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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 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 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 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 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

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 Finance Vietnam

Energy and Infrastructure

  • Advised CPECC in its joint venture acquisition of Jaks Hai Duong BOT Power Project, a US$1.87 billion coal-fired power plant in Vietnam
  • Advised SCG Chemicals in its acquisition of all equity interests from JV partners Qatar Petroleum and PetroVietnam in US$ 5.7 billion Long Son Petrochemicals Project
  • 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 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, as underwriter, on a US$310 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 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 Citibank Japan in relation to the Nexi Facility Agreement to finance power transmission line projects by the National Power Transmission Corporation
  • Advised BNP Paribas as arranger in the financing of Airbus aircrafts for AWAS and Vietjet and for AWAS
  • 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
  • BNP Paribas in the secured financing of an oil and gas upstream project in 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
  • Advised Hoang Anh Gia Lai as issuer, in the international issue of bonds for listing on the Singapore Exchange, with Credit Suisse, as underwriter

 

Memberships

American Chamber of Commerce

Vietnam Business Lawyers Club, Executive Committee Member

International Bar Association

Vietnam International Law Association

Publications