Dentons LuatViet expands Vietnam offering with full law firm integration

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Strengthening Legal Team in Vietnam
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Dentons LuatViet has strengthened its capabilities in Vietnam by adding an entire team of lawyers from EPLegal in a merger.

“We are delighted to welcome EPLegal’s talented team to Dentons LuatViet. Their expertise in international arbitration and the energy sector complements our firm’s existing strengths,” said Tran Duy Canh, managing partner at Dentons LuatViet.

EPLegal, founded in 2009 and headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, will cease its operations but will continue to function for up to two years from 1 June this year to address and resolve the company’s consolidation issues, Dentons LuatViet told Asia Business Law Journal. While EPLegal will retain its name for the next two years, it will not conduct any new business.

Along with their entire team, Tony Nguyen, founder of EPLegal, will be joining Dentons LuatViet as a senior partner leading the firm’s international and domestic arbitration practice. EPLegal’s managing partner, Annie Ngo, on the other hand, will be taking up the roles of senior partner and deputy managing partner at Dentons LuatViet while heading the firm’s energy practice group.

Specialising in areas including energy and infrastructure, project financing, shipping and aviation, EPLegal also ran offices in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Birmingham in the UK. The firm was active in oil and gas and project finance work in Vietnam, having advised regional and global clients including BW Offshore and Fred Olsen Production.

According to Dentons LuatViet, the firm will not keep EPLegal’s office in Da Nang. The Birmingham City office, which is outside of the Vietnamese jurisdiction and does not practice in Vietnam, has a different legal setup and will not be part of Dentons LuatViet.

The focus, Dentons LuatViet told Asia Business Law Journal, is on “expanding its capabilities and services for clients in Vietnam and the Asean region.” But Nguyen, together with EPLegal director Ian Vesey, will continue to run the Birmingham operations.

Following the merger, Dentons LuatViet, the result of a combination between Dentons and LuatViet in 2022, now has eight partners among its team spanning offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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