HO CHI MINH CITY: IN THE HEART OF SOUTH EAST ASIA. The beginnings of our business activities in Vietnam go back to the 1990s when the Hamburg-based lawyer Hans‐Bernd Giesler entered into a co-operation with our Hamburg office. Mr Giesler, a pioneer in international political and economic relations between Germany and many Asian countries, had just been appointed honorary consul general of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

In July 2012 SNB was granted a comprehensive legal consulting licence by the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice to open an independent branch office in Ho-Chi-Minh City.


The licence allows SNB full legal counselling activities in Vietnam in the fields of company law, the law relating to foreign investments, international trade law, arbitration law, industrial property rights, banking law and financing, labour law, construction and real property law, energy law as well as any other legal areas required by the clients.

Against the backdrop of increasing costs in China, many companies have relocated their production to Vietnam or are about to consider the pros and cons of the locations. We help you in implementing your “China Plus” strategy and support you in the formation, extension and restructuring of your business activities in Vietnam. Companies which are already operating before or apart from Vietnam in China can benefit from our experience in both countries and our integrated China-Vietnam team. Our partner Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil is the only German lawyer who is admitted as a foreign Attorney-at-law in China and Vietnam.

At the application for licences and investment certificates our lawyers benefit from the fact that we are familiar with the requirements and the procedures of the Vietnamese public authorities, in particular the local Departments of Planning and Investment (DPI). We also accompany clients entering the market in so-called conditional sectors up to cases in which the creation of an appropriate legal basis presupposes first talks to the competent Vietnamese ministries or the government and corresponding lobbying.

Our work on formation projects is supplemented by counselling on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and liquidations as well as investment disputes.

Another focal point of our activity has developed during the comprehensive legal advice on projects, mainly in the field of renewable energies and real property.

Of course, we consult companies operating already in Vietnam also in the fields of labour law, contract law and legal compliance.

Our lawyers in Ho-Chi-Minh City advise clients in German, English and Vietnamese.


CONTACT: Telephone +84 (0)28 - 6258 4949 / Telefax +84 (0)28 - 6254 9666 / Email

ADDRESS: Suite 802 / 8th Floor / Saigon View Tower / 117 Nguyen Cuu Van Street / Binh Thanh District / Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam

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