YKVN Named “National Deal Firm of the Year” for Vietnam

Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (September 30, 2005) — YKVN received the “National Deal Firm of the Year” award from the editors of Asian Legal Business (ALB), a leading journal covering legal transactions in Asia.

ALB announced its ALB Hong Kong Deals Awards 2005 (incorporating ALB Deals of the Year Awards Asia-Pacific SuperDeals 2005) on September 23, 2005 in Hong Kong. According to ALB, “[t]he National Deal Firm of the Year Award is to recognise the dominant firms for their transactional work in 2004 in each jurisdiction around the Asia Pacific region.” Winners of the award include:

Australia winner – Mallesons Stephen Jaques
China winner – Jun He Law Offices
Hong Kong winner – JSM
India winner – Amarchand Mangaldas
Indonesia winner – Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Japan winner – Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Korea winner – Shin & Kim
Malaysia winner – Zul Rafique & Partners
New Zealand winner – Bell Gully
Philippines winner – Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
Singapore winner – Allen & Gledhill
Taiwan winner – Lee and Li
Thailand winner – Chandler and Thong-ek Law Office
Vietnam winner – YKVN

“This is the first time a Vietnamese law firm is being considered by ALB for this award and this is the fourth international recognition YKVN has received in the last two years. This ALB‘s “National Deal Firm of the Year” award follows the two “National Law Firm of the Year” awards YKVN received in 2004 and 2005 from the International Financial Law Review and the “Asset & Corporate Finance Deal of the Year” award YKVN received in 2005 from ALB for our role in the Vietnam Airlines financing of its recent purchase of Airbus aircraft. This newest ALB award once again recognizes the efforts of all YKVN lawyers in providing the highest quality legal services in Vietnam,” said Truong Nhat Quang, Managing Partner of YKVN.

On learning of the award, Mr. Nguyen Van Thao, the Head of the Department of Supervision of Lawyers of the Ministry of Justice said “ALB‘s “National Deal Firm of the Year” award is a great honor for not only YKVN and its lawyers but also the Vietnamese legal profession as a whole. The fact that YKVN has continuously received international awards in recent years is a good indication of the substantial development of Vietnamese lawyers and Vietnamese law firms. The Department welcomes this development because the growth and maturation of Vietnamese law firms will allow them to play an important role in supporting the integration of Vietnam’s economy into the world’s economy. I hope to see more Vietnamese law firms receive the international market recognition that YKVN has achieved.”

About YKVN

With two offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, YKVN offers commitment, sector experience, local knowledge and language skills that combine to add significant value to the businesses of our clients. YKVN has twenty two lawyers experienced in transactional law and in commercial litigation work throughout Vietnam, as well as in international litigation. Most of the senior lawyers have received legal training abroad, principally in Australia, England, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. YKVN has two partners, one of-counsel and eight associates located in the Hanoi office and one partner, two of-counsel and eight associates located in the Ho Chi Minh City office.

In 2003, 2004 and 2005, YKVN has been at the cutting edge of the development of the Vietnamese syndicated loan market and has worked extensively with all four State-owned Vietnamese banks. YKVN was also Vietnamese counsel to Vietnam Airlines in the financing of its purchase of Boeing 777 and Airbus 321 aircraft, the first U.S. Eximbank-guaranteed financing and the first European ECA-guaranteed financing in Vietnam respectively.

For information, contact:

Name: Truong Nhat Quang
Tel: (84-4) 936 1139
Email: [email protected]