Luu Vinh

Luu Vinh spent several years working for Indochine Counsel – a local law firm, headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, in a role of Managing Associate / Head of Hanoi Office, where he advised on foreign investment, corporate & commercial matters, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructurings, property & construction and dispute resolutions.

Before taking on the role of Managing Associate/ Head of Hanoi Office of Indochine Counsel, Vinh served for several years as the Manager and Assistant to the General Director of InvestConsult Group, a major local law firm based in Hanoi. There he managed, supervised and coordinated the legal team. In that role, he provided legal advice in the areas of international trade, employment and labour, incorporation and foreign direct investment. He also developed and refined the strategic direction and implementation of legal consultancy services.

Key clients of Vinh’s include Lan Chi Group of Companies, PiCO, Green City, NEM Fashion Group, Toto Vietnam, Mirai Industry, FCC Vietnam, Fedeal-Mogul Vietnam, Seiko Ideas, GF Machining Solution, Soft Chemical Corporation, Georg Fischer AG, Jebsen & Jessen Group of Companies in Vietnam, System Cleaners Asia Co., Ltd, Cisco Systems Management B.V, DKT International, SPG Investment, SPG Trading, Vietnam Alliance Minerals, Hai Dang Minerals, Eumin S&D Vietnam, LG Electronics, Sumitomo Group, Toyota Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, Song Da Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Techcombank, Starglobe Ltd (Switzerland), Toyota Tshusho, CJ Vietnam.

Firm Overview:

Asia Legal is a Vietnamese full service business and legal consulting firm providing creative and practical solutions for navigating both legal and commercial practices with local insight.

We combine deep local knowledge with international standards of expertise to provide local and international clients with quality advice and consultancy services in a wide range of practice areas including inward investment, M&A, mining and energy, employment and labour, property and construction, international trade, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

At Asia Legal, we usually try our best to get to know the Clients’ business so as to fully understand their business, and work out the best solutions to help the Clients achieve their goals, using our legal and advisory expertise, commercial savvy and strong relationships with government authorities.

We also understand the Client’s need for quality commercial legal services with ease of communication. Our team consists of highly trained and experienced lawyers who have local understanding and international expertise, to meet the Client’s needs.

We are proud of being the market leader in providing smart and effective consulting solutions in Vietnam. Asia Legal is absolutely the Client’s choice for high quality service and result–oriented performance.

Hung Le

Recognising the importance of a boutique law firm dedicating to serving legal needs in real estate, construction and operation of a property project, Hung Le took the bold and entrepreneurial step of leaving both Hoa Binh Construction and Real Estate Corporation, a leading construction contractor in Vietnam, and a Vietnamese based law firm to set up CNC Counsel in 2013.

Being recognized as an experienced lawyer in the field of construction and dispute resolution, Hung regularly advises project developers, contractors and various consultant in investment, construction, and real estate in Vietnam. Hung’s clients include Hoa Binh Group, How Yu, Lecade, Dat Xanh, AltusGroup, Artelia Group, Kurihara, COFICO, Pado, Sinh Nam.

Gaining an extensive experience and good relationships with those clients, Hung can give exceptionally valuable legal advice in a wide range of services, ranging from contract, construction, real estate to dispute resolution.

Ranked as one of a few lawyers in Vietnam who can understand the deep insight of real estate and construction industries, Hung regular conducts in-depth 1999 FIDIC contract management training courses with the aim at to help Vietnamese practitioners to have a further closer to international conditions of contracts in construction and real estate sectors.

Education & Training:

  • LL.B, Commercial Law, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law
  • Lawyer Training Course, the Judicial Academy, 2010
  • FIDIC Contract Expert, the FIDIC Young Professionals

Areas of Practice:

  • Contracts
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • FIDIC Contract Training

Vinh Le

Vinh Le leads Dezan Shira & Associates’ Ho Chi Minh City office Corporate Accounting Services team. In this role since the Spring of 2017, Vinh and her team advise multinational clients on all aspects of accounting, audit, and taxation in Vietnam. Vinh is also responsible for spearheading the development of Dezan Shira & Associates’ Vietnam Transfer Pricing services, an area of increasing concern and attention for international companies in Vietnam.

Before joining Dezan Shira & Associates Vinh accumulated a wealth of expertise over decades of experience in the tax, accounting, and audit fields. Vinh spent over a decade at Russin & Vecchi, a law firm focusing on foreign investment in Vietnam and served in senior and managerial accounting positions at Fortune 500 firms like Nestle.

Vinh is an active member of both the Ho Chi Minh Accounting Association (HAA) and the Finance and Accounting Club (FAC), local professional bodies, through which she stays abreast of regulatory trends in the finance and accounting fields.

Vinh has degrees in Accounting and Finance and Foreign Trade, and is a Certified Professional Accountant in Vietnam.

Areas of Practice:

“Ms. Vinh Le’s specializations in accounting and audit include adherence to Vietnamese Accounting Standards (VAS), VAT, CIT, FCT and PIT finalizations, international tax planning, and statutory audit compliance, which vitally assists foreign-invested enterprises to grow their operations in the country.”

Firm Overview:

Dezan Shira & Associates is a pan-Asia, specialist practice that provides multi-disciplinary foreign direct investment advisory and operational services to international businesses seeking to enter and expand their businesses in Asia. Our services in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia, include pre-investment and entry strategy advisory, comparisons of investment destinations, due diligence, corporate establishment, tax planning, accounting & reporting, treasury administration, financial review, internal audit & compliance, human resource administration & payroll, and ERP & financial system review.

Founded in Hong Kong in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates today, has more than 300 professionals based in its 18 subsidiary offices in China, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, and its liaison offices in Italy, Germany and the United States. The firm also has established alliance partnerships, with offices in Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. We are your partner for growth in Asia.

Our mission is to guide foreign companies through Asia’s complex regulatory environment and assist them with all aspects of establishing, maintaining and growing their operations in the region. In essence, we walk clients through the entire process of Asian market familiarization, business planning, and corporate establishment, and provide post-establishment administration, financial, HR, payroll, and IT services.

Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley is the managing partner of ACS Legal and focuses on foreign direct investment into Southeast Asia. Before establishing ACS Legal, he worked at large international law firms in London, Singapore, the Middle East and Vietnam.

Mark has advised multinational clients on various international transactions involving private equity, structured finance, M&A, joint ventures, acquisition finance and commercial agreements. He has been advising clients from different industries such fitness and wellness, technology, entertainment and F&B, hotel development, retailers and manufacturing companies.

Firm Overview:

ACSV Legal is a HCMC, Vietnam-based law firm with a team of lawyers who are qualified in Vietnam, the UK, the US and Malaysia in civil and common law jurisdictions.

Our Clients are comprised of both SEA businesses experiencing rapid growth in Vietnam and foreign firms seeking to acquire or otherwise form businesses in Vietnam. They come from many sectors and industries including manufacturing, F&B, hospitality and leisure, education, pharma, health, beauty & fitness, IT, apparel and fashion, retail, and PR.

ACSV Legal’s commitment to service excellence extends to the way in which we approach fees. We bring significant local and international experience, multi-jurisdictional legal knowledge and a sensitivity to clients’ expectations, yet remain price sensitive.

The languages spoken at ACSV Legal include Vietnamese, English, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, French and Malay.

In 2016, ACSV Legal joined a network of Asian law firms operating in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim known as “One Asia Lawyers”. One Asia Lawyers has partner offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Myanmar. Our participation in this network has made it possible for us to serve our clients with regional capability allowing us to concurrently serve our clients’ cross border needs through one dedicated legal platform.

Dao Nguyen

Dao Nguyen is the managing partner of DN Legal. She advises investors on all aspects of doing business in Vietnam. Her practice includes corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure. She has acted for developers and the government of Vietnam on several landmark projects including the first licensed BOT project in Vietnam. Dao is fluent in English and Vietnamese.

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012 notes she “demonstrates a detailed view of on-going and likely future legal developments, a strong willingness to understand the client’s needs, combined with a pragmatic approach”. Dao is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia in Corporate/M&A (2008-2014), Banking & Finance (2008-2012) and Projects & Energy (2010-2014); as a leading Real Estate lawyer by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014); as leading lawyer by IFLR1000 in Corporate/M&A (2015-2017), Banking & Finance (2015-2017), and Energy & Infrastructure (2017); as leading lawyer by AI Global in Corporate (2016-2018), Energy & Infrastructure (2017), Banking & Finance (2018), as leading lawyer by AsiaLaw in Construction & Real Estate (2018).

Legal Qualifications:

– Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2002
– Admitted to the bar, State of New York, 1994
– Admitted to the bar, State of California, 1991

Firm Overview:

DN Legal was established in July of 2014 by Ms. Dao Nguyen. Having managed and helped build law practices in Vietnam for two international firms as managing partner and with over 25 years of experience in Vietnam and in Tokyo and the US, Dao decided to set up on her own so that she can provide personal attention to only a number of key clients. Thus, DN Legal’s approach is a tailored and personal legal service. All work taken on by the firm will be personally handled by Dao. We work with clients who require commercial and innovative solutions and structures to build their businesses in Vietnam.

Dang Duong Anh

Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004 and become Managing Partner of VILAF Hanoi since January 2015. To many clients and peers, Dang Duong Anh is one of the most reliable and result-oriented Vietnamese lawyers. Dang Duong Anh’s broad experience covers foreign direct investment, corporate and M&A, infrastructure & energy projects, project finance, tax, real estate and property, mining, automobile and telecommunications.

His highlighted M&A transactions include advising Siam Cement Group in acquiring group of cement production companies valued at US$440 million and in acquiring Prime Group valued at about US$240 million; advising Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 90% share capital in Hanacans, valued at about US$110 million; advising J-Power in acquiring in and divesting later from Nhon Trach 2 Power Plant; advising Bao Minh Company and SCIC in selling entire equity capital in Bao Minh-CMG to Daiichi Life Insurance, acquisition of a large automobile manufacturer in Hanoi, and other large-scale M&A transactions. His highlighted transactions in infrastructure and project finances include Vinh Tan 1 BOT project which won “Project Finance Deal for Asia 2016” awarded by IFLR, Phu My 3 BOT power project, Kien Luong 1 BOO power project, Ban Phuc nickel mining financing, Thu Duc BOT water project, Oxbow and Enron’s power plants and a large telecommunications project in Hanoi.

Chambers and Partners commented him: “Clients rate him for his “substantial knowledge and experience of complex transactions,” which stems from his international background.” IFLR 1000 of the year 2012 comments: “Dang Duong Anh is held in high regard by peers and clients alike: “Partner Dang Duong Anh has knowledge and expertise in relation to the international practice in infrastructure projects,” says a client who “highly recommends” Dang Duong Anh.” Market sources described Dang Duong Anh as “very skilled and responsive,” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Recently, Dang Duong Anh is awarded by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate in 2016, 2017 and 2018, for Energy & Infrastructure in 2014, 2015 and  2017; and a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by AsiaLaw in four successive years from 2014 to 2017.

Bar admission   Hanoi Bar

Education Hanoi Law University, LLB

Fordham University, School of Law, U.S., LLM

General training course at Freshfields, Hong Kong

Practice areas    Corporate and M&A, Infrastructure & Energy Projects, Project Finance, Commercial

Others  Award of Fulbright Scholarship

Award of Best Law Students from Ministry of Education and Training in 1993

7-year experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining VILAF in 2003

Firm short introduction:

VILAF was formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws and has ever since worked alongside with the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws, with the growth of the Government’s experience in handling business legal matters and most importantly with the growth of our clients’ Vietnam business.

With 24 years of experience, VILAF continues to be one of the preeminent business law firms in Vietnam.  VILAF is a full-serviced law firm, dedicating to many clients who have been working with us for many years, among Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU, SCG, Marubeni, etc.

With a team of senior lawyers who have worked with the Government in the development of Vietnamese business and investment laws for years, VILAF has the insights to the interpretation of the laws and policies.  We also have lawyers qualified to practice laws in other countries, including UK, US, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s political culture and legal development have put our lawyers in the best position to advise clients on the laws and the practice of Vietnam and to help them assessing risks and developing solutions. Our approach is client-focus and solution-oriented. We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.

We have been consistently ranked as a first tier law firm by reputable legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, ALB and Asia Law in all key legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Property, and Dispute Resolution.