M&A, Private Equity, and Corporate

is consistently ranked on the first tier for the Finance Practice by most reputable international legal surveys including Legal 500 and IFLR1000 and has had the opportunity to advise a number of landmark cross-border financing transactions in Vietnam.   VILAF lawyers’ in-depth knowledge of the political concerns and legal developments in Vietnam has contributed to VILAF’s success in Vietnam’s dynamic financial environment.

VILAF also regularly advises a number of prestigious foreign owned banks in Vietnam on Vietnamese banking regulatory matters and corporate governance matters, including BNP Paribas, SMBC, Mizuho Corporate, HSBC, ANZ, etc.

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Below are VILAF’s recent representative engagements:

Financial Institutions

  • Advised ANZ in the sale of its retail banking business in Vietnam to Shinhan Bank, involving 125,000 customer accounts with AUD$320 million in lending assets and AUD$800 million in deposits
  • Advised BOC(HK) in the acquisition of the branch assets of Bank of China Ho Chi Minh City branch
  • Advised VIB Bank in the acquisition of the branch assets of Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Vietnam
  • Advised Credit Saison, a major Japanese credit finance company, in its acquisition of 49% of the equity interest in HD Finance
  • Advised Shinsei Bank in the acquisition of joint venture equity interests in MCredit Finance
  • Advised Shinhan Card in the acquisition of all equity interests in Prudential Finance Vietnam
  • Advised Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) in the buyout of its 50% capital interest in VID Public Bank by Public Bank Berhad (Malaysia) amounting to US$62.5 million

Energy and Infrastructure

  • Advised General Electric Corporation (GE) in relation to the acquisition of the French conglomerate, Alstom SA’s power and grid businesses in Vietnam, as part of GE’s larger worldwide acquisition of such Alstom SA’s power business
  • 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 the acquisition of all equity interests from Qatar Petroleum International and PetroVietnam in US$5.7 billion Long Son Petrochemicals Project
  • Advised ANA Holdings in the US$ 109 million acquisition of shares in Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam’s national flag carrier, as a strategic investor
  • Advised Mitra Energy in a Reverse Takeover of Petra Petroleum pursuant to the TSX Venture Exchange Policy 5.2
  • Advised MetroPac Water Investment Corporation (MPW) in the acquisition of 49% equity stake in Tuan Loc Group, one of the largest water supply system builders in Vietnam, which owns a number of water supply projects
  • Advised a consortium including Chow Tai Fook, represented by VMS Investment, 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

Consumer goods

  • Advised Mondelez International in its US$370 million acquisition of the entire food business of listed company Kinh Do Corporation
  • Advised JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation in the US$185 million acquisition of 8% on fully diluted basis of Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), which is the top petroleum import/export and retail brand name in Vietnam
  • Advised Nguyen Kim in the sale of 49% equity stake in the chain of electronic retail stores of NTK New Solution and Technology Development Investment Joint Stock Co., to Thai retail conglomerate Central Group
  • Advised Earth Chemical in the acquisition of all equity interests in A My Gia, a manufacturer of detergents and air refresheners

Private Equity

  • Advised KKR in its acquisition of shares in the public company, Masan Consumer, in a chain of two transactions valued at US$350 million
  • Advised UOB in the acquisition of shares in Masan Consumer
  • Advised Warburg Pincus in the US$200 million joint venture with Becamex IDC to develop a logistic facilities platform in Vietnam
  • Advised Creed Group in investing US$200 million in debt and equity instruments in a number of residential projects in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Advised VinaCapital Hospitality Ltd. in the sale of shares in An Giang Plant Protection JSC to private equity funds in a US$58 million transaction


  • Advised Siam Cement Group (SCG) in acquiring a controlling equity interest in Prime Group in a US$240 million M&A transaction
  • Advised Nawaplastic Industry Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SCG, in the acquisition of shares from SCIC in its divestment from listed company Binh Minh Plastic JSC, increasing Nawaplastic Industry Co., Ltd.’s holding from 19.89% to 50.12%
  • Advised Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 91.5% of the share capital, valued at about US$100 million, in Hanacans, an aluminum can manufacturer in Vietnam
  • Advised TC Flexible Packaging Co, a subsidiary of Siam Cement Group (SCG), in relation to its acquisition of 80% shareholding in BATICO, a Vietnamese packaging manufacturing company in Vietnam
  • Advised Shibusawa Warehouse, a Japan based company engaged in the operation of logistics and real estate business, in an acquisition of 35% shares in Vinafco Joint Stock Corporation
  • Advised Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., in an acquisition of 36.33% shares in MK Smart Joint Stock Company
  • Advised Techcomdeveloper Projects Development JSC in the acquisition of a VND2,110 billion real estate project, which is part of the Nam An Khanh New Urban Zone Project of Song Da Urban and Industrial Zone Investment and Development JSC (SUDICO).

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