ZICO Law has named Phuong Nguyen as the managing partner of its Hanoi office, and Kevin Hawkins and Tay Zi Li as the co-executive partners of its Ho Chi Minh City office. Hawkins joins from Vilaf.

The trio will make up the firm’s new executive management team for Vietnam, taking over from David Lim, ZICO’s Vietnam managing partner, who is understood to be heading to Singapore to take up an in-house role soon. Lim had been managing partner since 2012, in his second stint with the firm after working at Zaid Ibrahim & Co. in Malaysia between 2001 and 2003.

Nguyen has over 20 years of experience in banking and financial, corporate, commercial and global trading matters. Prior to his stint at Vilaf, Hawkins was a partner at Mayer Brown JSM. He advises clients on corporate, M&A, international trade, dispute resolution, energy projects, and real estate matters, among others. And Tay, who joined ZICO in 2011, specialises in debt capital markets, Islamic finance, project finance and single and multi-currency facility and transactions.


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