Senior Associate

PHAM MINH THANG

Pham Minh Thang’s practice focuses on corporate, banking and finance matters.  

With respect to corporate practice, Thang often advises clients on cross-border transactions, inbound and outbound, and has been working with international and domestic companies in a broad range of matters, including general corporate and regulatory matters, competition, compliance, labor and investment etc.  Thang is experienced advising on franchising, outsourcing, distribution and agency arrangements. 

Thang recently advised McDonald’s in its transactions to expand its franchising business to Vietnam, from selection of a local partner, registration of franchising business and negotiation and signing of a franchising agreement.  

With respect to banking and finance practice, Thang advised on various international and domestic financing transactions.  On the lender side, his representative clients include Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), UOB, China Development Bank, BIDV, Vietcombank and Vietinbank, etc.  On the borrower side, Thang represented clients such as Mapletree, PVEP, BIDV and Vingroup etc.  

Recently, he advised BIDV as borrower in a US$100 million loan arranged by Standard Chartered Bank.  He also involved in representing PVEP in a US$430 million financing by a syndicate of foreign banks led by Standard Chartered Bank.  

Thang also advised BIDV, Vietcombank, Vietinbank, Maritime Bank, Military Bank and other banks and corporations on numeral derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form.  

Financing Transactions 

  • Advising the China Development Bank as lender’s counsel in connection with its financing for the Hai Duong BOT Power Plant, a 1,200MW coal-fired power plant that is located in Hai Duong Province developed by JASK Pacific Power Limited;
  • Advising a syndicate of foreign banks led by Credit Suisse as lender’s counsel on a US$300 million financing for Vietnam Coal and Mineral Resources Group (Vinacomin); 
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank as lender’s counsel in a US$100 million financing for BIDV; 
  • Advising the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as lender’s counsel in a US$50 million financing for the Vietnam International Bank (VIB);
  • Advising the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as lender’s counsel in a US$50 million financing for the Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank); 
  • Advising BIDV as lender’s counsel in a US$68 million financing of the Viet Hoa - Kenmark Industrial Zone;
  • Advising UOB as lender’s counsel in a US$20 million financing for BIDV; 
  • Advising PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation Ltd (PVEP) as borrower’s counsel on a US$430 million syndicated financing arranged by Standard Chartered Bank; 
  • Advising PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation Ltd (PVEP) as borrower’s counsel on a US$75 million financing by DBS Bank Ltd.;
  • Advising Vingroup Joint Stock Company as borrower’s counsel on a US$100 million syndicated financing arranged by Credit Suisse;  
  • Advising BIDV as borrower’s counsel on a US$100 million financing arranged by Standard Chartered Bank; and
  • Advising BIDV as borrower’s counsel on a US$75 million syndicated financing arranged by Standard Chartered Bank;

Capital market

  • Advising Texhong Textile Group Limited as issuer in its bond issue of US$200 million senior unsecured notes due 2016 and listing on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited; 
  • Advising Texhong Textile Group Limited as issuer in its bond issue of US$200 million senior notes due 2019 and listing on Hong Kong Stock Exchange;
  • Advising Barclays Bank PLC and HSBC as joint lead managers in the international issuance of bonds by Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank); and
  • Advising Credit Suisse as underwriter counsel in the Vincom's US$100 million convertible bond issuance.

M& A 

  • Advising Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) in the acquisition of upstream Vietnamese assets from Conoco Phillips;
  • Advising Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) in the structure of Vung Ang I Thermal Power Plant Project and establishment of a joint venture with a Thailand state-owned electricity company to own and operate Vung Ang I Thermal Power Plant Project;
  • Advising Vietnam Construction and Import – Export Joint Stock Corporation as seller on the proposed sale of a stake in Cam Pha Cement Plant to foreign investors; and 
  • Advising Woori Investment and Securities Co., Ltd. as buyer on the purchase of a stake in Bien Viet Securities Joint Stock Company.

Derivatives 

  • Advising BIDV on derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form with each of Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam, Citibank, Credit Suisse and Nomura; 
  • Advising Vietinbank on derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form with each of BNP Paribas, BTMU, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC
  • Advising Vietcombank on derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form with each of Société Générale Paris và Credit Suisse; 
  • Advising Military Bank on derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form with each of ANZ and HSBC; and 
  • Advising Maritime Bank on derivatives transactions using ISDA Master Agreement form with ANZ, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.

KEY INFORMATION


EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, International Executive Certificate in American Law (2012)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, International Energy Cooperation Promotion (2009)

Hanoi University of Law, LLB (2007)


BAR MEMBERSHIP
  • Hanoi Bar Association