EPLegal Limited > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam > Firm Profile

EPLegal Limited
SUITE 501, 5TH FL, PHUONG TOWER, 31C LY TU TRONG ST
BEN NGHE WARD, DISTRICT 1
HO CHI MINH CITY
Vietnam

Vietnam > Shipping and aviation Tier 2

EPLegal Limited has a well-established presence in both the shipping and aviation sectors, and its team handles a wide ambit of contentious and non-contentious work for both areas. On the shipping side, areas of expertise include cargo recovery and defence, ship finance transactions and vessel acquisitions and sales. The firm's aviation work includes advice on all aspects of aircraft lease/novation/transfer transactions, as well as financings and refinancings. Tony Nguyen, who is well-known for his litigation and ADR experience, leads the team. He is supported by commercial contracts expert Annie Ngo.

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Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company

Petrovietnam Transportation JSC

Oversea-chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Petrovietnam Transportation Ha Noi Joint Stock Company

Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Joint Stock Company

AIG Vietnam Insurance Company Limited

DHL Supply Chain (Vietnam)

Work highlights

  • Advising Vietjet Aviation on a number of aircraft sub-lease projects
  • Advising AIG on a dispute regarding a cargo claim.
  • Advising Petrovietnam Transportation on the liquidation of a ship under Vietnamese regulations.

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 3

EPLegal Limited has strong transactional capabilities in relation to project finance, aircraft finance and syndicated loans. In addition, other areas of activity include the procurement of credit loans and regulatory compliance advice. Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo jointly lead the team and stand out for their strengths in the financing aspects of major energy projects.

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Testimonials

The quality and customer service are good. They work well, even under time pressures.

Key clients

Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company

Oversea-chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company on a number of aircraft sub-lease projects.
  • Advising Mizuho Bank on a syndicated loan to finance the development of a project in Vietnam

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

EPLegal Limited is a strong choice for advice on high-stakes arbitration proceedings, with its team having experience of representing claimants and respondents in matters involving the rules of VIAC, ICC, SIAC and PIAC. Oil and gas is a key area of strength, with the firm having started out as a boutique firm specialising in this space when it was established in 2009. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include cases involving corporate, maritime and construction issues. Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo jointly lead the team.

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EPLegal’s core team has years of experience in both domestic and international dispute resolution with value up to millions of dollars. The team is also knowledgeable and helpful. Their excellent specialty in dispute resolution, in particular, has produced outcomes that have met or exceeded our expectations.

Tony Nguyen is a true expert in the field of arbitration. He is well-versed in arbitration rules, procedures and other practical matters. He is responsive and skilled in this field, and by providing a flexible service, he exhibits a unique problem-solving expertise. He is bright, well-organized, and has a cheerful demeanor.

Tony Nguyen is a very good lawyer in terms of knowledge and skills in arbitration.’

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

EPLegal Limited handles domestic and cross-border litigation, which spans areas such as energy (including oil and gas), shipping and real estate, among others. Tony Nguyen and Annie Ngo jointly lead the team, which acts for clients such as DHL, AIG and Unicorn Metal Corporation.

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Realistic dispute resolution plan and strategies. Reasonable fee.’

Key clients

Flex Speed Delivery Limited Liability Company

Long Son Petroleum Industrial Zone Investment Joint Stock Company

DHL Supply Chain (Vietnam)

AIG Vietnam Insurance Company Limited

Unicorn Metal Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing AIG on a dispute regarding cargo claim.
  • Advising and representing Unicorn Metal on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral award in Vietnam.
  • Advising Flex Speed Delivery on a dispute regarding a delivery service contract.

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 3

Oil and gas work has been a mainstay at EPLegal Limited, having initially set up as an oil and gas boutique in 2009. It has also branched out into advising clients on renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Tony Nguyen has extensive experience of advising on the financing of corporate transactions relating to major drilling projects. He co-heads the practice with Annie Ngo, who focuses on contractual issues involving procurement and supply chain management.

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I have recently worked with EPLegal and highly appreciated its ample expertise, as well as its high level of commitment to clients. EPLegal’s team has a wealth of experience within the field of projects and energy, and it utilizes many outstanding, creative and safe legal solutions. EPLegal is well-connected with firms and experts from UK, US and Asia, and can connect with them anytime the client needs assistance.

Tony Nguyen is a true expert in the field of energy. He is responsive and skilled in this field, and by providing a flexible service, he exhibits a unique problem-solving expertise. His brilliant ideas have always made our organization satisfied. He is intelligent, well-organized and has a positive attitude.

Key clients

Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Joint Stock Company

PVGAS LNG – PetroVietnam Gas Corporation

HydroChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation

PTSC Production Services Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Joint Stock Company on terms and conditions of the draft of crude oil purchase agreements with overseas suppliers
  • Issued reports of due diligence for HydroChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation for the purpose of developing wind power projects
  • Advised PetroVietnam Gas Corporation on the draft on terms and conditions of LNG master agreements.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Although EPLegal Limited started out as a boutique oil and gas law firm in 2009, it has a growing corporate practice which now attracts work across a wide range of industries. Managing partner Annie Ngo leads the team, which acts for Vietnamese and international clients operating in areas such as manufacturing, real estate, renewable and alternative energy, maritime and aviation.

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HydroChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation

PTSC Production Services Joint Stock Company

Phu Loc Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Providing legal consultation to PTSC Production Services Joint Stock Company in relation to procurement procedure.

EPLegal is originated from the first Vietnamese law firm which is specialised in the oil and gas industry with the foremost legal practice to support clients’ needs for the energy industry in Vietnam. With empirical international experience and comprehensive knowledge, EPLegal has extended its legal services to cover construction, shipping and aviation, banking and project financing, investments and corporate, and dispute resolution and litigation.

EPLegal possesses highly qualified lawyers and consultants accredited in Vietnam and England with a normal range of 10 to 20 years of experience in legal and contract related practices. We have a strong project finance team who have experiences with multi-million and billion dollar financing projects in the sectors of energy, ship construction and aviation, oil and gas. In these projects, our team has been acting in both lenders and sponsors counsel role.

EPLegal is also proud of having outstanding dispute lawyers specialized in high value, high stakes, complex litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional disputes. We are usually involved in early dispute resolution through direct settlement negotiation, mediation or, failing that, litigation or arbitration. Disputes will be quickly and commercially resolved via alternative dispute resolution (ADR) while retaining the clients’ reputation and business relationships. With 6 offices in Vietnam (Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh) and the UK (London, Birmingham and Manchester), and partner firms in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Brunei we cover various jurisdictions, arbitral institutional rules and work effectively in multi-cultural environment.

EPLegal’s premier services have been widely recognised by many prestigious legal magazines and organisations, such as Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Asialaw Profiles, Benchmark Litigation, etc. EPLegal distinguishes itself by focusing on corporate clients with a philosophy grounded in personal service to such valued clients, and a disciplined approach to advancing clients’ interests by producing the quickest and most advantageous commercial solutions.

Main areas of practice
Energy and construction

  • Advised PVN on Fuel Product Offtake Agreement with Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd
  • Advised PVC-MS on service and equipment contract for Thai Binh 2 Thermal Power Plant
  • Advised KNOC on tie-in transaction of Rong Doi Field
  • Advised Sumitomo on due diligence and potential M&A in an upstream project
  • Represented PVC-MS in an EPCIC contract with PC Vietnam Limited of Ham Rong project
  • Advised Sumitomo on an EPCI contract and outstanding Vietnamese construction regulations in relation an upstream central processing platform
  • Represented PTSC in an EPC contract negotiation of Block B Gas project
  • Advised PVGas on LNG project to import LNG into Vietnam
  • Advised BSR for its 2nd phase extension of Dung Quat Refinery
  • Advised BSR to purchase Crude Oil for its refinery
  • Reviewed EPC contracts to develop wind power plants project in Vietnam

Key clients: PetroVietnam and its subsidiaries, KNOC, Sumitomo, Lam Son JOC, Tungtex, VinaCapital, An Xuan, Cuu Long JOC, HydroChina ZhongNan

Contact: Ms. Annie Ngo – anniengo@eplegal.com

Dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration)

  • Represented two Vietnamese respondents in a dispute at SIAC regarding fiduciary duties stipulated in a shareholder agreement
  • Represented a respondent in a dispute related to Soyabean Meal contract with a Singapore company
  • Represented PVShipyard in a SIAC case regarding a contract on international sale of goods
  • Advised Robbins USA for a dispute settlement through mediation with Vinh Son-Song Hinh Company for EPC contract
  • Represented a claimant in an ICC case involving international sales of goods
  • Represented a client in a court case involving a vessel collision in the Vietnam waters
  • Represented a foreign operator in initiating an administrative lawsuit against local customs authorities for an illegal tax decision
  • Represented an owner of an EPC project in an international arbitration case against a member of consortium as contractors of an EPC contract

Key clients: Hung Lam, PVShipyard, VTRAC Holdings Ltd, Transocean, Dragon Sourcing Group Ltd, ELCEE, Long Son PIC

Contact: Tony Nguyen – tonynguyen@eplegal.com

Finance and banking

  • Advised Natixis (Singapore) on the refinancing of the Chimsao FPSO project
  • Advised Vietjet Air on a number of aircraft purchase projects
  • Advised PVGas on Nam Con Son 2 Pipeline financing project with Mizuho Bank
  • Advised customer for syndicated loan agreements to buy and mortgage the Oil Tanker

Key clients: PetroVietnam and its subsidiaries, Natixis, Vietjet Air, An Binh Bank, PVIAM

Contact: Tony Nguyen – tonynguyen@eplegal.com

Corporate and M&A

  • Advised PVN on its divestment of Long Son Petrochemical Complex
  • Advised Sumitomo on legal due diligence on a potential M&A in an upstream oil and gas project
  • Advised An Xuan on corporate structure of a wasted heat power project
  • Advised BSR on its corporate, financing and investment matters
  • Advised Hyundai Freezer Plant on setting up a new company in Vietnam
  • Assisted a US company in acquiring the packaging assets of a Vietnamese manufacturer

Key clients: Hyundai Freezer Plant, Sumitomo, PetroVietnam and its subsidiaries, Antechnic, Streamcast Asia, An Xuan, Numaco

Contact: Ms. Annie Ngo – anniengo@eplegal.com

Shipping and aviation

  • Advised Lam Son JOC on the legal interpretation of Time Charter Party of FPSO Vessel with PTSC
  • Advised Vietjet Air on the lease of multiple aircrafts and financing of aircraft purchase
  • Advised PTSC Marine on recovering debts regarding O&M services, and on shipping contracts
  • Advised PVTrans on the FSO Kamari Bare Boat Charter Party
  • Advised a client on an incident of vessel collision in Vietnam water area

Key clients: Vietjet Air, PVTrans, PTSC Marine, SOFEL, PVShipyards, Long Son PIC, Robbins

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Dispute Resolution (Litigation) Annie Ngoanniengo@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) Tony Nguyentonynguyen@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Energy - Oil & Gas Annie Ngoanniengo@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Finance & Banking Tony Nguyentonynguyen@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Real estate & Construction Tony Nguyentonynguyen@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Shipping & Aviation Tony Nguyentonynguyen@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Corporate and M&A Annie Ngoanniengo@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
Project Development Annie Ngoanniengo@eplegal.com+84 28 3823 2648
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mrs Anh (Annie) Ngo Quynh  photo Mrs Anh (Annie) Ngo Quynh Managing Partner of EPLegal
Mr Nam (Tony) Nguyen Trung  photo Mr Nam (Tony) Nguyen Trung Founder, Sr. Partner of EPLegal
Number of Lawyers : 4
Number of Associates : 8
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Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam (HKBAV)
Legal Committee of American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam (AMCHAM)
Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)
The Vietnam Business Lawyers' Club (VBLC)
Nextlaw Global Referral Network
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)