Thao Nguyen is a senior counsel of the firm’s Corporate practice group.

Besides her full set of legal qualifications and Vietnamese practice licenses including an LL.M. in International Commercial Law from the prestigious University of Birmingham (UK), Thao holds a degree in International Relations which provides her an eclective perspective and understanding of the international dynamics and how cultural/political differences affect doing international business. She has insight to appreciate the challenges faced by foreign investors in Vietnam and has successfully translated this into innovative and effective legal solutions for her clients.

Thao has 10 years of legal experience supporting foreign investors in their business endeavours in Vietnam. Previously she worked for Mayer Brown JSM and Dilinh Legal where she was involved in a wide range of commercial and transactional matters in real estate, energy, healthcare, education, food and beverage and retail. She also worked for the EU-Vietnam Business Network where she efficiently supported European exporters/investors in penetrating the Vietnamese market and was involved in the advocacy campaign towards the conclusion of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.


Vietnam Bar Federation

Dong Nai Bar Association


LL.M. International Law (University of Birmingham, UK)

BA International Relations (Major: International Law) (The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam)




Work highlights
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• SME Starter Kit, EVBN, co-author, 2nd edition, January 2016

• SME Starter Kit, EVBN, co-author, 1st edition, November 2014

• Fair and Equitable - Or Not, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, author, January 2013

Selective Legal Briefing

• Notable Changes To Enterprise Regulations Effective From 1 January 2021, co-author, August 2020

• Vietnam New Tax Law to Harmonise with Free Trade Agreements, author, September 2016

• EU-VN Dialogue: Market Access to Vietnam for EU Companies in the Food & Beverage Sector, author, April 2016

• Full Text of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement Published, author, February 2016

• EU-Vietnam FTA officially concluded – A new era in EU-Vietnam relations, author, January 2016

• New Preferential Tariffs for Exports to Vietnam, author, January 2016

• Decree guiding Investment Law to favor investors, author, October 2015

• EU and Vietnam reach in-principle agreement on free trade deal, author, October 2015

• Vietnam improves transparency and business environment, author, October 2015

• Franchising In Vietnam – Opportunities And Challenges, author, June 2015

• “Game Changer” for Foreign Investment in Vietnam, author, June 2015

• Vietnam New Customs Law: Cross Border Trade to Smoothen Up, author, May 2015

• Vietnam’s New Real Estate Laws Hails Foreign Investment, author, April 2015

• Restriction on Advertising and Promotion Expenses Lifted, author, April 2015

• EVBN – Boosting Trade and Investment between EU and Vietnam, author, February 2015

• Vietnam towards a less “cash economy”, author, August 2014

• Door opened for casino industry?, author, August 2014

• Vietnam Loosens Foreign Ownership Limits in Local Banks, co-author, January 2014

• Draft Law on Bankruptcy – A More Practical Bankruptcy Regime for Vietnam?, co-author, November 2013

• Vietnam Considers Loosening Foreign Shareholding Restrictions in Local Banks, co-author, October 2013

• Vietnamese Still Not Permitted to Enter Gambling Centres, co-author, August 2013

• New Regulations on Development and Management of Resettlement Housing, co-author, August 2013

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