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Our Partner, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh is listed in the Panel list of The Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) (“AIAC”)

Our Partner, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh is listed in the Panel list of The Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) (“AIAC”) for the practice of Arbitration and the jurisdiction in Vietnam. As an experienced partner mainly in charge of Dispute resolution, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh, hence, meet all the standard requirements to be listed in the AIAC Panel which are (1) Tertiary education; (2) Sufficient experience in arbitration and (3) Any membership or accreditation from any professional membership organisation for Alternative Dispute Resolution. In practice, Mr. Minh has made multiple awards in favour of our clients secured and brought them success.
In such event, Mr. Minh said that he was so grateful that he was the first local qualified lawyer to be named by AIAC for the jurisdiction in Vietnam, which means that the clients would have more option to access cost effective service in Vietnam.
The admission to the AIAC Panel is by invitation from the Director of the AIAC or by application subject to the consideration and approval of the Director of the AIAC. As a step into a new day and age of dispute resolution, the Asian International Arbitration Centre has taken up the baton of its predecessor, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”) and is set to broaden boundaries beyond the horizon and deliver the future.

Dzungsrt & Associates LLC recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation

Dzungsrt & Associates LLC is proud to be recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a litigation-focused legal guide that evaluates leading law firms and attorneys.
This year Dzungsrt & Associates LLC was ranked by Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 for Commercial and Transactions and Energy and Construction arising from the strength of the caseworks handled by the firm.
Our 3 attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Mr. Dang Viet Anh is recognized as “Dispute Resolution Star”, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh and Ms. Nguyen Le Quynh Chi as “Future Stars” for Commercial and Transactions
Benchmark Litigation exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America, covering the US, Canada, Latin America and, most recently, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The rankings are based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients who will provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area to identify the leading litigators and law firms. Benchmark Litigation is a U.S.-based publication run from the New York offices of Institutional Investor and Euromoney’s Legal Media Group.

Dzungsrt’s clients won a $100 million case

Dzungsrt & Associates LLC, acting as co-counsel, successfully represented our client in a USD100 million VIAC arbitration. The case was in relation to the construction of a supertall skyscraper in Vietnam.
The Claimant – Contractor, initiated the arbitration against our client – the Employer for outstanding payment and interests. The dispute was very interesting because it involved complicated issues of not only construction law but also of corporate governance, related party transaction, project finance and transfer pricing regulation.
The proceedings took nearly two years to conclude. This year, an award was rendered in favor of our client. Around 94% of the Contractor’s claim was rejected and our client was also entitled to recover the costs they incurred in pursuing this arbitration.
Dzungsrt & Associates LLC would like to send our warmest regards to our client, our co-counsel, the Tribunal and all others who participated in this arbitration.


It’s 2 years in a row that we have achieved top-tier rankings in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific for the two main practices of our firm including dispute resolution and shipping. This is indeed our great pleasure and honor.

In Dispute Resolution, our Founder, Mr. Nguyen Manh Dzung, who is now an independent arbitrator and mediator is in the list of leading individuals and our Arbitration Counsel, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang is also in the list of next generation lawyers.

In shipping, our name is given a prominent position in the ranking list and our Managing Partner Dang Viet Anh is one of the leading individuals. As mentioned in the Legal 500, our shipping team, led by our Managing Partner Dang Viet Anh, has handled various matters including vessel collisions, salvage, charterparty disputes, ship arrests, cargo disputes as well as shipbuilding matters. Other lawyers of note in this practice include Ms. Vu Phuong Trang and Senior associate Nguyen Le Quynh Chi.

The Legal 500 is one of legal directories useful for law firms and in-house counsels. It reflects a subjective overview, based on systematic research and the ranking is updated annually.

Vietnam becomes a member of the UN Commission on International Trade Law

During the 55th Plenary Meeting on Monday 17 December 2018 within the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the UN member states elected new members for the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). At the meeting, Vietnam was chosen by 157 out of 193 states to become a member of the Commission. This is the first time Vietnam was elected for this position and its tenure would be from 2019 until 2025.

The Commission was established by the UN General Assembly in 1966 “to promote the progressive harmonization and unification of international trade law”. Since then, the Commission has made significant contributions to achieve this mandate, including preparing and promoting the application of international conventions and model laws in the field of international trade law. The Commission prepared among others the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (the CISG), the UN Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea 1978 (the Hamburg Rules), the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958 (the New York Convention), the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985, the Arbitration Rules 1976, as well as certain practical notes and guidelines in different areas of international trade law. These instruments are regarded as some of the most prominent successes in the harmonization process of international trade law and the Commission is regarded as a core legal body of the UN.

In recent years, Vietnam has actively integrated into the world economy and already been a party to the CISG and the New York Convention prepared by the Commission. Over the past years, Vietnam has participated in the Commission’s affairs as an observer to actively contribute to the meetings and discussions of some Commission’s Working Groups. The Commission’s model rules and guidelines have also been used by Vietnamese entities in their business operation and dispute resolution. Vietnam’s official membership in UNCITRAL shows the worldwide recognition of our contribution to the common work of the international community and marks a further deep step of Vietnam into multilateral legal integration. Membership of UNCITRAL would help Vietnam up to speed with the most current developments and trends in international trade law and enable us to revise national laws on trade, thereby reducing obstacles and facilitating international trade. Most importantly, this is a great opportunity for Vietnam to a construct and shape common international rules right from the stage of discussion and negotiation with regard to the issues that Vietnam is having a concern about especially investor-state dispute settlement, international commercial dispute settlement, and electronic commerce.


We are pleased to announce that we have achieved Chambers and Partners Band 2 ranking in the practice of Dispute Resolution in Asia – Pacific. Dispute resolution is one of our main services.

Our Partner Nguyen Ngoc Minh has been individually recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Asia – Pacific. According to the Chambers research, he is a notable practitioner who has been praised by interviewees as “a brilliant and articulate, and also very hard-working” lawyer.

Chambers and Partners ranking is based on their independent research which have been trusted by a lot of firms across many practice areas and geographies in years. Chambers identifies the best law firms and individual lawyers globally.

An award of around 2 Million USD secured

The arbitration team of Dzungsrt & Associates LLC has secured an award of around 2 Million USD for our international client in a construction arbitration at the VIAC. The Case has been ongoing for three years and involved multiple issues of EOT, price adjustment and contract finalisation.

Our Dispute Resolution Practice is headed by Mr Dang Viet Anh – Managing Partner and Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh – Partner, who are both CEDR Accredited Mediators, with other members such as Ms. Tran Ha Han – Senior Associate, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang – Arbitration Counsel, Ms. Nguyen Le Quynh Chi – Associates and Ms. Dang Vu Minh Ha – Associate. They are all experienced, capable and enthusiastic.

Two Partners of Dzungsrt & Associates have been granted with certificates for CEDR Accredited Mediators

At the end of January 2018, CEDR, the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world, for the very first time in Vietnam, directly organised a training course on mediator skills with the collaboration of IFC Vietnam Ministry of Justice and Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC).

Two Partners of Dzungsrt & Associates,  Mr. Dang Viet Anh (Saigon Office) and Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Minh (Hanoi Office) who participated in the training course and have been granted with certificates for CEDR Accredited Mediators.

Mediators achieving CEDR accreditation are recognised internationally as offering a service of quality and integrity. Besides our participation in drafting Decree No. 22/2017/ND-CP on Commercial Mediation, we consider this event one of our successes in the aim to strengthen our practice in the field of Mediation in Vietnam.


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.”