Vietnam

About

White & Case has been providing advice in relation to Vietnam-related matters for more than 30 years.

Our involvement with Vietnam developed in the 1990s, when we advised the Government of Vietnam and the World Bank on a legal framework for equitizing Vietnamese state enterprises and modernizing its economy.

Since then, we have advised on a broad range of high-profile transactions relating to Vietnam, ranging from corporate M&A and capital markets transactions, energy and infrastructure projects, bank financings and asset finance transactions, together with disputes and trade advisory work.

Today, we work for businesses ranging from domestic startups to international banks and leading global companies, who trust us with their most important legal mandates.

Our fully integrated network of offices enables us to leverage our knowledge of laws, policies, business practices and cultures around the world to advise international businesses on their investment in Vietnam, and to advise Vietnamese companies on their international transactions.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Tier 2 - Foreign Desks
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021, Vietnam

"Strong business and commercial sense, mixed with a truly best-in-class legal insight."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

"Extremely responsive, commercial and solutions-driven."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

"Very professional."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Experience

ADB
Representation of ADB in a loan of approximately US$100 million to China Everbright Environmental Energy to finance a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in Vietnam.

ASEAN Alliance Ltd.
Representation of ASEAN Alliance, a joint venture company being formed by VinaCapital Investment Management, Batavia Prosperindo Group and Finansa PCL in connection with the establishment of an ASEAN-focused private equity fund.

A leading agribusiness company
Representation of a leading agribusiness company in connection with the development of a customized online client site providing customs and trade reporting, and advisory services. Topics included general customs and regulatory developments in Vietnam (import licensing, classification and origin, tariffs) and free trade agreement negotiations, with a focus on tariff schedules, rules of origin, customs and trade facilitation measures, technical barriers to trade, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

A leading global US-listed e-commerce company
Representation of a global US-listed e-commerce company in a variety of trade requirements in respect of Vietnam, including origin and marking requirements under Vietnamese law related to the phrase "Made in Vietnam" and related legislation.

A Japanese trade coalition
Representation of a Japanese trade coalition in connection with expert analyses and a detailed report on strengthening of global value and supply chains through the utilization of trade agreements in the Asia- Pacific, including Vietnam.

A leading Korean trade coalition
Representation of a leading Korean trade coalition in connection with research and analysis on trade rules and business environment risks in Vietnam, Indonesia and India.

A leading national steel company
Representation of a leading national steel company in connection with legal analysis and advice on non-tariff barriers, trade remedies and FTA negotiations in the 12 jurisdictions in Asia-Pacific, including Vietnam.

An offshore wind project in Vietnam
Representation of a confidential developer in the development of an offshore wind project in Vietnam.

Casino Guichard-Perrachon
Representation of Casino Guichard-Perrachon, one of the major French retail groups (listed on Euronext Paris), in its €1 billion sale of Big C Vietnam (Vietnam’s no.1 food retailer) to Central Group (a Thai conglomerate).

Cathay United Bank
Representation of Cathay United Bank and a syndicate of 11 banks in the US$280 million loan facility to PetroVietnam Gas for the first phase of the Nam Con Son gas pipeline project No. 2 in Vietnam.

Dakdrinh hydroelectric power
Representation of Crédit Agricole in the US$178 million financing, guaranteed by NEXI, to the Dakdrinh Hydropower Plant for the US$220 million development of the 125 MW Dakdrinh hydroelectric power project near Son Tay, Vietnam.

Daklak Honey
Representation of Daklak Honey, one of the largest Vietnamese producers and exporters of raw honey, in a US Department of Commerce antidumping duty investigation of raw honey imports from Vietnam.

Facebook
Representation of Facebook in a range of Vietnam-related matters.

Hanoi-Haiphong Expressway, Vietnam
Representation of confidential client in its investment into the concessionaire vehicle for the Hanoi-Haiphong Expressway, Vietnam.

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Representation of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in various market-entry considerations and structures in respect of Vietnam.

International developers
Representation of various international developers in their entry into the Vietnam solar and wind sectors including extensive country entry-market due diligence, and the negotiation of joint development arrangements in respect of their first projects. The clients have a large pipeline of projects in development and are early movers in the market.

Likpin International
Representation of the claimant, which is seeking to recover unpaid amounts due to the contractor for an offshore oil project. The claim is worth approximately US$12.5 million and is the subject of ongoing arbitration at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC).

LNG-to-power project in Vietnam
Representation of a confidential investor in connection with its prospective acquisition of an equity interest in an integrated LNG-to-power project in Vietnam.

LNG-to-power project in Vietnam
Representation of the prospective financiers in connection with the development and financing of an integrated LNG-to-power project in Vietnam.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
Representation of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) in connection with research and analysis on global trends of standardization and policy movements in key jurisdictions in the EU, the US, China and Vietnam.

Pacific Century Group
Representation of Pacific Century Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in AmTrust Mobile Solutions Singapore Pte. Ltd., a business that primarily offers mobile handset insurance solutions in Vietnam as well as in a number of other countries in Southeast Asia.

Sampoerna International
Representation of Sampoerna International in the restructuring of its existing joint venture in connection with the sale of a majority stake to Vinataba, the Vietnamese state-owned tobacco monopoly, a complex transaction that involved the transfer of the equity interest in an existing joint venture from one Vietnamese party to Vinataba, and the restructuring and recapitalization of the existing joint venture.

Song Hau 2, a 2x1,000 MW
Representation of a confidential investor in its interest in Song Hau 2, a 2x1,000 MW ultra-supercritical coal-fired power project development in Vietnam.

TNK-BP
Representation of TNK-BP in its acquisition of BP’s upstream businesses and associated interests in Vietnam and Venezuela for US$1.8 billion.

UAE-based marine contractor
Representation of a UAE-based marine contractor in an arbitration under VIAC rules concerning disputes arising out of the construction and installation of offshore pipelines and related infrastructure in Vietnam.

Vietnamese International School
Representation of a leading global private equity sponsor in its investments in the education sector in Vietnam, including the acquisition of shares in a Vietnamese international school business, and its proposed acquisition of 100 percent of another international school based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnamese logistics and industrial real estate developer
Representation of a global investment bank, as mandated lead arranger and original lender, in a US$125 million term loan facility with an additional US$125 million accordion facility to a subsidiary of one of the largest logistics and industrial real estate developers in Vietnam.

Vietnamese real estate operator
Representation of a global investment bank in a US$25 million exchangeable loan agreement to be provided to a Vietnamese borrower group with significant industrial real estate and with operations throughout Vietnam.

Vietnamese state-owned telecommunications company
Representation of a Vietnamese state-owned telecommunications company in arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore, governed by Vietnamese law, against a US-based corporation for claims in excess of US$12 million for breaches of a business cooperation contract.

VinaCapital
Representation of VinaCapital in a joint venture between VinaCapital and a Thai conglomerate to establish a co-investment platform for private equity investments in Vietnam.

Waste management facility in Vietnam
Representation of a multilateral lender in a proposed investment in a waste management facility in Vietnam.