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Duy Cao Dang

Senior Associate

Practice Area:

General Corporate Commercial
Mergers & Acquisitions

LL.B., Ha Noi University of Law

T +84 24 3267 6127
E [email protected]

Cao Dang Duy, a qualified lawyer of the Hanoi Bar Association, is a Senior Associate based in Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ Hanoi office, practising in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Duy possesses multidisciplinary experience, and is able to assist clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

For non-contentious matters, Duy specialises in foreign investment, where he has assisted in facilitating and closing multiple M&A transactions across major industries. He is also regarded by clients for his responsiveness and expertise in particularly greenfield investments, and he has been behind the setup of a large number of companies in Vietnam.

For contentious matters, Duy is able to tap into his experience in corporate advisory, labour, intellectual property, banking and finance, and M&A to assist and advise clients on a broad range of disputes. Together with Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ top-tier Dispute Resolution practice group, Duy has been involved in the successful resolution and settlement of commercial disputes in Vietnamese courts of all levels.

Experience 
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advised a Vietnamese insurer in its US$95+ million divestment to a German investor, including conducting due diligence and preparation of transaction documentation.
  • Advised VNG Corporation on its acquisition of a major Vietnamese company.
  • Advised a leading Chinese cement manufacturer in its US$250+ million takeover of one of Vietnam’s largest cement companies.
  • Assisted Fairfax Financial Holdings in its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in BIDV Insurance Corporation.
  • Advised a foreign joint venture party on its buyout of a Vietnamese investor’s equity in a major hotel in Hanoi, thereby creating a wholly foreign-owned company.
  • Advised a foreign investor on its acquisition of a 70% stake in a Vietnamese company operating in the field of animal feeds
  • Advised a foreign investor in its acquisition of a Vietnamese hydropower company.
Investment & Corporate Advisory 
  • Advised a Singaporean company in the setup of a joint venture distribution company.
  • Advised a Hong Kong company in the setup of a joint venture logistics company, and subsequent conversion into a wholly foreign-owned company.
  • Advised a Singaporean company in its setup of a logistics company.
  • Advised a Hong Kong investor on expanding its trading investment project in Vietnam.
  • Advised a Singaporean company on the closure of a branch and dissolution of its subsidiary in Vietnam.
  • Advised a foreign entity on setup of its representative office in Vietnam.
  • Advised a Singaporean hospitality company on its buyout of a Vietnamese investor’s equity in a restaurant chain in Vietnam.
  • Advised a European cement company on onshore competition law issues, including merger notifications, on its global merger with another cement company.
  • Advised a numerous Singapore companies on Vietnamese competition law, including legal trainings to employees.
  • Advised a number of foreign franchisors on their franchising activities into Vietnam.
  • Advised an English company on a recall of its defective projects in Vietnam.
  • Advised a number of foreign entities on the registration of their trademarks at the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam.
  • Advised a number of Vietnamese companies on applying for work permits for its expats.
  • Advised a local and international clientele on various matters, including commercial and corporate compliance, labour, tax and insurance matters.
Banking & Finance 
  • Advised a Japanese company on a short-term offshore loan of US$15 million with a Vietnamese company.
  • Advised a Cayman Islands company on the restructure of a long-term offshore loan of US$10 million with a Vietnamese company with an Island corporation.
  • Advised a Hong Kong company in the restructure of a long-term offshore loan of US$6 million with a Vietnamese company with a Hong Kong corporation, as well as cross-border security arrangements.
  • Advised a Taiwanese investor as lender in a US$15 million project financing for a BT project in Quang Ninh Province.
  • Advised a Vietnamese financial institution on its VND 575 billion loan with EVN for the financing of a power plant in Vietnam.
  • Advised PetroVietnam Drilling in a US$17+ million project financing for the development mof a drilling plant.
  • Advised a Malaysian company on financing matters with lenders for implementing the Duyen Hai 2 BOT Project including the offshore facility agreement and security arrangements.
Dispute Resolution 
  • Assisted a Japanese company in a dispute in connection with its transfer agreements with a Vietnamese party.
  • Assisted a Singaporean real estate developer on multiple tenancy disputes.
  • Advised a Japanese company in a dispute in connection with domain name squatting by a Vietnamese individual.
  • Advised a Singaporean bank in its dispute with a local trading company regarding payments via a documentary letter of credit.
  • Advised a Singaporean company in its dispute with a Vietnamese trading company regarding a sales dispute.
  • Advised multiple foreign-invested companies in Vietnam on their debt claims against an investor of construction works
  • Advised a group of Japanese entities in the investigation for applying safeguard measures initiated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade at the request of the domestic steel companies.
Publications
  • “M&A transactions – Legal notes on competition”, Saigon Economy (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dec 2014 (published in Vietnamese).
  • “Risks in dual nationality”, Saigon Economy (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 31 July 2016 (published in Vietnamese).
  • Vietnam publishes draft transfer pricing law to combat tax avoidance, MNE Tax (23 November 2016) (published in English).
Memberships 
  • Member, Hanoi Bar Association