YKVN > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Firm Profile

YKVN
SUITE 1102
235 DONG KHOI STREET, DISTRICT 1
HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

YKVN is a leading independent firm in the market, known for its expertise in both public and private M&A, as well as private equity transactions and privatisations. Managing partner Truong Nhat Quang, who leads the team, has extensive corporate and M&A experience, which is complemented by his expertise in banking and capital markets. He is supported by Eli Mazur, who has specialism in work relating to the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Vu Dzung is another key name, as is Diep Hoai Nam.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very dedicated and experienced. They also have a great commercial knowledge of the transactions.’

‘Truong Nhat Quang is very calm and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Masan Group Corporation

Vingroup

Apollo Global Management, Inc

China Huadian Engineering Corporation Ltd. (“CHEC”)

Transcendental Human Resources Joint Stock Company

Heliconia Capital Management Pte. Ltd.

Macquarie Capital

UOB Group

Truong Thanh Viet Nam Group Joint Stock Company (TTVN)

Work highlights

  • Advised VPBank on its sale of 49% of the contributed capital (equity interest) held by VPBank in VPBank Finance Company Limited.
  • Advising MBK Partners on the transfer of its shares in Apex International Corp to Swiss logistics firm Kuehne & Nagel.
  • Advised Appollo Global Management on its acquisition of Showa Denko K.K through a series of transactions.

Vietnam > Data protection Tier 1

YKVN advises multinational companies on their adherence to local data protection law; this type of work is mostly handled by practice head Truong Nhat Quang and corporate partner Tram Nguyen . The team’s recent work has involved advising on privacy and cybersecurity issues, as well as acting as local counsel on ASEAN-related matters.

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Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

YKVN's team is experienced in handling arbitration cases that are heard in Singapore, which involve Vietnamese parties or have another connection with Vietnam. In addition, it is also prominent in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre. The group's work includes disputes involving construction, energy and financial services. K. Minh Dang, who is based in Singapore, leads the international arbitration practice. He is best known for his expertise in the oil and gas sector. Elsewhere, Truong Trong Nghia in Ho Chi Minh City focuses on corporate, trade and foreign investment matters. Luu Tien Dzung in Hanoi is also a name to note at the firm. Do Khoi Nguyen and Pham Minh Thang are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘K. Minh Dang is smart and knowledgeable about international arbitration and the driving force behind the growth of the practice.’

‘The team is led by the firm’s senior partner, Minh Dang, an extraordinary figure in Vietnam who has developed an extremely professional team that works with high standards and sense of expectations. It is truly a delight to work with YKVN, in particular Minh Dang and his team.’

‘Minh Dang is an extremely savvy, sophisticated and competent lawyer who masters US law as well as Vietnamese and civil law. He understands legal matters as well as economic matters and is very pragmatic in his approach.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Son Kim Land Corporation in relation to a restructuring involving potential SIAC arbitrations and court proceedings in Vietnam.
  • Acting as lead counsel to PVFCCo in an EPC contract dispute.
  • Advised Petrovietnam and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in a very significant damages claims in excess of  $1bn.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

YKVN fields a 15-strong litigation team, which is prominent in a broad cross-section of complex mandates. Luu Tien Dzung is experienced in handling multimillion-dollar contractual and foreign trade disputes before the Vietnamese courts. His client roster includes state-owned, domestic and international companies. Another key individual is Truong Trong Nghia, who undertakes a mix of domestic and cross-border litigation. In 2020, he led the advice to the former minister of the Ministry of Transport on a white-collar crime case concerning the transfer of toll rights of the Ho Chi Minh-Trung Luong Expressway project.

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Key clients

Bachy Soletanche Vietnam Co., Ltd

Mr. Dinh La Thang – former Minister of the Ministry of Transport

Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung – Former Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ha Noi City

Work highlights

  • Represented Bachy Soletanche Vietnam under the appellate proceeding involving a construction dispute.
  • Advised a former Minister of Transport in a white-collar crime case in relation to the transfer of toll rights of the Ho Chi Minh – Trung Luong Expressway project.
  • Advised Kim Oanh Real Estate on a purchase and sale agreement dispute.

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 1

YKVN's standing in the market sees its team act as counsel to key stakeholders in major projects in Vietnam, including lenders, investors and developers. Managing partner Truong Nhat Quang heads up the group, whose work spans areas such as power, renewable energy, petroleum and mining. Quang has an excellent reputation in banking and capital markets transactions, as well as M&A. Other key individuals in Quang's team include Duong Thu Ha and Vu Dzung.

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Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Eximbank Thailand)

Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)

China Huadian Engineering Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised China Huadian Engineering Corporation on financing a coal-fired power plant.
  • Advised Eximbank Thailand on the loan to be granted by Eximbank Thailand and BIDV to Phu Khanh Solar Power Joint Stock Company.
  • Advising CHEC, one of the largest state-owned energy companies in China, on the acquisition of controlling interests in four wind power plants in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam.

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 2

YKVN excels in handling a wide ambit of matters for international and domestic banks and other financial institutions. Under the leadership of managing partner Truong Nhat Quang, the team advises on project finance, asset finance, derivatives and corporate finance transactions. Regulatory advice is also a key pillar of the work undertaken by the group. Vu Dzung acts for clients on aircraft and infrastructure-related financings. Vu Dieu Huyen is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team has a great commercial sense of transactions.’

‘Dzung Vu is very experienced.’

The team is flexible in dealing with clients and works well collaborating with other law firms from other countries to the best advantage of the client. It provided insight not only on the written laws and regulations but also on the common practices happening in Vietnam in relation to a specific rule/law/issue.

Key clients

Masan Group Corporation

Vingroup

Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Eximbank Thailand)

Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank)

Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)

Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HDBank)

Credit Suisse

Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC)

Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd

Phu My Hung Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised VPBank on its sale of 49% of the contributed capital (equity interest) to SMBC Consumer Finance Co., Ltd.
  • Advised MSN on its financing from a financial consortium.
  • Advised Eximbank Thailand on financing a solar power project.

Vietnam > Capital markets Tier 2

YKVN has a strong track record handling domestic and cross-border debt and equity capital markets transactions for Vietnamese issuers and global investment banks. Managing partner Truong Nhat Quang leads the team, whose wide-ranging experience includes block trades, private placements and convertible bonds issuances. Vu Dzung and Duong Thu Ha are also recommended.

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‘YKVN has been involved in many landmark capital markets transactions in Vietnam, and its team is extremely experienced and able to provide clients with valuables insights and recommendations.’

Key clients

Masan Group Corporation

Vingroup

Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Eximbank Thailand)

Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank)

Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV)

Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HDBank)

Credit Suisse

Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC)

Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd

Phu My Hung Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Phu My Hung Development Corporation on its issuance of $80m international bonds.
  • Advised HDBank as issuer’s counsel on its $65m convertible tier 2 capital bond issuance.
  • Advised HDBank as issuer’s counsel on the $65m convertible tier 2 capital bond issuance.

Vietnam > TMT Tier 2

YKVN’s TMT offering is drawn from the firm's strengths in corporate and M&A, as well as dispute resolution. On the non-contentious side, the team has experience of acting on transactions connected with areas such as IT, media, advertising, e-commerce and telecoms. Truong Nhat Quang heads up the practice, working with Vu DzungLuu Tien Dzung and Pham Minh Thang.

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Key clients

Transcendental Human Resources Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Transcendental Human Resources Joint Stock Company on the issuance of redeemable dividend preference shares to the investor.
  • Advised Caldera on its acquisition of equity stake in and convertible bonds issued by Anova Corporation.

The firm: YKVN, an equal to the Magic Circle firms.” (IFLR)

IFLR From Magic Circle to “Golden Circle”, YKVN is widely recognized as the leading Vietnam-based law firm. Established in 1999, YKVN has since grown to become an independent law firm with over ninety legal professionals through a unique platform combining three offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore.

Areas of practice: With an unequivocal and undisputed dedication to providing the highest level of legal expertise placing our firm in a class of its own in Vietnam and in SEA, YKVN has built a reputation for excellence in:

  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate, M&A
  • Energy and infrastructure, and
  • Dispute resolution

With an intimate knowledge of the Vietnamese legal, business, and political landscape, YKVN’s attorneys have been at the forefront of virtually all significant legal developments in Vietnam in the past 25 years including high profile and ground-breaking international transactions.

We advise the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, government and state-owned entities.

Our lawyers are qualified in Vietnam, the US, Australia, Singapore, England, Korea and France. They include leading practitioners in their field, leaders of the profession, and civic leaders. Our senior partners have been partners at leading international firms (Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and White & Case). All of our partners have extensive experience in cross-border matters.

Our constant tier 1 rankings in our practice areas and awards (notably ten times IFLR “National Law Firm of the Year”) are the latest evidence of the widespread recognition of the quality of work for which we are known globally and regionally.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Duong Thu Ha
Banking and finance Dzung Vu
M&A Diep Hoai Nam
M&A K Minh Dang
Corporate K Minh Dang
Corporate Eli Mazur
Litigation Truong Trang Nghia
Litigation Luu Tien Dzung
Project finance and energy Truong Nhat Quang
Project finance and energy Diep Hoai Nam
Capital markets Truong Nhat Quang
Capital markets Phan Vinh Nhan
Pharmaceuticals and healthcare Eli Mazur
Arbitration K Minh Dang
Arbitration Do Khoi Nguyen
Insurance Diep Hoai Nam
Insurance Vu Dzung
Intellectual property Diep Hoai Nam
Intellectual property Le Thi Loc
Labour and employment Diep Hoai Nam
Labour and employment Eli Mazur
Real estate and construction Diep Hoai Nam
Real estate and construction Le Thi Loc
Shipping K Minh Dang
Shipping Tran Kinh Luan
TMT Truong Nhat Quang
TMT Diep Hoai Nam
Number of lawyers : 90
in this country : 74
at this office : 52
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