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 has a ‘leading practice‘ in the TMT arena, with strength across the transactional and regulatory space. Led by Mark Fraser, the team advises a number of blue-chip companies and undertakes heavyweight advisory work related to the M&A work and due diligence matters. Other co-head Justin Gisz advises foreign clients on market entry advice whilst senior associate Pham Thanh Mai supports on cross-border projects.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Mark FraserFrasers Law Company

Independent firm Frasers Law Company has over two decades of experience in the Vietnamese market and advises clients on major cross-border transactions as well as handling day-to-day corporate advisory work. Mark Fraser leads the practice, which also includes key name Justin Gisz. Senior associates Ho Thuy Ngoc Tram and Pham Thanh Mai are also core members of the team, with practices crossing over this area and finance work.

Vietnam > Capital markets

Frasers Law Company‘s capital markets team has a cross-practice approach with its banking and finance group and offers clients the full scope of work including handling both debt and equity capital market transactions. Mark Fraser leads the team, which advises financial institutions, investment banks, and foreign investors. Justin Gisz is also a core member.

Vietnam > Shipping and aviation

The team at Frasers Law Company has experience handling a range of maritime and aviation instructions from clients. Practice head Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz provide advice on transactions, vessel and aircraft financing, as well a broader range of work acting for shipping industry clients.

Vietnam > Tax

Frasers Law Company handles tax structuring of key transactions and cross-border tax planning for an international client base. Practice head Mark Fraser oversees a cross-disciplinary team that has expertise in the tax elements of M&A deals, while Justin Gisz advises major manufacturing companies on anti-counterfeiting and customs duty matters. Tax specialist Tran Lan Chi is the name for market entry advice, and the team has sector strength across retail, power, and infrastructure.

Vietnam > Intellectual property: international firms

Frasers Law Company‘s intellectual property practice advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters across all three of the core strands of the practice area. Nguyen Van Vien oversees the group and is instructed by international clients on contentious infringement matters and cross-border deals. Mark Fraser and Justin Gisz advise on the transactional aspects of deals and are active in due diligence review work and day-to-day advisory.

Vietnam > Insurance

Frasers Law Company‘s insurance team advises foreign clients operating in the insurance sector in Vietnam on establishing a business, as well as advising on complex transactions. Led by Mark Fraser, the team advises on risk and regulatory matters to clients which include large financial institutions and state-owned power corporations. Senior associate Phung Thi Thanh Thao is a core member of the group, handling a range of day-to-day advisory work among other matters.

Vietnam > Labour and employment

Frasers Law Company is skilled across a broad spectrum of employment matters, handling contentious and non-contentious work for a range of national and international clients. Practice head Mark Fraser acts for foreign investors and companies on labour legislation compliance, contractual work, and on the employment law implications of transactions. Justin Gisz is also active, and employee-employer IP ownership disputes remain a strength of the team.

Vietnam > Real estate and construction

The real estate team at Frasers Law Company handles heavyweight transactional work in the sector, including advising foreign investors on a number of notable deals. The group is led by Mark Fraser, and also includes Justin Gisz who has expertise in Vietnamese property and construction law and is a key contact for private equity clients. Senior associate Duong Thi Mai Huong is also recommended.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The dispute resolution team at Frasers Law Company handles commercial disputes and has expanded its offering with its new practice group handling regulatory and internal investigations work. Mark Fraser leads the group and focuses on energy and infrastructure-related disputes, as well as retaining a specialism in international trade matters. Justin Gisz acts for large Vietnamese companies on shareholder disputes.

Vietnam > Data protection

The data protection practice at Frasers Law Company, led by Mark Fraser, advises a number of large international clients on data privacy matters. The team also includes Justin Gisz, who has experience advising financial institutions in the wake of data breaches and senior associate Nguyen Thuy Duong who has broader TMT experience.

Vietnam > Banking and finance

The ‘client-focused‘ banking practice at Frasers Law Company advises investors and financial institutions on large-scale project-related transactions. Led by Mark Fraser, the team has cross-border experiences in high-value financing mandates for international clients and provides corporate advisory work – Justin Gisz is the name for this and supports new operations on market entry in Vietnam. Elsewhere, senior associate Phung Thi Thanh Thao lends her expertise in banking industry work.

Vietnam > Projects and energy

Frasers Law Company handles an assortment of matters in this space, including both upstream oil and gas and renewable energy projects for investors and developers. Practice head Mark Fraser oversees the team with acts for both sponsors and lenders on transactions and advises foreign clients on development projects. Corporate lawyer Justin Gisz and senior associate Pham Thanh Mai are key contacts and support the workload.