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
Vietnam

Work Department

CEO/Managing Partner.

Position

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.

Career

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.).

Languages

English.

Memberships

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.

Education

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

Leisure

Golf, rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

Vietnam > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Mark FraserFrasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company is noted for its broad coverage of the TMT space, with particular strengths in areas such as fintech, e-commerce, healthtech and gaming. Mark Fraser‘s recent work included advice to global clients on strategic acquisitions. Also notable is that he is well-versed in Vietnam’s IT and telecoms regulations. Fraser co-heads the practice with Justin Gisz, who has made a name for himself in the country’s fast-growing fintech sector. In 2020, he led the advice to Timo Plus Digital Bank on its legal and commercial transition from one banking partner to another.

Vietnam > Tax

Frasers Law Company has a strong track record advising multinational and global companies on a wide variety of tax issues. It is often seen as a first port of call in instances where clients are establishing branches in Vietnam, and it also excels in handling the tax aspects of M&A and project finance trasactions. Tax disputes are another driver of work for the practice, which is led by managing partner Mark Fraser.

Vietnam > Projects and energy

Frasers Law Company has a strong pedigree in energy and infrastructure development and project finance transactions. Its work spans areas such as oil and gas, power, wind, solar, telecoms and ports, among others. Recent mandates included assisting Vina Capital with its $3bn co-investment with GS Energy in an LNG power generation facility; Justin Gisz is leading the advice to the client in this matter. He co-heads the practice with founding partner Mark Fraser, who is active in both traditional and renewable energy projects. Senior associate Nguyen Mai Phuong joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2020.

Vietnam > Labour and employment

Frasers Law Company, which has a strong profile among international clients, advises on significant restructurings, terminations and investigations, as well as restrictive covenants and general day-to-day compliance issues. Managing partner Mark Fraser co-heads the practice with Justin Gisz.

Vietnam > Intellectual property: international firms

Frasers Law Company’s recent work included assisting clients with trade mark registrations and regulatory compliance, as well as the IP aspects of M&A transactions and franchising agreements. It also handled challenges to infringements of patents, copyrights and trade marks. The practice is led by senior intellectual property lawyer Nguyen Van Vien, who has over 30 years of experience and is a qualified patent attorney. He has been instrumental in the development and enforcement of legislation in Vietnam. Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz also assist with IP issues.

Vietnam > Insurance

(Leading individuals)

Mark Fraser  – Frasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company‘s growing practice handles matters such as insurance-related M&A, restructurings and insurance claims, as well as regulatory compliance work. It also assists with insurance issues associated with financing major energy projects. The practice is led by founding partner Mark Fraser, who has acted on a significant number of insurance-related mandates since he moved to Vietnam in 1995. Under his leadership, the firm is increasingly active in advising foreign insurance companies on establishing operations in Vietnam. Fraser works with senior associates Phung Thi Thanh Thao and Duong Thi Mai Huong.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration

In a major development at Frasers Law CompanyEarl Rivera-Dolera joined from The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore in January 2021 to lead the firm’s international arbitration practice. In addition to representing clients in arbitration proceedings, Rivera-Dolera is listed as an arbitrator at KCAB, SIAC, HKIAC and JCAA, among other institutions. Other names to note at the firm include Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz , whose recent work included matters involving the industrials and manufacturing sectors.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Mark FraserFrasers Law Company

Frasers Law Company has been a well-known name in the market in Vietnam for over 20 years, and it generates work from clients operating in a broad cross-section of industries, such as manufacturing, energy and financial services, among others. Mark Fraser co-heads the practice with Justin Gisz. Under their joint leadership, the group advises on M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, corporate governance issues and merger control. Senior associate Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram is also recommended.

Vietnam > Capital markets

Frasers Law Company‘s practice, which is led by managing partner Mark Fraser, acts for clients on a wide range of debt and equity capital markets transactions. Its work covers IPOs, rights issues, offerings of corporate bonds and convertible debt securities, among other matters. Fraser is supported by Justin Gisz.

Vietnam > Banking and finance

Frasers Law Company has been a key fixture in the Vietnamese market for over 25 years. Equally strong advising borrowers and lenders, its team is prominent in major project finance transactions (including those relating to industrial and infrastructure projects), as well as general bank lending matters and debt refinancing mandates. Also notable is that it is increasingly active in Vietnam’s growing fintech sector. The practice is jointly led by Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz. Senior associate Phung Thi Thanh Thao is another name to note.

Vietnam > Shipping and aviation

Frasers Law Company has a growing presence in both the shipping and aviation sectors, with it generating an increasing volume of work from local and international investors that are taking an interest in the market in Vietnam. Managing partner Mark FraserJustin Gisz and senior associate Phung Thi Thanh Thao are the main contacts at the firm, which also acts for logistics companies, airlines and shipping lines. Fraser has previous experience of handling shipping and aviation matters in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Vietnam > Data protection

Frasers Law Company has a strong reputation in TMT and its work in this space covers regulatory compliance, restructuring issues, as well as internal investigations into data breaches. Managing partner Mark Fraser has been highly active in advising clients in the technology and insurance sectors. He co-heads the practice with Justin Gisz, who has recently assisted a number of financial services companies with data protection issues.

Vietnam > Real estate and construction

Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz co-head the practice at Frasers Law Company, which handles a myriad of complex mandates, including real estate-related M&A, acquisitions of development projects, joint ventures and construction projects. At senior associate level, Duong Thi Mai Huong is a name to note, as is Nguyen Mai Phuong, who was hired from Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2020.