Ho Chi Minh City, 9 June 2017

In March, VILAF invited law students attending law school in Ho Chi Minh City to compete in its first legal article writing contest. This is the inaugural year for this annual contest sponsored by one of Vietnam’s largest and most prestigious law firms.

The contest was open to all law students who had completed at least one year of law school prior to the end date of the competition, which was 30 May 2017.

VILAF sponsored this event to give law students an opportunity to advance their legal writing skills, while affording them the chance to receive a cash award of up to VND10 million for 1st place and reduced cash awards for 2nd and 3rd place winners. The top three winning students were also invited to attend a special awards luncheon, where the winners were announced and given their awards and cash prizes.

The winners were selected from dozens of contest entries submitted by local law students in response to this year’s timely topic on environmental pollution. Responding to recent environmental incidents, students were asked to research and comment on the sufficiency and enforceability of Vietnam’s environmental laws and regulations in order to prevent and penalize corporate environmental polluters in Vietnam. Legal articles were judged not only on their legal analysis, but also on their creativity, logical reasoning, spelling, grammar and citation. The winning article can be viewed on VILAF’s website at www.vilaf.com.vn

VILAF chairperson, Ms. Vo Ha Duyen, presented the awards to the winners as follows:

First Prize: Le Nguyen Mien Thao - Ho Chi Minh City University of Law

Second Prize: Hoang Le Minh Thu - Ho Chi Minh City University of Law

Third Prize: Duong Nguyen Tri Thanh - Ho Chi Minh City University of Law

Ms. Duyen commented “VILAF looks forward to sponsoring this event every year to make a contribution to the development of the country's future generations of excellent business lawyers. Law students today will be an important asset of the city in the future.”

With over 20 years of experience in Vietnam, VILAF is one of the preeminent law firms in Vietnam. VILAF is one of the largest law firms in Vietnam with 11 partners and a total of 60 lawyers.

VILAF’s experienced team of senior lawyers covers every aspect of business in Vietnam, including foreign direct investment, commercial, corporate, real estate, M&A, banking & capital markets, project finance, infrastructure development, oil, gas & power, construction, trading & distribution, taxation, employment, shipping, litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, technology transfers, and health care.

VILAF understands Vietnam’s culture and policies as they affect the legal development and interpretation of the laws.

VILAF has consistently been ranked as a first tier law firm in Vietnam in almost all major legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real

Property and Dispute Resolution.

Ho Chi Minh City, 9 June 2017