Dao Nguyen

Dao Nguyen is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Vietnam on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dao directly using the contact details listed above.

Dao is the managing partner of DN Legal. She advises investors on all aspects of doing business in Vietnam. Her practice includes corporate and mergers and acquisitions, 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 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 Nguyen 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).

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.

Sam Mayanja

Sam Mayanja is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Uganda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sam directly using the contact details listed above.

Prior to joining KAA, Sam Mayanja was the principal partner of Sam Mayanja & Co. Advocates. His main focus is the banking and financial field and he has represented numerous commercial and banking companies. He is recognised as a leading authority on the Ugandan banking and financial services sector by the International Edition of Who’s Who in Global Banking.

When Sam was Bank Secretary to the Uganda Development Bank, he represented the Uganda Bankers Association in drafting the present code of conduct of Ugandan Banks, and was part of the team that assisted in the drafting of the current Financial Institutions Act. In addition to his role in the banking sector, Sam was appointed as a consultant by the Non-Performing Assets Recovery Trust in the recovery of the now defunct Uganda Commercial Bank’s non-performing loans.

Sam has advised the Bank of Uganda on how to handle the Ginnery loans extended to cotton ginneries by the World Bank through the now defunct Co-operative Bank. He assisted the Ministry of Finance in its negotiations with Standard Chartered Bank on its assumption of the Ginnery loans formerly handled by the Cooperative Bank.

In international circles, Sam was engaged by the World Bank in drawing up legal structures for the Northern Transport & Transit Corridor covering the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was also a legal adviser to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on the Trans-African Highways Programme, where he helped set up the Secretariat of the Trans-Africa Highway Authority at Bangui, Central African Republic.

Sam is also a senior lecturer at Nkumba University, where he teaches Insurance, Banking and Commercial Law. In past years, he was also a lecturer at the Law Development Centre and the Uganda Christian University, Mukono. As a member of the Uganda Institute of Corporate Governance, he is a regular contributor to its quarterly magazine, Sustainable Wealth.

Grace Kwek Joo Lee

Grace Kwek Joo Lee is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Singapore on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Grace directly using the contact details listed above.

Her main areas of practice are presently civil and commercial practice dealing particularly with conveyancing and corporate matters. Over her 38 years of practice, she has many clients including foreign clientele and has acted for her clients in their purchases, sales and financing of residential and/or commercial/industrial properties as well as for the many banks in Singapore in the Mortgages etc. She was also involved in the successful purchase of a hotel cum service apartment outside of Singapore in Phnom Penh. Her other areas of practice include banking, company, corporate, immigration matters and family matters. Grace Kwek continues to handle civil litigation but she handles mainly banking, conveyancing and corporate matters.

Firm Overview:

Cornerstone Law LLP was incorporated on 16 April 2009 and commenced practice on 1 May 2009. The Cornerstone is a boutique practice comprising of 5 senior lawyers who bring their respective wealth of experience and expertise to Cornerstone.

Cornerstone has won several awards since 2015 for inter alia the Boutique Banking & Financial Services Law Firm of the Year and Property Law Firm of the Year. Cornerstone has received notification in February that it has won awards for “Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Singapore” and “Property Law Firm of the Year in Singapore”.

Cornerstone offers a complete range of legal services, including banking , conveyancing including fractional sales and purchases and decoupling matters, civil and commercial litigation, company, corporate, family law including matrimonial matters, business relocation and immigration, employment law, insurance, wills, trust and estate matters, etc.


Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia.

Maria Gabriela Alaña Castro

Maria Gabriela Alaña Castro is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Mexico on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maria directly using the contact details listed above.

Maria advises Mexican and foreign entities on real estate, corporate, financial and banking matters.

Maria represents Mexican and foreign real estate developers of office, multi-family, retail and resort project. She also counsels clients in matters relating to the development and implementation of corporate and financial structures and has broad experience representing clients in acquisitions and dispositions.

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies.

They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.