In its first-ever edition, Asian Legal Business presents the rising stars of Vietnam’s legal profession, showcasing the exceptional talent and immense potential they bring to the industry. These promising practitioners have garnered high praise from their clients, demonstrating their remarkable capabilities. The list is in alphabetical order, and some lawyers have been profiled.
Open to those either working in-house or in law firms, the list will showcase lawyers under 40 years of age who are doing high-quality work, and in the process earning accolades from their colleagues, superiors and clients.
submission does not guarantee a place on the list, and lawyers who have not submitted could still be considered based on market reputation and feedback.
Lawyers need to be permanently based in Vietnam to qualify.
Hoang Duong is a counsel at VILAF and specialises in foreign investments, corporate and M&A, joint ventures, project ﬁnance, capital markets and antitrust.
During more than 13 year-career, some of Hoang’s high-proﬁle transactions include J&T Express’ $500 million IPO, Moody’s joint venture in Vietnam, SCG Packaging’s $1.5 billion IPO, VPBank’s $1.0 billion EMTN, ThaiBev’s $4.8 billion acquisition of Sabeco, Vincom Retail, Techcombank and Vinhomes IPOs, Vinh Tan 1 $1.4billion project ﬁnancing.
Clients highly appreciate his work, one phased that: “I have been working with Hoang Duong since 2013 and now he is advising us on the IPO of our parent company in Thailand. With his strong experiences and wide knowledge, he always dealt with me in a professional way, listened and understood during my many inquiries.” and another one said that: “Hoang Duong, with his combination of knowledge in legal and business practice in Vietnam, could bring to us very helpful and practical solutions for our transactions and business development strategy.”
Mr. Anh, managing partner at VILAF (Hanoi), validates his abilities, stating that: “He has successfully advised and run various complicated investment, ﬁnancing and restructuring projects, and has been greatly recognised and applauded by the clients. He has also developed and managed a team of lawyers for the ﬁrm to deal with complex deals in a wide range of practices, which evidences his coaching, management and leading skills. He is one of the ﬁrm’s great assets now and in the future.”
ANH HIEN NGUYEN
Hanh Hien Nguyen is a senior associate at VILAF. She provides advice on banking and finance, capital markets, general corporate, M&A, energy, and project and infrastructure matters.
Nguyen has worked on several notable transactions, including advising HSBC in arranging a $150 million secured financing transaction to finance the Celadon City Project in Ho Chi Minh City and a $120 million secured financing transaction to finance the Gamuda Land Residential Project in Hanoi. She also advised China Development Bank in arranging a $600 million long-term loan facility to finance the development of Thang Long Thermal Power Plant, a 600MW power plant in Vietnam.
She is particularly proud of her role as the key senior associate in the sale of Goshawk Aviation to SMBC Aviation Capital. This transaction involved the transfer of the security interests and reﬁnancing of multiple aircraft leased to different airlines in Vietnam, making SMBC the world’s second-largest aircraft lessor by the number of aircraft owned. Nguyen is also advising a BOT project company concerning the transfer of the Phu My Power Project back to the government on the expiration of the project’s 20-year term.
“Her meticulous attention to detail, coupled with a deep understanding of the law, consistently yields outstanding results. Whether it’s crafting persuasive arguments, conducting exhaustive research, or navigating complex legal challenges, she approaches every task with unparalleled professionalism and enthusiasm,” says Duyen Ha Vo, VILAF Chairperson.
ALB Vietnam Rising Stars 2023
CAO TRAN NGHIA
DUONG THI MAI HUONG
HA THI DUNG
HO THUY NGOC TRAM
HOANG THANH TUAN
CHUYEN HONG HUU LE
PHAM HONG MANH (MARCUS)
NGO THI DIEM
THI KIM TRINH NGO
HANH HIEN NGUYEN
NGUYEN NGOC MINH
NGUYEN THU HANG
TRAM NGOC BICH NGUYEN
NGUYEN VAN HAI
TRAN HA HAN
VO THI LUYEN
KIEU ANH VU
VU THANH MINH