28 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – MARCH 2024 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM on banking and finance, real estate, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, merger and acquisition, and tax, where he has amassed over 29 years of experience. Net has led numerous landmark transactions and cases over his distinguished career. Truong Trong Nghia is a partner of YKVN and is recognised as one of Vietnam’s most experienced lawyers, with over 40 years spent practicing law and conducting arbitrations. He advises clients on domestic and international litigation as well as cross-border arbitration matters. Nghia also regularly counsels domestic and foreign companies on corporate, trade, construction, foreign investment, and M&A deals. Based in Singapore, Kelvin Poon, SC, has practiced law for 24 years, 20 of which were at Rajah & Tann Singapore, where he is now deputy managing partner and head of international arbitration. His practice focuses on international arbitration, construction and projects, and commercial litigation. In Malaysia, Lambert Rasa-Ratnam is the senior partner at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, where he has practiced for 31 years. He co-heads the rm’s dispute resolution practice. With extensive experience, Rasa-Ratnam has acted as counsel in civil and commercial disputes spanning administrative law, engineering and construction, contracts, corporate law, banking and insolvency, defamation, arbitration, land law, and international trade. In the Philippines, Tranquil Gervacio S. Salvador III has worked at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and De Los Angeles for over 31 years. Salvador is a partner and member of the executive board. He co-heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration department, as well as the environmental law and mining department. His diverse practice focuses on litigation, arbitration, insurance, healthcare, aviation, and environment and mining matters. AFS Partnership’s managing partner, Andi Fanano Simangunsong, has practiced law for 23 years and is renowned for his extensive litigation experience. Based in Indonesia, he specialises in civil and criminal litigation as well as restructuring and insolvency engagements. Over his 20-plus-year career, Simangunsong has handled many high-profile cases and disputes across various litigation areas. Davinder Singh, SC is the executive chairman of Davinder Singh Chambers with 41 years of experience. He maintains an active international arbitration practice involving complex cross-border commercial disputes for multinational clients. Singh Davinder has acted in many landmark cases heard in Singapore and abroad. Chavalit Uttasart is a partner and corepresentative of SCL Nishimura & Asahi, where he oversees all practices areas, events, and affiliate activities. With over 40 years of experience, Uttasart focuses his practice on dispute resolution, joint ventures, cross-border M&As, corporate disputes, and real estate. In your experience, what are some of the most challenging aspects of being a litigator in Vietnam, and how do you navigate these challenges effectively? Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned economy to a multi-sector market economy over the last 30 years has accelerated economic development fueled by FDI, ODA funded infrastructure projects, the regional or global expansion of Vietnamese companies and the development of a middle class. Investment transactions and follow-on disputes have become increasingly complex with increasing large stakes. More and better trained lawyers in increasingly large teams must be mobilized to handle these matters. This is the challenge of our litigation practice. Can you share a particularly memorable case or success story from the past year that highlights the impact of your work as a litigator? I am proud of the results we achieved for the client in a recent case involving the disposition of prime public land at an allegedly low value. The land was transferred through a series of transactions until it was transferred free and clear to a company which was then should also protect innocent purchasers for value of companies whose sole asset consisted of such property. Could you shed some light on the role of technology in modern litigation practices, and how do you integrate these advancements into your legal strategies? Under the leadership of the Supreme People’s Court, technology continues to have a dramatic impact on litigation practice in Vietnam. 70 judgments have been designated as binding precedents. To date, another 1,366,672 reference judgments have been published on the Court’s internet portal. Litigators and judges need to search this large database for relevant binding or reference authority. Bigger and more experienced legal teams will be required for complex cases! What advice would you give to aspiring litigators in Vietnam who are just starting their careers? Going forward, there is only one answer for Vietnamese litigators, young and old, training, training and training, using all technological tools available. Why? Because if you don’t find the applicable case, your opponent will. A conversation with Truong Trong Nghia BROUGHT TO YOU BY YKVN sold to my client for approximately USD 17.5 million. The scandal broke and all the officials involved were convicted of serious crimes. We assisted the client in convincing the prosecutors of its innocence. We also convinced the courts that Art. 133 of the Civil Code, protecting innocent purchasers for value of property requiring ownership registration, Truong Trong Nghia Partner, Co-Head Litigation Practice E: YKVN W: