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Awards and Accolades

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC is a preeminent full-service commercial law firm with market-leading practices in multiple industries in Vietnam.

Our Vietnam qualified lawyers offer specialist legal expertise across the full range of practice areas to advise a diverse range of clients on strategic legal issues with the ability to handle complex multibillion-dollar landmark transactions and projects.

We are proud to be recommended by numerous prestigious independent authoritative guides to law firms in Vietnam:

International Financial Law Review 2020

In the 2020 edition, we have been recommended by IFLR1000 in numerous practice areas, including:
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets (debt), capital markets (equity)
- Project development
- Corporate and M&A

Although Lexcomm is active across the financial and corporate space in Vietnam, the firm shines in terms of its project development work.    

During the research period the banking acted for international lenders, commercial banks, borrowers, on matters involving loan facilities, debt restructuring, and syndicated lending.

In capital markets work the firm advised on bond work and notably acted for a corporate issuer in private placement offerings of senior secured notes.

A noteworthy M&A mandate saw the firm acting for the seller in the largest M&A transaction in fintech in Vietnam to date.

On the projects side the firm has a focus on the energy, oil and gas, utilities, transport, mining, and infrastructure sectors.

The firm has a wealth of experience in advising an array of clients across a broad spectrum of upstream, midstream, power, petrochemicals, and mining exploration projects.

An eye-catching mandate saw the firm acting as lead Vietnamese counsel to a group of international energy companies for the development and financing of Vietnam’s largest foreign investment project to date.

The firm also advised the sponsors on the development of a “first of its kind” LNG-to-power project in Vietnam.

Client feedback

“Highly professional and knowledgeable.” – Banking and finance

“I have worked with the 2 principle partners (Pham Ba Linh and Nguyen Viet Ha) for over 20 years. They are strong lawyers, particularly in energy and infrastructure.” – Project development

“I've known Lexcomm for 3-4 years and this law firm is a top choice for strategic oil and gas, LNG and power projects in Vietnam.” - Project development

“Experienced staff. Good insight on government policies and industry trends” - Project development

“The Lexcomm team are excellent. While they have a solid grasp of the local law, they are able to apply this in a very commercial manner suitable for international clients. They are extremely responsive too, which helps on fast moving issues.” – Project development

Pham Ba Linh

“Strong in energy advisory.”

“Pham Ba Linh is widely regarded in Vietnam as a market-leading energy and project finance lawyer with an in-depth understanding of best market practices in this area." 

"Ba Linh has a high reputation for complex upstream oil and gas with his great industry knowledge and his legal advice is valuable, practical and has commercial implication/solution as well.”

“Knowledgeable, professional, communicative, risk aware and a problem solver.”

2020 Asialaw Profiles and Asialaw Leading Lawyers

In the 2020 edition, we have earned an accreditation of the prestigious Asialaw Profiles 2020 confirming our firm's elite status as a "Highly Recommended Firm" in the Vietnam legal market.

Our firm has made tremendous strides in Asialaw Profiles 2020, and is ranked prominently across its key practice areas, including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, energy and infrastructure.

In particular, our award-winning, highly talented and technically skilled Banking and Projects lawyers have achieved Asialaw's top rankings "Highly Recommended" in Energy, "Recommended" in Infrastructure and "Recommended" in Capital Markets, demonstrating our exceptional market position and diverse strength as the Vietnam counsel of choice to provide strategic, insightful and pragmatic legal advice to high-profile clients in their most complex cross-border transactional and contentious matters in Vietnam.

Advising mandated lead arrangers on a $300 million multi-tranche syndicated secured borrowing base facility.

Advising a group of foreign energy companies on all aspects of the development and financing of an oil refinery project valued at $9 billion, which is known to be Vietnam’s largest foreign investment project to date.

Advised BIDV MetLife on a proposed investment in VND-denominated bonds issued by a corporate issuer in Vietnam.

Advised Vietnam Australia International School on the divestment of its interests valued at nearly $100 million.

 

2019 Asialaw Regional Awards Winner for “Outstanding Practitioner: Vietnam”

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC’s energy, project finance and infrastructure practice head Pham Ba Linh has won the "Outstanding Practitioner: Vietnam" category of the prestigious Asialaw Regional Awards 2019 held on Thursday night 30 May 2019 at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong.

The award comes on the heels of Ba Linh being internationally recognised as one of the very top few "Leading Individuals" lawyers for Projects and Energy in Vietnam by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019, demonstrating our Project Finance team's first-class legal expertise, client focus and strategic vision to assist clients in navigating Vietnam regulatory waters.

 

 

2019 Leading Energy and Infrastructure Financing Lawyer of the Year, Vietnam by Acquisition International

Vietnam-based preeminent full-service commercial law firm Lexcomm Vietnam LLC is awarded the prestigious accolade of 2019 Leading Energy and Infrastructure Financing Lawyer of the Year, Vietnam by Acquisition International.

 

 

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

In the 2019 edition, we have been recommended as a leading law firm in Vietnam by Legal 500 in the following practice areas:

- Banking and finance
- Corporate and M&A
- Projects and energy
Telecoms, media and technology (TMT)

In particular, Lexcomm Vietnam LLC is ranked a market-leading Tier 1 law firm in Projects and Energy by Legal 500 for 2019, and Pham Ba Linh has received the accolade of being named one of the very top few "Leading Individuals" energy, project finance and infrastructure lawyers in the Vietnam market.

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC advises international clients on high-profile transactional and contentious matters.

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC's team is 'responsive and practical on top of its technical ability'.

Lexcomm Vietnam LLC provides 'a very high level of service, market insight and genuine industry expertise in this space - the advice is always to the point'.

Pham Ba Linh is 'a go-to lawyer for Vietnam energy advice - he understands the industry and what is going on in the market'.

He [Pham Ba Linh] and Nguyen Hong Hai handle work including new-to-Vietnam oil and gas exploration projects and transactions concerning existing blocks, as well as work as local counsel on major energy projects for international energy companies.

Nguyen Viet Ha advised Vietnam Electricity, a cornerstone client, on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts required for the Nghi Son 1 and Thai Binh coal-fired power stations.

Le Lien Huong is a key senior associate. The firm also advises on transport infrastructure megaprojects.

Luong Van Trung and Nguyen Viet Ha advised Vietnam Australia International School on its sale to TPG. 

The firm advises service providers and their clients' IT and telecoms-related issues, as well as various media and entertainment issues.

Practice leader Nguyen Viet Ha handles work including outsourcing, procurement, telecoms and technology projects.

At Lexcomm Vietnam LLC, Pham Ba Linh advised the mandated lead arrangers of a $300m multi-tranche syndicated loan, and assisted VP Bank Finance Company with a $50m senior secured loan on APLMA terms.

Distressed debt and private placements are other areas of expertise.

 

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

In the 2019 edition, we have been recommended as a leading law firm in Vietnamby Chambers Asia Pacific in the following practice areas:

- Projects, Infrastructure & Energy
- Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)
 

Growing presence in the energy and infrastructure sector, with especially strong knowledge in natural resources mandates. Expertise includes upstream oil and gas matters and the development of coal-fired power projects. Often handles project financing, structural and transactional matters relating to BOT projects.

The team's creative approach is commended by sources, who report: "Their quality and responsiveness are both high and they think laterally, which is really positive."

Clients also note the "experienced and dynamic partners" at the firm and highlight its "strength in energy and natural resources matters."

Clients say: "They deeply understand Vietnamese laws and international practice."

Further sources praise the firm's business acumen, describing the team as "responsive, sensible and commercial."

Pham Ba Linh is well regarded for his energy sector expertise, encompassing both traditional and renewable projects. Interviewees praise his "wide and deep knowledge in the energy and oil and gas industries," also noting that "he thoroughly understands clients' business needs and provides practical advice."

Nguyen Viet Ha is well placed to assist clients with BOT projects in the energy sector, as well as telecoms-related matters. His recent work includes advising power companies on the development of coal-fired power projects.

Recognised as a growing presence in this [TMT] area, especially in relation to telecoms. Advises on network, satellite, mobile and licensing issues, as well as outsourcing and entertainment related matters. Frequently acts for broadcasters as well as telecoms groups.

Nguyen Viet Ha is the main point of contact for the firm's [TMT] practice.

 

International Financial Law Review 2019

In the 2019 edition, we have been recommended by IFLR1000 in the following practice areas:

- Banking and finance
- Project development
- Corporate and M&A

"Lexcomm Vietnam is a full-service law firm with branches in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.”

" The firm is best known for its projects work and also practices in banking and finance and M&A."

“In banking, the firm has experience in acting for both the sponsor and lender on matters such as project finance, asset finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, and corporate finance.”

“In the projects space the firm is focused on energy and infrastructure and acts across a broad spectrum of upstream, midstream, power, petrochemicals, and mining exploration projects.”

“I find Lexcomm to be responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.” - Banking and finance

"Lexcomm Vietnam is one of the best law firms that we have worked with in the last three years.” - Project development

“Lexcomm and [Pham Ba] Linh are our first priority in list of the law firms we will be considering to be our legal consultant for the deal." - Project development

"High quality practice with dedicated and committed practitioners.” - Mergers and acquisitions

"Service minded, knowledgeable and professional."

"Top quality, particularly in oil & gas and energy."

"Intensive experiences in construction projects and EPC contracts, project financing and telecommunication."

 

Asialaw Profiles 2019

In the 2019 edition, we have been recommended by Asialaw Profiles in the following practice areas:

- Energy
- Infrastructure
- Capital markets

"Lexcomm is a preeminent full-service commercial law firm particularly known for its expertise in energy and infrastructure."

“Lexcomm Vietnam is a dynamic firm with experienced lawyers in energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and project financing.”


"The partners have a thorough knowledge of both Vietnamese laws and business as well as international expertise."

“Excellent work! Lexcomm provided us assistance in relation to Vietnam oil and gas laws and regulations.”

“Lexcomm Vietnam has very good expertise and experience in EPC contracts in energy projects.”

“I strongly recommend Lexcomm and [Pham Ba] Linh in particular for advising large-scale Vietnam energy development projects.”

“Pham Ba Linh is one of the best energy and infrastructure lawyers in Vietnam of whom I highly rate for his legal expertise and strong industry knowledge in the Vietnam upstream oil and gas industry.”

““Wow, Ba Linh is a very experienced lawyer in oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and project financing.”

"I have worked with Ba Linh for over ten years in oil & gas projects. He contributes a lot of practical advice to our project."

“Mr [Nguyen Viet] Ha has wide and deep knowledge and experiences in energy and Infrastructure projects, especially the power projects.”

 

Benchmark Litigation 2019

In the 2019 edition, we have been recommended by Benchmark Litigation in the following practice areas:

- Energy and Construcction 
- Commercial and Transactions
- Labour and Employment

"Lexcomm handles a full spectrum of dispute matters with a particular strength in the areas of commercial and transactions, energy and construction and labour and employment.

Energy and construction-related disputes proved to be a key area for the firm.

The team is prompt, practical, easily understandable and experienced

Hong Hai Nguyen is recommended for commercial and energy disputes.

Ba Linh Pham is highlighted for energy and international arbitration.

He [Nguyen Hong Hai] is prompt, practical and experienced.”


Asian-mena Counsel/In-House Community Firms of the Year 2018 - VIETNAM

Our firm Lexcomm Vietnam LLC has been recommended by Asian-mena Counsel/In-House Community Firms of the Year 2018 - VIETNAM in the following practice areas:

- Banking and Finance
- Energy & Natural Resources

- Telecommunications, Media & Technology

- Environmental

 

Asian Legal Business 2018

Our firm Lexcomm Vietnam LLC has been recommended by Asia Legal Business in the ALB M&A Rankings 2018 in the practice area of Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

In the 2018 edition, we have been recommended as a leading Vietnamese law firm by Legal 500 in the following practice areas:

- Banking and finance
- Corporate and M&A
- Projects and energy
Telecoms, media and technology (TMT)

“Lexcomm Vietnam LLC’s team is helpful regarding various issues in the petroleum and energy sector, such as production sharing contracts, taxes, gas and renewables.”

"…advises international oil companies on block developments and farm-ins regarding oil and gas blocks…"

"…serves as local counsel for developers of gigawatt-plus coal fired power stations…"

"…advised the lead arrangers on the Vietnamese law aspects of a $300m syndicated facility…"

"Other work concerns debt restructuring."

"The firm also acts for water plant developers and road constructors."

“Work in the transport space includes…advising a contractor on the Ho Chi Minh City Metro Line 1 project.”

"…handles buy-side and sell-side M&A work for local and international clients…"

“…advise a foreign buyer on a proposed purchase of a listed pharmaceutical company…”

"Lexcomm Vietnam LLC, in addition to advising on telecoms regulations, assists local broadcasters with major broadcast content deals."

“...enthusiastic, client-focused and knowledgeable in Vietnamese legal issues...”

“...advised...on purchasing the broadcast rights to the 2016 Olympic Games.”

 

International Financial Law Review 2018

In the 2018 edition, we have been recommended by IFLR1000 in the following practice areas:

- Banking and finance
- Project development
- Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

"Lexcomm acts across all areas of financial and corporate…"

"the firm advises on cross-border situations including… syndicated loans and secondary offerings"

“…the restructuring of complex financial arrangements and associated refinancing transactions…”

“In banking and finance, the firm advised a fund…on a cross-border loan...”

“In project development, the firm has been focused on work in the energy sector, working on projects including the construction of the Duyen Hai coal[fired] power plant.

 

Asialaw Profiles 2018

In the 2018 edition, we have been recommended by Asialaw Profiles in the following practice areas:

- Energy and natural resources

"Lexcomm’s energy and natural resources practice is widely recognised for one of the most experienced groups of energy lawyers and specialists."

“Lexcomm is growing very fast, I can only say they are the firm that deserves an outstanding tier.”

"The firm is developing its prominence in advising on the renewable sector, especially wind and solar projects."

“Pham Ba Linh and Nguyen Viet Ha are the key contacts.”

 

 
Asia Business Law Journal 2018  

We advised on a landmark Vietnam FinTech transaction which was named one of the Deals of the Year 2017 award winners by the Asia Business Law Journal on 24 January 2018.

 

Recognising the best deals and legal practitioners across the region, the Asia Business Law Journal has commended our firm on "this tremendous achievement, which strongly demonstrates that Lexcomm is in the top league of Asia deal makers".