YKVN is widely recognized as the leading Vietnam-based law firm. Established in 1999, YKVN has since grown to become an independent law firm with over seventy-five legal professionals in offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore. YKVN provides legal services on a unique platform that combines Vietnam and international experience with a strong Vietnam focus (inbound and outbound) and execution capabilities and resources in our home market matching those of international and major regional firms. The Firm is a market leader in M&A, power and energy, capital markets, private equity, project finance, banking, real estate, domestic litigation and international arbitration of Vietnamese disputes.
The Singapore office makes YKVN the only Vietnam-based law firm with an office outside of Vietnam. Established in 2011, the Singapore office is currently staffed by eight lawyers. The Singapore office focuses on cross-border capital markets, M&A (inbound and outbound), cross-border private equity, real estate and international arbitration.
Our lawyers are qualified in Vietnam, several states of the US (California, New York, North Carolina, and Washington), France, Australia, England, and Singapore. They include leading practitioners in their field, leaders of the profession, and civic leaders. We are the only Vietnam-based law firm with a partner who has been in international practice for thirty-five years at leading global law firms (several of which in firm leadership positions), and a partner with substantial first-chaired experience in bench and jury trials and arbitration hearings. Other partners have also practiced at other leading international firms. All of our partners have extensive experience in cross-border matters.
As a testament to our lawyers’ expertise, experience, and excellence, we have been retained by some of the world’s largest corporations and successful individuals in some of the most important Vietnam-related matters. Our corporate clients include several Fortune 500 companies, as well as leading construction companies, financial institutions, investment firms, pharmaceutical companies, and retail chains of global as well as regional nature. We have also repeatedly been retained by leading law firms to assist them in Vietnam-related deal or litigation matters.
In 2017, YKVN made a clean sweep of the “National Law Firm of the Year” awards, becoming the first firm in history that won four such awards in the same year from the following distinguished publications: the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) (our tenth’s win in the fourteen years the award has been given), the Chambers and Partners, the ALB Southeast Asia, and the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution. This unique achievement is the latest evidence of the widespread recognition of the quality of work for which we are known globally and regionally. It also speaks to our unique, and respected, standing in the Vietnamese legal profession among both Vietnamese and international law firms.