Founded by the late Mr. OP Vaish, senior advocate in 1971, the firm is a full-service law firm providing legal services to domestic and international clients for over four decades. Predominantly a tax and corporate M&A firm, the firm has steadily grown adding multiple niche practices across three locations in India with a headcount of over 100 associates including 12 partners. The firm’s Corporate M&A and tax practices have grown from strength to strength every passing year and has been involved in some of the largest deals in India in various sectors.
The firm serves the needs of both small and large businesses, ranging from basic start-up work to intricate legal issues and provides a broad range of legal, taxation, regulatory and advisory services to the commercial, industrial and financial communities. The firm adopts a practical and solution-oriented approach to legal matters and places tremendous emphasis on accessibility, quick turnaround time and client access to key partners at all times. Also, the firm is one of the very few firms in India to offer a combination of corporate law and tax practice. The firm’s ability to understand its clients’ business and their challenges has rewarded it with progressively complex mandates and headline deals, many of which are the largest transactions in their respective industries.
The firm’s mission is to be the preferred law firm within the Indian market, providing its clients with qualitative and innovative professional advice, in a timely and cost-efficient manner. The firm is well recognized for its practices in respect of tax, M&A, private equity, projects and infrastructure, real estate, banking and finance, competition law, insolvency and bankruptcy and dispute resolution.
Why Vaish Associates
The firm has been consistently recognized as one of the best in the Tax area. The firm is highly recognized for its corporate and M&A practice. Year after year, our lawyers have been recognized for their work by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
VILAF is one of Vietnam’s oldest, largest and most highly regarded full-service law firms. Two strengths developed during our formative years provide us with unique capabilities to serve foreign companies investing and operating in Vietnam.
First, VILAF began as a small group of lawyers initially working with Clifford Chance from 1993 until 2000, endowing us with an international outlook and experience from the start – a strength that has only grown over the past 25 years as we’ve worked with many of the world’s largest multinationals in Vietnam, including Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU.
Second, several of our senior lawyers worked closely with the Vietnamese Government in the development of the country’s business and foreign investment laws, giving our firm with unparalleled insight into the legal regimes governing multinational companies doing business here.
With this extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of the country's political culture and legal development, our lawyers are in the best position to advise clients on the law as well as legal and business practices in Vietnam.
Also, uniquely VILAF is our practical approach to assessing risk and developing effective solutions designed to meet our clients’ business objectives. We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.
VILAF has advised on various landmark commercial and financing projects in Vietnam, resulting in several international awards and rankings by IFLR, Asia Law, ALB and Chambers and Partners, such as:
• The Best M&A Law Firm of the Year 2017-2018
• The Best M&A Law Firm of the Decade (2009-2018)
• IFLR Vietnam National Law Firm of the Year 2018, 2016, 2008, 2007 and 2006
• ALB Vietnam Law Firm of the Year 2016