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Vietnam

Jipyong's Vietnam Team provides expert legal services on foreign investment in Vietnam through a team of attorneys specialized in diverse fields including M&A, joint venture, real estate, finance and securities, SOC, and natural resources development. Through collaboration with our Vietnam subsidiary, consisting of 6 Korean lawyers, 1 American lawyer, 10 Vietnamese lawyers and 1 Korean regional research institute, we provide reliable legal services based on our business expertise and regional expertise in investment in Vietnam.

Since its establishment in 2007 with the license issued by the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam, our Vietnam subsidy has main office in Ho Chi Minh City and branch office in Hanoi, which enable us to provide prompt and accurate one-stop legal services to meet the clients' demands. Jipyong's Vietnam Office was recognized as the only "notable" law firm among the Korean law firms in service in the area for the Banking and Capital Markets field in 2013 IFLR 1000, and for the Banking & Finance and M&A fields in IFLR 1000 2016-2021.

Ho Chi Minh City Office
Ho Chi Minh office of Jipyong was established at the economic center of Vietnam in August of 2007 to provide systematic and comprehensive legal advisory services to companies wishing to expand their businesses into Vietnam.

The office provides localized professional legal services to meet the demands of clients under the leadership of Mr. Jung Tae JUNG who has extensive experience in transactions covering diverse practice areas such as M&A, real estate, finance, and securities in Korea and Mr. Bui Tran Dang Khoa (Vietnam lawyer) who worked at the renowned Australian law firm Allens.

They offer localized, expert legal services to clients looking to do business in Vietnam, along with a team of Vietnamese lawyers and staff who are fluent in English and are highly skilled and experienced in the areas of foreign direct investment, real estate development, tax and finance

Hanoi Office
In January 2009 on the back of Ho Chi Minh City's great success, Jipyong opened its second Vietnam office in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, to better provide legal services related to the nation's northern region. The office provides localized professional legal services to meet the demands of clients led by Mr. Dong Ho YOO, foreign lawyers (US) who have long experience as Korean journalists and in-house lawyers in large Korean company, and Mr. Huong Nguyen Thi (Vietnam lawyer) who have moved from Kelvin Chia Hanoi, one of the leading Singapore law firms.

Key Practice Areas Close

    • Foreign direct investment
    • Investment approval; and establishment of a local corporate body
    • Joint Venture Agreement
    • M&A of local companies, acquisition of shares and due diligence on such acquisition
    • Construction and real estate development, and real estate sales
    • Advice on resource development, SOC and project financing
    • IPOs of local companies on local and overseas exchanges; issuance of shares by local companies; and general advice on stock exchanges and securities business
    • Insurance and financing for local banks
    • Operation of local business and change of organization of business
    • Divestment, dispute with JV partner, liquidation, bankruptcy
    • Dispute resolution

Experiences Close

    [M&A]

    • Advised SK South East Asia Investment Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of SK, on subscription of new shares in SK Investment Vina II Pte. Ltd., which is SK's investment vehicle established for the investment to Vin Group, a listed company in Vietnam, and shareholders' agreements by/with a fund established by NH Investment & Securities and Oogwasy 2 Inc. (a fund established by Meritz Capital Co., Ltd., Meritz Securities Co., Ltd., and IMM Investment)
    • Represented NH Investment & Securities in connection with its buy-out of its joint venture partner
    • Advised Shinsegae Food on acquisition of Smoothie King Korea’s business license in Korea and Vietnam
    • Advised Shinhan Investment Corporation on the acquisition of shares in Nam An Securities Corporation in Vietnam
    • Advised Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance on the acquisition of shares held by its local JV partner
    • Represented Lotte Confectionary in the acquisition of shares of Vietnamese publicly listed company BIBICA
    • Advised Hotel Lotte on the acquisition of an operator of Legend, a five-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Advised CJ CGV on its acquisition of a local cinema operator in Vietnam
    • Advised CJ Korea Express Corporation on the acquisition of shares in its local JV in Vietnam held by its partner company and on the integration of its local subsidiaries
    • Represented POSCO in selling a part of its equities to Nippon Steel Corp.
    • Represented POSCO in acquiring Asia Stainless Corp. (ASC)
    • Represented Shinhan Bank in the merger of Shinhan Vietnam Bank and Shinhan Vina Bank
    • Advised Golden Bridge Securities on the acquisition of shares in Haiphong Securities and Click & Phone Securities
    • Advised Mirae Asset on the acquisition of shares in Vietnam EXIM Bank
    • Advised Naver on acquisition of an Internet game developer (KRAZE)


    [Foreign Direct Investment & JV Establishment]

    • Advised NHN Entertainment on the establishment of local office in Vietnam
    • Advised Hanwah Techwin Security sector on the establishment and operation of local office in Vietnam
    • Advised Ourhome on the establishment of local office in Vietnam
    • Advised Lotte Cinema on its opening of movie theaters in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi
    • Advised Lotte Mart on opening of 10 branches in Vietnam
    • Advised POSCO on the incorporation of a representative corporation in Vietnam
    • Advised POSCO Daewoo on the incorporation of JV company and market expansion
    • Advised Cheil Communications on establishing its affiliate in Vietnam
    • Advised CJ O Shopping on establishment of a local home shopping company called “SCJ TV Shopping Company” and a distribution company in Vietnam
    • Advised CJ E&M Corporation on the joint production of and investment in a movie in Vietnam
    • Advised Kumho Tire on the establishment of a local manufacturing company and a local sales company in Vietnam
    • Advised Kumho Rent-a-Car (KT Rental) on the establishment of local companies in Vietnam and Hanoi Branch
    • Represented Megastudy, an educational institute, in establishing a joint venture in Vietnam
    • Advised Mirae Asset Capital on the establishment of a financial institution in Vietnam
    • Advised Shinhan Bank on the conversion of its Ho Chi Minh Branch into a corporation (establishing a 100%-owned subsidiary bank)
    • Advised POSCO ICT on the establishment of a Vietnamese corporation
    • Advised Hanwha Techwin on the establishment and operation of Hanwah Aerospace (aircraft engine parts plant) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    [Financial Business]

    • Advised LS Cable & System’s subsidiary in Vietnam on its listing in the securities market at the Korea Exchange
    • Advised Busan Bank on its acquisition of preliminary approval for Ho Chi Minh Branch in Vietnam
    • Advised Korea Exim Bank on the project financing for Thai Binh 2 Coal-Powered Thermal Power Plant Project in Vietnam
    • Advised on the project financing for Kumho Asiana Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Advised Korea Exchange Bank on the project financing for Hyundai Amco’s Song Gia Golf Resort Project in Haiphong, Vietnam
    • Advised Sajo Daerim on subscription of secured bonds issued by Bac Lieu Fisheries
    • Advised Korea Development Bank Singapore Branch on the offshore financing for the Vietnamese local company (Dong Nai) and JV (Haiphong) of LS Cable & System Ltd., local company of Miwon, local company of Orion Corp. and local company of Hwaseung Corporation
    • Advised Korea Development Bank on providing a syndicated loan to the operator of Tay Ho Tay (THT) New Town Development Project in Vietnam
    • Advised Samsung Securities on the project finance refinancing for Van Phu Complex Development Project in Vietnam


    [ConstructionㆍReal Estate]

    • Advised SK Securities and Samsung Securities on the project finance refinancing for Van Phu Complex Development Project in Vietnam
    • Advised Hyundai E&C on construction of BITEXCO Finance Tower, the highest building in Ho Chi Minh City, and Marriott Hotel in Hanoi
    • Advised Daewoo Engineering & Construction on Tay Ho Tay (THT) New Town Development Project and Van Phu Project in Hanoi
    • Advised Samsung C&T Corporation on the construction of Son Duong Port in Vietnam
    • Advised POSCO Engineering & Construction on An Khanh New Town Development Project and Discovery Project in Hanoi
    • Advised Korea Development Institute on a preliminary feasibility study on a coal-powered thermal power plant project in Nam Dinh, Vietnam by Korea East-West Power Co., Ltd.
    • Advised the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on a preliminary feasibility study on a combined heat and power plant project in Binh Phuoc, Vietnam by a global infrastructure fund
    • Advised numerous Korean major construction and related companies on the establishment and operation of local project offices (Samsung C&T Corp., POSCO E&C, POSCO ICT, Daelim Industrial Co., Seohee Construction, Hyosung Ebara Engineering, Hyundai Elevator Co., etc.)


    [Litigations and Arbitrations]

    • Represented Hyundai-Vinashin in an arbitration raised by GEMADEPT, a Vietnamese state-run logistics company, before Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC) and won the arbitral award which recognized 100% of the claimed amount for Hyundai-Vinashin
    • Represented Ho Chi Minh City Branch of Shinhan Bank (the defendant) in a claim for damages due to improper cash withdrawal and got the 100% judgment for Shinhan Bank


    [Corporate General Administration]

    • Advised the local project office of Daewoo Engineering & Construction
    • Advised the Ho Chi Minh Representative Office of E-Mart
    • Advised the Hanoi Representative Office of LG Serveone
    • Advised POSCO Daewoo’s local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance’s local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised NH Investment & Securities on the establishment of local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised LG Household & Health Care’s local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised Korea Investment & Securities’ local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised Lotte Shopping’s local Vietnamese corporation (mart and department store)
    • Advised Shinhan Bank’s local Vietnamese corporation
    • Advised Woori Bank’s Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Hyosung’s local Vietnamese corporation
    • Advised NHN Entertainment on the establishment of local JV company in Vietnam
    • Advised Hotel Lotte’s local JV company (LOTTE LEGEND) and its local corporation (LOTTE CENTER HANOI) in Vietnam
    • Advised IBK’s Ho Chi Minh Branch
    • Advised Kookmin Bank’s Ho Chi Minh Branch
    • Advised Hanoi Branch of Lotte Rent-a-Car
    • Advised SK Telink’s Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Samsung Electron-Mechanics’ Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Samsung Engineering’s Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Samsung Welstory’s Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Hotel Shilla’s Vietnam corporation
    • Advised Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp.’s representative office in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
    • Advised Ourhome’s Vietnam corporation