Profile

Ms. Thanh Minh Vu, with more than 12 years of experience working in both external and in-house counsel roles, is a Partner at LNT & Partners. She is in charge of the firm’s Financial Services practice group and Managing Partner of the Hanoi office. Minh has successfully advised foreign investors, domestic companies, and regulatory agencies in Vietnam on tax, investment, banking & finance, M&A, infrastructure, and labor matters.

Prior to joining LNT & Partners, she was the Head of the Legal Department of non-bank credit institution Vietnam Chemical Finance JSC (VCFC, now Lotte Finance), where she worked on banking, capital markets, and private equity matters. She was responsible for providing legal advice on loans, investments, deposits, guarantees, factoring, and other banking products offered by VCFC.

Minh has advised on significant financial transactions, and her advice regarding novel legal issues has been published in Vietnam Investment Review and Vietnam News. Her clients appreciate her adaptability to Vietnam’s rapidly changing regulatory framework, as well as her analyses regarding intricate matters of law. She is recognized as a rising star in banking and finance by many ranking associations.

Memberships

Vietnam Bar Federation

Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association

International Bar Association

VietnamBanks Association – Banking Legal Club

Education

LL.B. (Hanoi University of Law)

LL.M.(Hanoi National University, Vietnam)

Language

Vietnamese

English

Work highlights

Advised Vietcombank on a USD 200 million loan with China Development Bank (Beijing). Form: LMA.

Advised PetroVietnam Oil Corporation (PVOil) on the equitisation of, and sale to a strategic investor of PetroVietnam’s shares in, PVOil.

Advised PetroVietnam Power Corporation (PVPower) on the equitisation of, and sale to a strategic investor of PetroVietnam’s shares in, PVPower.

Advised PTSC on a contract with GEDI China for the construction of Duyen Hai Thermal Power Plant.

Advised China Construction Bank (HCMC Branch) on a USD 73 million syndicated loan for the development of Hailide’s USD 150 million fiber textile complex in Tay Ninh (Vietnam).

Advised Eximbank, Shinhan Bank and Bangkok Bank on a VND 595 billion to finance for the development of a power plant.

Advised Vietcombank on a USD 75 million loan to Saigon Hanoi Bank.

Advised Vietcombank on a USD 100 million syndicated facility agreement with Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) and Standard Chartered Bank (New York), using nostro account as collateral. Form: APLMA.

Advised a local counsel for a Chinese bank on a USD 150 million revolving loan to a state-owned bank in Vietnam.

Advised Petro Vietnam on a USD 175 million syndicated loan agreement with Citibank (Hanoi) and Citibank (Tokyo). Form: LMA.

Advised PetroVietnam Technical Service Corp on an offshore loan with Natixis Bank

Advised a bank in a project finance for an oil rig for PetroVietnam Drilling Overseas.

Advised Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) on the negotiation of an offtake agreement with Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical LLC (NSRP).

Assisted the merger in Vietnam in terms of obtaining the State Bank of Vietnam's approval and other approvals for the transaction. The deal is global in scope and valued at USD 3.8 billion. It is also innovative because this was the first time two foreign banks have merged in the territory of Vietnam.

Advised a foreign credit institution on an acquisition of a weak performing local credit institution. The deal is completely novel and unprecedented.

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Publications

2020, Credit institution restructuring in Vietnam

2019, Acquisition Finance 2019

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Awards
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