Firm Profile > ATS Law Firm > Hanoi, Vietnam

ATS Law Firm

Vietnam > Labour and employment Tier 2

ATS Law Firm's labour practice advises clients on transactional and dispute resolution matters pertaining to employee exits as well as a range of non-contentious employment work. Vu Thi Thu Ha leads the group and acts for state-owned companies and international investors.

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Vietnam > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Based in Hanoi, ATS Law Firm handles commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, contractual disagreements and civil transactions. Vu Thi Thu Ha oversees the team, which also includes  former judge Tran Hong Nhan who has over 30 years of experience in criminal litigation work. The group has expertise in complex fraud allegations and banking litigation.

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Vietnam > Real estate and construction Tier 3

ATS Law Firm handles property development, acquisitions and mixed-development projects for clients including developers, private equity funds, and other investors. Headed by Vu Thi Thu Ha, the team is skilled in handling commercial contracts in the real estate spaces, managing large scale projects, and advising on international and domestic transactions. Huong Phan in Hanoi is a core member of the team.

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Vietnam > Tax Tier 3

The tax group at ATS Law Firm in Hanoi provides a full-service taxation practice for local and international clients, particularly on tax disputes and transactional advice. Vu Thi Thu Ha leads the team which also handles compliance work and transfer pricing matters, while in Ho Chi Minh City, Vo Thi Nhu Ma is the main contact.

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Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 4

Based in Hanoi, ATS Law Firm handles transactional work for international financial institutions and domestic banks. Led by managing partner Vu Thi Thu Ha, the group is experienced in a range of corporate finance matters.

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Who we are
At ATS Law firm, also known as ATS Lawyers or ATS, our deeds reflect our creed – to provide the very best professional legal services and to gain and maintain our clients’ trust and satisfaction.

Established in 2014, ATS is a Vietnam-based law firm which has extended its practice and influence globally, particularly in the areas of investment, corporate/M&A, HR management, taxation, and litigation. Over many years of operation, we have a growing list of international and local clients satisfied with the high quality of our services and the results we achieve. They include many state enterprises, NGOs, leading conglomerates, companies and foreign investors in diverse sectors including real estate, construction, trade, energy, healthcare, insurance, and investment projects.

We are headquartered in Hanoi and also have an office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Our approach is client-focused, solution-oriented, and innovative. We constantly work to enhance our ability to meet the needs of our clients, allowing them to minimize administrative overheads and focus on their core business activities.

To become a top-level legal service provider on domestic and international matters, we have formed associations with many local, national, and international organizations.

We pride ourselves on our ability to build client trust and support them in navigating applicable laws. We have a very high success rate for accomplishing our clients’ objectives, consistently exceeding expectations.

Our expertise
ATS is known as a professional law firm operating across a full range of practice areas including investment, business structure and management, mergers and acquisitions, human resources management, taxation, intellectual property, mediation, arbitration, compliance, and corporate consultancy in various business industries such as banking, finance, securities, capital markets, real estate, construction, infrastructure, energy, insurance, health care, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, trade, distribution, retail, logistics, and shipping, etc. ATS has been supporting international and local clients for many years. We have served various state enterprises, non-government organizations, companies, and well-known foreign investors.

Department Name Email Telephone
Investment Projects; Project Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management; Corporate & Compliance; Real Estate & Construction; Banking & Finance; Securities & Capital Markets; Dispute Resolution Mediation; Dispute Resolution Litigation; Contracts & Agreements; Labor & HR Management; Taxation Vu Thi Thu Ha +84 24 3751 1888
Corporate & Compliance; Contracts & Agreements; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management; Project Finance; Banking & Finance Park Jun Yong +84 24 3751 1888
Dispute Resolution Mediation; Dispute Resolution Litigation Tran Hong Nhan +84 24 3751 1888
Investment Projects; Project Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management; Corporate & Compliance; Real Estate & Construction; Banking & Finance; Securities & Capital Markets; Dispute Resolution Mediation; Dispute Resolution Litigation; Contracts & Agreements; Labor & HR Management; Taxation Tran Minh Chau +84 24 3751 1888
Investment Projects; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management ; Corporate & Compliance; Real Estate & Construction; Dispute Resolution Mediation; Dispute Resolution Litigation; Labor & HR Management Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy +84 24 3751 1888
Corporate & Compliance; Dispute Resolution Mediation; Legal Translation Kavitha Kannan +84 24 3751 1888
Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management; Corporate & Compliance; Labor & HR Management Hoa Co +84 24 3751 1888
Investment Projects; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business Structure & Management Joseph Lim +84 24 3751 1888
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Tran Minh CHAU  photo Ms Tran Minh CHAU ▶ Corporate & commercial, ▶ Construction & real estate, ▶ Banking &…
Mrs Hoa Co  photo Mrs Hoa Co ▶ HR function/ management system establishment in newly setup or re-build in…
Mrs Vu Thi Thu HA  photo Mrs Vu Thi Thu HA ▶ Corporate & commercial, ▶ Construction & real estate, ▶ Banking &…
Mrs Kavitha KANNAN  photo Mrs Kavitha KANNAN ▶ Corporate and Commercial ▶ „Litigation ▶ Deeds and Conveyance ▶ Property…
Mr Tran Hong NHAN  photo Mr Tran Hong NHAN
Mrs Huong Phan  photo Mrs Huong Phan ▶ Corporate & commercial ▶ Construction & real estate ▶ Banking &…
Number of lawyers : 15
World Mediation Organization (WMO)
Canadian Business Chamber (CANCHAM)
Indian Business Chamber (INCHAM)
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (ICHAM)
European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EUROCHAM)
Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
International Bar Association (IBA)

Vu Thi Thu Ha, Director – Managing Partner

Director – Managing Partner Vu Thi Thu Ha discusses how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate ATS from your competitors?

ATS Law Firm (alternatively known as “ATS Lawyers” or “ATS”) is a leading full-service law firm in Vietnam, headquartered in Ha Noi and branch office located in Ho Chi Minh City which has set a high standard for providing innovative and effective legal services.

ATS maintains close relationships with prominent international law firms to offer top-level advice and service for all domestic and international legal matters. This uniquely qualifies us to effectively accomplish objectives of clients, which include state enterprises, non-government organizations, companies and well-known foreign investors.

Under the leadership of experienced partners who have practiced as senior lawyers and advisors at many well-known groups and consulting firms in Vietnam, we maintain a diverse team of highly qualified professional associates with immense insight into the interpretation of laws and practices.

At ATS, we are committed to providing effective, responsive and reliable legal services in a professional manner and we enable clients to minimize administrative overhead so that they can focus on their core business activities. We pride ourselves in our ability to leverage applicable laws and build client trust in order to exceed expectations.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges in many aspects of life, including the legal industry. In our opinions, the focal legal focus areas in Vietnamese legal industry for the next 12 months include:

Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Litigation

The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic leads to many risks of disputes in business, from leasing contracts to commercial contracts, providing services, etc. Disputes may arise from the parties currently having or expecting future difficulties in cash flow, significant impairment or insolvency due to social distancing or negative psychology of the customers. Most of these difficulties are due to objective or unforeseen factors and not from bad intentions of parties. But the terms of the contracts in Vietnam are usually quite vague and general i.e. not strict enough or not fully understood, leading to a dispute.

Of course, when resolving these disputes, enterprises should pay attention to maintaining good relationships with their partners, looking for opportunities to restore business in the future. Therefore, the best solution is that the parties should negotiate in good faith for a reasonable settlement. However, it is quite difficult for conflicting parties to find a common ground by themselves without necessarily going to courts, so mediation is recommended method. This method is still unfamiliar to many Vietnamese businesses but is increasingly appreciated because the parties are fully active and in control of the mediation process. On the other hand, litigation at the court has been the traditional dispute settlement method and, due to the mentality of needing a solid assurance regarding judgment enforcement, many Vietnamese businesses still prefer this option.

Labour and Employment

Due to quarantine and social distancing policies, one of the problems that stands out is that personnel who are foreigners are prohibited from entering Vietnam. Personnel residing in areas declared an outbreak are quarantined or restricted in a blocked area. From the employers’ side, even though the market goes down, enterprises still have to retain the salary and insurance regime of employees, which can further make bad impact to their business.

Thus, enterprises should closely review legal risks before taking action toward the employees’ rights and obligations. For example, if a foreign employee is banned from entry, it is necessary to consider a remote work option, where hourly wages can be negotiated or a wage rate can be reduced. If the employee resides in a blocked area, it is possible to renegotiate the salary and adjust the benefits to reduce costs for the business. If the employer takes action without careful review and negotiation with employees, they may face the risk of violating the labor laws and getting involved in unexpected labor lawsuits.

However, there has been an increase in the number of cases where it is inevitable that the enterprises will have to terminate labor contracts with a large number of employees. The employers shall then have to carry out all procedures required by law and fully pay entitled benefits to emplyees.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients? And how have the firm responded to assist clients during this unprecedented pandemic?

Like other Asian countries, face-to-face meeting is a traditional way to do business in Vietnam. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many adjustments. The major one for our firm is the increase in using conference and video calls as the preferable meeting method. We are determined to make online meetings as effective and productive as traditional ones.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes, it does. As stated above, technology gives us the ability to bridge time and space in a cost-effective manner, enabling us to maintain consistent and relevant communication with clients throughout the pandemic, leaving no room for misunderstanding or delays. We make our services accessible around the clock on all available communication platforms and networks, yet stay the same quality.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Termination of labour contract by the employer always has a high probability of giving rise to labor disputes. There are instances where the employees would stir up troubles by uploading untrue information on their social media, sending complaint letters to reporters or labor-management authorities. Proactively, ATS detected and responded promptly to minimize these behaviors. We worked with reporters and administrative closely. By the end of the day, the lawful rights, reputation, and image of our clients were successfully protected.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients seeking legal services do look forward to and expect to get benefits from their legal providers, especially clients with day-to-day legal consultant contracts. With the vision of becoming a top-level legal services provider on domestic and international matters, ATS has formed associations with many local, national, and international organizations to exchange knowledge, experience, and skills. In the next three years, ATS will continue to enhance our co-operation with other global firms and organizations which share our expertise. Furthermore, witnessing the technology helps us to reach out to clients in such vulnerable time has led us to prepare plans on providing legal service for more changes that could happen in the upcoming years.