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

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC
UNITS 2105-07, LEVEL 21

Vietnam > Projects and energy Tier 1

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC has a strong track record advising on upstream oil and gas and LNG projects and project finance transactions. The team has additional strengths in advising on renewable energy, petrochemicals and mining matters. Clients include banks and international energy companies. Managing partner Pham Ba Linh, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, co-heads the practice with Hanoi-based partner Nguyen Viet Ha.

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‘Generally very knowledgeable about Vietnam law and practice.’

‘Pham Ba Linh has excellent instincts and is very responsive and commercially-minded.’

‘High profile and seems to publish a lot.’

‘LEXCOMM provide a multi-subsector service. We particularly like their responsiveness and their adaptability on fees.’

‘Pham Ba Linh is our key contact there. He is very easy to deal with and provides a good amount of partner support on transactions.’

‘They are excellent. Very commercial and have a good grasp of the political vibe behind major infrastructure projects.’

‘Pham Ba Linh is an absolute star. He has the commercial know-how to get the deal done.’

We highly recommend Ba Linh for his wealth of transactional and regulatory experience and expertise across the energy value chain in complex upstream and midstream gas infrastructure, liquefied natural gas (LNG), refining and petrochemicals, LNG-to power projects in Vietnam.’

Key clients

Eni Vietnam B.V.

Alstom Transport

POSCO Engineering & Construction

Thai Oil Public Company Limited

Woodside Energy

Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC

Mitsubishi Corporation

Dubai Ports (DP) World

Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC)

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

Premier Oil Vietnam Offshore B.V.


AC Energy

Repsol Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Advising Hibiscus Petroleum Bhd on the Vietnam law aspects of its acquisition of Repsol Exploración, S.A.’s upstream oil and gas assets in Malaysia and Vietnam.
  • Advising NSRP on highly complex project financing issues for a landmarkVietnam oil refinery project.
  • Advised confidential international energy companies in relation to two land-based multibillion-dollar integrated LNG-to-power projects.

Vietnam > Labour and employment Tier 2

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC‘s excellent reputation in the employment arena is reflected by the fact that it acts for clients such as Nissan and Uber. Its team is highly skilled in advising new market entrants on labour contracts and policies, as well as handling reorganisations arising from M&A. The team is also known to handle contentious matters, such as whistleblower investigations and employment litigation. Nguyen Hong Hai leads the team.

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Key clients

Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia Ltd

Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V.

Coherent Service Vietnam Limited Liability Company Harvey Nash

Ariston Thermo Group (Vietnam)

Nissan Automotive Technology

Vietnam Australia International School

Cushman & Wakefield

Dragonfly Education Group

Work highlights

  • Advised 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.
  • Assisted Cushman and Wakefield with a range of employment issues about non-renewal of expatriate manager’s employment and related post-termination issues.
  • Assisted Sera in litigation in court against former manager’s unreasonable claim for incentive and commission.

Vietnam > TMT Tier 2

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC has a strong pedigree in the TMT arena, which is evidenced by the fact that its client roster includes names such as Microsoft, Xiaomi and the BBC. The practice captures a significant portion of transactional, commercial, regulatory and contentious work across multiple subsets of TMT; areas of activity include satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, online, mobile and VPN. The main contact at the firm is Hanoi-based partner Nguyen Viet Ha, who has 20 years of experience in the IT, media and telecoms spheres. His private practice expertise is complemented by his previous experience of working as in-house counsel at Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group. In addition, Ha was also the head counsel at Vietnamobile. In one ongoing mandate, he is acting as the lead Vietnamese counsel to Uber Vietnam and Uber BV on the first economic concentration case that made it to a trial in Vietnam.

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Key clients



British Broadcasting Corporation




Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd (Bosch)

Go-Jek, Go-Viet


Work highlights

  • Advised Xiaomi on data protection and privacy regulations in relation to its new smart vacuum product.
  • Advised several multinationals regarding electronic payments in relation to the establishment of their networks in Vietnam.
  • Assisted Uber Vietnam Limited and Uber B.V. in the economic concentration case before  The Vietnam Competition Council (VCC).

Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 3

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC’s skillset within this space primarily falls under project financing, syndicated loans and regulatory assistance, with a client base consisting of major banks such as HSBC, MUFG Bank and BNP Paribas. Managing partner Pham Ba Linh, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City, is a respected name for financing energy projects. He co-heads the team with Hanoi-based partner Nguyen Ngoc Quy.

Practice head(s):


In my view, Pham Ba Linh is a top drawer, astute and technically brilliant banking lawyer. He is very well known in the Vietnam market and extremely experienced in advising international banks across the debt spectrum. I particularly note that Linh excels on advising on complex cross-border multi-source financings, reserve based lending, project finance, asset and structured finance, and capital markets offerings.’

Key clients


BNP Paribas





Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)



UniCredit Bank AG

Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC (NSRP)

Work highlights

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

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

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.

Banking and finance Pham Ba Linhlinh.pham@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Banking and finance Nguyen Ngoc Quyquy.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Capital markets Luong Van Trungtrung.luong@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Capital markets Nguyen Ngoc Quyquy.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Energy and natural resources Pham Ba Linhlinh.pham@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Energy and natural resources Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Projects and infrastructure Pham Ba Linhlinh.pham@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Projects and infrastructure Nguyen Ngoc Quyquy.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Real estate and construction Luong Van Trungtrung.luong@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Real estate and construction Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Restructuring and insolvency Luong Van Trungtrung.luong@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Restructuring and insolvency Nguyen Hong Haihai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Corporate and M&A Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Corporate and M&A Luong Van Trungtrung.luong@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Corporate and M&A Nguyen Hong Haihai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Compliance and regulatory Nguyen Hong Haihai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Telecoms, media and technology Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Telecoms, media and technology Nguyen Hong Haihai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Dispute resolution Luong Van Trungtrung.luong@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Dispute resolution Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Tax Pham Ba Linhlinh.pham@lexcommvn.com+84 28 39365018‬
Employment and benefits Nguyen Hong Haihai.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Intellectual property Nguyen Viet Haha.nguyen@lexcommvn.com+84 24 39710888‬
Pham Ba Linh photo Pham Ba LinhManaging 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
Nguyen Ngoc Quy photo Nguyen Ngoc QuyPartner, Head of Banking and Capital Markets
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 : 30
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