LNT & Partners

Vietnam

Review

Dispute resolution

LNT & Partners has a top-tier commercial disputes practice with extensive experience in arbitration. The firm, keen on exploring and promoting alternative forms of dispute resolution, also boasts four certified mediators. Over the past year, the team has been busy on a broad spectrum of matters involving employment, tax and contractual issues as well as numerous arbitration proceedings in construction, infrastructure and commercial cases. The group was bolstered by the hiring of two former judges.

LNT was the first firm to do a mediation case at the Vietnam Mediation Centre in 2018. Arbitration head Net Le is one of only two Vietnamese arbitrators on the panel of the SIAC. The firm has an office in Singapore to assist clients with SIAC arbitration and support its international arbitration practice.

Firm managing partner Le Net is an international arbitration specialist, but his practice also focuses on banking and finance, infrastructure, construction and energy disputes. He and partners Minh Vu, Phu Nguyen, Binh Tran, Tuan Nguyen and Thuy Nguyen are the key contacts for disputes work.

A recent highlight for the firm was successfully representing a dairy cooperative in a tax dispute, the only case the tax department has said it lost. In another commercial matter, it acted for a China-based consumer electronics manufacturer in a litigation against its distributor. On the construction front, the firm is working with one of the leading domestic power enterprises in a dispute arising from the procurement bidding process for imported coal. The firm also acted for a local oil and gas company in its arbitration before the VIAC over an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the construction of an oil pipeline section.

A food and beverage multinational has instructed the firm for its labour proceedings in a disciplinary case regarding a violation of the labour order. The team was also instrumental for a Japanese multinational personal care company in a dispute with a managerial employee over termination.

Partner Phu Nguyen joined the firm at the end of 2020 from the Economic Court of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court.

Client feedback

“They have an excellent command of case material and never shy from the technical aspects of the case. They have got a strong grasp of matters from the broad commercial picture to technical details, and are overall a very committed team. They also know the arbitration procedures under different rules very well and provide us with detailed guidance throughout the process, which we found very helpful.” – Commercial and transactions

Vu Thanh Minh

“She stood out amongst peers for her professionalism, excellent technical knowledge and commercial sense. We are especially impressed by her ability to get through prodigious quantities of materials and to deliver clear and concise advice from them.”