Vietnam is one of the hottest property market at the moment and everything from individual buyers, to corporations and fund managers want to invest here. But one should be careful and do thorough due diligence before taking any hasty decisions.
A preferred choice should be to hire a local conveyancing lawyer, before getting involved in deals with big transactions. The fact is that things aren’t as transparent and straightforward as you might be used to in developed countries.
Therefore I’ve written this article where I present some of the biggest and most popular conveyancing law firms in Vietnam.
1. Baker & McKenzie Vietnam
Baker & McKenzie is a leading multinational law firm worldwide. It was founded in 1949 in the United States, with its head office situated in Chicago. In terms of revenue, it is ranked as the second biggest law firm in the world, with an annual revenue of USD 2.67 billion.
The company has 77 offices, more than 4,600 attorneys, and around 13,000 employees in globally (including 47 countries). They’ve had a presence in Vietnam for two decades and have two offices, one in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City.
There are around 45 persons working for the offices and several partners are foreigners, like Frederick R. Burke, an American national who is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Administrative Reform in Vietnam.
In the last few years, Baker & McKenzie has become the go-to law firm for multinational companies, financial institutions, and foreign investors. According to Legal 500 and IFLR1000, it’s a tier 1 law firm under the real estate and construction category.
Baker & McKenzie offers all kind of legal services in the real estate industry.
They’ve recently helped the Ho Tram Project company in developing a mega resort project in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, a project that values more than USD 4 billion.
12th Floor, Saigon Tower
29 Le Duan Blvd
Ho Chi Minh City
2. Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris LLP is a US based and a century old multinational full service law firm with its presence in Vietnam as well. In addition to Vietnam, it has 27 offices in different parts of the world.
Their offices are based in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and opened in July 2007. They have nine lawyers in both cities.
Dr. Oliver Massmann is the managing director and partner of the Hanoi office, while Giles T. Cooper is managing director and partner in the Ho Chi Minh City office. Both lawyers are foreigners, with a vast experience in international law. Dr. Oliver Massmann is an International Attorney at Law, Financial Accountant, and an Auditor.
Mr. Giles T. Cooper practices in the area of corporate commercial law and help international investors with their investments in Vietnam.
The firm represents a wide range of clients that include multinational corporations, international investors looking to invest in Vietnam, and large local and international businesses.
It’s also a tier 1 legal firm, according to Legal 500, a recommended law firm by IFLR1000, and a leading law firm in Vietnam according to Asia Pacific Chambers.
Duane Morris LLP offers legal assistance to investors and real estate developers under corporate real estate category. They also help multinational corporations in acquisitions, mergers, and development of infrastructure projects in the country, like energy projects.
The corporate real estate services include assistance to clients in purchase and lease of commercial property, like offices, retail outlets, resorts, and hotels.
Duane Morris Vietnam LLC
Pacific Place, Unit V1307/1308, 13th Floor
83B Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
3. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is considered as one of the oldest law firms in the world, with its roots dated back to 1743. This London based full service law firm is the first international law firm that opened office in Vietnam in 1994.
The firm has 28 offices in different parts of the world, more than 425 partners, and over 1,600 associates. They currently have two offices in Vietnam, one in Hanoi and the second office in Ho Chi Minh City.
The managing director of the Vietnam offices is Tony Foster, who’s been working with the firm since the establishments in 1994. He’s a British national, studied law at the University of California, with a long experience. He’s currently a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi.
The firm serves some of the leading international and domestic corporations and businesses. They’ve closed some of the highest profile acquisitions in Vietnam so far, and were adviser in 5 out of 7 acquisition of large state-owned enterprises with foreign investors.
They’ve also won several awards, including “Best Global Law Firm” multiple times and represented Bank of England as legal advisor since the 18th century, making them the oldest law firm in the world.
They mostly serve corporate clients and major developers who works with the development of residential, commercial, and infrastructural projects. They’re currently representing a real estate developer working on the largest “new city” real estate development project in Ho Chi Minh City, called Phu Mu Hung.
1101-1103, Saigon Tower
29 Le Duan Boulevard
4. Bui & Brothers
Bui & Brothers is a full-service law firm based in Ho Chi Minh City. They offer a full range of legal services to local, national, and international clients.
Bui Tien Long is the managing partner, who practices law in the areas of investment, corporate, & commerce, real estate & construction, and dispute resolution & arbitration.
He studied law at Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul, South Korea, and worked for multiple national and international law firms for nine years before starting his own law firm.
The firm offers a wide range of services under real estate and construction. The services covers commercial leasing, construction & engineering, real estate investment, safety and planning, title examination, and real estate litigation.
9th Floor, MINH TINH Building,
115-115A Vo Van Tan, District 3,
Ho Chi Minh City ,Vietnam
5. Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd.
Tilleke & Gibbins International is the leading regional law firm in South East Asia with its head office based in Bangkok, Thailand. It is also ranked as the oldest regional law firm in South East Asia, founded in 1890.
They currently have over 160 lawyers working in the region. It’s also become the first foreign law firm that was granted a license to work in Vietnam, when it established its office in Ho Chi Minh City in 1992.
The firm has a presence in most Southeast Asian countries with offices located in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. In Vietnam, their offices are located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. There are currently more than 40 lawyers working in Vietnam.
David Lyman, a US national, is the chairman of the company. Thomas J. Treutler, also a US national, is the partner and managing director of the Vietnam offices. He’s offering legal services in Vietnam for last 24 years, and currently registered to practice as a foreign lawyer in the country.
Tilleke & Gibbins International is ranked as a tier 3 law firm by The Legal 500.
They offer legal services related to property and mainly serves local and multinational companies and investors. They’ve recently advised a leading Japanese construction company and assisted them with their mixed-use mega real estate project.
The services they offer include licensing matters, zoning variances, land title issues, joint venture negotiations, land subdivision, property management regulations, and corporate governance.
Suite 1206, Citilight Tower
45 Vo Thi Sau Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
6. ANT Lawyers
ANT Lawyers is a well-known Vietnam based, full service law firm. The firm has three offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang. Mr. Tuan Nguyen is the managing Partner of the firm.
He has 16 years of experience in representing international and national corporations and the company has a team of around 10 lawyers.
All lawyers working at ANT Lawyers are members of Vietnam Bar Federation. The firm is also a member of Prae Legal, which is a global law firm network with its presence in 150 countries.
Their clientele include some of the major domestic, regional and international corporations and businesses that include General Motors, Akzo Nobel, KDDI, Akme Engineering, and Toshiba Corp.
It’s also a recommended law firm by IFLR1000 and Legal 500.
Include all kinds of legal services related to real estate, representation of tenants, buyers, landlords, and investors.
They assist in negotiations, acquisitions, purchases, and leases of houses, apartments, and commercial property. They also prepare tenant leases of residential and commercial property.
5th Floor, Sentinel Place Building,
41A Ly Thai To Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hano
7. Phuoc & Partners
Phuoc & Partners is a leading Vietnam based, full service law firm with offices in three cities, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. The firm was founded in 2003, when the founder, Nguyen Huu Phuoc left KPMG Vietnam and decided to manage his own law firm.
In the last 15 years, the firm has expanded to 3 offices and around 70 lawyers, all multilingual and most qualified from well known North American and European law schools.
Before establishing his own firm, Nguyen Huu Phuoc worked for leading international accounting firms like KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers as Deputy Manager. He also studied International Trade Law at Bristol Law School.
The firm also has a dedicated team of 15 real estate lawyers. Nguyen Gia Huy Chuong, who is also a managing partner and heads the real estate team, was ranked as the leading real estate lawyer by Legal 500 for the year 2011, 2012, and 2013.
a. ANT Lawyers is a recommended law firm by IFLR1000 and Legal 500
b. In 2017, Asian Legal Business (ALB) awarded them with Employer of the Choice Award
c. In 2016, they won In-house Community Firm of the Year Award
d. Nominated as leading lawyers in the field of mergers and acquisitions by IFLR1000
They offer all legal services related to real estate. The services include recovering secure assets, restructuring distressed loans, assistance in leasing, sales, and purchase of residential and commercial real estate, legal assistance during foreclosures, and conveyancing.
10A Floor, CDC Building, 25 Le Dai Hanh Street, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi
Allens is a leading commercial law firm that operates in the Asia Pacific region. This Australia based law firm is also one of the oldest law firms in the region, founded in 1822.
The company currently has 130 partners and around 1,200 employees. Some of their previous lawyers impressingly became High and Supreme Court justices in Australia, World Bank President, and one even became a President in Australia.
They have offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney, Singapore, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City (with a presence dating two decades back in Vietnam).
Robert Fish is the current managing partner who looks after the offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The lawyers at Allens offer legal services in English, Vietnamese, and Russian.
In the last few years, Allens Vietnam under Robert Fish has represented some of the leading businesses and corporations in the world that include Talanx Group, BTMU, CLSA Limited, Azure City Company Limited, Keppel Land (A leading real estate developer in Singapore), VinaCapital, and JSM Indochina Limited.
The firm also won Vietnam Law Firm of the Year Award in 2015 at Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 Awards.
Allens Vietnam is a full service corporate real estate firm that offers all legal services related to corporate real estate, including mergers, large transactions, and acquisitions. They offer these services for all property classes that include residential, commercial, retail, industrial, and resorts & hotels.
They’ve recently advised Keppel Land (Singapore) for their USD 30 million residential project in Ho Chi Minh City, called Saigon Riviera.
Suite 605, Saigon Tower
29 Le Duan Boulevard
District 1 Ho Chi Minh City
Zico Law is a well-known and one of the biggest full service law firms operating in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to their offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, they have offices in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
The firm was founded in 1987 in Kuala Lumpur by Zaid Ibrahim, but soon expanded to all 10 ASEAN countries. They now have 17 offices and around 300 lawyers.
The team of Lawyers in Vietnam offices is headed by four partners, Kevin B. Hawkins, Phuong Nguyen, Tay Zi Li, and Phuc Nguyen. All experienced and well-reputed lawyers with decades of experience in practicing law in Vietnam.
Phuong Nguyen is the managing partner and has 20 years of experience in corporate, financial, banking, and commercial law.
Include all kinds of legal services in the real estate industry, for example legal advice on land compensation and acquisition, licensing, regulatory approvals, resettlement, documentation, and approvals for large scale commercial projects.
Unit 2, Level 20
Bitexco Financial Tower
2 Hai Trieu Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
10. Audiers & Partners LLC
Audiers & Partners LLC is an international law firm with its presence in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Mongolia. It was established by Nicolas Audier, a French national and member of Paris bar. He now manages the Vietnam offices based in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with four other partners, all from France and the United Kingdom.
The team of lawyers also consists of lawyers from the United Kingdom, France, and Vietnam. It’s a full service law firm that offers legal services to corporate and commercial clients.
They offer legal assistance to construction companies, developers, property companies, financial institutions, property managers, architects, and engineers related to real estate transactions.
Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC
Suite 2.10, Corner Stone Building
16 Phan Chu Trinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
11. Russin & Vecchi
Russin & Vecchi is a well-known full service international law firm. The firm had an office in Vietnam from 1966 – 1975, and reopened again in 1993. Later, they also established another office in Hanoi. In addition to Vietnam, they have offices in Thailand, Russia, USA, South America, Taiwan, and other countries.
They have around 20 lawyers in Vietnam. Mr. Sesto E Vecchi, originally from the US, is the managing partner. He has 30 years of experience practicing law in Vietnam. He’s also a member of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.
According to Legal 500, it’s a tier 2 real estate and construction law firm.
They offer a full range of legal services related to real estate, for both residential and commercial properties.
The services include negotiating and documenting investments in real estate projects, acquisitions, procurement title, applications for project approvals, project transfers, due diligence investigations, and development of real estate projects.
5 Me Linh Square, 14/F
Ho Chi Minh City