Firm Profile > DFDL Legal & Tax > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DFDL Legal & Tax
UNIT 2, 19TH FLOOR, GREEN POWER BUILDING
35 TON DUC THANG STREET, DISTRICT 1
HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam

Vietnam > Tax Tier 1

DFDL Legal & Tax's ability to leverage the expertise of lawyers and accountants makes it a leading choice for advice on strategic planning, transfer pricing, tax compliance and customs issues. In addition to having a team in Vietnam, the firm's wider offering across the region puts it on a strong footing to assist clients with cross-border issues. Tax director Lan Hua is experienced in matters such as investment structuring, international tax planning and tax controversies. Senior tax manager Phan Thi Lieu is also a key individual. Jack Sheehan, who is based in Laos, leads the regional tax team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

IBC Solar Energy

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Iatelier Vietnam Company Limited

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

DFDL Legal & Tax’s team undertakes corporate work across a wide range of industries, such as telecoms, renewable energy, retail, insurance and manufacturing. In addition to having an on-the-ground presence in Vietnam, the company also has other offices across Southeast Asia, making it well placed to handle cross-border deals in the region. Managing director Jérôme Buzenet leads the team, and is noted for his experience of M&A and private equity transactions. Deputy managing director Hanh Tran is also highly recommended. Kevin Hawkins joined from ZICO Law in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Multi-country law firm that has a good combination of strong local lawyers and foreign lawyers who also have vast experience in the region, able to handle complex M&A transactions as well as assist with corporate matters, employment matters, etc.

Availability and accessibility of the partners, in particular Jérôme Buzenet and Hanh Tran, were crucial to get the deal across the line. Both are excellent at disseminating complex and sensitive matters and offer practical advice on how to address them.

Key clients

Azelis S.A.

Manulife Financial Asia Limited

Probus Opportunities

Aker Horizons

Goodwater Capital

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 2

Phong Anh Hoang and senior adviser Dave Seibert co-head DFDL Legal & Tax's team of energy, infrastructure and project finance experts, which has a significant foothold in the renewable energy sector, with it advising on solar, wind and waste-to-energy projects. In addition, it is also equipped to handle mining and infrastructure projects. The firm acts for clients such as project developers, sponsors, financiers and international investors, among others. Hoang is experienced in acting for both sponsors and the Vietnamese government on BOT power plant projects. Also notable is that the firm is able to leverage its cross-office network in frontier markets to handle projects with a cross-border dimension. In addition to being instructed by clients on a standalone basis, it also generates a significant volume of mandates from domestic and international law firms. Kevin Hawkins joined from ZICO Law in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Aker Horizons

Cleantech

Total Solar

ING Bank

Banpu Public Company Limited

Sunseap Commercial & Industrial Assets

Vietnam > Real estate and construction Tier 3

DFDL Legal & Tax's real estate team in Vietnam, which is jointly led by Dai Thang Huynh and Paul Volodarsky, is part of the wider regional practice group in Southeast Asia. Noted for its focus on development and construction work, it has extensive expertise in residential and commercial development projects, as well as large-scale infrastructure projects. In an ongoing mandate in the renewable energy arena, Jérôme Buzenet is leading the advice to Total Solar as project sponsor on the development of rooftop solar projects in Vietnam. Elsewhere, the firm generates work with a nexus to sectors such as retail, agriculture and hospitality. Kevin Hawkins joined from ZICO Law.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho Ltd.

The Nam Khang Corporation

Radisson Hotel Group

Total Solar

CleanTech

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 4

DFDL Legal & Tax is able to advise on domestic and cross-border banking and finance transactions from the Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi offices, and it is also able to leverage additional resources across the wider regional network. Vietnam managing director Jérôme Buzenet leads the team, which generates mandates from a number of financial institutions, such as ING Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Its workload spans a multitude of areas, such as project finance, structured finance and securitisation, as well as acquisition finance and leveraged finance. In addition to being active in finance transactions, Buzenet is also sought for advice on the formation of investment funds. Senior partner Martin Desautels and PhongAnh Hoang are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ING Bank, Singapore Branch (ING)

Standard Chartered Bank

The firm: With its regional legal and tax expertise, DFDL has assisted clients in Vietnam since 1995, advising on both local and international legal and tax matters from its offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Drawing on more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the country and the Mekong Region, DFDL has built a reputation as the preferred choice of legal and tax services provider in Vietnam, advising on all aspects of investments from general regulatory matters to commercially robust, complex, and bespoke sophisticated transactions.

Providing international quality, seamlessly integrated, and relentlessly solution-oriented legal and tax services to establish, structure and protect our clients’ business interests, are key cornerstones of DFDL’s culture, approach, and strategy worldwide. Positioned as the preeminent full-service, legal and tax integrated law firm in Vietnam, DFDL has developed a reputation for technical excellence, creativity, and integrity coupled with in-depth knowledge of the local environment.

Areas of practice: Our advisers have represented leading international and Asian investors in Vietnam, including leading international and Asian financial institutions. Our involvement in major projects in Vietnam includes major power projects, large real estate projects, and mergers and acquisitions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation, Banking, Finance & Technology, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate & Construction Jerome Buzenet jerome.buzenet@dfdl.com
Compliance & Investigations, Restructuring & Insolvency Hanh Tran hanh.tran@dfdl.com
Taxation & Accounting Lan Hua lan.hua@dfdl.com
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Kevin Hawkins kevin.hawkins@dfdl.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jérôme Buzenet  photo Jérôme Buzenet Partner & Vietnam Managing Director
Partner : 6
Advisor : 23
English (fluent)
Vietnamese
French
European Chamber of Commerce
French Chamber of Commerce
IAG International Advisory Group
World Services Group (WSG)
Marcalliance
Official Website : https://www.dfdl.com/locations/vietnam/

“LAW FIRM WINS 3 ARBITRATION AWARDS AGAINST NHAI IN A YEAR”

New Delhi based law firm, Kachwaha and Partners has won three arbitration awards for leading road construction companies against NHAI in a short span of one year.

Drones Regulatory Framework in Myanmar – Top 5 Key Q&As

The use of drones in the world is increasing very rapidly and plays an important role in optimizing processes across a various range of industries: agriculture, delivery services, infrastructure, mapping, military and so on. These machines are very efficient, effective, and safe tools for quality, safety and savings.

Drones Regulatory Framework in Bangladesh – Top 5 Key Q&As

The use of drones in the world is increasing very rapidly and plays an important role in optimizing processes across a various range of industries: agriculture, delivery services, infrastructure, mapping, military and so on. These machines are very efficient, effective, and safe tools for quality, safety and savings.

Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Across Southeast Asia

With COVID-19 vaccination campaigns nearing completion or still in progress in various countries across Southeast Asia, our experts take this opportunity to look at some of the top questions and concerns on the minds of employers and employees when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination considerations. For example, can an employer require its employees to be vaccinated? Can employers terminate employees who refuse to be vaccinated?
  • Tax