AusCham
is delighted to announce that the international law firm, Allens, has
become our newest Bronze Investor (sponsor) – our 15th sponsor this
year.

 
The Managing Partner of Allens’ Vietnam practice and Hanoi Office, Bill Magennis, writes that:
 
“Allens is delighted to offer our support to the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
 
“Allens
is a law firm with strong Australian roots and has been assisting
Australian investors navigate the complex legal waters in Vietnam for
the past 21 years.  As with many investments in the country, we started
small but have grown with Vietnam and the foreign investment community. 
We have shared the highs and lows of investing here with our clients
but, like AusCham, are now stronger than ever with three international
partners on the ground in our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and a
strong group of Vietnamese and international lawyers working on some of
the most challenging transactions in the country.”
 
Managing Partner of Allens’ Ho Chi Minh City office, Robert Fish, adds that:
 
“We are proud to support AusCham in Vietnam and to promote Australian business interests here. 
 
“One
of our lawyers in HCMC, Khoa Pham, has been assisting the AusCham Board
with legal issues for the past year and AusCham has given us the
opportunity to present to its members on a number of interesting legal
developments – such as last year’s seminars in Hanoi and HCMC on changes
to the laws on foreign investment in the retail sector.  With our new
commitment to AusCham, we plan to continue offering this support and
knowledge-sharing with AusCham’s members over the coming year –
particularly with the proposed (and long awaited) overhaul of the Law on
Investment and Law on Enterprises” (7 May in HCMC and 19 June in
Hanoi).
 
“As
everyone knows, the legal procedures involved in establishing and
operating a business in Vietnam can be challenging but we believe that
having the right legal partner alongside can minimise the red tape and
maximise the chances of the investment being a success.”
 
AusCham’s
National Executive Director, Phil Johns said that it was “particularly
gratifying to attract Allens as an Investor (sponsor) given its standing
and history in this market as well as its Australian links”.
 
Allens is AusCham’s first Investor from the legal sector.
 
Allens
also  has a strong presence in Hanoi where AusCham has recently
appointed a full time Business Development Officer and, of course, has
just formed a new National Board.
 
“AusCham
looks forward to increased activity in Hanoi as well as HCMC for the
benefit of all members and Investors, including Allens”, concluded Phil.
 
Allens is
a leading international law firm with lawyers across Asia-Pacific,
including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  Allens works with 55 of the
world’s top 100 companies and are rated as a leading law firm in all the
jurisdictions in which they operate by independent publications such as
Chambers Asia. Through an integrated alliance with the global law firm
Linklaters, Allens’ network spans 40 offices across 29 countries,
providing clients with access to the European and North American markets
as well as the emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern
Europe and South America.  Allens advises clients on all legal aspects
of investing and doing business in Vietnam, including: mergers &
acquisitions; infrastructure & major projects; oil & gas;
banking & finance; mining; property development; dispute resolution;
and employment.