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..."the team is particularly knowledgeable on cross-border private equity structuring and transactions."

ILFR1000 2019

..."has reliable advisers possessing outstanding expertise in private equity and cross-border transactions, combined with strong negotiation skills."

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

..."great communicators, highly responsive and efficient, very fair on costs and they came up with pragmatic solutions to address any challenges that we faced."

EM Law

..."our go to partner in Vietnam, and we consult them before making any capital commitments."

Ortholite

"Very quick responses and deep knowledge on M&A."

ILFR1000 2019
About us

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ACSV Legal is a HCMC, Vietnam-based law firm with a team of lawyers who are qualified in Vietnam, the UK, the US and Malaysia in civil and common law jurisdictions.

Our Clients are comprised of both SEA businesses experiencing rapid growth in Vietnam and foreign firms seeking to acquire or otherwise form businesses in Vietnam. They come from many sectors and industries including manufacturing, F&B, hospitality and leisure, education, pharma, health, beauty & fitness, IT, apparel and fashion, retail, and PR.

ACSV Legal’s commitment to service excellence extends to the way in which we approach fees. We bring significant local and international experience, multi-jurisdictional legal knowledge and a sensitivity to clients’ expectations, yet remain price sensitive.

The languages spoken at ACSV Legal include Vietnamese, English, German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, French and Malay.

In 2016, ACSV Legal joined a network of Asian law firms operating in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim known as “One Asia Lawyers”. One Asia Lawyers has partner offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Myanmar. Our participation in this network has made it possible for us to serve our clients with regional capability allowing us to concurrently serve our clients’ cross border needs through one dedicated legal platform.


“ACSV Legal is ‘a strong firm for M&A, which excels in transactions’, with a strong presence in consumer-facing sectors such as retail and leisure.”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018



“Very quick responses and deep knowledge on M&A.”

“Mark and his team are perfect partners for us. I would not hesitate to recommend ACSV to any of my friends or colleagues. Mark’s team is particularly knowledgeable on cross-border private equity structuring and transactions.”

ILFR1000 2019

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Our Services

Committed to Excellence

Corporate / M&A Corporate / M&A
Banking & Finance Banking & Finance
Private Equity Private Equity
Restructuring Restructuring
Taxation Taxation
Labour and Employment Law Labour and Employment Law
Corporate / M&A Banking & Finance Private Equity Restructuring Taxation Labour and Employment Law

Corporate / M&A

ACSV Legal has one of the premier Corporate / M&A practices in Vietnam and its approach is to understand the legal, commercial and political dynamics of every matter.

Banking & Finance

ACSV Legal routinely advises high-net worth individuals, companies, banks, and other entities on cash flow-based lending, asset based lending, acquisition financing, exit financing, and other secured and unsecured financing.

Private Equity

ACSV Legal has experience in advising clients on strategic investments, divestments, debt and security transactions, design and review of loan contracts, as well as capital contributions.

Restructuring

ACSV Legal represents some of the biggest names in many industries in Vietnam, including health and fitness, retail, food and beverage and hospitality.

Taxation

ACSV Legal lawyers are experts in both corporate and commercial Vietnamese law and can thus provide our clients with appropriate tax advice.

Labour and Employment Law

ACSV Legal regularly provides support to clients in drafting internal labour rules, labour contracts, compensation structures and assistance in employment litigations in collaboration with SH Law.

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Denny Cowger

Chief Administration Officer and Legal Counsel Ortholite

...ACSV assisted us at every stage of our market entry and their experience and expertise ensured that the investment process ran smoothly...

Christian Leitzinger

Chief Operations Officer Pham Nguyen Confectionary

...ACSV’s lawyers are knowledgeable and responsive. They consistently achieve satisfying results using a combination of legal experience and creativity....

Raghu Rai

Founder & Chief Executive Officer Jio Health

...The quality of legal advice, high-value service we received and attention to our needs confirmed our decision in engaging ACSV to be the absolute right one. It far exceeds our experience at any other law firm we have used....

Dane Fort

CEO CMG.ASIA and CFYC

... They are highly effective in seeking solutions and creatively solving our problems. ACSV’s lawyers are notable not only for their legal skills, but also for the level of personal integrity and dedication...

Alexander Burkhardt

CEO DIDIOTO

...Considering it is a new concept for Vietnam it is thanks to the pragmatic, legal and creative perseverance of the team that we have been able to finalise the project. It would have taken much longer if it were not for the responsiveness and support of ACSV’s legal team...

Neil Williamson

Managing Director Emerging Law Limited

...Throughout the transaction ACSV's lawyers were a pleasure to deal with - great communicators, highly responsive and efficient, very fair on costs and they came up with pragmatic solutions to address any challenges that we faced....

Romain Joly

Managing Director 1001fontaines Vietnam

...We highly appreciate the professionalism and responsiveness of ACSV’s lawyers. We intend to continue working with the ACSV team to make the project successful....

Our Clients

What people say


Our clients come from a broad range of sectors and industries such as manufacturing, food & beverage, hospitality and leisure, education, distribution, pharma, health, beauty & fitness, IT, apparel and fashion, retail, and public relations.

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Our Team

Working With Excellent Lawyers


Our team consists of lawyers who are qualified in Vietnam and abroad in both civil and common law jurisdictions, and is built, trained and developed organically. Languages spoken at our office: Vietnamese, English, Malay, Japanese, French, German, Italian and Dutch.

MARK OAKLEY
+84 8 6810 0510 mark.oakley@acsvlegal.com

Mark Oakley is the managing partner of ACSV Legal and focuses on foreign direct investment into Southeast Asia.

Managing Partner

MARK OAKLEY

KEN Y. FUKUDA
ykfukuda@acsvlegal.com

Ken Y. Fukuda serves as Of Counsel for ACSV Legal Vietnam and is a partner at Homma & Partners in Tokyo, Japan.

Of Counsel

KEN Y. FUKUDA

ELAINE CHEW
elaine@acsvlegal.com

Elaine Chew is a senior associate of ACSV Legal Vietnam and joined the team in 2014.

Senior Associate

ELAINE CHEW

HIEU PHAM
hieu.pham@acsvlegal.com

Hieu Pham joined the team in April 2014 and is a special counsel at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Special Counsel

HIEU PHAM

MINH NGUYEN
minh.nguyen@acsvlegal.com

Minh Nguyen joined the team in 2019 and is a senior associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Senior Associate

MINH NGUYEN

HUYEN PHAM
huyen.pham@acsvlegal.com

Huyen is a Senior Associate at ACSV Legal. She joined the team in May 2019. Huyen speaks and writes fluent Japanese.

Senior Associate

HUYEN PHAM

PHUONG HUYNH
phuong.huynh@acsvlegal.com

Phuong Huynh joined the team in April 2013 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

PHUONG HUYNH

KATIE O'CONNELL
katie@acsvlegal.com

Katie O’Connell is an associate at ACSV Legal. She joined the team in June 2018.

Associate

KATIE O'CONNELL

AN TRAN
an.tran@acsvlegal.com

An Tran joined the team in April 2014 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

AN TRAN

THU NGUYEN
thu.nguyen@acsvlegal.com

Thu Nguyen joined the team in December 2014 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

THU NGUYEN

TRANG PHAN
trang.phan@acsvlegal.com

Trang Phan joined the team in July 2015 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

TRANG PHAN

NHA NGUYEN
nha.nguyen@acsvlegal.com

Nha Nguyen joined the team in November 2016 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

NHA NGUYEN

LY NGUYEN
ly.nguyen@acsvlegal.com

Ly Nguyen joined the team in April 2017 and is an associate at ACSV Legal.

Associate

LY NGUYEN

LINH NGUYEN
linh.nguyen@acsvlegal.com

Linh Nguyen joined the team in April 2017 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

LINH NGUYEN

NGUYET LE
nguyet.le@acsvlegal.com

Nguyet Le joined the team in July 2017 and is an associate at ACSV Legal Vietnam.

Associate

NGUYET LE

HUONG VO
huong.vo@acsvlegal.com

​Huong Vo is an associate at ACSV Legal. She joined the team in May 2019.

Associate

HUONG VO

MARIEKE VAN DER PIJL
+84 914 925 842 marieke@acsvlegal.com

Marieke van der Pijl is Practice Manager at ACSV Legal. She joined the team in June 2017.

Practice Manager

MARIEKE VAN DER PIJL

FUBITO YAMAMOTO
fubito.yamamoto@oneasia.legal

Fubito Yamamoto is the Japanese Client Relationship Manager for One Asia Lawyers at ACSV Legal.

Japanese Client Relationship Manager

FUBITO YAMAMOTO

FEATURED NEWS

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VIETNAM LOOKS ABROAD TO STIMULATE PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE

Vietnam’s new draft law on Public-Private Partnerships takes inspiration from legal frameworks around the world and provides an opening to satisfy the country’s growing demand for infrastructure investment.The Draft Law’s provisions on viability gap funding, risk-sharing, and project-financing are all laudable improvements compared to the current situation.

22 July
CPTPP ADDING LEGAL LAYERS TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT PROTECTION

The CPTPP provides a strong, rules-based framework through which to grow investment relations with key Asia-Pacific economies. Quan Phan, senior associate of ACSV Legal Vietnam, outlines how the CPTPP benefits investors, and the terms and conditions to ensure that investment procedures will be easier and more transparent for foreign investors.

29 March
ENFORCEMENT OF NON-COMPETE CLAUSE

Recently the People’s Court has judged that an arbitral award related to a non-compete clause for an employee was correct. It is one of the first times in Vietnam in which the enforcement of a non-compete clause was upheld. Even though it is not a legally binding precedent, it is still an important judgement.

18 July