Firm Profile > Mayer Brown > Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mayer Brown

Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking practice at Mayer Brown has a focus on the full scope of financial matters and handles capital market transactions for a global roster of clients. In Ho Chi Minh City, 'top foreign lawyerDavid Harrison is the key name and is noted for his strength in leading high-value transactions across the banking, projects and energy space. The team also contains experienced senior associate Orsolya Szotyory-Grove who has expertise in securities law and the emerging trend of cryptocurrency use in Vietnam.

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Mayer Brown has been established in Vietnam for a number of years and as a result are well adverse in the ever-changing and evolving Vietnamese legal environment.’

David Harrision is a well-balanced commercial lawyer with in-depth experience and knowledge relating to Vietnamese M&A deals. David has assisted us to commercially navigate through the legal gauntlet of frontier markets.’

‘Mayer Brown Vietnam has expertise in cross-border debt and equity investment in Vietnam with particular expertise in project finance and infrastructure.’

David Harrison is perhaps the top foreign transaction lawyer working in Vietnam today. He has a depth of experience in the country and world-class legal expertise. He is invariably my first call for all things Vietnam related.’

Key clients

DEG-Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)

Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Limited

Guotai Junan

International Investment Bank (IIB)

Global Climate Partnership Fund

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mayer Brown's corporate practice has an 'unparalleled understanding of the Vietnamese market' and is led by David Harrison. The team handles M&A transactions across the Asian markets for foreign investors on top of work advising major banks. Senior associate Orsolya Szotyory-Grove remains a core member of the team, and counsel Hai Thao Nguyen main focus remains in real estate related merger work. Among other parts of the world, the practice has links to the firm's Tokyo team and long-standing connections to development finance institutions.

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‘David Harrison and his team are professional, courteous, warm, honest, deal-makers and competent.’

‘Hands-on approach, results-oriented, people-driven practice, efficient

‘Mayer Brown International (MBI) team has an unparalleled understanding of the Vietnamese market and its regulatory environment. The firm provides a bridge between local practices that need to be improved to be able to operate under international standards.’

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)

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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Mayer Brown is a global services provider comprising associated legal practices that are separate entities, including  Mayer Brown LLP (Illinois, USA), Mayer Brown International LLP (England), Mayer Brown (a Hong Kong partnership) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados (a Brazilian law partnership) (collectively the “Mayer Brown Practices”) and non-legal service providers, which provide consultancy services (the “Mayer Brown Consultancies”). The Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies are established in various jurisdictions and may be a legal person or a partnership. Details of the individual Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies can be found in the Legal Notices section of our website.

Other offices:

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).

Department Name Email Telephone
Resolution, Bankruptcy & Insolvency John Marsden
Corporate / M&A David Harrison
Global trade
Real estate
Restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr David Harrison  photo Mr David Harrison David Harrison is a partner of Mayer Brown’s Vietnam office. David formerly…
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…

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

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Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

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