Singapore’s A&G opens office in Vietnam

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore’s largest law firm Allen & Gledhill has opened an office in Vietnam, making it the second Big Four firm to have a physical presence in the latter country.

Employer of Choice: Asia's Best Law Firms to Work For

BY ALB |

The ALB Employer of Choice Rankings were compiled talking into account responses from more than 2,500 private practice lawyers across Asia, ranging from managing partners to paralegals, as well as our own market knowledge.

FDI Is on the Rise in Vietnam, but Lawyers Say Reforms Needed to Smoothen the Way

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Vietnam’s investment outlook is on the up, encouraged by supportive policy reforms and growing GDP, but lawyers in the market warn the country’s investment and corporate laws are not sufficiently prepared to meet the scale of foreign investments coming in.

Indochine represents Vietnam’s THACO on up to $1 bln investment in HAGL

BY Aparna Sai |

Vietnamese law firm Indochine Counsel has advised Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO), one of the country’s leading carmakers, on its strategic investment of up to $1 billion in Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, which has interests in industries such as property and agriculture.

U.S. immigration firm LatourLaw opens Vietnam office

BY Aparna Sai |

Florida-headquartered LatourLaw, which specialises in investment-based immigration, has set foot in Vietnam with the opening of an office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Japan’s MHM to expand SE Asia presence with HCMC office

BY Aparna Sai |

Japanese Big Four law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is set to continue its expansion across Southeast Asia after announcing an office in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

Listing Frenzy

BY Ranajit Dam |

Vietnam has been Southeast Asia’s unlikely IPO star in the past year, and the last few months, in particular, have seen two record-breaking listings. Lawyers within and outside the country are seeing an increase in IPO work as a result.

Kim & Chang enters Vietnam with HCMC office

BY Aparna Sai |

Kim & Chang, South Korea’s largest law firm, has opened its first Vietnam office in Ho Chi Minh City. It becomes the last of South Korea’s biggest firms to have an office in the Southeast Asian country.

Vietnam set to make key ruling on country's biggest-ever fraud case

BY Reuters |

A Vietnamese court is set to make a key ruling in the country’s biggest-ever fraud case, in a trial that has spotlighted Vietnam’s ability to tackle financial crime at a time when foreign banks are heeding government calls to invest.

Latham, VILAF advise Vinhomes on Vietnam's biggest equity issue

BY Aparna Sai, Reuters |

Latham & Watkins and local law firm VILAF have advised Vinhomes JSC, the residential property developer of conglomerate Vingroup JSC, on an equity issue of up to $1.4 billion, with Allen & Overy advising the underwriters.

ZICO Law names new Hanoi MP, HCMC co-exec partners

BY Aparna Sai |

ZICO Law has named Phuong Nguyen as the managing partner of its Hanoi office, and Kevin Hawkins and Tay Zi Li as the co-executive partners of its Ho Chi Minh City office. Hawkins joins from VILAF.

Vietnam, South Korea agree to do $100 billion in bilateral trade by 2020

BY Reuters |

Vietnam and South Korea agreed on Friday to seek to boost their bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2020, or 50 percent more than last year’s total.