Mr Mark Fraser > Frasers Law Company > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Lawyer Profile

Frasers Law Company
Unit 19.01, 19th Floor Deutsches Haus
33 Le Duan Boulevard District 1

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CEO/Managing Partner.


Mark is Managing Partner of Frasers Law Company. He has been advising clients on transactions in Vietnam since 1994. Mark’s practice focuses on corporate matters, especially mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, commercial real estate transactions, and infrastructure projects. This involves debt and equity structuring of investment projects and the preparation and negotiation of documents. Mark has been involved in numerous power generation, water treatment, telecommunications, road tollway and oil and gas projects in various jurisdictions within Asia and has advised on a number of Vietnamese matters in the banking and finance, corporate and commercial, infrastructure, capital markets, property development and dispute resolution areas.


Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Began advising clients on transactions in Vietnam in 1994 when he established the Ho Chi Minh City office of a UK Magic Circle firm he had joined in London and spent more than 10 years with, working in London, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. Established Frasers Law Company in 2004 as the first foreign law firm to be granted a foreign law company license in Vietnam; co-author of numerous publications including the chapter on undertaking an infrastructure project conducted on a BOT basis in Vietnam in ‘Capital Flows Along The Mekong: The Complete Guide to Investing in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam’ (Asia Law & Practice Publishing Ltd.); co-author of the chapter ‘Power in Vietnam’ (which addresses the legal framework for undertaking a private power generation project in Vietnam) in ‘NatWest Markets’ Guide to Power in Asia’ (Asia Law and Practice Publishing Ltd.).




Former vice-chairman of the British Business Group Vietnam; member of the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam; European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam; Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam; Canadian Chamber of Commerce; New Zealand Chamber of Commerce; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.


University of Auckland (1985 Bachelor of Commerce (accounting); 1988 Bachelor of Laws).


Golf, rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

Vietnam > Capital markets

Frasers Law Company’s capital markets practice works alongside the firms banking and finance team to advise local and foreign investors on IPOs, listings, corporate bond offerings and convertible debt securities, among other matters. Managing partner Mark Fraser sits at the helm of the group and is supported by Justin Gisz and senior associate Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram.

Vietnam > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Mark Fraser  – Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company expertly handles a wide range of insurance matters, including the distribution of insurance products, insurance-related M&A, divestment work and regulatory issues. The group has demonstrable experience advising foreign investors on establishing a presence in Vietnam. Founder of the firm Mark Fraser leads the practice, having moved to Vietnam in 1995, with a strong focus on insurance-related mandates. Senior Associate Duong Thi Mai Huong is another key figure in the team, with previous in-house experience. Senior associate Phung Thi Thanh Thao has semi-retired.

Vietnam > Shipping and aviation

Frasers Law Company acts for clients in the shipping and aviation sectors on corporate mandates and leases. Managing partner Mark Fraser heads the team and is noted for his experience advising on shipping and aviation matters in London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Justin Gisz is another key contact in the group.

Vietnam > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Mark FraserFrasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company acts for clients in the TMT arena on M&A transactions, as well as providing regulatory and contractual advice. Particular sectors of focus for the group include fintech, e-commerce and gaming, and the team often undertakes mandates with a cross-border element. Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz jointly lead the practice from Ho Chi Minh City and are active in the group’s largest mandates. Gisz is praised for his ‘deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory framework’.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Frasers Law Company handles a vast array of arbitration proceedings, from commercial and shareholder disputes to employment and IP matters. Its client roster includes companies from the banking and financial services, construction, energy, logistics, and TMT sectors. Earl Rivera-Dolera has led the team since her arrival in early 2021 from The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore, and her presence has bolstered the teams capabilities; she is listed as an arbitrator at KCAB, JCAA, AIAC, HKIAC and SIAC. Founder Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz are also notable names in this area.

Vietnam > Banking and finance

Frasers Law Company is an independent firm that advises both lenders and borrowers on refinancing and restructurings of existing loans, and the financing of projects in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The practice is jointly led by ‘stand-out lawyer’ Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz , who has ‘deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory framework’. Senior associate Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram is another key member of the team.

Vietnam > Intellectual property: international firms

The IP team at Frasers Law Company provides ‘a very strong international approach to the local area’ and advises clients across a broad range of matters, from registration and enforcement of IP rights, drafting contracts, IP licensing and protection of trade secrets, to contentious copyright mandates and patent and trademark infringements. IP-related M&A is a key area of expertise for the group, with sectors of focus including education, food and beverage, banking, manufacturing, retail, and biotechnology. Nguyen Van Vien chairs the practice, and has substantial expertise in developing and enforcing IP legislation in Vietnam. Managing partner Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz are key contacts in the practice.

Vietnam > Projects and energy

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Mark Fraser – Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company’s practice is praised for its ‘expertise in the power sector and in financing matters’; which extends across various sectors, including coal, oil and gas fired plants, solar, wind and hydro-electric plants. It has strengths advising clients on power generation, telecoms, ports and water treatment projects. Additionally, mining and mineral exploration are within the teams significant capabilities. Justin Gisz and Mark Fraser co-lead the group. Senior associate Nguyen Mai Phuong is another active member of the team and associate Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram has expertise in project financings.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A

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Mark FraserFrasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company’s corporate and M&A department has ‘in-depth local market knowledge in Vietnam’, which places it in good stead to advise both international and local corporations on public and private equity matters, M&A transactions, restructurings, merger control mandates and joint ventures. The team is jointly led by founding partner Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz, who is praised for his ‘technical excellence’. Senior associate Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram is also a key contact and an active member of the team.

Vietnam > Real estate and construction

At Frasers Law Company, the team is skilled across a broad range of real estate and construction mandates, covering M&A, complex fund and private equity transactions, and development projects. Managing partner Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz jointly lead the practice, and senior associate Dinh Thi Hien Ly is another active member of the team since joining in April 2020 from Nishimura & Asahi.

Vietnam > Tax

Frasers Law Company handles a broad range of tax matters, such as advising international companies on tax structuring issues when establishing a presence in Vietnam, as well as focusing on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Phan Xuan Qui joined the group in November 2021 from No Va Land Investment Group and jointly leads the practice alongside managing partner Mark Fraser. Qui has experience advising on matters concerning corporate income tax, personal income tax and value added tax.

Vietnam > Data protection

Frasers Law Company has both international and Vietnamese qualified lawyers who advise on a range of data protection matters, from reviewing policies and providing data transfer advice, to supporting clients on regulatory compliance matters. Data protection is a key focus for the TMT team, and the group’s client roster includes technology, e-commerce fintech, and insurance companies, as well as banks and other financial institutions. Managing partner Mark Fraser is a key name in data protection and co-leads the team alongside Justin Gisz, who ‘has deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory framework’. Senior associate Duong Mai Huong is another key figure in the group.

Vietnam > Labour and employment

Managing partner Mark Fraser co-leads the labour and employment team at Frasers Law Company alongside Justin Gisz. The practice is active across a broad range of work, from employment-related disputes and terminations to labour contracts and restructurings, in addition to providing day-to-day advice on general operations. The team counts domestic companies among its key roster of clients, in addition to overseas businesses looking to invest in Vietnam.