Frasers Law Company

Vietnam

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

With offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Frasers Law Company has established itself as a highly regarded firm in Vietnam. Mark Fraser is managing partner of the firm.

The firm’s breadth of work includes banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A. The banking and finance team advises on refinancing and restructuring existing loans with particular emphasis on infrastructure projects in the energy sector.

The firm’ capital markets team works closely with the banking practice to advise on matters including structuring and tax issues and convertible debt securities and structured products. 

In corporate and M&A work, the firm advises across a range of matters including acquisitions, divestments and related financing arrangements, capitalisations and entity establishments.

The projects team has expertise in sectors including energy, oil and gas, utilities, transport, telecommunication, and mining and natural resources.

Clients include FamilyMart, Vinacapital Ventures and EFG-Hermes UAE.

During the research period the banking and financing team had advised a multilateral development bank in relations to financing projects in Vietnam.

The corporate and M&A team took on restructuring work and represented the buy-side in share purchase transactions.

In project work the firm was active on several confidential mandates in sectors including mining and exploration, real estate and energy.

The corporate team was hit by the departure of partner Nguyen Thi Lang, who left for Duane Morris.

 

Deal highlights

Ashley Furniture acquisition of a 50% stake in Far East Foam

FamilyMart Group restructuring

PRGX Global acquisition of Profectus Group

 

Client feedback

Banking

“They were very professional on Vietnamese law and providing legal services, and provided legal services timely.            ”

 

Financial and corporate

“Frasers was able to fully understand the situation of our client dispute (in English) and was able to communicate with the client (in Vietnamese) our stance on what had been completed and the payment due. Communication was responsive and quick.”

 

Financial services regulatory

“Responsive”

“Good country experience and international legal team. Used to dealing with international companies wanting to operate in Vietnam.”

“Responsive and knowledgeable.”

 

M&A

"They have a macro view as well as detailed knowledge. They communicate clearly in a timely manner."

“They have knowledge of the law and the market and are responsive.”

“Quality of legal advice and responsiveness.”

“Very quick and clear legal advice.”

“Frasers were a pleasure to work with - very professional, with clear expertise in the energy sector. The advice was thorough, comprehensive, and delivered within agreed time-frames. Fee-earners were responsive, and we were provided with a good level of partner contact.”

“All documents were done professionally and on time. We are completely satisfied.”

“The firm has a deep understanding of Vietnam's regulatory and business environment and is able to help guide US and European enterprises when dealing in/with Vietnam.  The firm is very responsive, with thorough guidance and a polished work product.”

 

Private equity

“Very responsive, the work meets international standards, and they give great quality advice.”

Responsive and reasonable.

 

Project development

“Very professional, high standard, commercial sense, and get to the point.”

“Experienced in our field.”

 

Restructuring and insolvency

“The law firm provided clear and comprehensive legal advice for implementation. The lawyer in charge showed responsibility and professionalism.”

“Professionalism.”

 

Duong Nguyen

“Working with detailed explanation.”

 

Justin Gisz

“Friendliness and helpfulness.”

“Justin was able to listen, interpret, understand, and communicate with his team efficiently the issues we had with the client.”

“Responsibility, flexibility and full dedication to the results.”

 

Mark Fraser

“He always provides option and solution-based replies which let me weigh the pros and cons decisively.”

“Excellent knowledge of the local environment and the law.”

“International standard, great communication skills, patient, responsive, and high quality and commercial solutions.”

“Very professional and reliable. A strong lawyer.”

“Knowledgeable, responsive, and business-minded.”

“Very professional and technically sound. Understands the commercial rationale and has a good sense of the legal and the commercial.”

“Professional, responsive, high level of legal knowledge and sector expertise”

“He was kind and professional in providing legal services. Also, provided timely feedback.”

“Mark has extensive and wide-ranging experience.  He is especially good at introducing clients to the Vietnam market and regulatory environment and helping clients understand how to approach doing business in the country.  He is also skilled in cross-border matters and has been very good at keeping the larger picture in mind when managing issues touching upon Vietnam.”


Phung Thi Thanh Thao

“International standard, great communication skills, patient, responsive, and high quality and commercial solutions.”

 

Thang Nguyen

"Experiences in the business of our company. Adapting to our situation."