Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,

As of 1st January 2018, Mr. Nguyen Manh Dzung will officially be stepping down from the position of Managing Partner of Dzungsrt & Associates LLC, to mainly focus on his work as an arbitrator, without the conflicts in a small local arbitration community.  In addition to serving as a fulltime arbitrator, Mr. Dzung expects to be available for selected assignments as independent researcher and policy advisor, particularly in matters involving Arbitration and Mediation, Justice System and Public Policy.  Mr. Dzung will also continue his work as an Adjunct Lecturer of Law at the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam where he has taught arbitration and mediation skills for the past 7 years.

The position of Managing Partner will officially be assigned to Mr. Dang Viet Anh, who has been the Partner of the firm since 2012 and then the Executive Partner.

Mr. Viet Anh has extensive experience in handling cases in a variety of sectors such as commercial disputes, insurance, re-insurance, marine and international trade. With more than 19 years of experience, Mr. Viet Anh is not only practising in both wet and dry shipping but also providing many lectures to students. He is well known for Admiralty work, from collisions and other marine incidents, salvage and wreck removal, total loss and GA claims, groundings, arrest and release of ship to all other general shipping disputes.

He has also handled all kinds of ship finance, namely ship building, sale & purchase, management agreement as well as charterparty, bill of lading and disputes arising therefrom. He has frequently represented sellers, buyers as well as their banks, mortgagees in S&P deals and sources have praised his diligence and he is described as “understands what clients are looking for and is able to provide clear and practical advice” – THE LEGAL 500 of 2018.

Ms. Vu Phuong Trang (Corporate Partner) has been being the Deputy Director & Head of our Saigon Office. She is a member of the Bar Association of Ho Chi Minh City and has over 11 years’ experience and her expertise covers most aspect of maritime law with particular emphasis on sale and purchase and newbuilding contracts, carriage of goods by sea, charter party and bill of lading disputes.

She has worked closely with in-house counsels of major shipping companies located in Vietnam, claim handlers of leading P&I Club and H&M underwriters as well as their correspondents around the world and provided them with key advices, prompt assistances and strong supports on their daily works. She has also supported domestic and foreign clients in numerous matters such as: labour, tax, import and export tariff, customs procedure, business establishment, corporate governance and organization and dissolution and bankruptcy. She has also acted as protecting lawyer and authorized representative for many foreign clients at Vietnamese courts.

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, who is the Deputy Director & Head of our Hanoi Office has been recommended by our clients as: has ‘very broad experience in commercial disputes, and provides practical and precise advice regarding litigation in Vietnam’ – THE LEGAL 500 of 2018.

Mr. Minh is specialized in Arbitration Enforcement Litigation, Commercial Law, Insurance Law and International Trade Law. He has participated in arbitrations at the Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC) to resolve disputes involving foreign invested companies and international corporations. He has also been a key commercial litigator in cases on recognition and enforcement in Vietnam of foreign arbitral awards. In addition, he has assisted high profile clients on various matters of commercial, maritime and insurance natures. Mr. Minh is the co-author of the Vietnam Chapter in Getting the Deal Through 2012 & 2013 Editions published by Law Business Research Ltd in 2012.

Mr Nguyen Manh Dzung (the Founder) said that “I am leaving the practice in great shape and poised for continued future success and even greater achievements under the leadership of my partners: Dang Viet Anh and Vu Phuong Trang in Ho Chi Minh City, and Nguyen Ngoc Minh, the head of our Hanoi office, as well as a team of outstanding associates in each of our offices.  This is a superb group of exceptionally talented advocates, who practice law at the highest level with enormous integrity and passion.  I owe them and the rest of my partners more than I can say, and have great confidence that they will take Dzungsrt & Associates’ practice to new heights.”

Our Managing Partner Nguyen Manh Dzung has been appointed as the very first Vietnamese member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

All distinguished clients and colleagues,

It is such a great honor that our Managing Partner, Mr. Nguyen Manh Dzung has been appointed as the very first Court member for Vietnam of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (the “ICC”).

Commenting on the appointment to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Mr. Dzung says: “The ICC International Court of Arbitration is the only truly global arbitral institution and a unique group of outstanding professionals. Vietnam is one of the jurisdictions where the ICC is yet to establish a national committee and I’m very proud to be the first Vietnamese member, a real challenge and a great opportunity. I will make a great effort to dedicate myself as a member of the Court”.

This appointment can also be considered as the recognition of our firm’s active participation in significantly improving legal and institutional frameworks of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in general and arbitration in particular in Vietnam.

For ICC official announcement, please visit:

For Mr. Nguyen Manh Dzung and ADR team profile, please visit:

Decree No. 22/2017 dated 24th February 2017 on Commercial Mediation

We are pleased to inform that the Government of Vietnam has just issued Decree No. 22/2017 dated 24th February 2017 on Commercial Mediation which is mainly based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation with local modifications to be compatible with the situation of Vietnam. Many thanks Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai and Ms. Nguyen Thi Tu Anh of the Ministry of Justice for working hard on this legislation. We would also highly appreciate great supports from international experts including but not limited to Mr. Joao Ribeiro of the UNCITRAL, Ms. Nina Mocheva of the World Bank Group and Francis Law of Hong Kong Mediation Center. Our ADR Team is very proud to make a significant contribution to this important legislation. With the promulgation of the Decree, mediation in particular and ADR in general is promised to have favorable conditions to develop in the upcoming future!

Please click here to download the English translation of the Decree on Commercial Mediation

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