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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.

 

 

HOANG DUONG
36, counsel, Vilaf

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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
34, senior associate, Vilaf

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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
36, Nishimura & Asahi

DUONG THI MAI HUONG
36, Frasers Law Company

HA THI DUNG
39, MHM Vietnama

HO THUY NGOC TRAM
35, Frasers Law Company

HOANG DUONG
36, Vilaf

HOANG PHUOC
33, Global Vietnam Lawyers

HOANG THANH TUAN
35, DIMAC Law Firm

THUY HUYNH
38, Allen & Overy (Vietnam office)

ERIC JOHNSON
39, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vietnam offices

CHUYEN HONG HUU LE
36, Tilleke & Gibbins

LOGAN LEUNG
32, Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers

PHAM HONG MANH (MARCUS)
34, Apolat Legal Law Firm

CHRIS MILLIKEN
39, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vietnam offices

KENJI NISHIO
38, MHM Vietnam

NGO THI DIEM
34, Global Vietnam Lawyers

THI KIM TRINH NGO
38, Phuoc & Partners Law Firm

HANH HIEN NGUYEN
34, Vilaf

NGUYEN NGOC MINH
38, Dzungsrt & Associates

NGUYEN THU HANG
38, YKVN

TRAM NGOC BICH NGUYEN
39, Tilleke & Gibbins

NGUYEN VAN HAI
38, YKVN

BINH TRAN
38, KPMG Law Limited

TRAN HA HAN
37, Dzungsrt & Associates

VO THI LUYEN
33, Asia Counsel Vietnam Law Company Limited

KIEU ANH VU
34, KAV Lawyers

VU THANH MINH
37, LNT & Partners

 

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