EPLegal’s Newsletter of February 2024

Welcome to our Newsletter of February 2024! In this Special Volume, EPlegal will highlight important updates and developments in the legal field and EPLegal News include:

1. EPLegal News

    • Our Founding/Sr Partner, Mr. Tony Nguyen, was invited by the Vietnam Mediation Center (VMC) to serve as the guest speaker at the seminars held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City;
    • Our Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo, was officially admitted as an Arbitrator of the Ho Chi Minh City Commercial Arbitration Center (TRACENT);
    • Rankings: EPLegal is delighted to share that our firm continues to be remarkably named as a Tier 2 firm in Shipping and Aviation practice by the Legal 500 this year. Our Associate, Mr. Son Nguyen (John), has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in this practice area.

2. Legal updates

    • The Amended Law will come into effect on 01 January 2025, except for some special provisions, and is expected to have a far-reaching impact on society;
    • On 8th November 2023, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Circular No. 20/2023/TT-BCT, which regulates working hours and rest periods for employees performing specialised tasks in the field of exploration and exploitation of offshore oil and gas;
    • As of 1st January 2024, Procurement Law 2023 will come into effect and replace the Law on Procurement 2013.

3. Legal analysis: the concept of foreign arbitration and the seat of arbitration – issues in the practice of implementing the law on commercial arbitration and proposals for reform.

Please click the link below to read our Newsletter: EPLegal’s Newsletter_February_VN | EPLegal’s Newsletter_February_EN

EPLegal’s Founding Partner spoke at the International Dispute Resolution Conference organized by Vietnam Mediation Center

On January 17 and 19 of 2024, Mr. Tony Nguyen, EPLegal’s Founding Partner, was invited by the Vietnam Mediation Center (VMC) to serve as the guest speaker at the seminars held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The seminar, which was entitled “International Dispute Resolution in a Post-Pandemic Era: Trends and Challenges,” was designed to convene legal professionals and experts to discuss the evolving nature of dispute resolution in a world that is still recovering from the global pandemic. The primary aim of the seminar was to explore emerging trends and challenges that are impacting the field of dispute resolution.

During the seminars, Mr. Tony Nguyen, along with Mr. George Lim SC, Chairman of the Singapore Mediation Centre, Mr. Chuan Wee Mang, CEO of the same centre, and Mrs. Hoang Nguyen Ha Quyen, Managing Partner of LNT&Partners, VMC’s listed mediator, shared their insights on how multi-million dollar green energy and construction disputes can be transformed into mutually beneficial deals by facilitating the use of international arbitration. With the rise of green energy and construction projects worldwide, which often involve intricate contractual arrangements, disputes arising from these projects could lead to costly and time-consuming arbitration proceedings. As we continue to navigate the post-pandemic era, it’s vital to find innovative ways to expedite the dispute resolution process and transform them into opportunities for collaboration and deal-making.


Throughout the seminars, the experts delved into a multitude of techniques and strategies by drawing from real-life mediation cases. These cases provided invaluable insight into the tangible and intangible costs and benefits associated with mediation. By examining these examples, we were able to gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the mediation process, the obstacles faced, and the innovative approaches taken in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Mr. Tony Nguyen is thrilled to have been invited as the guest speaker alongside other esteemed experts in the field. EPLegal is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to connect with other professionals and exchange insights into this field.

EPLegal #TonyNguyen #AnnieNgo #TuyenNguyen #Mediation #VietnamMediationCenter

EPLegal organized training seminar for Ges scholars

On the evening of January 18, EPLegal’s Partners, Mr. Tony Nguyen and Mrs. Annie Ngo held the seminar with topics related to net zero and renewable energy as well as mediation and ESG. The training session took place successfully with the participation of many GES Scholars coming from Hanoi.

At the meeting, Mr. Tony Nguyen with the role of lecturer, delved into the mediation as well as ESG in Vietnam and the UK. He analyzed them from many different perspectives such as environmental, social, and governance. At the end of his part, Mr.Tony shared his useful recommendations on the development of mediation related to ESG disputes.

Adding to the wealth of knowledge, our Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo guided participants about net zero in Vietnam and the role of renewable energy. As an expert in this field, she offered insights into net zero development, the opportunities and challenges in Vietnam, as well as the role of renewable energy such as solar energy, wind energy,…with the emission reduction goals.

After the discussion and Q&A sessions, the training seminars with valuable knowledge ended successfully. EPLegal highly appreciates the participation and the interest of Hanoi GES Scholars for our training sessions. We hope that the information as well as our Partner’s insightful sharing are useful for your learning and research process.

#EPLegal #TonyNguyen #AnnieNgo #Mediation #Energy #GES #ESG

[Mrs. Annie Ngo, Managing Partner of EPLegal, was officially admitted as an Arbitrator of TRACENT]

On 19 January 2024, the Ho Chi Minh City Commercial Arbitration Center (TRACENT) held its Conference to summarize the work in 2023 and outline the work program for 2024. The event was attended by distinguished guests, the Executive Board, and the TRACENT Arbitrators.

In 2023, TRACENT embarked on numerous innovative initiatives, contributing to the dissemination of the Law on Commercial Arbitration and advancing dispute resolution in Vietnam. These efforts have yielded positive results and set the foundation for TRACENT’s continued operations in 2024.

At this Conference, we are thrilled to share that Mrs. Annie Ngo, Managing Partner of EPLegal, was officially admitted as an Arbitrator of TRACENT. This is a significant milestone for Mrs. Annie Ngo and EPLegal, as it demonstrates our commitment to contributing to arbitration and mediation activities in Vietnam.

Being part of the TRACENT community allows Mrs. Annie Ngo to further enhance her expertise and offer EPLegal’s clients top-notch arbitration services. We believe in the power of alternative dispute resolution and its ability to provide efficient and effective solutions for businesses.

We would like to express our gratitude to TRACENT for this opportunity and our sincere appreciation to all our clients and partners for their continued support. We remain dedicated to serving your legal needs and contributing to the development of the arbitration and mediation fields in Vietnam.

[EPLegal’s Founding Partner participated in the “Mediation Seminar”]

On 16 January 2024, on the invitation of Malaysian International Mediation Center’s (MIMC), EPLegal’s Founding Partner, Mr. Tony Nguyen, was honored to speak at the Mediation Seminar held as part of the MIMC’s 25th-anniversary event, taking place from 15 to 16 January 2024.

This workshop aims to raise awareness about mediation and the many situations where mediation could bring benefits to the parties. This panel will also discuss potential opportunities for mediation in corporate matters and dispute resolution.

During his presentation, Mr. Tony Nguyen delivered an insightful presentation on the interplay between ESG and Mediation, highlighting the typical types of disputes that arise within the ESG framework. He further elaborated on the significance of resolving these disputes through mediation, drawing from his experiences in both Vietnam and the UK.

ESG’s role in Vietnam’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions was acknowledged and greatly appreciated. EPLegal actively contributes to Vietnam’s praiseworthy efforts in this crucial area.

Finally, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to MIMC on its remarkable milestone of 25 years. We wish MIMC continued growth and prosperity in the years ahead.

EPLegal’s Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo, attendsthe Scientific Seminar on Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway System Development  

On the morning of January 17, our Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo, attended the first day of the International Scientific Seminar on Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway System Development. The seminar was jointly organized by the People’s Committees of Hanoi City and Ho Chi Minh City. Alongside our Partner, the conference was attended by representatives of central agencies and international/domestic experts in various fields such as law, investment, land, and planning.

Mrs. Annie Ngo, attended the International Scientific Seminar on Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway System Development

Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Le Hong Son, Standing Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, asserted: “Urban transportation is an important lifeline of every city, especially in Vietnam with rapid urbanization and economic growth. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are facing major traffic challenges, posing many issues that need to be resolved, from planning and investment capital to improving the public transportation system and developing railways in urban areas. To achieve this goal, determination and close coordination between stakeholders are important to ensure the solution is effective and sustainable in the long term. This is the reason for Hanoi Capital and Ho Chi Minh City to co-chair the organization of a scientific conference on urban railway system development to exchange international experiences on urban railway system development.”

Overview of the seminar

During the seminar, the leaders of the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh People’s Committees discussed the investment and construction of urban railway projects. Despite recent progress, the implementation of these projects still faces numerous challenges. Institutions and policies require improvement to expedite the completion of the urban railway network, and innovative “breakthrough” solutions must be explored.

The seminars will continue to take place from January 17 to 19, 2024, at Melia Hotel, Hanoi.

#EPLegal #AnnieNgo #TonyNguyen #RailwaySystemDevelopment

EPLegal’s Managing Partner, Ms. Annie Ngo, to Speak at Exclusive Workshop on Renewable Energy Development

EPLegal is thrilled to announce that our distinguished Managing Partner, Ms. Annie Ngo, has been honored with the prestigious role of speaker at the upcoming workshop, “Renewable Energy Development According to PDP VIII: Perspectives from Regulations and Practices.”

📅 Event Details:

Date: December 28, 2023
Venue: Online via Zoom or in-person at UEL’s hall, Ho Chi Minh City
🤝 Co-organized by:

Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
University of Economics and Law, VNU-HCMC (UEL)
This workshop is a pivotal platform for legal professionals, experts, and enthusiasts, aiming to dissect the intricacies of renewable energy development, with a special focus on PDP VIII’s provisions and practical implications.

🔍 Key Discussion Points:

Overview of expanding opportunities for sustainable renewable energy development in Vietnam
Regulations governing investment activities in the renewable energy sector
Noteworthy regulations contributing to the development of renewable energy projects
Analysis of typical disputes arising from the operation of projects in this sector
Trends in resolving disputes and methods for effective contract management
Ms. Annie Ngo will deliver a comprehensive presentation, shedding light on the current landscape of renewable energy development in Vietnam. Her insights will cover a spectrum of topics, from regulatory frameworks to addressing typical disputes and trends in dispute resolution.

Join us for an insightful exploration into the regulatory and practical facets of renewable energy, including discussions on green finance, the role of private equity, and the opportunities and challenges in attracting investment.

🌐 How to Participate:

Online: Zoom link (to be provided)
In-person: UEL’s hall, Ho Chi Minh City
Ms. Annie Ngo and the EPLegal team are excited to contribute to this enriching workshop, sharing our in-depth knowledge and fostering discussions that will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the event and the continued development of renewable energy in Vietnam.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with industry experts and gain valuable insights into the dynamic world of renewable energy. We look forward to your participation!

For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.viac.vn/tin-tuc-su-kien/hoi-thao-phat-trien-nang-luong-tai-tao-nhin-tu-quy-hoach-dien-viii-khai-thac-duoi-goc-do-quy-dinh-phap-luat-va-thuc-tien-n1542.html

🌱 #RenewableEnergyWorkshop #PDPVIII #EPLegalSpeaks

             EPLegal’s Managing Partner, Ms. Annie Ngo, to Speak at Exclusive Workshop on Renewable Energy Development

Unlocking the Secrets of Success in Banking and Finance: EPLegal’s Exclusive Q&A

We are excited to share an exclusive Q&A session that takes you behind the scenes of our dynamic world at the intersection of Banking and Finance. Dive into the insightful conversation to discover how EPLegal navigates challenges, embraces innovation, and delivers client-centric solutions to shape the future of the financial landscape.

Here are key Insights you can expect from us:

  • Our Approach to Regulations: Explore how EPLegal tackles the intricate web of banking and finance regulations, ensuring our clients not only comply but thrive in a regulatory landscape that is ever-evolving.
  • Innovation in Action: Gain a firsthand look at how EPLegal stays ahead of the curve, leveraging innovative strategies and technology to address the challenges and opportunities in the financial sector.
  • Putting Clients First: Discover the core of our practice as we discuss how EPLegal places clients at the center of everything we do. Tailoring solutions to meet unique needs, we aim to foster success and build lasting partnerships.
  • Global Perspectives, Local Expertise: Uncover how EPLegal provides global insights while maintaining a keen focus on local expertise. Our Q&A delves into the international implications of financial decisions and their impact on businesses worldwide.

We invite you to engage with us! Share your thoughts, questions, and experiences inspired by our Q&A. Let’s build a community where ideas flow, and insights thrive. Your voice matters in shaping the dialogue around the future of banking and finance.

Bookmark the link to our exclusive Q&A for a go-to resource whenever you seek in-depth perspectives on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the banking and finance sector.

🔗 Link to the Exclusive Q&A:

  • https://www.legal500.com/fivehundred-magazine/banking-and-finance/qa-ep-legal/
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  • https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/banking-and-finance-yearbook-2023/sponsored-qa-ep-legal/
                                                      Our Managing Partner and Associates

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2023

EPLegal extends heartfelt gratitude to our valued clients and esteemed partners for entrusting us with the provision of legal services over the past year. As the holiday season unfolds, we wish you a joyous Christmas and a New Year 2023 filled with prosperity and triumphant successes.

EPLegal’s Newsletter of December 2023

Welcome to our newsletter of December 2023! The topics to be reported on in this month include:

1. EPLegal News

  • Our Founding Partner, Mr. Tony Nguyen, and Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo, were bestowed with the prestigious role of lecturers at the “PetroVietnam’s Training Program: Commencing an International Arbitration”;
  • Our Founding/Sr Partner, Mr. Tony Nguyen, and Managing Partner, Mrs. Annie Ngo, have taken part in the “Investment Legal Support Forum 2023,” organised by VIAC. Mr. Tony delivered a presentation on potential disputes and necessary contractual provisions for investors opting to invest through the PPP;
  • EPLegal Vietnam and EPLegal UK were honored to be invited as the main speakers to present at the workshop “General Data Protection Regulation from Vietnamese and International Perspectives”. This workshop organised by the Vietnam Business Lawyers Club (VBLC) in Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Mrs. Annie Ngo, Managing Partner of EPLegal was thrilled and honoured to become a speaker for the Asia Hydrogen & LNG Markets Conference. This event, an integral part of Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), took place from 24th to 25th October 2023 and was hosted by S&P Global Commodity Insights in collaboration with the Energy Market Authority in Singapore;
  • Rankings: EPLegal shines bright in “Who’s Who Legal” and “Asialaw 2023”;

2. Legal updates

Legal updates in the field of Energy – Oil & Gas, Finance – Banking, Enterprise – Investment, Environment, Shipping, Tax, Labor and Others.

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