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Our Team
PARTNERS

CHAU HUY QUANG
FOUNDING PARTNER

 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    quang.chau@rajahtannlct.com / quang.chau@lctlawyers.vn

Qualifications:

  LL.M., LL.B. (Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam)
  LL.M (The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
  B.A., International Studies (Hanoi National University, Vietnam)

Languages:
  Vietnamese
  English

Memberships:
  International Bar Association
  Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association
  Law Association for Asia and the Pacific
  Jurist at Vietnam Jurist Association
  Lecturer at the Judicial Academy of Ministry of Justice of Vietnam
  Arbitrator of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre at the Vietnam Chamber of Industry and Commerce


Mr. Quang is a founding partner of LCT Lawyers. With over 16 years experience of legal practice, including several years as legal counsel to leading international corporations (Perfetti Van Melle Corp, Sony Corporation, Vision Associate Deacons), Mr. Quang has been recognized by the legal community as one of the most efficient litigators in Vietnam. In recognition of his huge achievement, Mr. Quang has been specially recommended by the Legal500 as a lawyer who "knows well how to deal with the authorities to resolve a variety of challenging legal matters in Vietnam to get things done; he is also very good at negotiating the legal proceedings and out-of-court settlements".

LCT Lawyers Dispute Resolution Practice Group led by Mr. Quang has been repeatedly singled out as one of the most prolific and knowledgeable in Vietnam. From 2010 - 2013 LCT Lawyers has been consecutively ranked by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and AsiaLaw and the 2013 Corporate INTL Legal Awards as one of the leading dispute settlement firms in the Region. Under Mr. Quang’s leadership, the practice group has successfully dealt with a variety of local and international dispute resolution cases relating to commercial, employment, economic, intellectual property, and shipping and construction law.

LCT Lawyers’ nomination as the only Vietnamese firm together with a few other international firms for the Thomson Reuter “Commercial Dispute Settlement Firm” of the year at the ALB SE Law Award 2013 highlights the industry’s recognition of the skill and success of LCT Lawyers’ dispute team. Quang has recently been awarded as one of the Regional Leading Lawyers by Global Award. He is also a well-known lecturer at the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam and has been appointed as a reputed arbitrator of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

VU THI QUE 

PARTNER

 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    que.vu@rajahtannlct.com / que.vu@lctlawyers.vn

 

 

  Vu Thi Que is the Partner in charge of Corporate Regulatory, Merger & Acquisition, Project Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction projects with more than twelve years of experience in legal practice and is highly evaluated by clients for “fast response, have the good business acumen and industry knowledge”. Being fluent in both English and Chinese (Mandarin), she advises a variety of English- speaking and Chinese-speaking clients and other multinational clients on a wide range of legal and compliance issues in connection with contract negotiation and drafting, foreign investment, general commercial matters, corporate regulations, mergers and acquisitions, construction, project infrastructure and energy, employment and environmental law.   Before managing Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers, she was the Head of Legal Affairs & Corporate Compliance for Bayer Vietnam. In this position, she provided practical guidance and solutions for various legal and corporate compliance issues relating to the core businesses of the company, including consumer care, healthcare, veterinary care, agribusiness, and materials science. During her term at Bayer, she was also a Member of the Corporate Business Services Management Team.   She graduated from the School of Law of Tsinghua University located in Beijing China under the Chinese Government Scholarship with a major focusing on civil law and commerce. Before coming back to Vietnam, Que worked part-time as a paralegal and an interpreter for a number of Chinese companies during her school days. Upon graduation, she was offered to work at the Ho Chi Minh City Office of Baker & McKenzie, a top-tier American international law firm after a successful interview at Baker & McKenzie Beijing Office. She continued her legal career in the French largest international law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel, as the Head of Chinese Desk.

 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Civil Law (China)
  • Master Degree in Business Administration (USA)

Experience Project Infrastructure & Energy:

  • Advised a leading Taiwanese state own enterprise on the set up of a lubricant oil manufacturing plant with a specialized port with a value of more than US$65 million.
  • Advised a Chinese state own enterprise for their cooperation with Vietnam Electricity (EVN) in  Duyen Hai 3 Thermal Power Plant with the value of more than US$1.5 billion.
  • Advised Taiwanese leading construction group in a Build-Transfer Contract (BT Contract) for the construction of the junction line between Halong City and Bach Dang Bridge with a total value of more than US$263 million.

Corporate/ M&A:

  • Assisted a Japanese investor in acquiring the more than 20 percent shares of a listed company operating in International freight forwarding sea-air-land, logistics services, and bonded warehouse services.
  • Assisted a major American education organization in the internal merger and acquisition plan in order to strengthen its presence in the South of Vietnam.
  • Advised a leading Korean corporation on deal structuring and assisted the client in drafting all the necessary legal documents to facilitate the acquisition of 100 percent shares of a legal entity in the manufacturing sector.
  • Assisted with the share transfer of a group of Singapore companies, owning two subsidiaries in Vietnam in the construction sector, to a Japanese investor.
  • Assisted a leading Hong Kong group in acquiring shares of a local textile manufacturing company.
  • Advised a Malaysian investor in conducting a legal due diligence in a five-star hotel for the acquisition of the right to manage and operate the electronic gaming business of the hotel.
  • Advised on the deal structure for the share acquisition of a Hong Kong company in a joint venture company in Vietnam manufacturing healthcare products.
  • Advised a Japanese leading steel corporation on a major M&A in Vietnam.
  • Represented a variety of companies based in Vietnam on M&A transactions with various Vietnamese investment funds.
  • Advised a Vietnamese tobacco company in restructuring, due diligence and M&A with a potential buyer. The deal was led by a world-class investment banker and assessed at over US$200 Million.
  • Advised a Singapore group on implementing this project starting from the beginning until the opening ceremony on 5th January 2014 of the hospital. The deal value is about US$66,000,000.
  • Advised a Netherlands animal nutrition and fish feed manufacturing on their 100 percent share transfers of its subsidiary in Vietnam.
  • Advised a French world leader in testing, inspection, and certification on their 100 percent share transfer of its subsidiary in Vietnam.
  • Advised a Chinese leading cement manufacturing corporation in taking over 100 percent share of a Vietnam cement manufacturer in Vietnam.

Banking & Finance:

  • Advised a Canadian Group., a global leader in rolled aluminum products and the largest recycler of aluminum in the world, in respect of its equity capitalized in its subsidiary in Vietnam, who co-signed with other subsidiaries to entered into a 301 page Amended And Restated Credit Agreement with the value of US$1,000,000,000.
  • Advised a number of Chinese and Taiwanese commercial banks in their corporate regulatory and general commerce matters.

Construction & Real Estate:

  • Advised Paujar Group a Taiwanese conglomerate established back in 1989, for their Dockland residential project in District 7 and their Flemington condominium project District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Advised one of the leading Singapore group on the construction and leasing of VIVO City project in Ho Chi Minh City and their real estate business activities in Binh Duong Province.
  • Advised Japanese leading real estate corporation for their joint venture cooperation with Becamex Binh Duong in a condominium project in Binh Duong Province.
  • Advised Singapore leading player in real estate industry for their investment projects in District 1 and District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

Publications:

  • "Local practice rules the Law", Tsinghua Law Journal (Beijing, China), Nov 2003 (published the Chinese language).
  • “Practical Implementation Encumbrances of the Law on Investment and Law on Enterprises in Vietnam” - DongA Journal of International Business Transactions Law (Busan, South Korea) Volume 8/December 2012 (published in the English language).
  • “Digging deeper in Mining M&A”, Vietnam Investment Review (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), August 26 – Sep 1, 2013 (published in English).
  • “M&A Opportunities in Mining Sectors for Foreign Investors”, M&A 2013 Journal (Hanoi, Vietnam), July 2013 (published in Vietnamese).
  • “Vietnam – Merger Control”, Global Legal Insight 2014 (published in English).
  • “Pitfall on new landlord every investor should avoid”, Vietnam Investment Review (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), August 11-17, 2014 (published in English).

Memberships / Directorships:

  • Visiting Lecturer of Dong-A Law School, Dong-A University, South Korea;
  • Member of International Bar Association;
  • Member of the Vietnam Bar Federation;
  • Member of the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association;
  • Member of the China Business Association Ho Chi Minh City Branch; and
  • Member of the Council of Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City

 

NGUYEN DINH NHA
PARTNER

 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    nha.nguyen@rajahtannlct.com / nha.nguyen@lctlawyers.vn

 

Qualifications:
  LL.B. (Hue University of Law, Vietnam)
  B.A. (Linguistics) (Hue University, Vietnam)

Languages:
  Vietnamese
  English

Memberships:
  Vietnam Bar Federation
  Hue Bar Association

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Nha, a Partner at LCT Lawyers, is in charge of Banking & Finance, Corporate Regulatory, M&A and Real Estate Practice Group with more than 10 years of legal practice. Lawyer Nha has counseled legal affairs and compliance for multinational corporations in a wide range of fields from contract drafting and negotiation, foreign investment, general commercial affairs, corporate management, labor law, company policy and M&A to environmental law. Research and providing corporations with suitable solutions to unprecedented legal affairs and compliances is one of his greatest strengths.

Before joining LCT Lawyers, Lawyer Nha was the head of the Law Division of Vision Associates, Ho Chi Minh City Office. In this position, he successfully counseled reputable foreign investors in finance, banking, real estate, construction and clean energy.

 

PHAM MANH DZUNG
PARTNER
 T    +84 24 3267 6127 (Hanoi Office)

 E    dzung.pham@rajahtannlct.com / dzung.pham@lctlawyers.vn

 

Qualifications:

  LL.B. (Taskent University)

Languages:
  Vietnamese
  English

Memberships:
  Vietnam Bar Federation
  Hanoi Bar Association
 Arbitrator of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre at the Vietnam Chamber of Industry and Commerce 


Mr. Pham Manh Dzung, former Head of the Department of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Planning and Investment, is an expert in foreign investment, international trade, litigation, and arbitration. He joined LCT Lawyers as a partner in 2013.

Mr. Dzung holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Taskent University. Before joining LCT Lawyers, he served the Ministry of Justice for around 10 years and subsequently the Ministry of Planning and Investment for over 20 years. As Head of the Department of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Mr. Dzung provided practical guidance and key solutions to various complex legal issues relating to investment and commerce activities in Vietnam. He was previously responsible for the drafting of several important laws including the Law on Foreign investment 1996, Amendments of 2000 and 2002, the Law on Investment, and the Law on Enterprise (2005), the Law on Land (1993, 2003), and Law on Construction (2003). Mr. Dzung partook in the Government Negotiation Delegations for the Vietnam-U.S Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) and Vietnam’s entry to the WTO as well as chairing negotiations of the Agreement on Investment Protection and Promotion between Vietnam and United States of America, Japan, China, Russia and over 50 other countries.

Mr. Dzung also taught at Hanoi Law University and Vietnam National University, lecturing on the laws of investment and commerce. He is a reputed arbitrator at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

WEE HANN LIM
PARTNER


 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    wee.hann.lim@rajahtannlct.com

Qualifications:

  LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
  Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
  Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  Solicitor, England & Wales (non-practicing)

Languages:
  English
  Mandarin, Cantonese

Memberships:
  Member of Singapore Academy of Law
  Member of Law Society of Singapore
  Member of Bar Council of Malaysia

Wee Hann has over 23 years of experience in advising companies on cross-border investments, private mergers & acquisitions, sale & purchase of companies and businesses and other corporate transactions. Wee Hann also specializes in labor law and employee benefits.

He spent four years in Vietnam between 1994 and 1998, during which he advised Indonesian real estate giant Ciputra Group on its US$2.3 billion city development on 400 ha of Hanoi’s prime area along the Red River. He also secured the license for the US$667 million Vung Tau Deep Sea Transshipment Port for his Malaysian clients, overseeing negotiations with government regulators and authorities. In Singapore, Wee Hann’s expertise also includes advising numerous biotechnology, health and pharmaceutical global leaders on cross-border acquisitions and divestments. Wee Hann has been a recommended lawyer in the Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer (2006 to 2013) for his work in the Life Sciences industry. He has also been listed by The International Whos Who of Life Sciences Lawyers (2008 to 2014) as one of the worlds leading practitioners in the field of Life Sciences. A Malaysian, Wee Hann was a recipient of the ASEAN Scholarship for his Pre-University studies at Hwa Chong College in Singapore. anh.tran

TRAN XUAN CHI ANH

 PARTNER

 

Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions:

 LL.M, Nottingham University, UK

 LL.B, Ho Chi Minh City Law University, Vietnam

 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    anh.tran@rajahtannlct.com / anh.tran@lctlawyers.vn

 

Chi Anh Tran has over 14 years of experience in legal practice in Vietnam. Before joining Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers in January 2018, she was Special Counsel at Baker McKenzie Vietnam, leading the firm’s Dispute Resolution – Compliance – Competition team in Ho Chi Minh City. Chi Anh Tran is a recognized specialist in arbitration, corporate compliance, and competition law in Vietnam and has spoken at several Vietnamese and international conferences hosted by Vietnam International Arbitration Center, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Vietnam Competition Authority, Young ICCA, Dow Jones, and business associations.  

Experiences:  

  • Provision of legal advice to an international media company and representing the client in a competition case relating to allegations of abuse of dominance at Vietnam’s Competition Authority.
  • Provision of legal advice to an international beverages company and representing the client in the very first competition case relating to allegations of abuse of dominance at Vietnam’s Competition Authority. 
  • Assisting multi-national clients in various industries (e.g., banking, automobile, pharmaceutical, manufacturing) in conducting competition audits at their Vietnam subsidiaries; drafting, reviewing and advising on internal competition policies; providing competition training to management and staff of these companies.
  • Provision of opinions and technical assistance as an external expert to Vietnam Competition Authority on the enforcement of Competition Law and on their proposals of new regulations and guidelines to implement the Competition Law.
  • Assisting clients in drafting the company competition guidelines and providing competition law training.
  • Assisting clients from different industries in drafting and reviewing commercial contracts and distribution contracts for potential competition, dispute resolution and liability issues.
  • Assisting clients in establishing and implementing post-acquisition compliance integration plans; provision of legal advice and assisting clients in conducting compliance due diligence on third-party contractors as well as on target companies in M&A transactions.
  • Assisting a major international agricultural company in defending against allegations of unfair competition from a Vietnamese authority. 
  • Provision of legal advice and drafting anti-corruption guidelines and policies for the Vietnamese operation of multinational companies; provision of compliance training to management and employees of multinational companies.
  • Provision of legal advice and assistance to clients in defending against inspections (with respect to operations, tax, and customs, etc.) conducted by state authorities.     
  • Provision of legal advice and assistance to an international construction company in resolving disputes regarding insurance claims at a Vietnamese court.
  • Provision of legal advice to a Japanese consumer goods company in resolving a dispute with its local distributor; representing the client in an arbitration case; assisting the client in seeking court’s order for interim relief during the arbitration case.
  • Provision of legal advice to a foreign machinery company on the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in Vietnam; representing the client in the court procedures for the recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award.

TRAN DUC SON

Son.tran

PARTNER Practice Area:

 

General Corporate Commercial

Mergers & Acquisitions:

 LL.M., Paris 2 University (Panthéon-Assas), France

 LL.B., Hanoi National University

 Law Practice Certificate, Vietnam Judicial Academy

 T    +84 28 3821 2382 / +84 28 3821 2673

 E    son.tran@rajahtannlct.com / son.tran@lctlawyers.vn

 

Son Tran is a Partner in Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ Corporate and M&A practice group. He brings with him over 9 years of legal experience, including over 7 years in two international law firms. Prior to joining the firm, Son was the Legal Director of Big C Vietnam/Central Group Vietnam, one of the largest retail groups in Vietnam. Son Tran has a strong track record as a legal advisor and in-house counsel, providing him with deep insights and understanding of the operations of his clients – especially in the retail and wholesale sphere. Son’s expertise is multidisciplinary, and his scope of practice covers a broad range of corporate, commercial and legal matters in the areas of foreign investment, M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, labor, real estate, distribution and international arbitration. He has represented clients in negotiations with their partners and discussions with the relevant State authorities and has particularly strong experience in reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts governed by Vietnamese law and dealing with corporate and licensing matters Son Tran is fluent in French and English and is able to serve French-speaking clients.

Experiences:

Below are ed matters in which Son was involved prior to joining Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers:

Corporate and M&A:

  •  Advising Mekong Energy Company on the landmark Phu My 2.2 Power Plant Project, one of the few power projects constructed and financed on a BOT basis in Vietnam.
  • Advising a worldwide (French) leader in the cable industry on all its substantial operations and the restructuring of its activities in Vietnam, including the sale of equity in its joint venture companies with the state-owned enterprise EVN (Electricity of Vietnam).
  • Advising various international hotel management companies in the luxury hotels and condominiums sector with their hotel management arrangements in Vietnam, including assistance with review of management and related agreements.
  • Advising a major European industrial supplier of gas products in its commercial relationships with large Vietnamese customers.
  • Advising one of the biggest Japanese steel groups on all Vietnamese regulatory and contractual issues (land, construction, corporate, licensing, labor and other related issues) relating to the construction of a US$1 billion steelmaking plant in central Vietnam.
  • Advising a French seed producer, fourth largest seed company in the world in relation to the acquisition of one of the Vietnamese leading companies in the agri-business sector.
  • Advising a French leading banking group in the sale of its wholly owned consumer finance subsidiary in Vietnam – the first ever sale of a 100\% foreign-owned credit institution in Vietnam.
  • Advising a French leading banking group in an IPO of a leading Vietnamese banking group.
  • Assisting a large Russian vertically-integrated steel group, with the potential acquisition of a hot-rolled steel mill in Vietnam, owned by a State-owned enterprise.
  • Advising a leading Spanish pharmaceutical group on the acquisition of a drug manufacturing company in Bac Ninh Province near Hanoi.

Banking & Finance:

  •  Acting as local counsel for the syndicates of lenders and export credit agencies on the financing of a US$1 billion power plant.
  • Advising a leading Japanese banking corporation on all legal aspects of a loan transfer transaction (legal opinion, loan transfer agreement, the release of guarantee) involving a Vietnamese state-owned corporation.
  • Advising a large Danish bank on legal matters relating to the provision of foreign exchange and derivatives products in Vietnam.
  • Advising a leading Australian regional bank on a bond issue (VND 3,500 billion floating notes) by a Vietnamese State-owned company; drafting documentation relating to the bond issue.

 International Trade:

  •  Advising one of the largest Vietnamese seafood exporters on the fifth administrative review procedure before the US Department of Commerce in respect of catfish exported to the US.
  • Advising a Vietnamese seafood exporter on the new shipper review procedure before the US Department of Commerce in respect of frozen warm water shrimp exported to the US.
  • Assisting a leading pharmaceutical group on the importation of pharmaceutical products in Vietnam.
  • Advising a major French industrial group on competition laws and antitrust matters.
  • Advising a world-leading group in luxury goods trade on all legal matters of the trade in luxury goods in Vietnam.

Memberships / Directorships:

  •  Member, Hanoi Bar Association

Publications:

  •  Contributing to the drafting of the Vietnam Investors’ Guide: Business Law, published by Mayer Brown JSM and CCH Asia Pte Limited (2009) and also the drafting of the Vietnamese-French Legal Dictionary (2009).