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The IFLR1000 is a useful cross reference to refer to ... to make sure a personal referral aligns with some objective rankings from a survey. I would refer to it in my main area, M&A, when looking for a counsel in a country we are new to.
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Russin & Vecchi
Russin & Vecchi is recognised for its strong corporate practice. It has built a good reputation for excelling in compound transactions, mostly cross-border. "It is a technically solid firm which has a pragmatic, commercial approach," notes a client. Leading lawyers, such as managing partner Nguyen Huu Minh Nhut, partner Mai Thi Minh Hang and name partner Sesto Vecchi advise various clients, including international law firms and multinational corporates.
In the banking and finance area, the team frequently represents lenders. Minh Nhut has been advising the Ho Chi Minh branch of Bank of China on restructuring of loans co-financed by the bank's onshore and offshore branches, with creative security restructuring involving land use rights. The same partner has also acted for the local branch of ChinaTrust on loan documentation. The firm also advised on a Saigon Premier Container Port debt restructuring valued at $200 million.
On the capital markets side, the firm is highly regarded for its derivatives work. Mai Thi Minh Hang has handled a number of transactions for Nomura International, UBS, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Jefferies International in regard to the trading of derivatives. The team has also advised Bank of Singapore on sales of investment products in Vietnam.
M&A is another area of strength for Russin & Vecchi. The team represents both sellers and buyers.
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