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Vietnam

DFDL has assisted clients in Vietnam since 1995, advising on both local and international legal and tax matters from its offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Drawing on nearly 30 years of in-depth experience in the country and the Mekong Region, DFDL has built a reputation as the preferred choice for legal and tax services in Vietnam.
DFDL Vietnam has advised on all aspects of investments from general regulatory matters to commercially robust, complex, and bespoke and sophisticated transactions. The cornerstones of DFDL’s culture, approach, and strategy are providing international quality, seamlessly integrated, and relentlessly solution-oriented legal and tax services to establish, structure and protect our clients’ business interests. We are positioned as the preeminent full-service, legal and tax integrated law firm in Vietnam, where DFDL has developed a reputation for technical excellence, creativity, and integrity coupled with in-depth knowledge of the local environment. DFDL advisers have represented leading international and Asian investors in Vietnam, including leading global financial institutions. Our involvement in major projects in Vietnam includes important power projects, large real estate projects, and mergers and acquisitions.
DFDL's lawyers in the Vietnam office are sought after by clients for M&A, joint venture and foreign investment matters. The team advises on local and regional transactions in such sectors as technology, oil and gas, renewable energy, manufacturing and real estate. “DFDL have the knowledge of the local laws and how Vietnam operates, but also understand what a foreign investor is looking for. They are really good at explaining issues and local complications and how to handle these” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2023

Key Credentials

  • An international bank group on a USD 195 million international financing of a renewable energy project.
  • Softbank on Thailand and Vietnam based matters in relation to its USD 1.5 billion investment into Grab, a multinational ride-hailing company based in Singapore.
  • NewQuest on the restructuring and acquisition of a substantial minority interest in the holding company of a leading chemical distributor and its subsequent follow on acquisition in that entity.
  • An independent investment firm, on its cornerstone investment in the USD 922 million IPO of Techcombank, a major bank and the second biggest IPO to date in Vietnam.
  • B. Grimm Power on its acquisition of an 80% interest in one largest-scale solar power plants in Vietnam, the greenfield 257 MW Hoa Ho.

Awards

2024 chambers and partners asia pacific

  • Corporate/M&A VietnamBand 3
  • Projects, Infrastructure & Energy VietnamBand 3
  • Tax VietnamSpotlight Table

2024 legal 500 asia pacific

  • Tax Vietnam Tier 1
  • Corporate and M&A Vietnam Tier 2
  • Projects & Energy Thailand & Vietnam Tier 2
  • Real Estate and Construction Thailand & Vietnam Tier 3

Address

9th floor, BIDV Tower 194 Tran,
Quang Khai Street Hanoi, Vietnam


Floor 12A, Opal Office Tower, 92 Nguyen Huu Canh Street,
Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Contact

+84 24 3936 6411
f8 bet:vietnam@jogoaovivo77.vip

+84 28 3910 0072

Opening Hours

8 AM – 6 PM
Monday – Friday

Key Contacts

Partner, Co-Managing Director, Vietnam
Vietnam
+84 2839 100 072
Partner, Co-Managing Director
Vietnam
+84 2839 100 072
Martin Desautels
Senior Partner

Position

  • Senior Partner

Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Investment Funds

Countries of Expertise

  • Cambodia
  • Lao PDR
  • Vietnam
Kevin Hawkins
Partner

Position

  • Partner

Expertise

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate and Hospitality

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Phong Anh Hoang
Partner

Position

  • Partner

Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Dai Thang Huynh
Partner, Head of Hanoi office

Position

  • Partner, Head of Hanoi office

Expertise

  • Compliance and Investigations
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Real Estate and Hospitality

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Dave Seibert
Partner, Head of Regional Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure | Head of US Desk

Position

  • Partner, Head of Regional Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure | Head of US Desk

Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure

Countries of Expertise

  • Cambodia
  • Lao PDR
  • Myanmar
  • Vietnam
Paul D. Volodarsky
Partner, Head of Regional Real Estate and Hospitality

Position

  • Partner, Head of Regional Real Estate and Hospitality

Expertise

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Real Estate and Hospitality

Countries of Expertise

  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Lan Hua
Tax Director

Position

  • Tax Director

Expertise

  • Tax & Transfer Pricing

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Tu Can
Senior Legal Adviser

Position

  • Senior Legal Adviser

Expertise

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Baongoc Nguyen
Senior Adviser

Position

  • Senior Adviser

Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Real Estate and Hospitality

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam
Kim Nguyen
Senior legal adviser

Position

  • Senior legal adviser

Expertise

  • Corporate and M&A

Country of Expertise

  • Vietnam

Insights

Intelligence from the DFDL legal team

Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
May 29 2024

Lexology Panoramic: Renewable Energy in Vietnam 2024

DFDL has contributed to the Vietnam chapter of Lexology Panoramic: Renewable Energy 2024. Our experts, Dave Seibert and Phong Anh…
Tax & Transfer Pricing
May 29 2024

Invest in Vietnam: Legal and Tax Updates, Challenges and Opportunities for Thai Businesses

DFDL is pleased to invite you to an exclusive morning discussion at the beautiful House on Sathorn on Wednesday 19th…
Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
May 23 2024

Vietnam’s PDP8 Implementation Plan

On 1 April 2024, the Prime Minister of Vietnam (the “PM“) issued Decision No. 262/QD-TTg on approving the plan to…
Dispute Resolution
Apr 19 2024

Asian Dispute Review Features DFDL's Analysis on Arbitration and Litigation

DFDL has made a significant contribution to the 25th anniversary issue of the Asian Dispute Review. This edition features insightful…
Compliance and Investigations
Apr 9 2024

Vietnam: Rising Cybersecurity Concerns in Vietnam Prompt Prime Ministerial Directive

In recent weeks, cyber-attacks, particularly ransomware attacks, in Vietnam are on the rise and anticipated to become potentially more complex…
Banking and Finance
Apr 3 2024

Vietnam: New National Action Plan in Relation to Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers

Currently, Vietnamese law does not contain a specific legal framework for the virtual assets and virtual asset service providers. Nevertheless,…
Investment Funds
Apr 2 2024

Vietnam's Potential for Sustainable Development and Investment: Green & Blue Bonds

During his internship at DFDL Vietnam, Quentin Peres led the drafting of a compelling whitepaper, “Vietnam’s Potential for Sustainable Development…
Anti-Trust and Competition
Mar 29 2024

David Fruitman's Definition of "Margin Squeeze" Now Published on Concurrences

We are thrilled to announce that David Fruitman’s definition of “Margin Squeeze” has been officially published in Concurrences’ Global Dictionary…