnamese Law and Court System which he had used wisely for the benefit of our management. His standing within the Vietnamese legal Society and his sound proficiency of the Vietnamese language is to be noted as special added value.

CLIENT: Stephan Prützmann
COMPANY: ASEAN Business Partners GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Mr. Massmann has supported us during all contract negotiations and has supported us to optimize the contractual document in regards to limitation of liabilities/risks, tax optimizations, arbitration, warranties etc. At a later stage when establishing the 100% foreign owned subsidiary of Polysius in Vietnam Mr. Massmann assisted us during the entire application process. Mr. Massmann’s commercial aptitude and his capability for legal analysis has been a great asset for all our undertakings in Vietnam. His knowledge in the legal framework of Vietnam is a real added value for all foreigner companies working in Vietnam. I highly recommend Mr. Massmann and his firm Duane Morris Vietnam LLC as being a problem solver by all means.  

CLIENT: David Blanco, Assistant General Counsel Asia-Africa,
COMPANY/FIRM: Dekalb Vietnam (Monsanto Group Company)
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Oli and his team at Duane Morris Vietnam LLC’s are a vivid example of how to take a “law firm customer service experience into a whole new level of excellence”. It is not just their core competencies, knowledge about our business and the complex biotech environment we operate in. Passion, dedication, perseverance, and customary flexible billing arrangements make the whole partnering and customer experience (associated with it) a very hard act to follow by others trying to imitate rather than innovate. Oli definitely walks the talk when it comes to creative solutions.

CLIENT: Andreas Meier
COMPANY: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Oliver Massmann was the best choice we could have made to represent and support us in our negotiations building the first privately funded large power project (BOT) in Vietnam, with his broad knowledge and profound insights into Vietnamese markets, legislation and ways of working.

CLIENT: Sébastien Lemoine, Founder & Executive Chairman
TESTIMONIAL: For Dr. Oliver Massmann
Oliver Massmann and his teams have been instrumental to evaluate and finalize the right setup for –  our fast growing startup; i.e. a Holding + Ops in Singapore that owns our subsidiaries (to date France and Italy). He has also been key for our fundraising negotiations. Oliver is extremely experienced and responsive; and it is always of great value and pleasure to work and meet with him. I cannot imagine where we would be without him and Duane Morris. I envision a long term partnership with him and the other contributors that have the same spirit; part of it being thanks to Oliver!

CLIENT: Alexis Talcott-Curry, Assistant General Counsel, Asia Pacific
COMPANY: CCL Industries, Inc
TESTIMONIAL: For Giles T. Cooper
Giles Cooper and his team delivered pragmatic and solutions-focussed advice, ably supporting us to navigate the nuances of local law and practice.