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Financial and corporate

Ranked in the top tier across the board for financial and corporate work, VILAF is one of the strongest firms in Vietnam. The firm notably boasts the largest teams of English-speaking project development and M&A lawyers in Vietnam.

In banking and finance work the firm has acted on the financing of most of the BOT power projects that reached financial close in Vietnam. Recently, the firm was involved in the first and only international tender project in Vietnam; the largest solar power project in Vietnam; and the first-ever establishment of a representative office in the United States by a Vietnamese bank.

In recent capital markets work the firm advised on the first-ever capital raise by a Vietnamese company in a concurrent equity placement and convertible bond offering; the first international equity-linked bond issuance out of Vietnam since 2012; and the largest listing to date on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

Other notable cross border mandate include advising Warburg Pincus on a joint venture with Becamex IDC to develop the largest industrial and logistics platform in Vietnam and acting on the largest private strategic investment by a foreign investor in a Vietnamese property developer.

Recent Deal Data highlights

·         Nghi Son 2 coal-fired power plant

·         No Va Land Investment Group $310 million concurrent equity placement and convertible bond offering

·         Shinhan Card $151 million acquisition of Prudential Vietnam

·         Van Phong 1 coal-fired thermal power plant

·         Vinhomes Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange IPO


Client feedback

“They have very good knowledge of the market and the legal system. They are a problem-solving law firm.” – Banking

“Deep knowledge, effective and equitable lawyers.” - Banking

“The VILAF team demonstrated that they focus on providing quality and relevant legal advice since the proposal stage. They spent time talking to us to understand the circumstances before putting up the proposals. They also tailored their proposed services to meet the client's needs. During the engagement, the VILAF team did provide very practical advice. They looked at matters not only from legal perspectives but also considered commercial and business aspects. VILAF definitely stood out compared to other law firms. They will always be on the top of the list when we recommend to our clients.” – M&A

“They are very innovative in the development processes and problem-solving.” - Project development  

Vo Ha Duyen

“She was the engagement leader. She always tried to understand the client's objectives and concerns before quoting the relevant laws. Therefore, her advice was very practical and relevant to help the client achieve their objectives.”  

Lam Nguyen

“Deep knowledge and steadfast.”  

Tuan Phong Tran

“Excellent. He is a problem-solver; he can help to find a legal base to support the solutions and make them acceptable to everyone.”

“Deep knowledge and steadfast.”