YKVN Named “National Law Firm of the Year” for Vietnam for the Second Year in a Row

Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City (February 16, 2005) — YKVN has been named “National Law Firm of the Year” for Vietnam for 2004 by the editors of International Financial Law Review (IFLR), a leading journal covering corporate finance and legal transactions. This is the second year in a row YKVN is receiving this distinction.

IFLR has announced the region’s top legal deals and law firms as well as the winners of the National Law Firms of the Year ahead of its Asian Awards 2004, to be held on March 10 in Hong Kong. The winners of the “National Law Firm of the Year” awards will be the nominees for the Asia-Pacific “Regional Law Firm of the Year” award given to the one national law firm that was involved in some of the region’s most significant deals in 2004. On March 10, the winner of “Regional Law Firm of the Year” for Asia-Pacific will be named from among YKVN and national winners from 13 other countries in the region.

NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR
Australia Mallesons Stephen Jaques
PRC Haiwen & Partners
Hong Kong Johnson Stokes & Master
India Amarchand Mangaldas
Indonesia Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Japan Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Malaysia Zul Rafique & Partners
New Zealand Bell Gully
Philippines Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
Singapore Allen & Gledhill
South Korea Kim & Chang
Taiwan Lee and Li
Thailand Chandler and Thong-ek
Vietnam YKVN

“This is the second time in a row YKVN receives this award. The nomination is a great honor for YKVN since it again places YKVN shoulder-to-shoulder with the leading law firms in Asia. This award also reiterates the status of YKVN as a leading law firm in Vietnam as well as underscores the maturity achieved by Vietnamese law firms in the last decade,” said Truong Nhat Quang, Managing Partner of YKVN.

According to the IFLR, awards for “National Law Firm of the Year” will be given to the local firm with the “best track record in 2004 giving local law advice on the most innovative international finance deals from the country in question. This includes debt and equity-linked, equity, M&A, project finance, restructuring and securitization deals.”

Since receipt of the “National Law Firm of the Year” award for Vietnam in March last year, YKVN has continued to develop as a full service Vietnamese law firm and continues to be the only law firm with a leading role in international and domestic corporate finance transactions in Vietnam. YKVN worked on more domestic corporate finance transactions than any other firms (both international and local firms) and many of them are landmark innovative transactions in Vietnam.