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Nguyen Ngoc Minh

Head of Hanoi Office
+84 (0) 24 3772 6971

Practice Areas

Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution
Insurance & Reinsurance

Sectors

Banking & Finance
Energy & Natural Resource
Infrastructure & Construction
Insurance & Reinsurance
Investment
Logistic & Supply chain
Marine
Real Estate
Trading & Commodities

Qualifications

BA, Hanoi Law University, Vietnam
LL.M, Monash University, Australia
CEDR Accredited Mediator
Admitted to the Hanoi Bar
AIAC Arbitration Panelist
VICMC Mediator

Membership

Junior Expert in MUTRAP Moot Competition Program
Member – Bar Association of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Languages

Vietnamese
English

Minh leads Dzungsrt’s highly regarded Dispute Resolution and Insurance-Reinsurance practice groups.

Minh’s expertise includes:

  • Oil and Gas,
  • Construction and Real Estate,
  • Corporate and Joint Venture,
  • Sales of Goods and Insurance,
  • Commercial Arbitration,
  • Litigation,
  • International Trade.

His experience reveals an outstanding record of dealing with high-profile cases, including at the VIAC where many of the cases are the first-of-their-kind in Vietnam.

Minh has represented clients in international arbitration cases, that were conducted under the rules of the ICC, SIAC and HKIAC, in order to resolve cross-border disputes involving Vietnamese components. In addition to this, Minh has assisted arbitration cases at the Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC), and in recognition and enforcement proceedings before the Vietnamese courts.

His achievements have allowed his market reputation to thrive:

Recognised as an “Up and Coming” Dispute Resolution Lawyer, praised as a “very responsive, always available” lawyer who provides “very practical and spot-on advice.” (Chambers),

Commended for his “sound and practical” advice and “responds quickly and in depth…[advising] practical solutions where appropriate. He is a lawyer of utmost professional integrity…Minh and his team are [a] top-class counsel in Vietnam, making very good arguments and very diligent in their work.’ (Legal 500).

International Commercial Arbitrations:

  • An ICC arbitration of under USD 500 million involving an oil and gas contract,
  • A dispute of over USD 130 million concerning the construction of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Vietnam,
  • A USD 10 million dispute between a Korean contractor and their employer – one of the largest State-owned commercial banks in Vietnam – on a dispute involving the construction of the bank’s headquarters,
  • Proceedings relating to an ICC arbitration, between a Japanese contractor and a government authority, on an infrastructure project in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • A USD 40 million dispute between a very well-known foreign invested retailer, and the lessor one of their supermarkets,
  • A USD 7 million VIAC arbitration on a share purchase contract between an international fund, and a large Vietnamese company,
  • The first ever VIAC maritime arbitration involving cross-claims arising out of a collision,
  • An ICC arbitration between a Vietnamese corporate shareholder and a US investor,
  • A dispute on a construction contract between a Vietnamese and Malaysian company,
  • A dispute on an equipment fabrication contract between a Vietnamese and US company,
  • A dispute on an airline re-insurance policy between two Vietnamese insurers,
  • Complex proceedings involving foreign investment in a real estate project,
  • Various disputes between well-known retail groups and local companies on real estate,
  • Multiple disputes involving international sales and distribution contracts.

Litigation:

  • Lawsuits against the subsidiaries of two major Japanese commercial banks in Vietnam, for the enforcement of USD 8 million performance and refund bonds in connection with a USD 50 million ICC arbitration,
  • A significant lawsuit arising out of a construction contract,
  • An insurance dispute emerging out of an all risk policy between one of the largest insurers in Vietnam and a local clinker producer,
  • A lawsuit between an international ride-sharing company and a Vietnamese taxi company,
  • Various cases of insurance, construction, maritime and sales of good nature.

Recognition and Enforcement:

  • Around 20 awards rendered by the SIAC, ICAC, ICA , HKIAC, JCAA, KCAB, AIAC (formerly named KLRCA) NYIAC and GAFTA,
  • Various ad-hoc arbitral awards.

Advice:

  • A dispute on capital assignment tax between an international energy group and the Vietnamese Government,
  • A treaty claim against the Vietnamese government in relation to a real estate project in Ho Chi Minh City,
  • A potential HKIAC construction arbitration,
  • A potential SIAC arbitration on a joint-venture dispute,
  • Various enquiries on insurance, construction and commodity trading matters.
  • The Vietnam Chapter of the Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2020 (Global Arbitration Review – Co-author),
  • The Vietnam Chapter of the Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2021 (Global Arbitration Review – Co-author),
  • Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP) 1st Edition (Delos Dispute Resolution – Chapter Editorial Review),
  • The Vietnam Chapter of Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters edited by Anselmo Reyes (Bloomsbury – Co-author),
  • The Vietnam Chapter of Getting the Deal Through 2012 & 2013 Editions (Law Business Research Ltd – Co-author).

Awards

  • 2021: Notable Practitioner (Chambers),
  • 2020 and 2021: Future Star in Commercial and Transaction (Benchmark Litigation).

Comments

  • “He’s a great lawyer, responsive and innovative.”
  • “He is an expert in international arbitration in Vietnam. He is thoughtful, honest as to the downsides of litigating, arbitrating and enforcing in Vietnam. He is internationally-minded and very responsive.”
  • Participated as an arbitrator/assessor in the Commercial Arbitration Moot on CISG, held at the Foreign Trade University of Vietnam, March 2020, Hanoi,
  • Partook in the first ever Virtual Vis East Moot as an arbitrator/assessor, March 2020,
  • Participated in the Commercial Arbitration Moot on CISG as an arbitrator/assessor, held at the Hanoi Law University, January 2019, Hanoi,
  • Took part in the 4th ICC Asia Conference, 27 June 2018, Hong Kong,
  • Was present at the ICC Institute Advanced level training on “Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The good, the bad and the in between”, 26 June 2018, Hong Kong,
  • Attended the CEDR Mediator Training Course, January 2018, Hanoi,
  • Spoke on “Enforcing Contract in Vietnam” at the APEC EoDB Conference, held by the Ministry of Justice of Korea, 27 June 2017, Hanoi,
  • Participated as an arbitrator/assessor in the MUTRAP – AMDI Moot Court, held at the Hanoi Foreign Trade University, December 2016, Hanoi,
  • Took part in the Hong Kong Arbitration Week, 21-24 October 2013, Hong Kong.
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