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We know the legal issues you could face in Vietnam – and how to solve them. We acted on the first joint venture projects after the country opened up to foreign investors in the 1990s. Since then, we have acted on many of the major foreign projects in a range of sectors using various innovative structures.
We set up our Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices in 1994 and were one of the first international law firms in Vietnam to receive branch office licences from the Ministry of Justice. Tony Foster, our Vietnam managing partner, and Milton Lawson, head of our Ho Chi Minh City office, have practised in Vietnam ever since.
Vietnam opened to the world’s investors in 1994 when the U.S. released its economic embargo. Since then, there have been four waves of investment into the country:
We have been at the heart of all these developments:
For our clients, this means we have first-hand experience of the issues that arise in Vietnamese corporate transactions, and of the potential solutions for such issues.
We have helped investors with their capital markets activities in Vietnam since the capital markets opened (in a small way) in 2000. An indication of our knowledge in this area is that the government of Vietnam chose us for its inaugural US$750m bond issue in 2005, which received awards from prestigious legal guides.
With years of Vietnamese deal experience, we will help you capture investment opportunities in Vietnam’s capital markets. You will benefit from our experience in:
We will guide you though every stage of your infrastructure project in Vietnam. Almost every major Vietnam infrastructure deal has our name on it, and we have acted for sponsors or lenders on all the country’s successful foreign-invested ‘build-operate-transfer’ projects. What is more, our knowledge of Vietnam’s latest legal developments and government policy will help you manage your projects. Our managing partner, Tony Foster, is chair of the Infrastructure Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum, the IFC-led organisation of private businesses, which meets twice a year with senior members of the government.
We will help you on all your infrastructure projects, including:
We have deep-rooted experience in Vietnam’s banking and finance sector. We represented the first foreign banks setting up branches and the first foreign insurance company to establish a presence in Vietnam. We have acted on several other leading transactions in the sector, including:
We continue to play an active part in the restructuring of the credit institutions that the State Bank has mandated.
We will help you in all aspects of your banking and finance in Vietnam, including:
Very few firms have helped build a city. But we acted for the developer on the largest ‘new city’ property development project - Phu My Hung in Ho Chi Minh City. We also acted on the largest ever private equity investment in the country, which involved the retail properties of Vingroup, the largest Vietnamese real estate group. We have also advised investors, acquirers, developers and financiers on other significant investment and development deals in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s real estate arena is not always straightforward, but our first-hand experience and practical knowledge will help you structure your deals and protect your business from risk.
With our firm-wide network of 28 offices in major cities across Asia, Europe and the U.S., we will be able to coordinate with our offices across the globe to perform various crisis management and risk and compliance activities for multi-national clients in Vietnam:
We will also advise you on disputes in the country. Most commonly these involve joint ventures, termination of commercial contracts, financing, regulation, and, construction.
Our Vietnamese lawyers practice Vietnamese law, so you will not need separate local counsel.
Milton Charles Lawson
Ho Chi Minh City