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Vietnam > Banking and finance Tier 2

Mayer Brown, which has had an on-the-ground presence in Vietnam since 1994, acts for clients on complex project finance, acquisition finance and property finance transactions, among other work streams. In addition to being active in matters with a nexus to Vietnam, the group is also sought after for advice on cross-border transactions in South East Asia and elsewhere across Asia. Leading the team is New York-qualified partner David Harrison , who is a well-known name among multilateral and commercial lenders and agents. He is supported by senior associate Orsolya Szotyory-Grove, who is also New York-qualified.

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‘Mayer Brown is the pre-eminent legal adviser when it comes to banking & finance transactions.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank


DEG-Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

Global Climate Partnership Fund

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mayer Brown's team is led by New York-qualified partner David Harrison, who excels in M&A, joint ventures, disposals and general corporate matters. He is equally strong advising foreign companies on their investments in Vietnam as he is acting for domestic companies on their outbound activities. Harrison is supported by counsel Hai Thao Nguyen, who has over 10 years of experience advising clients in the real estate and insurance sectors. Another key name is senior associate Orsolya Szotryory-Grove, who is also a US-qualified lawyer.

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‘Mayer Brown has a well-established practice in Vietnam and their advice is always strategic and pragmatic. The team consists of seasoned practitioners that know the terrain and hence can advise on a wide range of issues.’

‘David Harrison is ranked number one on our speed dial when it comes to any transactions associated with Vietnam. Time and time again David proves he is a cut above the rest with his in-depth knowledge of Vietnamese law and understanding of practical issues and commercial applications. David is a good operator who is responsive, dedicated, proactive and technically superior.’

Key clients

Hillhouse Capital Management Ltd


TR Capital

Leapfrog Investments

Standard Chartered Bank

San Miguel Foods, Inc

John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd.

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Carrix, Inc.

DEG- Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), a German developmentbank, on its subscription for preference shares in AsiaCollect Holdings Pte. Ltd. for $2m.

China > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms

The cross-border work of Mayer Brown‘s Asia-Pacific restructuring practice is further supported by restructuring practices in Europe and the Americas. Key areas of focus for the practice include multi-jurisdictional restructuring, multi-bank workouts, liquidations, resumption of trading in listed shares through provisional liquidation mechanisms, and bond restructurings. Hong Kong-based John Marsden leads the team that regularly acts in high-profile and large-scale restructurings and insolvencies mandates, and is supported by Tom Pugh.

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Tom Pugh; Terence Tung


Innovative, experienced and efficient.

Key clients

Huarong Asset Management

China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

China Development Bank

Bain Capital



Ernst & Young

FTI Consulting

International Finance Corporation

Malayan Banking Berhad








HNA Group

Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry. Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do. Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

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Americas: Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC.

Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo.

Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris.

Middle East: Dubai

Associated law firms: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São  Paulo (Tauil & Chequer Advogados).

Resolution, Bankruptcy & Insolvency John Marsden
Corporate / M&A David Harrison
Global trade
Real estate
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency
Mr John Marsden  photo Mr John Marsden John Marsden is a partner of Mayer Brown and is the Managing…
Ms Hai Thao Nguyen  photo Ms Hai Thao Nguyen Hai Thao Nguyen is a counsel of Mayer Brown’s Vietnam office. She…

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