Tran D. Hoang (Henry)

Leaders in Law endorses Tran D. Hoang (Henry) as our exclusively recommended Banking and Finance Law & Business Litigation Law expert in Vietnam. If you wish to get in touch with Tran, please use the contact information provided above.

Tran D. Hoang is a lawyer licensed in Vietnam, New York state, and Massachusetts state in the United States. He specializes in negotiation, real estate, company formation and restructuring, commercial law, and international business law.  He has devoted his legal career to the growth of the business environment in Vietnam. He represented hundreds of start-up businesses to file a petition calling for the scrapping of Article 292 under Penal Code 2015 due to it hindering the development of internet and telecommunications-based companies. In 2016 and 2017, the Prime Minister and the National Assembly of Vietnam agreed to remove Article 292.

Tran D. Hoang has written articles and presented in many workshops and conferences in different countries on the introduction and analysis of the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. He also has written hundreds of legal infographics articles on newspapers and blogs. He regularly advises for the operation, management, investment, internal structure and other legal matters of various companies in different industries, such as securities (Thien Viet Securities), education (ILA Vietnam), technology (Go-Viet), real estate (Phat Dat Real Estate Development), media (Galaxy Media and Entertainment) and other fields.

Tran D. Hoang has represented and advised for large domestic and foreign cooperation and investment funds, such as: Vingroup, Go-Jek Indonesia, Viet Capital Securities, KIDO Group, TVAM Growth Fund, Digiworld, and other organizations. His has experience in working with lawyers from many countries around the world to serve his clients’ investment activities, such as: Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, BIV, and many other territories.

Tran D. Hoang is one of the first and only Vietnamese lawyers who have represented in an ICSID case (the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute is of and funded by WTO for legal disputes resolution between international investors and states). Before joining HERMAN, HENRY & DOMINIC (EZLAW), Tran D. Hoang worked in the legal departments of Vingroup and Investconsult Group.  He is also a startup-founder of the first platform that enables people in Vietnam to make and sign their own legally-binding agreements online, and of the first website in Vietnam that delivers legal knowledge and news through infographics.

Practice Areas

  • M&A Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Arbitration Law
  • Business Litigation Law

Areas of Expertise

  • M&A Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Law
  • International Business Law
  • Arbitration & Litigation


  • Business Management & Math, Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA, Bachelor of Arts, 2011
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Juris Doctor, 2014

Firm Description:

HERMAN, HENRY & DOMINIC (EZLAW) is an experienced team of lawyers and legal experts based in Saigon and Hanoi.  The firm provides legal services to business organizations committing to the long-term development of Vietnam. The firm believes in building strong relationships with their clients based on trust and respect.

HERMAN, HENRY & DOMINIC (EZLAW) specializes in corporate matters (especially M&A), financing, banking, land, labor, tax and commercial matters, contract drafting and negotiation, and arbitration and litigation.  The firm also maintains permanent good working relations with various governmental bodies in Vietnam to enable them to access the resources necessary to produce timely and effective results for the clients.

HERMAN, HENRY & DOMINIC (EZLAW) work under their motto: “Local Expertise & Global Standard.”

Dang The Duc

Leaders in Law endorses Dang the Duc as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Vietnam. If you wish to get in touch with Duc please use the contact information provided above.

Dang The Duc is the founder and managing partner of Indochine Counsel. With more than 20 years of experience in business law practice in Vietnam, Duc has extensive expertise advising foreign clients in international and cross-border transactions in such areas of practice as inward investment, corporate & commercial transactions, private equity, M&A, securities & capital market transactions, corporate restructurings, and project financing. Over the past several years, he has been involved in a number of major transactions for leading financial institutions, investment funds and multinational companies. In addition, he has substantial experience in advisory & transactional work for IPR, IT and technology related matters.

Duc has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by various international publications such as IFLR1000, Asian Legal Business, Chambers Global, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles, The International Who’s Who Legal, The Expert Guide – The World’s Leading Lawyers, and Managing Intellectual Property.

He is an active speaker for conferences and seminars both in Vietnam and abroad for such legal business topics as M&A, private equity, corporate transactions, securities and capital markets.

Practice Areas


  • LLB, Hanoi National University, 1994
  • BA, Hanoi Foreign Languages University, 1996
  • IPDP, Int’l M&A and Capital Markets & Loans, The College of Law of England & Wales, 2007-2008


  • Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • LawAsia
  • International Trademark Association
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association


  • English
  • Vietnamese

Firm Description:

Established in October 2006, Indochine Counsel is a leading commercial law firm in Vietnam. Offering services throughout Vietnam, Indochine Counsel is ideally positioned to assist international investors and foreign firms to navigate the legal landscape in one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting countries. We also take pride in our services offered to domestic clients in searching for opportunities abroad. With over 45 lawyers and staff in two offices, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Indochine Counsel offers expertise in a dozen practice areas and provides assistance throughout the entire life cycle of your business.

Based on the principles of Excellence, Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering, Indochine Counsel strives to give clients quality service in a timely manner. Our lawyers have been trained all over the globe and have experience with both local and international law firms. Indochine Counsel takes pride in its people and works hard to ensure that they have the support and training necessary to work at the peak of excellence.

Indochine Counsel’s objective is to provide quality legal services and add value to clients through effective customized legal solutions that work specifically for the client. The firm represents local, regional and international clients in a broad range of matters including transactional work and cross-border transactions. The firm’s clients are diverse, ranging from multinational corporations, foreign investors, banks and financial institutions, securities firms, funds and asset management companies, international organizations, law firms to private companies, SMEs and start-up firms.

Expectation of Excellence

Our partners are experienced legal practitioners who have spent years providing legal advice and counsel to a wide variety of clients. They maintain a high quality of work and hold themselves to an expectation of excellence. As the founders and leaders of Indochine Counsel, they help their teams and the younger lawyers of the firm to strive towards that expectation. Every memo, every opinion, every contract review and every letter is subject to this expectation. Our clients are some of the greatest companies in the world and they deserve excellence in every aspect of their experience with Indochine Counsel.


Professionalism is hard to define. It can encompass so many aspects of performance that its definition is subject to the ideas of the definer. Indochine Counsel considers professionalism to be the performance of our brief in a manner that reflects quality, timeliness, respect and consistency. We work hard to maintain the highest levels of professionalism in all of our lawyers and in our work product. It is important enough to us that we hold it as one of our three core principles.

Ethical Lawyering

At Indochine Counsel we encourage our lawyers to not only fulfill their duties to their clients with zeal, but to maintain a highly ethical practice in all aspects of their work. From confidentiality to conflicts of interest to billing we strive to hold ourselves to a standard as high as any developed country.

Eli Mazur

Leaders in Law endorses Eli Mazur as our exclusively recommended Pharmaceutical Law expert in Vietnam. If you wish to get in touch with Eli please use the contact information provided above.

In 2018, Eli was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Corporate and M&A in Vietnam by Asia Law based on one of the largest surveys of legal professionals across the Asia-Pacific. Eli was also honored as Vietnam’s “Top Pharmaceutical Adviser” by both Advisory Excellence and LinkedIn. His combined expertise in M&A and Pharmaceutical / Health law makes him an excellent choice for M&A deals, compliance advice, and FCPA investigations in Vietnam’s complex Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectors.

Eli is a qualified attorney and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Vietnam, and for nearly 17 years, Eli has been a trusted legal adviser for multinational companies and private equity funds operating and investing in Vietnam, with particular expertise in health and pharmaceuticals, FCPA issues. Eli is the founder and leader of YKVN’s Healthcare and pharmaceutical Practice Group, and his clients base includes Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Ferring, Daiichi Sankyo and several other pharma group. Indeed, the practice group represents approximately 70% of the domestic pharmaceutical industry by revenue.

Eli graduated from Duke Law School, served on the Executive Board of the Duke Law Journal, and also served as a Judicial Law Clerk on both the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

Fluent in Vietnamese, Eli is highly regarded by clients and peers as a practical, commercial lawyer serving clients with his deal execution abilities, well-conceived strategies. But also, for his discretion as a problem-solver, as a crisis mitigation expert, and for his ability to assist clients develop and maintain successful long-term commercial partnerships in Vietnam.

Specialties: Health, Pharmaceuticals, Corporate, M&A, Project Finance, FCPA, and International Family Law



Leaders in Law endorses Ngoc Anh as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Vietnam. If you wish to get in touch with Ngoc Anh please use the contact information provided above.

With 22 years of practice and research, Ngoc Anh is a business lawyer with international expertise and local experience on M&A, 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 was honoured and raised in the Client Choice International 2014. He is a recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015.

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 USD 1.5 billion new investment project in Vietnam; advising foreign investors and joint venture companies in automobile, telecom, real estate, manufacturing and services.

Most recently, Ngoc Anh advised a Japanese investor in acquiring 8% equity in Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) to become Petrolimex’s strategic foreign investor in May 2016. Petrolimex is a giant equitized SOE on petroleum distribution, which was originally a State trading corporation and was first IPO in 2011.

Ngoc Anh also advised a Japanese investor in acquiring 8.771% equity in Vietnam Airlines JSC (Vietnam Airlines), to become Vietnam Airlines’ strategic foreign investor in July 2016. Vietnam Airlines is the flag carrier of Vietnam, which was a giant equitized SOE, and first IPO in 2014, and first listed on 03 January 2017.

Ngoc Anh also assisted the Vietnamese steel exporters selected as compulsory respondents in two AD and CVD cases initiated by US DOC against the Vietnamese pipe and steel nails or initiated by Vietnam Competition Authority.

Ngoc Anh concluded his doctoral degree, with distinction, on international trade law at Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. During his time in Washington DC, he worked for Steptoe & Johnson for one and a half years on international trade and foreign investment in Vietnam. Before his study in the US, Ngoc Anh worked for the USVTC in Hanoi on various technical assistance programs on Vietnam’s WTO accession negotiation and Vietnam’s implementation of the 2000 US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement.

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

Practice areas:
Corporate and M&A, Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Restructure, Contract Law, Employment, Market Access, Customs and WTO


Dang Duong Anh

Leaders in Law endorses Dang Duong Anh as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law and M&A Law expert in Vietnam. If you wish to get in touch with Dang Duong, please use the contact information provided above.

Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004 and become Managing Partner of VILAF Hanoi since January 2015. To many clients and peers, Dang Duong Anh is one of the most reliable and result-oriented Vietnamese lawyers. Dang Duong Anh’s broad experience covers foreign direct investment, corporate and M&A, infrastructure & energy projects, project finance, tax, real estate and property, mining, automobile and telecommunications.

His highlighted M&A transactions include advising Siam Cement Group in acquiring group of cement production companies valued at US$440 mil and in acquiring Prime Group valued at about US$240 mil; advising Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 90% share capital in Hanacans, valued at about US$110 mil; advising J-Power in acquiring in and divesting later from Nhon Trach 2 Power Plant; advising Bao Minh Company and SCIC in selling entire equity capital in Bao Minh-CMG to Daiichi Life Insurance, acquisition of a large automobile manufacturer in Hanoi, and other large-scale M&A transactions. His highlighted transactions in infrastructure and project finances include Vinh Tan 1 BOT project which won “Project Finance Deal for Asia 2016” awarded by IFLR and ALB, Phu My 3 BOT power project, Kien Luong 1 BOO power project, Ban Phuc nickel mining financing, Thu Duc BOT water project, Oxbow and Enron’s power plants and a large telecommunications project in Hanoi.

Chambers and Partners commented him: “Clients rate him for his “substantial knowledge and experience of complex transactions,” which stems from his international background.” IFLR 1000 of the year 2012 comments: “Dang Duong Anh is held in high regard by peers and clients alike: “Partner Dang Duong Anh has knowledge and expertise in relation to the international practice in infrastructure projects,” says a client who “highly recommends” Dang Duong Anh.” Market sources described Dang Duong Anh as “very skilled and responsive,” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Recently, Dang Duong Anh is awarded by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate in 2016 and 2017, Energy & Infrastructure in two successive years of 2014 and 2015 and a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by AsiaLaw in four successive years from 2014 to 2017.

Bar admission

  • Vietnam


  • Fordham University (US), LL.M., 2005
  • Hanoi Law University, LL.B., 1995
  • General training course at Freshfields, Hong Kong


  • Corporate/M&A, Real estate, Infrastructure & Energy Projects, Project Finance, Commercial


  • Award of Fulbright Scholarship
  • Award of Best Law Students from Ministry of Education and Training in 1993
  • 7-year experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining VILAF in 2003


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’ Vietnam business.

With 24 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 a first tier law firm by reputable legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, ALB and Asia Law in all key legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Property, and Dispute Resolution.


Truong Nhat Quang

Truong Nhat Quang, the Managing Partner of YKVN, heads a well-recognised, top tier corporate practice focused on banking, capital markets and M&A transactions. He has successfully handled landmark deals in Vietnam, regularly advising on complex lending and borrowing issues as well as representing government agencies and multilateral organisations on nation-shaping industrial projects. Quang’s clients include top Vietnamese banks and corporates, global investment banks, banks active in Vietnam and global private equity funds.

Listed by Chambers Asia as a Band 1 (the highest band) lawyer in banking and finance as well as projects in Vietnam for the past three years, Quang is also regarded as one of Vietnam’s finest capital markets practitioners (Chambers Asia, 2009). He is not just “excellent at understanding the issues facing foreign investors” (Chambers Asia, 2010), but is also valued for his “international client-friendly deal management skills” (Chambers Asia, 2009).

YKVN Lawyers:

YKVN is a full service Vietnamese law firm with a diversified national and international practice. With two closely-integrated offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, YKVN recently opened a new office in Singapore where it continues the expansion of its cross-border practice.

Law Practice:

YKVN has a pre-eminent M&A practice in Vietnam and our lawyers are able to handle complex transactions 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 extensive experience in M&A and critical mass of lawyers in our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City ensure local legal advice at standards essential for such transactions, and the economies that result from experienced, coordinated transaction management.

We are a recognized leader in M&A and the firm has advised on many landmark deals in Vietnam. We are advising Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam on its strategic sale of shares as part of its equitization process. This is the first equitization of a Vietnamese State-owned bank and will set a template for future large bank M&A transactions in Vietnam. We have also advised Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam on the selection of financial advisors for their equitization process and are continuing to advise them on their strategic sales of shares. We are advising PetroVietnam Finance Company (PVFC) on its strategic sale of shares as part of its equitization process. This is the first equitization of a Vietnamese State-owned finance company and will set a template for future large finance company M&A transactions in Vietnam.


Jeff Olson

Vietnam corporate partner Jeff Olson has more than 10 years’ experience helping private equity firms, venture capital investors and corporations of all shapes and sizes complete complex multi-jurisdictional M&A and joint venture transactions in Asia and the U.S. Representing clients in industries as diverse as agriculture, real estate, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, tobacco and media, Jeff combines mature market experience with emerging market know-how to guide his clients through a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape.

Vietnam and ASEAN are changing by the day, presenting both opportunities and obstacles for clients. Having practiced in New York, Tokyo and currently Vietnam, Jeff knows what it takes to execute deals in challenging markets.


Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.