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RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Deepens Integration with Vietnamese Firm, PBC PARTNERS

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-The merger with Vietnamese based law firm PBC PARTNERS & RHTLaw signals the Firm’s drive towards a seamless regional legal platform through integrating brand, technology and knowledge across the ASEAN+ network.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam /PRNewswire/  RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP is set to further strengthen its regional cross-border practice with the merger with PBC Partners & RHTLaw. The firm today announced the launch of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Vietnam bringing together PBC PARTNERS & RHTLaw, and RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, the 6th largest law firm in Singapore, into a seamless integrated service network.


The move comes soon after RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s alliance with PBC PARTNERS in early 2014 to form PBC PARTNERS & RHT Law. Today, the two firms deepen their integration to offer clients seamless cross border services.

The new outfit, located within the commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, will have presence across Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, with 25 lawyers covering a full suite of practice areas, including foreign direct investments, mergers and acquisition, real estate, energy, hospitality, healthcare, construction, banking & finance, international trade, telecommunication, taxation, employment, and dispute resolution.

Commenting on the launch of the new office, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner, Tan Chong Huatnoted, “The merger signals our commitment to intensify our ASEAN growth strategy via our ASEAN+network. What started out as an alliance of like-minded law firms has now grown into a pre-eminent legal firm in Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world and is poised to play an important role in the ASEAN economy. Our base in Vietnam allows us to actively serve our clients’ business needs across the region, providing on-the-ground counsel to guide them through the legal challenges posed by cross border transactions and operations.”

Azman Jaafar, Deputy Managing Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and Chairman of the ASEAN+ Group, added, “Launching a new office in Vietnam is part of the series of strategic growth initiatives we have planned to bolster our presence across ASEAN. In addition to the considerable business opportunities present in Vietnam, the country also serves as a gateway to the Indochina region, potentially opening up avenues for us to service clients in the promising Laos, Cambodian and Myanmar markets.”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Vietnam will be led by Tran Thanh Hai as Managing Partner and Benjamin Yap as Senior Partner. Mr Hai has over 20 years of legal experience and is well-regarded in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, telecommunications, employment, land, taxation, technology and commercial law. Prior to forming PBC PARTNERS and RHTLaw, he was with Courdert Brothers, Deasons Vietnam and PwC Legal Vietnam, where he worked across a wide range of sectors with both local and international clients.

I am indeed excited by RHT’s model of combining strong local knowledge with international expertise. Our partnership will allow us to leverage the brand, platform and technology of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and transform ourselves into a regional and global player. We look forward to working with the Singapore team to build a market-leading office in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi,” Mr Hai remarked.

Benjamin Yap, a Vietnam-registered foreign lawyer who is called to the Singapore and English Bar, has extensive experience in corporate and commercial transactions. He has more than 20 years of experience handling mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate compliance and governance, and employment matters for local and international clients.

The months ahead will also see Partners from the Singapore office being seconded to Vietnam and vice versa, a move aimed to boost knowledge transfer and capacity building.

The latest venture in Vietnam is consistent with RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s strategy to bolster its service offerings across the region. In the last few years, the Firm has forged strategic alliances with leading Indonesian law firm, Hanafiah Ponggawa and Partners, and South Korean firm DR & AJU, together with several other leading firms inAsia under the ASEAN Plus Group.


PBC PARTNERS and RHTLaw is a legal firm founded by experienced Vietnamese lawyers in 2005. From the partnership of founding partners, the firm has placed its footprint in the legal map of Vietnam by the presence of two offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

The firm’s main practice covers inward & outward investment, trading & commerce, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, banking & finance, international trade, telecommunication, taxation, employment, dispute resolution. The firm is also active in making contributions to the improvement and development of legal system ofVietnam.

About RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP

We pride ourselves as a law firm that delivers international capabilities, locally.

Clients of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing can expect intelligent and innovative legal and business solutions from a team that is attuned to the nuances of working in Asia, with the added perspective and expertise of an international firm.

We offer clients access to a network of over 1050 legal professionals across 30 offices in Asia, the Middle Eastand Europe via our membership with Taylor Wessing group. We are also the exclusive Singapore member of The Interlex Group, a global network of leading law firms. In 2014, we launched the ASEAN Plus Group (APG) which is a group of full-services law firms that blends the best of knowledge, culture and international expertise. APG firms have a strong presence in Asia with offices located in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea,Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Our model is driven by the focus on helping clients succeed, which translates to clear and precise solutions with high-level legal and commercial insights. We proactively grow our practice in tandem with regional and international fast growing industries like Consumer Brands, Education, Energy and Environment, Financial Institution and Services, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Real Estate and Infrastructure and Technology, Media and Communications. These industries complement our core areas of practice in Banking and Finance, Corporate, Capital Markets, Intellectual Property and Technology, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Real Estate.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Ng Chip Keng
RHT Communications & Investor Relations Pte. Ltd.
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RHT Communications & Investor Relations Pte. Ltd.
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Source: RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP

Written by asiafreshnews

July 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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