Lexcomm Vietnam LLC > HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam > Firm Profile

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC
UNITS 2105-07, LEVEL 21

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 1

With development and financing mandates in its impressive work portfolio, Lexcomm Vietnam LLC continues to be a leading player in the energy and infrastructure market, advising some of the globe’s largest asset managers, financial institutions and developers on high-value regional and cross-border deals. Oil and gas mandates remain the cornerstone of the practice, but a steady stream of renewable projects pertaining wind, solar and hydropower have also kept the group’s practitioner’s busy, alongside critical transport infrastructure construction and redevelopments. Founding partner and department lead Pham Ba Linh is proficient across the full gamut of energy and infrastructure financing, including project, leveraged and acquisition financing, and commands a strong understanding of the PPP market. Fellow founding partner and team head Nguyen Viet Ha also acts as head of M&A and excels across a range of acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures, whilst also possessing previous in-house industry experience at a leading telecommunications company.

Practice head(s):

Pham Ba Linh; Nguyen Viet Ha


‘Pham Ba Linh is very responsive and gives direct attention to his matters. He is our main contact and the person on whom we rely.’

‘Sector-focus experts and good value-for-money.’

‘Pham Ba Linh has a very strong track record in Vietnamese energy and projects work. The firm’s product is on par with some of the regional heavyweights. In addition, their responsiveness is excellent, they provide good value for money, and they are very easy to collaborate with.’

‘Pham Ba Linh really understands the industry, and having spent time previously in-house he is very attune to ensuring that his advice is client-focused.’

‘Pham Ba Linh knows the oil and gas sector very well. He is very practical and efficient.’

Key clients

BP| Singapore Pte Limited

BP Castrol



Bayerische Landesbank

Harbour Energy

Eni Vietnam B.V.

Hibiscus Petroleum

EDP |Renova|veis

Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC

PTT Global Chemical

SK ecoplant Co., Ltd.



BlackRock Real Assets

BlackRock Renewable Energy Group

The Boeing Company

Thai Oil Public Company Limited/GPSC

BCPG Public Company Limited

Iberdrola España Renovables

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX)

AC Renewables International Pte. Ltd.

Mitsubishi Corporation/|Diamond Gas International

New Fortress Energy

Alstom Transport

POSCO Engineering & Construction

Woodside Energy

Sojitz Corporation

Dubai Ports (DP) World

Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC)

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Repsol Vietnam

Dragon Capital

Nexif Energy

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Levanta Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of national and international contractors in relation to their tender for the construction of Phase 1 of a strategic “first-of-its-kind” US$14.12 billion Long Thanh International Airport in Vietnam.
  • Advising NSRP on highly complex project financing issues for a $9bn landmark Vietnam oil refinery project, being Vietnam’s largest foreign investment project to date over the last 30 years.
  • Advising AC Energy in relation to its $165m high-profile strategic acquisition of 49% interest in a 837 MW Vietnam solar platform of Super Energy.

Vietnam > TMT Tier 1

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC is geared to act on the full array of TMT-related issues for a burgeoning roll call of multinational conglomerates that include Microsoft, Uber, and the BBC, as well as a strong list of key domestic clients. The group offers knowledgeable and technical insights into app and e-commerce trading platform launches, data protection and privacy requirements, and multi-million USD M&A deals, as well as a considerable body of contentious work. The team is headed by Nguyen Viet Ha, who has exhibited unprecedented levels of activity over the past year acting across the telecommunication, television, energy, financial services, and gaming industries, and is routinely joined in mandates by Hoang Le Quan, who is steadily building up a formidable portfolio of premium client instructions.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Viet Ha

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V.


British Broadcasting Corporation

Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd




Go-Jek, Go-Viet


Work highlights

  • Representing Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V. in the economic concentration case before The Vietnam Competition Council.
  • Advising Microsoft on Vietnam regulatory approvals for online programmes.
  • Advising a variety of large multinational corporations on complex Vietnam data protection and privacy regulations.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC has a team of practitioners well-versed in cross-border M&A, frequently advising on inbound and outbound foreign investments, as well as business acquisitions by pan-Asian and transatlantic entities. Beyond this area of work, the group has strong regulatory expertise that underpins corporate formation and reorganisations, as well as IPOs and joint ventures. Head of M&A Nguyen Viet Ha is a seasoned practitioner that has particular expertise regarding energy and infrastructure assets, and is highly competent in handling clients’ sizeable foreign investment projects. Both Luong Van Trung and Nguyen Hong Hai possess similar cross-border proficiencies, with the latter also well-regarded for his capital markets and financing work, and the latter for his joint venture, corporate governance and compliance acumen.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Viet Ha

Other key lawyers:


‘Responsive, good client service, and good negotiation skills.’

Key clients

BP Singapore Pte. Ltd.

SK Ecoplant

PTT Global Chemical

BlackRock Renewable Energy Group

DP World

Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC (NSRP)

Eni Vietnam B.V.

Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd

Harbour Energy

Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX)

Scoular Vietnam

GreenYellow Vietnam

AC Renewables International

Viet Nam Australia International Education Corporation

Mutosi Group Joint Stock Company

Nexif Energy Management Pte Ltd

Noibai Express and Trading Joint Stock Company

TMS Group

Inspired Education Holdings Limited

Just Kids Education and Entertainment Joint Stock Company

Edufit Education Joint Stock Company

Long Thanh Golf Investment and Trading Joint Stock Company

An Phat Holdings

Qiming Venture Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Nexif Energy on the structuring and documentation of the Vietnam hydropower acquisition.
  • Advising key individual shareholders of VAS to successfully divest their shares to a subsidiary of US-based private equity firm TPG Capital.
  • Advising Mutosi on $14m investment from a strategic investor.

Vietnam > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC‘s clients benefit from the firm’s market expertise in energy and power work, with the practice regularly receiving instructions from some of Asia’s largest utility providers as well as from Vietnamese state-owned companies and oil & gas players. The team is also active in real estate project disputes, contract and agreement breaches, and joint venture disagreements. Founding partner and team head Luong Van Trung specialises in real estate, corporate, commercial, and investor-state arbitration, whereas Nguyen Viet Ha primarily focuses on energy-related disputes. Nguyen Hong Hai is chiefly active in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Luong Van Trung

Other key lawyers:


‘Lexcomm is a local firm with international standard of service and it always strives to improve its quality of services to clients. The firm has a strong team with competent individuals and very skilled leaders.’

‘Luong Van Trung is a leading practitioner in arbitration and shows profound knowledge of international arbitration practice and case management strategies. Trung also has a strong support team which helps him deal with complicated and facts-intensive cases. Being a popular VIAC arbitrator, Trung also has the advantage of understanding VIAC procedure and practice in-side-out. When clients choose Lexcomm for their disputes, they are put in good hands.’

‘Lexcomm has the experienced litigators in court and arbitral proceedings.’

‘The lawyers have comprehensive knowledge and experience in dispute resolutions. They are very intelligent. Luong Van Trung and Nguyen Viet Ha are experienced litigators.’

Key clients

WHA Utilities and Power Public Company Limited

Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V.

Vietnam Electricity

R & R Fitness Holding LTD

Thien Nam Offshore Service Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Advising a Thai utilities and power service provider on an arbitration case dealing with post-completion covenants and the exercise of put option under the share purchase agreement.
  • Acted for Vietnamese respondents in a $38 million dispute at SIAC regarding an alleged breach of share purchase agreement., shareholders’ agreement and company manager’s duty.
  • Advised a state-owned electricity enterprise on a dispute arising out of coal supply agreements.

Vietnam > Labour and employment Tier 3

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC’s employment and benefits team, led by Nguyen Hong Hai in Hanoi, regularly advises its diverse client base, which includes local individuals as well as international corporations, on a wide range of labour law-related matters. This offering encompasses whistleblower investigations and employee termination disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nguyen Hong Hai

Key clients


Cushman & Wakefield

Dragonfly Education Group

Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V.

Harvey Nash

Ariston Thermo Group (Vietnam)

Nissan Automotive Technology

Vietnam Australia International School

Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia Ltd

Coherent Service Vietnam Limited Liability Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Harvey Nash on a dispute with a senior employee in its Vietnam office, as well as assisting with employment issues relating to outsourcing services for the company.
  • Assisting Cushman and Wakefield with a range of employment issues about non-renewal of expatriate manager’s employment and related post-termination issues.
  • Representing Sera in litigation against a former manager’s claim for incentive and commission.

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 4

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC counts sponsors, multilateral lending agencies international banks, and other financial institutions in its client roster and primarily advises on multicurrency syndicated loan facilities. Founding partner Pham Ba Linh has experience handling a broad range of transactions and is noted for his ability to advise lenders on energy and infrastructure project financings. Nguyen Ngoc Quy is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pham Ba Linh

Key clients

Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC



BNP Paribas



ING Bank

Bayerische Landesbank


Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation


Societe Generale

UniCredit Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advised NSRP on highly complex project financing issues for a $9bn landmark Vietnam oil refinery project.
  • Advised BNP Paribas and a group of eight international banks on the domestic aspects of a refinancing of a $300m multi-tranche syndicated secured borrowing base facility.
  • Advised ING Bank on domestic legal matters in connection with structured trade and commodity finance involving the production, export, warehousing and sale and purchase of commodities.

The firm: Lexcomm Vietnam LLC is a Vietnam-based preeminent full-service commercial law firm with market-leading practices and our Vietnam offices are placed strategically in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. We consistently rank among Vietnam’s top law firms in prestigious legal directories The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and Benchmark Litigation.

Our award-winning, technically skilled Vietnam qualified transactional and disputes lawyers are in the vanguard of legal developments to assist clients to navigate through Vietnam regulatory complexities with exceptional credentials.

Our clients include, among others, Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC, Woodside Energy, Diamond Gas International (DGI), BlackRock, Premier Oil Vietnam, Repsol Vietnam, Rosneft Vietnam, Eni Vietnam, Mubadala Petroleum, Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC), Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Schlumberger, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, AC Energy, Nexif Energy, Dubai Ports (DP) World, Climate Investor One (CIO), Alstom Transport, POSCO Engineering & Construction, Dragon Capital, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, MUFG Bank, ING Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).

For further information, please visit www.lexcommvn.com

Types of work undertaken: Lexcomm Vietnam LLC advises diverse Vietnam and international clients on a variety of complex, cross-border and high-profile strategic transactions across the full spectrum of practice areas, including: banking and finance, capital markets, energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure, real estate and construction, restructuring and insolvency, corporate and M&As, compliance and regulatory, telecoms, media and technology (TMT), dispute resolution, tax, employment and benefits, and intellectual property.

Banking and finance: Banking and finance has been a key area of focus and growth at Lexcomm with a considerable breadth of client offering which attracts an array of instructions on both the sponsor and lender side. We represent borrowers, arrangers and lenders on a broad range of complex debt funding structures, limited and non-recourse financings, multi-tranched, multi-currency syndicated loan facilities, corporate and commercial lending, financial services and general bank regulatory issues.

Capital markets: Our capital markets team has unparalleled experience of acting for issuers and underwriters on all types of Vietnam related securities offerings across multiple industries. We have extensive experience in relation to the structuring and negotiation of complex international and domestic debt and equity offerings, confirming our status as a go-to law firm for complex capital markets matters.

Energy, project finance and infrastructure: The firm is widely recognised in Vietnam as a market leader in energy, project finance and infrastructure, which is a matter of strategic focus for us. We house a heavyweight practice, which particularly stands out for its very strong depth of practice and industry knowledge with the firm at the forefront of a number of major projects. Our dedicated group of specialist energy and project finance lawyers is one of the most experienced in the Vietnam market with an impressive client list that includes some of the best-known names in the industry.

Real estate and construction: Lexcomm has a top-tier practice for real estate and construction, which draws on the firm’s expertise across a range of disciplines to advise on the full life cycle of construction projects. We offer a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including the procurement strategies and structures, tender processes, joint venture related issues, allocation of complex construction risks, project documentation and contract administration, professional appointments and liabilities, adjudication and dispute resolution.

Telecoms, media and technology: We are also leading the pack in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) offering in Vietnam, handling the full spectrum of IT and telecoms-related issues, advising both users and service providers in transactions and disputes. Our lawyers live and breathe TMT and offer broad knowledge and insights into sector drivers which have been continuously developed through years of deep involvement in various telecoms projects in Vietnam.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Lexcomm’s dispute resolution team is of highly experienced disputes lawyers in court and arbitral proceedings and arbitrators in prestigious arbitration centres, who are able to provide an economically practical dispute resolution alternatives and strategies. Our disputes team has comprehensive knowledge and experience in the dispute resolutions at various forums and jurisdictions. This strength assists our clients in their choice of forum and dispute resolution strategies as well as effective management of the proceedings for the most fair and equitable outcomes.

Corporate and M&A: Lexcomm has a first-class reputation for complex corporate matters as well as landmark M&A work where it has an incredibly deep bench of experienced partners. The firm covers just about every corner of the Vietnam market, being regularly engaged in large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to advise international corporates seeking to acquire Vietnam target companies.

Restructuring and insolvency: Our restructuring and insolvency practice has seen significant growth, offering exceptional Vietnam market knowledge built from a broad client base and extensive experience on big-ticket, cross-border deals. We advise on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, debt to equity swaps and other forms of capital restructuring, insolvencies and enforcement issues.

Employment: Lexcomm’s employment and benefits team has in-depth knowledge and experience on employment practice to offer clients, from international corporations to local individual, meticulous and comprehensive services surrounding employment, occupation and training, benefits and all labor-related matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Pham Ba Linh linh.pham@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Capital markets Luong Van Trung trung.luong@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Energy and natural resources Pham Ba Linh linh.pham@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Energy and natural resources Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Projects and infrastructure Pham Ba Linh linh.pham@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Real estate and construction Luong Van Trung trung.luong@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Real estate and construction Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Restructuring and insolvency Luong Van Trung trung.luong@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Restructuring and insolvency Nguyen Hong Hai hai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Corporate and M&A Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Corporate and M&A Luong Van Trung trung.luong@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Corporate and M&A Nguyen Hong Hai hai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Compliance and regulatory Nguyen Hong Hai hai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Telecoms, media and technology Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Telecoms, media and technology Nguyen Hong Hai hai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Dispute resolution Luong Van Trung trung.luong@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Dispute resolution Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Tax Pham Ba Linh linh.pham@lexcommvn.com +84 28 39365018‬
Employment and benefits Nguyen Hong Hai hai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Intellectual property Nguyen Viet Ha ha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com +84 24 39710888‬
Photo Name Position Profile
Pham Ba Linh photo Pham Ba Linh Managing Partner and Head of Energy, Project Finance and Infrastructure
Nguyen Hong Hai photo Nguyen Hong Hai Partner, Head of Renewable Energy, Compliance, Corporate Governance and Employment
Luong Van Trung photo Luong Van Trung Partner, Co-Head of Corporate and M&A and Head of International Arbitration
Nguyen Viet Ha photo Nguyen Viet Ha Partner, Co-Head of Corporate and M&A and Head of Telecoms, Media and…
Number of lawyers : 35
The International Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association
The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
The Infrastructure Working Group of the Vietnam Business Forum
The AmCham Energy Committee