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Vo Ha Duyen

Chairperson

Ho Chi Minh City Office

Professional Summary

Duyen is recommended as a Leading Lawyer in Vietnam by IFLR1000 and Legal 500 in M&A Practice, Energy & Infrastructure Practice and Finance Practice, and as a Market-Leading Lawyer by Asialaw in the Finance Practice.

She advises foreign investors and private equity funds in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and other equity and equity-linked investments in Vietnam, and advises multinational financial institutions on asset finance transactions, project financing transactions and financial institution M&A transactions.  She has a strong presence in infrastructure and energy sectors as well as regulated services sectors.

Notable Engagements

M&A and Equity Investments

  • Advised Mondelez International in its US$370 million acquisition of the food business of listed company Kinh Do Corporation
  • Advised Nawaplastic Industries in the US$ 100 million acquisition of shares in Binh Minh Plastic in sovereign fund SCIC’s divestment
  • Advised Creed Group in investing An Gia Investment and a number of residential projects in a joint venture with An Gia
  • Advised Warburg Pincus in the US$200 million joint venture with Becamex IDC to develop industrial and logistic properties in Vietnam
  • Advised Asahi Glass Co (AGC) in the acquisition of all equity interests of Petronas Chemicals in Phu My Plastic and Chemicals
  • Advised a consortium of foreign investors in acquiring a controlling equity interest in South Hoi An Project, which is a US$4 billion integrated project of casino, hotels and residential units in Vietnam
  • Advised Golden Springs Group in the US$334 million sale of 75% of the equity stake in Gold Coin Management Holdings Ltd to Philippines conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Energy and Infrastructure

  • Advised CPECC in its joint venture acquisition of Jaks Hai Duong BOT Power Project, a US$1.87 billion coal-fired power plant in Vietnam
  • Advised SCG Chemicals in a US$126 million sequence of transactions to buy out 25% and 29% of the equity stakes in Long Son Petrochemicals Company Limited (LSP) from Qatar Petroleum and PetroVietnam respectively to become the sole owner of the US$5.4 billion LSP petrochemicals complex
  • Advised JBIC as arranger in the financing of 2×600 MW Coal-fired Vung Ang 2 Power Project on a BOT basis in Vietnam
  • Advised JBIC and international lenders in the financing of Phu My 2.2 BOT Power Project
  • Advised B.Grimm Power Public in an acquisition of a joint venture interest in a 420MW solar power project in Tay Ninh province, set to be the largest solar power plant in Southeast Asia
  • Advised MetroPac Water Investments Corporation in a number of acquisitions of water treatment projects in Vietnam, including the acquisition of 49% of equity stakes in Tuan Loc Water Resources, which owns a number of water projects in Vietnam
  • Advised private equity funds in the structuring and subsequent divestment from Nui Phao Mining Project
  • Advised Sumitomo Corporation as the primary contractor in relation to Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien Metro Line 1 Project

Finance and Capital Markets

  • Advised Credit Suisse and JP Morgan, as global coordinators and managers, on a US$390 million concurrent equity placement and convertible bond offering by a leading Vietnamese real estate developer, No Va Land Investment Group Corporation, for a listing on the Singapore Exchange
  • Advised Hoang Anh Gia Lai as issuer, in the US$90 million international issue of bonds for listing on the Singapore Exchange, with Credit Suisse, as underwriter
  • Advised Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ in a US$510 million syndicated Nexi loan to finance La Son – Tuy Loan highway project connected to Da Nang
  • Advised BNP Paribas as arranger in the financing of Airbus aircrafts for AWAS and Vietjet
  • Advised Deutsche Bank in the arrangement of a US$200 million secured loan facility to finance Vingroup’s urban development project in the South of Vietnam
  • Advised BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Standard Chartered Bank as arrangers in the US$125 million Reserve Based Lending Facility to SOCO International, secured against the Group’s producing assets in Vietnam, which include Te Giac Trang Field of Block 16-1, Ca Ngu Vang field of Block 9-2 and Blocks 125 & 126 offshore Vietnam
  • Advised Goshawk in the financing, leasing and delivering of 4 Airbus A321 aircrafts to VietJet
  • Advised BNP Paribas in a Reserve Based Lending Facility to finance a participating interest in an oil and gas project offshore Vietnam of an international petroleum operator
  • Advised HSBC in arranging a US$150 million secured financing transaction to finance the Celadon City Project in Ho Chi Minh City and a US$120 million secured financing transaction to finance Gamuda Land Residential Project in Ha Noi

M&A in finance sector

  • Advised ANZ in the sale of its retail banking business in Vietnam to Shinhan Bank Vietnam, involving 125,000 customers and US$ 240 million in lending assets and US$ 600 million in deposits
  • Advised Bank of China (HK) in the US$ 151 million acquisition of the banking assets of Bank of China branch in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Advised VIB Bank in the purchase of the Vietnam banking assets from Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Advised Shinhan Card in the US$ 151 million acquisition of Prudential Vietnam Finance Company

Memberships

American Chamber of Commerce

Vietnam Business Lawyers Club

International Bar Association

Vietnam International Law Association

Publications