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Duane Morris Vietnam LLC

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP’s corporate and M&A department handles mandates in the energy, infrastructure and financial sectors. It is well-known for assisting clients in becoming established in the Vietnamese market by obtaining licenses, handling joint venture agreements and restructuring mandates, and supporting them on M&A transactions. Chairwoman and ‘leading legal expert’ Nguyen Thi Lang heads the team from Ho Chi Minh alongside Oliver Massmann, who is based in Hanoi. Nguyen’s client roster includes multinational, foreign and local companies, with a strong focus on M&A and inward investment, as well as commercial mandates. Massmann is a financial accountant and auditor, and skilfully works on general commercial matters, while special counsel Minh Duc Hoang is another key contact in the team. Pham Bach Duong left to Hogan Lovells International LLP in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Thi Lang; Oliver Massmann

Other key lawyers:

Minh Duc Hoang; Truc Vo


‘Duane Morris is assertive, comprehensive and strategic. Their services are provided with effective communication skills and creativity, knowledge and responsibility. The whole team is so great to work with; very professional, responsive, and Duane Morris offers solid advice and guidance.’

‘The team has good expertise as a reputable law firm practicing in Vietnam and has the knowledge of clients’ businesses in Vietnam.’

‘Duane Morris Vietnam LLC has proved in their team that the dedicated spirit in serving clients is put forward as the top priority regardless of how tight the deadline is. The strategic advice and successful outcomes from working with the Duane Morris team is impressive.’

‘Duane Morris Vietnam has a strong team of talented members that are proficient at working as a team to make the whole team a problem solver. Duane Morris Vietnam LLC is a truly specialist in corporate and M&A practice.’

‘Nguyen Thi Lang is known as a leading legal expert with more than two decades of experience in the country. Dr Lang’s services combined thorough legal analysis with a strong commercial approach has resulted in significant contribution to the successful closing of deals.’

‘Nguyen Thi Lang is recognised as a prestigious lawyer and is respected for owning both academic and professional bases. She has demonstrated her ability through providing valuable ideas, comprehensive and practical guidance, as well as making a significant contribution to the negotiation process between us and the potential purchaser.’

‘Nguyen Thi Lang and senior associate Vo Truc have demonstrated their technical excellence, commercial sense as well as good service level.’

‘Nguyen Thi Lang is outstanding as both a draftsperson and negotiator for deals. She has always been easy to reach and responsive to client needs, and her integrity is beyond reproach.’

Key clients

Bayer Vietnam

GAW NP Capital



A.P.U Educational Company Development

Work highlights

  • Advised GAW NP Capital on its $2om acquisition of a target land and development of the construction of a ready-built-factory in the economic zone in Northern Vietnam.
  • Advised an educational development group with a 100% foreign-owned company in Vietnam in relation to a $150m transaction with a UK-based educational service company to sell all of A.P.U’s ownership interest in its K-12 school in Danang, Vietnam.
  • Advised a Vietnamese private commercial bank as lead counsel in relation to its $125m divestment of the majority of its ownership.

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 2

Duane Morris Vietnam LLC works with government-owned utilities and regulators on major power projects involving clean and renewable energy, as well as infrastructure matters regarding upstream and midstream oil and gas, as well as metals and mining projects. Its strong capabilities include development, financing, joint venture, syndication, securitisation and management of projects in Vietnam. Firm chairperson Nguyen Thi Lang leads the team alongside Oliver Massmann, while Pham Bach Duong left to Hogan Lovells International LLP in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Thi Lang; Oliver Massmann

Other key lawyers:

Hoang Minh Duc


‘Duane Morris Vietnam’s capability to run complicated deals exceeds expectations. The team works with a view to best protecting their client’s rights and benefits.’

‘Dr. Nguyen Thi Lang is well known by market commentators for all client service, her level of sophistication, and commercial vision when providing legal services for the deals. Moreover, Dr. Lang is excellent at client relationship management and always respects deadlines proposed by the client.’

‘The Duane team is able to advise a wide variety of multinational businesses from different jurisdictions, acting as highly recommended external counsels for a huge number of leading offshore and local investors.’

‘Dr. Nguyen Thi Lang is exceptionally dedicated, assertive and responsive to any concerns from early mornings to late nights.’

‘Duane Morris is super professional in providing legal services from a Vietnam-law perspective. The depth of the team, their international network and value added services provided by the team is impressive.’

‘Dr. Nguyen Thi Lang is a leading individual practicing in the industry sector. In addition to deep knowledge from both theory and practical perspectives, her abilities regarding client management are impressive.’

‘Dr. Oliver Massmann has provided nothing short of professionalism. He is particularly attuned to the cultural sensitivities when dealing with transactions in Vietnam and the region. He is thorough, persistent and not willing to glimpse over a point no matter how tired the conversation around that point has become.’

Key clients

Ca Mau 1A Energy JSC

GAW NP Capital

KCN Dong Nai Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Ca Mau 1A Energy JSC in relation to a 350 MW offshore wind farm valued at $1m, including review, negotiation and execution of a variety of cross-border contracts, as well as wind turbines purchase agreement, EPC Contract and O&M Contract.
  • Advised GAW NP Capital on its $2m acquisition of a target land and development of the construction of ready-built-factory in the economic zone in Northern Vietnam.
  • Advising KCN Dong Nai JSC in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the equity interests in a Korean manufacturing company, and another business cooperation project with a local partner via an acquisition of a land area in an Industrial Park in Dong Nai Province for investment and development in a project of constructing factories, warehouse and other constructions on the target land for leasing and conducting various manufacturing activities.

Vietnam > Banking and finance

Led by Oliver Massmann and chairwoman Nguyen Thi Lang, the banking and finance team at Duane Morris Vietnam LLC advises clients on syndicated loans, project finance transactions, regulatory compliance issues and acquisition finance.

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
Corporate; M&A; Capital markets; Investment; Banking & Finance; Projects and Construction; Tax; Litigation Dr. Oliver Massmann omassmann@duanemorris.com +84 24 3946 2205
M&A and Corporate; Real Estate and Construction; Power Projects and Infrastructure; Restructuring and Compliance; Commercial and International Trade; Dispute Resolution Dr. Nguyen Thi Lang ltnguyen@duanemorris.com +84 28 3824 0236
Startup/Venture Capital; M&A; Corporate; Investment and Restructuring Hoang Minh Duc hmduc@duanemorris.com +84 24 3946 2212
Corporate; M&A; Corporate Compliance Pham Dai Bach bpham@duanemorris.com +84 28 3946 2217
Corporate; Commercial; Real Estate; Litigation Tran Minh Thanh mttran@duanemorris.com +84 24 3946 2203
M&A; Corporate restructuring; Corporate Governance; Foreign Investment; Commercial Transactions, e-commerce; Financial Technology. Truc Vo tvo@duanemorris.com +84 28 3824 0254
Photo Name Position Profile
Minh Duc Hoang photo Mr Minh Duc Hoang Special Counsel Areas of Practice:  Startup/Venture Capital Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Law…
Oliver Massmann photo Dr Oliver Massmann Partner/Director
Lang Thi Nguyen photo Dr Lang Thi Nguyen Chairwoman/Partner Areas of Practice: M&A and Corporate Real Estate and Construction Power…
Number of lawyers : 900+
at this officce : 6
Association of Corporate Growth (ACG)
Global Growth Partner
European Chamber of Commerce (Vietnam)
Amcham Vietnam

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