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Banking& Finance; Corporate & Securities.


David Harrison is a partner of Mayer Brown’s Vietnam office. David formerly worked at a Magic Circle law firm in New York and Vietnam. He focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and on banking and finance in emerging Asian markets. He has advised foreign investors on numerous mergers and acquisitions, including Vietnamese commercial banks and corporate targets in Vietnam and other Asian jurisdictions, such as Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. David recently represented a global insurer on the first warranty and indemnity policy used in a Vietnamese corporate acquisition. He has advised multilateral and commercial lenders and agents on a broad range of project financings and secured and subordinated credit facilities extended to banks and corporations in Vietnam and other Asian jurisdictions such as Cambodia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. David recently advised The Development Bank of Mongolia on a US$300 million syndicated credit facility guaranteed by the Mongolian Ministry of Finance. David has also advised lenders and borrowers on out-of-court workouts and insolvency and restructuring matters in both Vietnam and the US.


Admitted in New York.


English, French, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor, L.L.M. in International Law; Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Lawyer Rankings

Vietnam > Banking and finance

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.

Vietnam > Corporate and M&A

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.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Leveraging its sizeable global network and close ties with the wider disputes practice, Mayer Brown International LLP‘s competition team handles numerous cross-border matters for a varied roster of corporate clients. Practice head David M. Harrison is a highly active adviser who variously advises on transnational mergers and investigations instigated by both domestic and foreign regulators. The ‘excellentJulian Ellison – based between Brussels and London – is noted for the breadth of his capabilities, ranging from state aid to cartel inquiries.  Counsel Sarwenaz Kiani – who joined the team from Baker McKenzie in October 2021 – divides her time between the firm’s London and Düsseldorf offices.