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Ho Chi Minh City Introduction

Melia Hanoi Office Building, 9th floor 44B Ly Thuong Kiet StreetHanoi,
Tel: +84 4 936 6411/9366412
Fax: +84 4 936 6413

Firm & Lawyer Profile

DFDL Mekong has been established in the Mekong Region for more than 12 years. The Firm has two offices in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The foreign advisors and Vietnamese lawyers working in our Vietnam offices have several years of experience in Vietnam and are fully dedicated to provide to our clients international standard services coupled with in-depth knowledge of the local environment.

Through our regional network in 5 Mekong countries, DFDL Mekong provides integrated services to foreign invested companies, local companies and international institutions. Across the region, our team of 14 foreign lawyers and advisors works closely with more than 20 Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Lao, and Cambodian lawyers, advisors and legal assistants, providing personalized and cost-effective legal, tax and consulting services to all our clients.

Standard Legal Services – Foreign Direct Investment

DFDL Mekong provides a full range of commercial and corporate legal services to foreign and local investors operating in Vietnam and the Mekong Region. The firm provides local and international legal expertise for every phase of an investment from initial contacts, licensing, negotiations with the government and joint venture partners, land purchasing, leasing and financing, to operational issues such as labor, taxation, corporate governance and other contractual matters.

At the initial stages of an investment, these services include:

  • Providing legal opinions on local law and procedures
  • Conducting legal due diligence on project and financing documentation
  • Obtaining business or project licenses
  • Drafting joint venture agreements and other legal documentation
  • Incorporation and registration of companies

Throughout the course of the investment, DFDL Mekong can assist with the following:

  • Advice on labor law, employment contracts and related matters
  • Securing ownership, lease, titling and registration of land
  • Registration and protection of intellectual property
  • Corporate governance
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • All other commercial matters

Taxation Division

DFDL Mekong has been providing general tax advice to investors in the region for many years. In 2006, due to the increased interest in investment in the Mekong Region, the Firm established a dedicated taxation division. In conjunction with our corporate legal advisors, DFDL Mekong is now positioned to provide high-level tax advice to investors from the inception of their projects.

From our extensive experience in the Mekong Region, we are able to assist clients in identifying the major tax issues that will affect their investment, and we are able to provide strategies to minimize unnecessary or adverse tax exposures and consequences. In addition, due to our unique regional coverage, we are able to provide comprehensive and integrated tax planning advice to clients with a Mekong regional coverage.

Regional Projects Division

DFDL Mekong has established a Regional Projects Division. This Division provides an integrated solution across the Mekong Region to development partners and other stakeholders who fund technical assistance projects in the region. The main focus of the Regional Projects Division is on policy development and implementation projects in the following disciplines: (i) Accounting, Business Regulation, (ii) Financial Management, (ii