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Don Stokes


Don is a partner working in Vietnam, Singapore and across other South East Asian countries



Don Stokes is a partner based between our Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore offices. Don represents international companies and financial institutions on complex major investments and financings in ASEAN countries, in particular Vietnam. He focuses on regulated sectors including infrastructure, energy, banking and telecoms. Don was named 'Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year' at The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2014.

Don is qualified as a solicitor in England and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He worked for several years in Freshfields’ London, New York and Tokyo offices.

Don Stokes joined the Ho Chi Minh City office in mid 2015. He demonstrates a wealth of experience advising international lenders on the financing of Vietnamese projects and has assisted major oil and gas corporates on acquisitions and disposals in the region. Clients appreciate that Stokes remains "at the forefront on the day-to-day issues."
Chambers Global 2016, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Vietnam
"Don Stokes is a swiftly responsive and widely respected practitioner, best known for his representation of governments, other sponsors and lenders in the structuring and implementation of large project finance transactions."
Chambers Asia-Pacific: Projects 2014

Qualifications and education

  • Solicitor, England and Wales – 2001
  • Attorney-at-law, New York – 2007
  • Registered as a foreign legal practitioner with the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bengoshi Bar Association in Japan
  • BCL, National University of Ireland (Dublin)


English, French, Irish

  • Singapore

  • 10 Collyer Quay 42-01
  • Ocean Financial Centre
  • Singapore 049315
  • T +65 6636 8000
  • F +65 6636 7000

  • Ho Chi Minh City

  • #1101-1103 Saigon Tower
  • 29 Le Duan Boulevard
  • District 1
  • T +84 8 38226 680
  • F +84 8 38226 690

  • don.stokes@freshfields.com
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