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Tung Ngo

Managing Partner

Ho Chi Minh City Office

Professional Summary

Tung, as the founding partner of VILAF, has played a pivotal role in the firm’s evolution. In the late 1990s, he acquired the firm as a majority stakeholder from the former owner, Maurice Nguyen. He has since then committed, together with other partners, to build VILAF as a platform in which local and international talents can join and grow their career profoundly.  Under his leadership, the firm grew, initially in collaboration with Clifford Chance, and independently since 1999. Tung’s visionary leadership has fostered the development of all the current partners at VILAF.

Specializing in corporate practice, M&A, and dispute resolution, Tung is renowned for his professionalism, exceptional work efficiency, and commitment to achieving results. His reputation extends far and wide, acknowledged by clients and peers, in both the international and local business communities. Over the past three decades, he has advised a multitude of multinational clients, remarkably contributing to their success in navigating the complexities of doing business in Vietnam.

Notably, Tung’s focus has always been on the success of the firm and the recognition of its lawyers’ achievements, rather than pursuing personal acclaim. Tung’s continues to shape the future of VILAF, to ensure its continued success in the ever-changing legal arena.

Notable Engagements

Corporate and M&A

  • Advised Armstrong Asset Management Pte. Ltd. in the sale of the Dam Nai Wind Power
  • Advised Gamuda Land in the acquisition of its Vietnamese partners’ shares in Celadon City Project to become the sole owner of this project. Celadon City is a VND25,000 billion urban development project in Tan Phu, Ho Chi Minh City, initially invested by a joint venture of Gamuda Land and Sacomreal
  • Advised Philippine food giant, Jollibee Corporation in its business expansion in Vietnam
  • Advised Sovico Khan Hoa Co. Ltd. on the Evason, Ana Mandara Project on its gaming business
  • Advised Konoike Transport in the acquisition of a storage company and business licensing
  • Advised NIVOVIA A.S. in the acquisition of the local company, GH Group Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Ponderosa Leather Goods Co. Inc. in the acquisition of Samho Company Limited
  • Advised Thien Huong Co., Ltd. in the acquisition of Au Lac Company and share transfer in Phu Minh, and STPI JSC

Dispute Resolution

  • Advised JLL in a case with Hoang Thanh JSC on the recovery of outstanding debts
  • Advised Coteccons on an employment dispute and internal labour regulations
  • Represented West of England, HK, the owner of M/t Kasco in the collision case between M/t Kasco and Jetty B of Saigon Petro
  • Advised Bao Viet Tokio Marine Insurance on a marine insurance claim for alleged theft of cargo which involved fraud on the part of the assured
  • Advised Prudential Vietnam Fund Managing Co. Ltd. on its civil liabilities arising from a high-profile case involving fraud and appropriation of assets by its agents