Mr Justin Gisz > 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

Merger and Acquisition, Capital Markets, Banking and Finance

Position

Partner

Career

Justin Gisz is a Partner of Frasers and one of our firm’s most senior expatriate lawyers. Justin’s 19 years’ experience combines nine years’ Australian and international experience with 12 years’ experience in Vietnam.

A mergers, acquisitions, and corporate advisory specialist – and equally at home across both the private equity space and the public capital markets space – Justin has also developed industry-leading expertise in Vietnamese property, general commercial, and foreign direct investment law.

Experience

Justin commenced his career in 1998 with KPMG Legal, based in its Sydney office. During his five years with KPMG Legal, Justin specialised in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate and commercial advisory work. Justin acted on many high-profile transactions for multinational and Australian companies, including blue chip public companies, large private companies, global franchises and small to medium sized enterprises, often in collaboration with the KPMG Tax division.

In 2003, Justin accepted the role of General Counsel, Oceania, for the Deutsche Post/DHL group of companies, again based in Sydney. In this General Counsel role, Justin was responsible for managing the legal and regulatory affairs of the Deutsche Post/DHL group in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. The transport and logistics business of Deutsche Post/DHL in Oceania is a large and complex operation, spanning multiple business units and generating massive revenues. Reporting to the Oceania CEO, with a dotted line report to Asia Pacific General Counsel, Justin was heavily involved in executive management of the group’s operations across numerous jurisdictions and gained invaluable experience in the practical application of law in a business context.

In 2007, Justin joined the Frasers team, bringing with him a combination of top-tier professional advisory firm experience and multi-jurisdictional General Counsel experience.

Languages

English

Lawyer Rankings

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 > 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

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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 > 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.