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.

Don Stokes

Don Stokes acts for sponsors, financiers and governmental agencies across Asia on the structuring and implementation of major investments and projects in high-growth and emerging economies.

He focuses on regulated sectors, including infrastructure, energy, banking and telecoms, and has recently acted on the development and financing of projects in Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Mongolia.

Don is qualified to practise English and New York law and has spent 16 years at Freshfields’ offices in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, London, New York and Tokyo.

Recent Work:

– Leading the Freshfields team advising the Asian Development Bank, CGIF and BPI Capital on the project bond financing of Tiwi-Makban geothermal power plant in the Philippines – Asia’s first certified climate bond.
– Supporting the US government development financing arm, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), on the project financing of Myanmar infrastructure company Apollo Towers – one of the first major limited recourse project financings in Myanmar.
– Supporting ACO on all aspects of its landmark solar farm development in Myanmar and Viettel, a major Vietnamese telecoms operator, on the $1.5bn joint venture for the fourth telco operating licence in Myanmar.
– Advising New Kansai International Airport Company (a subsidiary of the Japanese government) on the $13bn privatisation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Read more about the deal in our case study.
– Advising sponsors on various aspects of major development projects in Vietnam, including the Nghi Son refinery project, Quang Tri IPP, Mong Duong IPP, Phu My 3 power plant and several ongoing solar projects.

Qualifications:

Education:

– National University of Ireland, Dublin (bachelor of civil law)

Professional Qualifications:

– Admitted as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales
– Admitted to the New York State Bar
– Registered as a foreign legal practitioner with the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice
– Registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bengoshi Bar Association in Japan

About Us:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Eli Mazur

For nearly two decades, Eli Mazur has been a trusted advisor for multinational companies operating in Vietnam, including in the health and pharmaceutical sector. Eli is the founder and Lead Partner of YKVN’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Practice Group, and his client base includes Pharma Group Vietnam, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Ferring, Daiichi Sankyo and a number of other Pharma Group Members. Indeed, the Practice Group represents approximately 70% of the domestic pharmaceutical industry by revenue.

Eli originally came to Vietnam in 2003 as a Senior Research Associate, hired and reporting to Thomas J. Vallely (Senior Consultant, “Vietnam” by Ken Burns), with the Vietnam Program, Harvard University and led the Law and Public Policy program at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (“FETP”) in Ho Chi Minh City. Before joining YKVN LLC in 2010, Eli spent more than 3 years in the corporate practice of one of the leading “Magic Circle” firms in the world, and Eli’s practice included myriad clients in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Eli is a U.S. qualified lawyer, a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Vietnam, and is highly regarded by clients as a problem-solver, a crisis mitigation expert, and a commercially-oriented, practical adviser, with the ability to add true value to a company’s bottom line with, among other things, his ability to assist clients develop and maintain successful long-term commercial partnerships in Vietnam.

Education:

– J.D., Duke University School of Law, Cum Laude
– Duke Law Journal, Note Editor
– B.A., Brandeis University, Magna Cum Laude

Judicial Clerkships:

Honorable James A. Wynn
Circuit Judge,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit,
2011–2012

Honorable Graham C. Mullen
Chief Judge,
U.S. District Court
for the Western District of North Carolina
2003-2004 Term

Judicial Law Clerk
North Carolina Court of Appeals,
2002

Bar Membership:

– Good Standing
– North Carolina State Bar

Firm Overview:

YKVN is widely recognized as the leading Vietnam-based law firm. Established in 1999, YKVN has since grown to become in independent law firm with over seventy-five legal professionals in offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. YKVN provides legal services on a unique platform that combines Vietnam and international experience with a strong Vietnam focus (inbound and outbound) and execution capabilities and resources in our home market matching those of international and major regional firms. The Firm is a market leader in M&A, power and energy, capital markets, private equity, project finance, banking, real estate, domestic litigation and international arbitration of Vietnamese disputes.

The Singapore office makes YKVN the only Vietnam-based law firm with an office outside of Vietnam. Established in 2011, the Singapore office is currently staffed by eight lawyers. The Singapore office focuses on cross-border capital markets, M&A (inbound and outbound), cross-border private equity, real estate and international arbitration.

Our lawyers are qualified in Vietnam, several states of the US (California, New York, North Carolina, and Washington), France, Australia, England and Singapore. They include leading practitioners in their field, leaders of the profession, and civic leaders. We are the only Vietnam-based law firm with a partner who has been in international practice for thirty-five years at leading global law firms (several of which in firm leadership positions), and a partner with substantial first-chaired experience in bench and jury trials and arbitration hearings. Other partners have also practiced at other leading international firms. All of our partners have extensive experience in cross-border matters.

As a testament to our lawyers’ expertise, experience, and excellence, we have been retained by some of the world’s largest corporations and successful individuals in some of the most important Vietnam-related matters. Our corporate clients include several Fortune 500 companies, as well as leading construction companies, financial institutions, investment firms, pharmaceutical companies, and retail chains of global as well as regional nature. We have also repeatedly been retained by leading law firms to assist them in Vietnam-related deal or litigation matters.

In 2017, YKVN made a clean sweep of the “National Law Firm of the Year” awards, becoming the first firm in history that won four such awards in the same year from the following distinguished publications: the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) (our tenth’s win in the fourteen years the award has been given), the Chambers and Partners, the ALB Southeast Asia, and the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution. This unique achievement is the latest evidence of the widespread recognition of the quality of work for which we are known globally and regionally. It also speaks to our unique, and respected, standing in the Vietnamese legal profession among both Vietnamese and international law firms.

Trinh Thi Bich Lien

Mrs. Trinh Thi Bich Lien is the Vice Director of KSi Vietnam Auditing Company Ltd.

Summary:

– Bachelor on Accounting and Auditing, University of Economics of HCM City.
– More than 8 years working experience in audit, accountancy and tax consultancy.
– Experienced in audit, tax consultancy for foreign invested companies, groups, Joint Stock companies,..,
– Member of Vietnam Association of Certified Public Accountants (VACPA).
– Member of Vietnam Tax Consulting Association (VTCA).

Practice:

Along with the process of economic integration and innovation in the economy,special in  innovations in finance and accounting activities of the Government of Vietnam, KSi Viet Nam Auditing Company Ltd is the professional always work towards improving the quality of accounting services, auditing and consultancy

In fact many businesses have yet to understand and properly apply the provisions of the government, gradually accidentally violations, implementation of activities contrary to provisions of law or no control measures towards effective management and development. In that reality, with the team of trained experts inside and outside the country, has many years experience in the areas of tax, finance, accounting, auditing, banking, information technology.

Tuan Phung

Being a full service business law firm, VCI Legal is consistently ranked by Legal 500, KPMG Tax Director Handbook and Law Asia among the leading law firms, recommended for M&A – Securities Corporation, Banking & Capital Market, Tax and Finance, Real Estate, Construction and Intellectual Properties Management. It is also known for its impressive successful commercial litigation practice and . VCI Legal has been advising Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium sized enterprises in a wide range of legal services. Our lawyers all have strong international educational backgrounds and extensive experience in multi-national and national clients.

We are the leader when it comes to providing innovative and specialized services for businesses such as In-house Counsel Service®, Intellectual Properties Strategic Management Service®, IP Enforcement Service®, Investment Structuring Service®.

VCI Legal’s strategic strengths could be listed down as follows: M&A, Securities, Corporation, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Construction, Intellectual Properties Management, Franchising, Petroleum, Energies & Mining, Banking & Capital Market, Tax, Transfer Pricing and Project Finance with our proven professionalism and efficiency, clients can always be assured that we are not only providing the best legal advice but also the most practical and workable business solutions for their business.

In addition, we are capable of supporting clients in Vietnam, as well as the global market through our international offices located in Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, New Delhi, Dubai, Doha, Zurich, Paris, Rome, Brescia, Washington DC, Los Angeles (in association with affiliated firms) and through our professional international network. Therefore, we’re confident VCI Legal is where “LOCAL INSIGHTS MEET INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE©”.

Quick Description:

VCI Legal® is a full-service law firm with a seasoned team of international and local lawyers who have many years of practice experience and an in-depth understanding of the legal system, business environment, and culture in Vietnam.

Dang Duong Anh

Dang Duong Anh 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.

Firm Overview:

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.