Firm Profile > ACSV Legal > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

ACSV Legal

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

ACSV Legal's corporate practice has extensive expertise in handling a range of private equity transactions and restructuring matters. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City and led by English-qualified managing partner Mark Oakley, the team has a focus on foreign direct investment into Southeast Asia and advises clients across the healthcare, pharmaceutical,  and technology sectors. Special counsel Hieu Pham is skilled in cross-border merger work and handles matters for large Vietnamese conglomerates. The team expanded its offering with the arrival of litigation expert Minh Nguyen last year.

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‘ACSV Legal team comprises high-calibre lawyers who have been trained in the US or UK. They have a can-do and business-oriented mindset. They can deliver excellent work results under tight deadlines, sometimes within 24 hours. Our company runs businesses in F&B sector and there are often sudden legal inquiries from commercial teams that require us to react quickly and provide immediate guidance. It is rare to see a firm in the market that can consistently meet our set deadlines but at the same time do not compromise the work quality.’

‘The lawyers are knowledgeable and responsive. They consistently achieve satisfying results using a combination of legal experience and creativity.’

‘Mark Oakley has a long-time experience in Vietnam and has advised so many and diverse deals that we are happy we can source from his experience. Also, the fact that he has been advising us (with his team) for a long time is really helpful in getting and being prepared for such a big step as selling the company. Mark advises us on what is possible and whatnot, and how we can realise our plans. He can do this based on his long-term experience not only in Vietnam but also in other countries and (in Singapore, the UK and the Middle East) as well his thorough knowledge of our company.’

‘Hieu Pham has a good overview of our business and is well aware what the impact of a decision is. He has a good commercial view as well as legal eye for matters we worked on. He has not as much experience as Mark, but he is very creative in the legal advice provided (of course all within the legal limits). He comes up with solutions that we believe would not have been provided by other lawyers, not even at the big international law firms in Vietnam.’

‘A high-skilled and dedicated team with strong knowledge in mostly concerned matters.’

‘Every single team member has their own unique selling points that make me comfortable and quite satisfied with the results. They put themselves on client’s site to catch up with the big picture before jumping into the details.’

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Jio Health


O-We Water

Tax Tier 3

Operating since 2014, the tax practice at ACSV Legal handles tax and estate planning issues for private clients and foreign companies in Vietnam. Hieu Pham manages the team and advises on tax planning, asset management, and cross-border transfers of assets.

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The firm
ACSV Legal is a vibrant and dynamic, Vietnam based law-firm, located in Ho Chi Minh City. Not only do we have unparalleled domestic expertise, but we are part of the One Asia Lawyers’ international network with partner offices across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.

We have a team of experienced lawyers who are qualified in Vietnam, the UK, the US and Malaysia in civil and common law jurisdictions. The languages spoken at ACSV Legal include Vietnamese, English, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, French and Malay.

Practice Areas
ACSV Legal has one of the premier Corporate / M&A practices in Vietnam and its approach is to understand the legal, commercial and political dynamics of every matter. ACSV Legal has advised on various high profile complex cross-border M&A transactions which have been made possible by strategic and pre-emptive pre-deal restructuring. We advise on all types of commercial agreements, reviews contracts from both Vietnamese and foreign law perspectives.

ACSV Legal has experience in advising clients on strategic investments, divestments, debt and security transactions, design and review of loan contracts, as well as capital contributions. We have extensive experience in private equity transactions with a focus on a strong commercial approach. This gives us a comprehensive understanding of the hurdles our clients may face.

Our Clients
Our clients are typically businesses within South-East Asia which are experiencing significant growth, as well as leading international and local corporations who need advice on a broad array of multi-jurisdictional transactions. We have advised our clients on matters in a wide range of sectors and industries such as healthcare, beauty and fitness, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, IT and technology, hospitality and leisure, education, retail, manufacturing and distribution, apparel and fashion, Fintech and payment services.

International Network
In 2016, ACSV Legal joined a network of Asian law firms operating in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim known as “One Asia Lawyers”. One Asia Lawyers has partner offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Myanmar. Our participation in this network has made it possible for us to serve our clients with regional capability allowing us to concurrently serve our clients’ cross border needs through one dedicated legal platform.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Mark Oakley
Corporate and M&A Hieu Pham
Private equity Mark Oakley
Private equity Hieu Pham
Banking and finance Elaine Chew
Dispute Resolution Minh Nguyen
Taxation Elaine Chew
Taxation Hieu Pham
Compliance Minh Nguyen
Licensing Huyen Pham
Restructuring Mark Oakley
Restructuring Hieu Pham
Real estate Mark Oakley
Real estate Elaine Chew
Private client Mark Oakley
Private client Hieu Pham
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Elaine Chew  photo Ms Elaine Chew Seniore Associate
Ms Minh Nguyen  photo Ms Minh Nguyen Senior Associate and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
Mr Mark Oakley  photo Mr Mark Oakley Managing Partner
Ms Huyen Pham  photo Ms Huyen Pham Senior Associate
Mr Hieu Pham  photo Mr Hieu Pham Associate
Number of lawyers : 20