Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018)
Corporate/M&A - Band 3
Dispute Resolution - Band 2
TMT - Other Noted Firms
Ranked Lawyers: Huy Quang Chau (Band 2) - Dispute Resolution
What the team is known for
Well-regarded firm that combines local expertise with the support of the firm's network of offices in the region. Regularly assists foreign clients in setting up companies in Vietnam. Especially strong following among clients headquartered in Singapore, and advises in such key industries as real estate and pharmaceuticals. The recently expanded team is also highly capable in taking on matters originating from France and Japan.
A client identifies the team's responsiveness and communication skills as key strengths: "Their turnaround time is efficient and they provide clear advice for our management to make decisions."
Another client concurs, observing that the advice provided is "very concise and clear, and when I ask a question they give me a prompt reply."
Represented Mapletree Investments in its acquisition of a USD215 mixed-use property in Ho Chi Minh City. Acted for Nam Long on its USD27.5 million joint venture with Nishi Nippon Railroad and Hankyu Realty to implement the Kikyo Residence project.
Vu Thi Que is the head of department and key contact for the practice.
What the team is known for
Advises on both international arbitration and litigation, with special insights into SIAC arbitral rules. Maintains numerous relationships with regional and domestic clients, representing them in cross-border construction disputes. Recently highly active representing businesses in contentious real estate and tax matters.
Clients appreciate the lawyers' international experience, with one saying: "We would rely on them for cross-border disputes, especially international arbitration. They take a practical and thorough approach in their work."
Peers similarly recognise the practice as very prominent in the dispute resolution sphere.
Represented Mapletree Investments with regard to a range of tenancy and rent arrears disputes affecting its retail complexes in Vietnam.
Defended a European manufacturer of confectionery against the Vietnamese customs authorities' claims of tax arrears, and the imposition of related penalties, in respect of raw material importations.
Huy Quang Chau has over 20 years' experience advising on a wide range of contentious matters. One client enthuses: "He is our go-to lawyer for construction disputes. He is experienced in both litigation and arbitration."Recently, he represented a Singapore fuel trading business in a dispute regarding the detention of a vessel and the subsequent confiscation by the authorities of its cargo of oil.