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Duc Tran

Senior Partner, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

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Duc Tran

Senior Partner, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Duc advises both multinational and domestic clients in a variety of areas of project finance, banking and corporate law. He has led numerous landmark project finance, M&A, banking and capital markets transactions, both in Vietnam and on behalf of Vietnamese clients in other markets. Duc joined A&O in 2013.

With over 25 years of legal practice (including 12 years as managing partner of VILAF), Duc is recommended as one of the leading lawyers in Vietnam by the major international legal guides. Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 ranks him as a Band 1 lawyer for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets as well as for Corporate/M&A in Vietnam.

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Experience highlights

Office

Ho Chi Minh City

39th Floor, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as a lawyer, Vietnam

Academic

LLB, Hanoi Law University

M&A Advanced Negotiation Course, London

Project Finance Training Course, London

Loan Negotiation Training Course, Singapore

Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

  • KKR on its USD650m investment in HOSE-listed Vinhomes, as well as its investments in EQuest Education Group, KiotViet and Masan Group and its subsidiaries, Masan Nutri-Science and Masan Consumer.
  • JERA on its acquisition of an equity interest in Vietnam-based Gia Lia Electricity Joint Stock Company, a renewable energy platform listed on the HOSE.
  • United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) on the Vietnam aspects of its acquisition of Citigroup’s consumer banking franchise in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand for approximately SGD4.915 billion.
  • Kinh Do Corporation on its USD465m sale of its confectionery business to Mondelēz International, the world’s leading snack company.
  • CFLD International on its acquisition of a majority stake in a residential development project located in the Dong Nai province from VinaLand Ltd.
  • A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its joint venture and co-investment in CapitaLand Vietnam Commercial Fund 1, a USD300m real estate fund managed by Singapore-listed CapitaLand, one of Asia's largest real estate companies. This transaction represents the first commercial fund established by CapitaLand in Vietnam.
  • Creditors in the restructuring of Vinashin and issuing notes in exchange for USD600m debts.
  • Bookrunners on Vinpearl’s USD450m Reg-S only exchangeable bond listed on the SGX. Vinpearl is the hospitality arm of Vingroup, one of Vietnam’s largest conglomerates. This transaction is the first exchangeable bond by a Vietnamese issuer.
  • The initial purchasers on BIM Land JSC’s debut Reg S offering of USD200m 7.375% bonds due 2026. This is the first corporate green bond out of Vietnam. Best Green Bond – Vietnam, The Asset Triple A Country Awards 2021.
  • Lenders on the financing of the USD9bn Nghi Son Refinery.

Recognition