With 25 years of practice and research, Ngoc Anh is a business lawyer with international expertise and local experience on Corporate/M&A, SOE Equitization and State Divestment, foreign direct investment, corporate restructure, contract law, employment, market access, customs and WTO. He has advised clients on various complicated deals in a wide range of heavily regulated industries, such as automobile, telecom, oil and gas, real estate, trade, securities, manufacturing and services in Vietnam.
Ngoc Anh’s notable deals include: advising SMBC Nikko Cordial Securities Company in acquiring shares of PSI, a securities broker under PetroVietnam; advising a Japanese manufacturer in relation to acquisition of a paper manufacturing company; advising a Japanese internet company in acquiring a Vietnamese software company; advising a local distribution company with various electronic stores in issuing new shares to its foreign strategic investors; advising a Japanese wiring company in acquiring 100% equity in a current manufacturing company in Vietnam; advising a Singaporean company in acquiring TD Plaza and setting up a new company to operate the serviced apartment; advising a giant Korean investor in the US$1.5 billion new investment project in Vietnam; advising foreign investors and joint venture companies in automobile, telecom, real estate, manufacturing and services; and advising Petronas on strategic investment in renewable energy in Vietnam.
Most recently, Ngoc Anh advised JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation in the US$185 million acquisition of 8% of Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), which is the biggest import/export and retail brand name in Vietnam for petroleum distribution. This is the first time that Petrolimex has opened to foreign investment; and ANA Holdings in acquiring 8% equity in Vietnam Airline Joint Stock Company (Vietnam Airlines), closing in July 2016, which are two of the most profound M&A deals in 2016 in Vietnam.
Ngoc Anh is also a member of IBA and AmCham, Vietnam.
BAR ADMISSION: Hanoi Bar
Georgetown University Law Center, S.J.D./Doctor of Judicial Science, with distinction, 2007; Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, 2004-2006
Institute for State and Law Studies, Hanoi, LLM, 2001
Institute of Social Studies, the Netherland, Post-graduate Diploma, 1999
Hanoi Law University, LLB, 1995
Corporate and M&A, Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Restructure, Contract Law, Employment, Market Access, Customs and WTO
VILAF was formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws and has ever since worked alongside with the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws, with the growth of the Government’s experience in handling business legal matters and most importantly with the growth of our clients’ business in Vietnam.
With more than 28 years of experience, VILAF continues to be one of the preeminent business law firms in Vietnam. VILAF is a full-serviced law firm, dedicating to many clients who have been working with us for many years, among Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU, SCG, Marubeni, etc.
With a team of senior lawyers who have worked with the Government in the development of Vietnamese business and investment laws for years, VILAF has the insights to the interpretation of the laws and policies. We also have lawyers qualified to practice laws in other countries, including UK, US, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s political culture and legal development have put our lawyers in the best position to advise clients on the laws and the practice of Vietnam and to help them assessing risks and developing solutions. Our approach is client-focus and solution-oriented. We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.
We have been consistently ranked as the 1st tier law firm by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, ALB and AsiaLaw in most of major areas of practice, including Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Projects & Energy, Dispute Resolution and Real Property.