Latham, Skadden, R&T act on PropertyGuru’s $431 mln SPAC listing

BY Aparna Sai |

​​​​​​​Latham & Watkins has advised Southeast Asian online realty company PropertyGuru on its planned $431 million New York listing via merger with blank-check firm Bridgetown 2, which was represented by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Rajah & Tann Singapore.

Dentons to add Thai, Vietnam, Philippine firms to its network this year

BY Aparna Sai |

Dentons plans to expand its network further in the ASEAN region this year by combining with a firm each in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to recent comments made by Gerald Singham, the firm’s global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO.

Hanoi: Allens nabs M&A partner from Duane Morris

BY Aparna Sai |

Australian firm Allens has added M&A and energy specialist Giles Cooper as a partner in the firm’s Hanoi office from Duane Morris Vietnam, where he spent nearly 14 years.

Singapore’s A&G opens office in Vietnam

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore’s largest law firm Allen & Gledhill has opened an office in Vietnam, making it the second Big Four firm to have a physical presence in the latter country.

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FDI Is on the Rise in Vietnam, but Lawyers Say Reforms Needed to Smoothen the Way

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Vietnam’s investment outlook is on the up, encouraged by supportive policy reforms and growing GDP, but lawyers in the market warn the country’s investment and corporate laws are not sufficiently prepared to meet the scale of foreign investments coming in.

Indochine represents Vietnam’s THACO on up to $1 bln investment in HAGL

BY Aparna Sai |

Vietnamese law firm Indochine Counsel has advised Truong Hai Auto Corporation (THACO), one of the country’s leading carmakers, on its strategic investment of up to $1 billion in Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, which has interests in industries such as property and agriculture.

U.S. immigration firm LatourLaw opens Vietnam office

BY Aparna Sai |

Florida-headquartered LatourLaw, which specialises in investment-based immigration, has set foot in Vietnam with the opening of an office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Japan’s MHM to expand SE Asia presence with HCMC office

BY Aparna Sai |

Japanese Big Four law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is set to continue its expansion across Southeast Asia after announcing an office in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

Listing Frenzy

BY Ranajit Dam |

Vietnam has been Southeast Asia’s unlikely IPO star in the past year, and the last few months, in particular, have seen two record-breaking listings. Lawyers within and outside the country are seeing an increase in IPO work as a result.

Kim & Chang enters Vietnam with HCMC office

BY Aparna Sai |

Kim & Chang, South Korea’s largest law firm, has opened its first Vietnam office in Ho Chi Minh City. It becomes the last of South Korea’s biggest firms to have an office in the Southeast Asian country.

Vietnam set to make key ruling on country's biggest-ever fraud case

BY Reuters |

A Vietnamese court is set to make a key ruling in the country’s biggest-ever fraud case, in a trial that has spotlighted Vietnam’s ability to tackle financial crime at a time when foreign banks are heeding government calls to invest.