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Baker McKenzie

Capital markets Tier 1

At Baker McKenzie, the team under Nguyen Oanh's leadership handles a blend of work in capital markets, advising a range of banks on transactions and regulatory matters. Yee Chung Seck is a key lawyer, as is special counsel Dang Linh Chi in Hanoi, who handles foreign investment and advisory work to banks, much of which is around securities. Associate Pham Thuy Van assists the team with cross-border financing deals.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

At Baker McKenzie, the arbitration team has expertise handling cross-border disputes and act for parties in proceedings and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Seasoned dispute resolution lawyers Frederick Burke, who also sits as an arbitrator at VIAC, and Minh Tri Quach handle construction disputes and have a track record of working with clients in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Baker McKenzie handles a broad range of dispute resolution matters with expertise in public law, banking litigation, regulatory and intellectual property among other areas acting for leading clients in several industries. In Hanoi, litigator Minh Tri Quach handles commercial and IP disputes for Japanese and Korean clients, as does Manh Hung Tran. Thuy Hang Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City is experienced in employment litigation. Frederick Burke has mediation expertise.

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance practice at Baker McKenzie is known for advising major international and local insurers on various transactional and regulatory work. Led by Chi Lieu Dang, the team handles cross-border insurance work and works closely with other offices in Asia. Associate Nguyen Thanh Hai advises on claims, restructuring and compliance matters, and in particular has life insurance expertise.

Intellectual property: international firms Tier 1

The 'high-quality' intellectual property team at Baker McKenzie provides a comprehensive service on various matters with a focus on copyright and anti-counterfeiting strategies issues. Overseen by managing director Manh Hung Tran in Hanoi, the team acts for leading clients in the retail and pharmaceutical sector among others on licencing, enforcement and trade mark registration. Tran is noted for representing well-known clients in the fashion sector, among others, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Some other mandates include sensitive patent matters. Nguyen Thi Lam joined the team from Rouse Legal, bringing two decades worth of trade mark expertise. Minh Tri Quach is also a partner of note.


‘Baker McKenzie provides clear and practical advice taking into considering the local environment which is what clients need in their decision making.’

Labour and employment Tier 1

The 'very strong' employment practice at Baker McKenzie is led by the 'outstandingThuy Hang Nguyen, who is based in Ho Chi Min City. She and her team have a track record of acting for high-profile clients in complex matters which include handling transactions, market entries, restructuring and labour relations. Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen is another core member of the team.


This is a very strong team with deep knowledge of local regulation and business acumen. They are quick and provide practical advice. Well organized, client-oriented and can manage complex matters.

‘Thuy Hang Nguyen is a brilliant lawyer with sharp expertise, open-minded, extremely quick in getting to the issue and providing legal support and solutions. One of the best lawyers in Asia.’

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's real estate practice has expertise in complex and high-value transactions and advisory work to developers. The multidisciplinary team led by Fred Burke also has experience in real estate finance and relevant tax matters. Special counsel Gia Long Nguyen focuses on hotels and resorts, including handling transnational work in this space and Richard Kim in Hanoi is popular among Korean clients.


The team is responsive, has good industry knowledge and gives pragmatic advice.’

‘Fred Burke and Gia Long Nguyen are extraordinary in always being on top of things and their industry knowledge. They offer pragmatic advice and are able to connect locality with international clients like ourselves.’

Key clients

Viglacera Land

HTL International

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific

Nam Ninh Trading and Investment Co. Ltd.

Hotel Plaza Company Limited


Mandarin Oriental

Fifth Avenue Vietnam Properties LLC

Phu Long Real Estate Corporation

TMT Tier 1

Baker McKenzie has a 'go-to' practice in the TMT arena, acting for market-leading clients across sectors in complex international transactions. Yee Chung Seck is a key name to note, specialising in foreign investment and corporate M&A matters. Seck co-leads the group along with Manh Hung Tran in Hanoi. Strengths include advisory work on cyber risk, data protection and content regulation relevant to foreign service providers operating in Vietnam. Thanh Son Dang advises multinational companies on data protection related matters. Associate Thi Thanh Le is recommended for her assistance in high-value tech deals.

Key clients

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Motorola Solutions

Banking and finance Tier 2

Baker McKenzie handles a range of finance work, including asset finance, structured finance and regulatory matters. The team, which is led by Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen acts for a range of leading investment and commercial banks on complex transactions and often, cross-border deals. Managing partner and foreign investment specialist Fred Burke and special counsel, Linh Dang in Hanoi undertake considerable advisory work for major banking clients on an assortment of matters such as local law matters and loans. Yee Chung Seck in Ho Chi Minh City is also a noted member of the team, bringing his corporate expertise to matters.

Key clients

Gulf Energy Development Public Company Ltd

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank





First Solar Vietnam Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Bangkok Bank Public Company

Novus Aviation Ltd.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's team is 'knowledgeable on complex corporate regulatory regimes' and is overseen by 'market leader' Yee Chung Seck and managing partner Fred Burke. The practice group has considerable expertise in high-value cross-border transactions across a wide range of sectors. Special counsel Lan Phuong Nguyen advises, among others, global retailers, whilst energy and infrastructure head Chi Lieu Dang acts for clients in the renewable space. Special counsel Richard Kim has strengthened the practice in Hanoi, having been previously based in Seoul - he has a following among Korean clients, advising them on foreign direct investment.


Baker McKenzie provides a high level of service.  The team is highly knowledgeable and provides sound and valuable advice on areas relating to data protection, privacy, e-commerce, technology, cybersecurity, intellectual property, licensing and all regulatory matters in Vietnam.’

‘Yee Chung Seck has a high degree of knowledge from the business angle as well as the legal angle. Helpful and understands the issues from the client’s perspective. Yee Chung provides sound advice to fintech companies, from the setting up a company in Vietnam to providing regular advice on the regulatory requirements from the business perspective.’

Dang Chi Lieu has an outstanding experience in the Energy markets of Vietnam. His advice is careful, thorough and helpful.’

Key clients

CP Nemo Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Warburg Pincus Asia LLC

Hong Kong NES International New Energy

Gulf Energy Development Public Company Limited

FLG Holdco 2 Pte Ltd (Quadrant Capital)


Polaris ALPHA HoldCo Pte. Ltd

Projects and energy Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie, the team brings a blend of real estate, construction and finance expertise to projects work including energy, both renewable and conventional. Managing partner Fred Burke oversees the practice, which includes Hanoi-based Chi Lieu Dang and Ho Chi Minh City-based Lan Phuong Nguyen, both of whom have a strong track record of energy work.

Key clients

Hong Kong NES International New Energy

Gulf Energy Development Public Company Limited

CMX RE Sunseap Vietnam Solar Power Joint Stock Company

Shipping and aviation Tier 2

Baker McKenzie includes lawyers skilled in handling high-value and multi-jurisdictional advisory work for leading aviation clients as well as acting for financial institutions on ship and aircraft financing matters. Oanh Hoang Kim Nguyen and Yee Chung Seck in Ho Chi Minh City are supported by a handful of versatile banking and finance associates, working in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Key clients

BNP Paribas


Novus Aviation Ltd.

Tax Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie, the tax group led by managing partner Frederick Burke handles international tax planning for major businesses across industry sectors. Thanh Vinh Nguyen has customs duties expertise, and special counsel Dao Thanh Hoa is adept at providing corporate tax advice to clients. The group is also has a track record of handling energy and real estate-related tax disputes. The team has been strengthened by the addition of Tran Thi Thu Van, who joined from KPMG Vietnam.

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 Frederick Burke  photo Frederick Burke
 Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen  photo Hoang Kim Oanh Nguyen
 Lan Phuong Nguyen  photo Lan Phuong Nguyen
 Thanh Vinh Nguyen  photo Thanh Vinh Nguyen
 Thuy Hang Nguyen  photo Thuy Hang Nguyen
 Yee Chung Seck  photo Yee Chung Seck

When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.