Firm Name: VILAF
Jurisdiction: Vietnam
Practice Area: M&A Law

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Professional Biography:

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.

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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