VILAF

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 27 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 to international awards:

  • Asialaw Vietnam Firm of the Year 2019
  • Asialaw Outstanding Law Firm of the Year 2018
  • Vietnam Deal of the Year 2018 and Best IPO Deal of the Year 2018 by Finance Asia; and the Best Equity Deal of the Year 2018 by The Asset for the Vinhomes JSC 144A rule international placement and listing on HOSE
  • Vietnam M&A Forum Most Notable M&A Advisory Firm of 2018-2019
  • Vietnam M&A Forum Best M&A Law Firm of the Year 2017-2018
  • Vietnam M&A Forum Best M&A Law Firm of the Decade (2009-2018)
  • IFLR Vietnam National Law Firm of the Year 2018, 2016, 2008, 2007 and 2006
  • IFLR Project Finance Law Firm of the Year 2016 and 2002
  • IFLR Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year 2010
  • Annual Vietnam M&A Forum Best M&A Law Firm of the Year 2017 and 2016
  • ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL In-House Community Firm of the Year and Most Responsive Domestic Law Firm of the Year 2016 and 2015
  • ALB Power List in Asia 2015
  • ALB Vietnam Law Firm of the Year 2016
  • ALB Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016
  • ALB Vietnam Deal Firm of the Year 2011, 2009 and 2007
  • ALB Leading M&A Law Firm of the Year 2009
  • ALB Employer of Choice of the Year 2013, 2012 and 2009
  • Asia Law Vietnam National Law Firm of the year for Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Award
  • Asia Pacific Press Asian Counsel of the Year 2010ALB Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016
  • ALB Vietnam Deal Firm of the Year 2011, 2009 and 2007
  • ALB Leading M&A Law Firm of the Year 2009
  • ALB Employer of Choice of the Year 2013, 2012 and 2009
  • Asia Law Vietnam National Law Firm of the year for Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Award
  • Asia Pacific Press Asian Counsel of the Year 2010

Recent Firm News & Legal Updates

Legal Updates Vietnam
July 4, 2024

The Land Law 2024 that shall take effect on 1 August 2024 introduces a new regulation that allows non-bank entities to take security over land use rights. This article will explore how this regulation could impact the real estate financing market and the opportunities and challenges it could bring for both lenders and borrowers.
Legal Updates Vietnam
June 10, 2024

A summary of the latest legal developments in ESG, REC and Carbon Credits
Member Firm News Vietnam
Member Firm News Vietnam
December 14, 2023

VILAF is pleased to announce the promotion of Counsel Tung Nguyen to Partner, further bolstering the firm’s robust banking and finance practice group.
September 7, 2023

New WLG Privacy & Data Protection Group Co-chair Esko Cate of VILAF looks forward to group discussion at future meetings he'll help lead. As an American lawyer working in Vietnam, he is uniquely equipped to handle foreign investment matters.

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