About us

Overview

Established in October 2006, Indochine Counsel is a leading commercial law firm in Vietnam. Offering services throughout Vietnam, Indochine Counsel is ideally positioned to assist international investors and foreign firms to navigate the legal landscape in one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting countries. We also take pride in our services offered to domestic clients in searching for opportunities abroad. With over 45 lawyers and staff in two offices, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Indochine Counsel offers expertise in a dozen practice areas and provides assistance throughout the entire life cycle of your business.

Based on the principles of Excellence, Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering, Indochine Counsel strives to give clients quality service in a timely manner. Our lawyers have been trained all over the globe and have experience with both local and international law firms. Indochine Counsel takes pride in its people and works hard to ensure that they have the support and training necessary to work at the peak of excellence.

Indochine Counsel’s objective is to provide quality legal services and add value to clients through effective customized legal solutions that work specifically for the client. The firm represents local, regional and international clients in a broad range of matters including transactional work and cross-border transactions. The firm’s clients are diverse, ranging from multinational corporations, foreign investors, banks and financial institutions, securities firms, funds and asset management companies, international organizations, law firms to private companies, SMEs and start-up firms.

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Expectation of Excellence
Our partners are experienced legal practitioners who have spent years providing legal advice and counsel to a wide variety of clients. They maintain a high quality of work and hold themselves to an expectation of excellence. As the founders and leaders of Indochine Counsel, they help their teams and the younger lawyers of the firm to strive towards that expectation. Every memo, every opinion, every contract review and every letter is subject to this expectation. Our clients are some of the greatest companies in the world and they deserve excellence in every aspect of their experience with Indochine Counsel.

Professionalism

Professionalism is hard to define. It can encompass so many aspects of performance that its definition is subject to the ideas of the definer. Indochine Counsel considers professionalism to be the performance of our brief in a manner that reflects quality, timeliness, respect and consistency. We work hard to maintain the highest levels of professionalism in all of our lawyers and in our work product. It is important enough to us that we hold it as one of our three core principles.

Ethical Lawyering

At Indochine Counsel we encourage our lawyers to not only fulfill their duties to their clients with zeal, but to maintain a highly ethical practice in all aspects of their work. From confidentiality to conflicts of interest to billing we strive to hold ourselves to a standard as high as any developed country.

Indochine Counsel is devoted to providing clients a friendly service experience. Too many law firms are focused on billable hours and trying to get the most money out of their clients. Indochine Counsel is interested in maintaining client relationships for the long term. As a result we focus on helping the client understand all the implications of their legal decisions and assist them to navigate the various legal obstacles that are faced by businesses and investors in Vietnam.

To help provide the best service possible, Indochine Counsel has over 25 lawyers in two offices. We have lawyers who have studied in Australia, the United States, Japan, Korea, and Russia. These lawyers are familiar with the international standard expected of foreign investors and strive to reach that standard with every assignment and project.

In addition to providing an exceptional experience for clients, Indochine Counsel provides regular legal updates and news to clients. We are open to feedback and constructive criticism as we are constantly working to improve our service. For Indochine Counsel the client comes first and we want to ensure that your experience reflects that.

If you have had a bad experience or want to make a suggestion for improving our service, please contact our partners. We take your opinions and concerns seriously and will do our best to address any concerns or implement any suggestions you offer.

The confidentiality of information is of vital importance to our clients. It is important to understand the nature of that confidentiality and how it applies to lawyers in Vietnam.

Under Vietnamese law, lawyers may only disclose information communicated to them by a client in three limited instances. First, they may disclose such information if permitted, in writing, to do so by the client. Second, they must report any information given to them by the client if such information may be used in the perpetration of a crime. Third, lawyers may disclose information if ordered to do so by a court or by an organ of the state.

Indochine Counsel takes client confidentiality very seriously. We have instructed all of our lawyers and support staff of the importance of keeping client information confidential. We will only disclose your information in the situations outlined above, and even then we will make every effort to notify you before making such a disclosure.

Sometimes, after a deal has been successfully completed, Indochine Counsel will request permission to publicize the deal in order to promote our services. We will only do so if given permission by your appointed representatives prior to issuing a press release.

  • October 2006

    Firm Established

    Indochine Counsel opened its doors on 18 October 2006 as the brainchild of four lawyers: Dang The Duc, To Xuan Tinh, Le Nguyen Huy Thuy and Phan Anh Vu. They started small, with only a few lawyers, but quickly ramped up to speed. Less than a year after Indochine Counsel's founding, an Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group was formed under the direction of Nguyen Thi Hong Anh, an experienced IP lawyer and then Senior Associate of the firm.

  • January 2009

    Open an office in Hanoi.

    With meager resources and a focus on business, the partners decided to wait to open an office in Hanoi. They worked with another firm, Leadco Legal Counsel – a Hanoi-based law firm – and coordinated work between the two cities through a strategic alliance. This strategic alliance lasted until shortly before Indochine Counsel opened its own office in Hanoi, in September 2012.

  • April 2010

    New Partner Promoted

    The firm continued apace, adding lawyers, sometimes losing them, but always striving towards the excellence in service that had been such an integral part of the founders' vision. This vision was expanded when, in April 2010, they promoted Nguyen Thi Hong Anh to a full partner. She was the first female partner in the firm, a telling symbol of the growing role of women in professional society in Vietnam.

  • November 2011

    Opened a Korea Desk

    At the end of 2011 Indochine Counsel tried a bold experiment. They joined forces with a leading Korean law firm, Apex Law LLC, and opened a Korea desk. Unfortunately, the experiment did not prove as fruitful as they hoped and the Korea desk folded within a year of opening. The road to success is paved with many obstacles.

  • September 2012

    Branch office in Hanoi Established

    The firm kept its chin up, however, and refocused its work on Vietnam. In September 2012, Indochine Counsel established its own branch office in Hanoi, which is in line with the firm’s commitment to further enhance our practice and expand our network to deliver services more efficiently to our clients

  • December 2013

    Being a member of The Law Firm Network

    Indochine Counsel was admitted as a member of The Law Firm Network (LFN), a strong non-exclusive association of independent law firms in over 50 countries. The Law Firm Network was founded in 1989. The membership allows the firm to have an extended global network with quality law firms in various jurisdictions around the world.

  • November 2014

    Co-Founder of the ASEAN Legal Alliance

    Indochine Counsel became a founding member of the ASEAN Legal Alliance (ALA). The ALA was formed in 2014 to bring together law firms from each of the 10 member states of ASEAN to provide a truly ASEAN wide legal network. Each of the member law firms work in close cooperation to provide seamless legal services across the whole of ASEAN. It is a legal network that is ASEAN focused and present in all 10 ASEAN countries. There four core practice areas of the ALA are Cross Border Investments and International Trade, Intellectual Property, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Private Client and International Real Estate. The ALA has more than 100 lawyers practicing in more than 16 offices across 10 countries.

Ranked as an Elite Practitioner in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021

Dang The Duc was ranked as an Elite Practitioner for Corporate and M&A in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021 – The Guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading Lawyers

Ranked as a Tier 2 in The 2020 Asia IP Copyright Survey

Indochine Counsel was ranked as a Tier 2 for both “Trademark Contentious” and “Copyright” as survey result in The 2020 Asia IP Copyright Survey

Recognized as one of IP Experts in The 2020 Asia IP

Dang The Duc was recognized as one of IP Experts in The 2020 Asia IP in Patents, Trademarks, Enforcement, and IT & Telecoms areas

Ranked as one of IP Stars in the MIP’s IP Stars 2020

Indochine Counsel is proud to be ranked, and its two senior partners (Dang The Duc and Nguyen Thi Hong Anh) named as IP Stars 2020 for both Patent and Trademark areas, in the MIP IP Stars 2020

ALB IP Rankings 2020

Indochine Counsel continues to be ranked as a Tier 2 for both “Patents” and “Copyright/Trademarks” in the Intellectual Property Rankings 2020 released by Asian Legal Business

Ranked as an Elite Practitioner in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2020

Dang The Duc was ranked as an Elite Practitioner for Corporate and M&A in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2020 – The Guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading Lawyers

Ranked as a ‘Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year in Vietnam’ in Leaders in Law

Dang The Duc was ranked as a “Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year in Vietnam” by the Leaders in Law – 2020 Global Awards

Ranked as an ‘In-House Community: Firm of the Year, 2019’

Indochine Counsel was ranked as an “In-House Community: Firm of the Year, 2019” for “Corporate and M&A areas” and the “Most Responsive Domestic Law Firm in Vietnam”. The Firm also received Honourable Mentions in Vietnam for “Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)”, “Compliance / Regulatory” and “Litigation and Dispute Resolution” by Asian-mena Counsel

ALB IP Rankings 2019

Indochine Counsel continues to be ranked as a Tier 2 for both “Patents” and “Copyright/Trademarks” in the Intellectual Property Rankings 2019 released by Asian Legal Business

Ranked as one of IP Stars in MIP’s IP Stars Handbook 2019

Nguyen Thi Hong Anh was ranked as one of IP Stars in MIP’s IP Stars Handbook 2019 in Patent and Trademark areas

Ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam in Media Law International 2019

Indochine Counsel was ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam for Technology & Media practice in Vietnam

M&A Ranked in Expert Guide 2019

Dang The Duc was ranked as one of the leading Mergers & Acquisitions experts in Vietnam in the Euromoney’s Banking, finance and transactional Expert Guide – The World’s Leading Lawyers 2019

In-House Community Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2019

Dang The Duc was ranked as an “In-House Community Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2019” by Asian Mena Counsel

Ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam in Media Law International 2018

Indochine Counsel was ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam for Technology & Media practice in Vietnam

Ranked as a Market-leading Lawyer in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018

Dang The Duc was ranked as a Market-leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A of Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018 edition

Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018

Le Nguyen Huy Thuy was ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Construction & Real Estate and Dispute Resolution & Litigation of Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018 edition

M&A Ranked in Expert Guide 2018

Dang The Duc was ranked as one of the leading Mergers & Acquisitions experts in Vietnam in the Euromoney’s Banking, finance and transactional Expert Guide – The World’s Leading Lawyers 2018


Ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam in Media Law International 2017

Indochine Counsel was ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Vietnam for Technology & Media practice in Vietnam

ALB IP Rankings 2017

Indochine Counsel was ranked as a Tier 2 for both “Patent” and “Copyright/Trademark” by Asian Legal Business

Ranked as one of IP Stars in MIP’s IP Stars Handbook 2017

Nguyen Thi Hong Anh was ranked as one of IP Stars in MIP’s IP Stars Handbook 2017 in Patent and Trademark areas

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