Pharmaceutical Law , Project Finance
For nearly two decades, Eli has been a trusted advisor for multinational companies operating in Vietnam, including in the health and pharmaceutical sector. Eli is the founder and Lead Partner of YKVN’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Practice Group, and his client base includes Pharma Group Vietnam, Pfizer, Sanofi, Bayer, Ferring, Daiichi Sankyo and a number of other Pharma Group Members. Indeed, the Practice Group represents approximately 70% of the domestic pharmaceutical industry by revenue.
Eli originally came to Vietnam in 2003 as a Senior Research Associate, under Thomas J. Vallely (Lead Consultant, Ken Burn’s Vietnam Documentary), with the Vietnam Program, Harvard University and led the Law program at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City. Before joining YKVN LLC in 2010, Eli spent more than 3 years in the corporate practice of one of the leading “Magic Circle” firms in the world.
Eli is a U.S. qualified lawyer, a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Vietnam, and is highly regarded by clients as a problem-solver, a crisis mitigation expert, and a commercially-oriented, practical adviser, with the ability to add true value to a company’s bottom line with, among other things, his ability to assist clients develop and maintain successful long-term commercial partnerships in Vietnam.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, Cum Laude
Duke Law Journal, Note Editor
B.A., Brandeis University, Magna Cum Laude
Honorable James A. Wynn, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011–2012
Honorable Graham C. Mullen, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2003
Areas of Practice
Health and Pharmaceuticals
Corporate and M&A
Established in 1999, YKVN is the top Vietnam based law firm with a diversified national and international practice. With approximately one hundred legal professionals in offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore, YKVN provides legal services on a unique platform that combines Vietnam and international experience with a strong Vietnam focus (inbound and outbound) and execution capabilities and resources in our home market matching those of international and major regional firms.
YKVN is the market leader in capital markets, corporate finance, project finance, health and pharmaceuticals, banking, M&A, foreign investment, litigation and arbitration, international trade and tax, and construction/EPC matters. Experience in these areas, our exceptional knowledge base and access to professionals with different areas of expertise is a unique aspect of YKVN – it allows our lawyers to be highly specialized but at the same time, allows YKVN to provide broad scope of the highest quality legal services to our clients.
YKVN has significant experience serving foreign and multinational clients, including pharmaceutical MNCs, as a legal advisor on corporate and commercial Vietnamese legal issues. For more than two decades, we have maintained a retainer based relationship with Procter & Gamble, advising the multinational giant on array of corporate and commercial law issues, ranging from supply and distribution agreements to the restructuring of Procter & Gamble’s legal entities and assets in Vietnam. Furthermore, YKVN has developed relationships of trust with an “A” list of foreign and multinational corporate clients, including Pfizer, Sanofi, Bayer, Hanesbrands, McDonalds, Intel, Metro Cash & Carry, Verizon, Emerson, Burger King, Visa, Reuters, Dow Jones, Sheraton, Hilton Corporations, and many others.
As a result, our lawyers are able to handle complex issues with precision and speed. We have the knowledge, infrastructure, technical capability and strategic perspective that are invaluable in helping clients select, implement and coordinate their strategies in Vietnam. Our experience with relevant corporate and commercial matters and the critical mass of lawyers in our offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore ensure legal advice at standards essential for such matters, and the economies that result from experienced, coordinated matter management.
Our lawyers have extensive experience working in various matters, from general corporate and regulatory matters, to real estate, trade and commerce, tax, compliance, labor, environment, pharmaceuticals and intellectual property. YKVN also regularly advises clients on their commercial arrangements, such as franchising, outsourcing, distribution, tolling arrangements, and agency arrangements.