References

Our Awards

References

Chambers and Partners 2020

Band 2 in: Dispute resolution

Band 3 in: Banking and finance, Corporate/M&A and Real estate.

Dispute resolution

  • What the team is known for:
    “Experienced disputes practice with particular strength in handling both domestic and international arbitration. Covers a range of cases including financial and real estate disputes, and also involved in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Vietnam. Well placed to advise on construction disputes, often acting for foreign clients. The team is also known for its work advising on international trade and competition disputes, including contentious anti-dumping matters.”
  • Clients feedback:
    “The team is described by one interviewee as ‘excellent,’ adding that the lawyers are ‘practical and effective in their communication.’”“According to a source, Bernadette Fahy ‘has a good handle on the Vietnamese market’ and is ‘very easy to deal with.’ She is well versed in representing international clients in international arbitration cases, including VIAC and foreign-seated proceedings.”

  • Bernadette Fahy is ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution.

Banking and finance

  • What the team is known for:
    “Regularly advises local and international clients, including investment banks, funds and other financial institutions. Advises both borrowers and lenders, with an established track record in debt refinancing, securitisation and regulatory advice. Additionally skilled at advising on capital market matters, including convertible bond transactions. Also well placed to handle project finance and e-commerce mandates.”
  • Notable practitioners include Nicolas Audier.

Corporate/M&A

  • What the team is known for:
    Audier & Partners is “recognised for its corporate practice and focuses on restructuring, M&A, joint ventures, acquisitions and equity investments. Its client base includes high-profile names from the real estate, e-commerce, manufacturing, retail and healthcare sectors. Particularly experienced at taking on inbound work for French businesses. Also able to advise on the competition law aspects of corporate transactions.”
  • Clients feedback:
    • “An interviewee reports that the firm is ‘very business-minded, accurate and practical.’”
    • “Commentators remark: ‘The team is very responsive, meticulous and detail-oriented.’”
  • Nicolas Audier is ranked in Band 2 for Corporate/M&A. He is “well respected for his extensive experience assisting international clients with acquisitions and corporate restructuring, including in the real estate, healthcare and retail sectors. One client enthuses: ‘I am able to strongly recommended him.’”
  • Etienne Laumonier is ranked in Band 3. He is “very pragmatic and has a high level of expertise,” according to a client, while another interviewee says: “He understands the commercial side of things, in addition to the legal.” He assists international clients from a variety of industries with M&A transactions, including in the technology and hospitality spaces, while he also has competition law expertise.

Real estate

  • What the team is known for:
    “Real estate practice adept at assisting with the development of real estate projects and the transfer of property portfolios, as well as advising on land acquisitions for major businesses. Known for representing major European clients in the hospitality space, with additional experience in residential and retail development. Also assists clients with the reorganization of their real estate investment structures. Counts financial institutions, property developers, construction companies and hoteliers among its clientele.”
  • Clients feedback:
    “’We are very satisfied with their support,’ reports one client, adding that the team’s lawyers have ‘serious knowledge about retail in Vietnam.’”
  • Notable practitioners include Nicolas Audier. 

Asialaw 2020

Highly recommended in: Capital markets, Construction, Corporate and M&A and Dispute resolution.

Recommended in: Banking and financial services, Consumer goods and services, Energy and Infrastructure

Editor remark

“Audier & Partners is among the top law firms in Vietnam. The firm is frequently sought for capital markets, corporate and M&A and real estate work. Industry speciality includes consumer goods and services, particularly in the hospitality area. The firm’s deep bench includes the likes of corporate and M&A specialists Nicolas Audier, Etienne Laumonier and Nicolas Picard as well as construction and real estate expert Bernadette Fahy.”

Experience

  • Banking and finance: Advised a European bank on restructuring and repositioning its Vietnamese banking entities on the Vietnamese market.
  • Capital markets: Advised a foreign investor on its investment in VietJet in relation to its US$1.7 billion IPO.
  • Construction: Advising an international construction and engineering joint venture company, the lead contractor, and its Vietnamese affiliate company on the termination of an EPC contract with a leading Vietnamese SOE, as the owner, in respect of a major construction project in Laos.
  • Corporate and M&A: Represented Uber on the sale of its Vietnamese business to Grab in exchange for a minority stake in Grab’s Southeast Asian holding.  This deal was part of a larger deal covering Uber operations in eight Southeast Asian countries, for a value of nearly US$2 billion.
  • Advising Minor Hotels on the development of its network of hotels throughout Vietnam under various global brands.”

Lawyers Ranking

  • Nicolas Audier is Elite practitioner.
  • Bernadette Fahy, Etienne Laumonier and Nicolas Picard are ranked Distinguished practitioners.
  • Lan Thuy Le is ranked Rising star.

IFLR1000 2020

Tier 3 in: Banking and finance and Project development

Tier 2 in: Capital markets (Debt and Equity) and M&A

Editor remark

“Audier & Partners is strongest in capital markets and M&A. In the period the firm assisted foreign investors on investments in the IPOs of Vietnamese firms and advised international banks on regulatory compliance.

A notable M&A mandate saw the firm acting for the seller in one of the largest deals in the ride-hailing space. In the projects area the firm has advised on developments in the hospitality, food and beverage, logistics, transport, retail and healthcare sectors.

In addition to advising on acquisitions and joint ventures, the firm was also kept busy with corporate work involving restructuring and refinancing”.

Chambers and Partners 2019 Asia-Pacific Guide

Band 1 in: Dispute Resolution

Band 3 in: Banking and finance, Corporate/M&A and Real estate.

Lawyer Ranking

  • Bernadette Fahy is ranked in Band 2 for Dispute Resolution
  • Etienne Laumonier is ranked in Band 3 for Corporate/M&A
  • Nicolas Audier is ranked in Band 2 for Corporate/M&A and Band 3 for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy.

Asialaw 2019

Highly recommended in: Banking and finance, Capital markets, Construction, Corporate and M&A, Dispute resolution.

Client Feedbacks

  • “The work is excellent. The lawyers have a fantastic mix of local legal and practical knowledge at international standards.” – Corporate and M&A
  • “Their responses are quick and their advice is quite appropriately responsive to clients’ needs.” – Dispute resolution
  • “Very proactive providing prompt responses when necessary. Advices are clear and practical.” – Corporate and M&A
  • Le Thuy Lan provides “Prompt and clear legal advices” according to a client.