IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Active in Vietnam since 1994, Mayer Brown performs consistently across the financial and corporate space from two offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm performs consistently well in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, and project development.

The firm’s ability to act as both international and local counsel on large project mandates provides it with an edge over its competitors.

The firm is active in a range of sectors such as financial services, real estate, food & beverages, education, and natural resources.

 

Key clients  

The firm’s extensive client list includes Marubeni, Vietnam Oil & Gas, FMO, IFC, Vietinbank, Techcombank, Vingroup, San Miguel, and The Ministry of Finance.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

The banking and finance team primarily acted for lenders, often on project financing transitions.

The corporate team recently advised repeat client DEG on an investment in Onstar Express in the largest Series B funding round in Southeast Asia. Another highlight saw the firm advising a foreign investor on a high-value acquisition in the banking and financial services sector.

In the projects space, the firm assisted an energy company in the development of a 3GW LNG-to-power project in Vietnam.

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Anova Feed $10 million term loan facility

DEG acquisition of a stake in Onstar Express

Leapfrog Investments acquisition of a stake in PasarPolis Indonesia

Long An 3GW LNG-fired power station

Quang Tri Province 144MW wind farm

Robi Axiata $95 million financing

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Banking and finance

"Mayer Brown posses significant experience and know-how to navigate local issues especially with the central bank.”

 

M&A

"Responsiveness and knowledge of the market."

"Mayer Brown is an exceptional firm and in particular David Harrison in their Ho Chi Minh City office. David's in-depth knowledge of the Vietnamese market is impressive and unmatched." –

 

David Harrison

"David not only provides technical and commercial legal advice but understands how to manage both local and international parties in order to close a deal, which is a critical factor in emerging markets."

"No one that we have come across knows Vietnam like David. It's literally 'his backyard'.”

 

Ben Thompson

"Positive and commercial approach with in depth knowledge of power project finance."